Modern Headshots

Modern Headshots

Your headshots are a representation of your brand. Whether your brand is clothing, jewelry, a doctor, etc, and or just you being yourself, it’s a chance for you to showcase yourself in a professional manner without losing your personality.

When I shoot headshots, I will spend about an hour to two hours with my client. In preparation for our shoot, I’ll scope out locations. And if you prefer indoor, we will do a background setup for your shoot.

The time spent is perfecting what you want to relay back to print. For example, my friend below works with the public, so her images were focusing on her personality and creating a vulnerability of trust through her images. Katie is outgoing and fun and wanted to make sure her personality was shown through her posing.

Whether you want to be casual, or more business in your wardrobe, its all up to you. Social media is one of the thriving forces for business nowadays, and it’s important to have the right image of your brand to help with connecting with your audiences.

There are so many different aspects we can explore to make sure that we are getting the right image for you!

Tips for a successful headshot session:

  1. Outfits… Bring anything you feel that you feel comfortable in and also will transform you to translate whatever your objective is.  Also, remember accessories are a must. These little pieces will help tie all your looks together and also bring new life to different outfits.
  2. Locations… Depending on your brand, company, and or personality, we can choose indoors or outdoors.
  3. Makeup and Hair.. When getting your headshots done, I can recommend a few people that do hair and makeup, and or if you feel more comfortable with your finds, by all means, use them! I think that hair and makeup truly round out the session. It allows you to feel confident, and at you’re very best.
  4. Don’t be nervous. Photos can be daunting but this is about you.  We will laugh, talk, and dance if you like! 🙂 I’ll guide you through our poses and you won’t even realize what you’re doing after a certain while. I promise 🙂
  5. Scheduling… We will have two dates. A rain date if by chance you are wanting an outdoor location. Depending on the wants for our shoot, we can even do two days if several locations are wanted.

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[Some other examples of headshots and an idea of portrait ideas]

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Portraits- Prints and why you should be present in a selfie generation

Photography is our modern day storyteller. And the print is the beautiful result.  It’s the only thing you will probably own that will gather more value in the years you have it. It’ll tell a story, evoke feelings, and create a legacy for future generations.

In a generation filled with selfie-takers, I think it’s important to not forget the story. The story of the day, the story of the moment, and not to quote too much of One Direction, but the story of your life 🙂 We move so fast and forget to really relic in the air that you breathe, we don’t taste it, we don’t enjoy the feel of it, nor the warmth or cold feelings that touch your skin. We are unfortunately a very fast paced society that wants instant gratification and often escapes the beauty of things because of this. Digital images are stored onto a phone, this phone than dies and those photos are sometimes moved, or forgotten about. We have become an obsessive-compulsive photo taking society.

We do it so meaninglessly that we have created a generation that does not give worth to what an actual print is. We don’t listen to music when we are at a venue, instead, you hid behind the phone lens and take an excessive amount of images that just stay buried in your photo libary. These images are accompanied by other meaningless images that serve as a reminder of a generation that will never be passed on. Digital images aren’t forever. A phone will die, the cloud will cease to exist one day, and you’re left with nothing. A print has proven to serve its worth, with the prints that are hanging on your wall, the ones that are laying in an album, and also the images of generations ago that are still in mint condition.

Prints are forever. That photograph allows you to slow down the moment, and revisit it in a whole different way. You’ll be remembering the moment instead of hiding behind the camera lens, missing what was in front of you.  And how special to have pictures of your life to share with your younger generations. It truly is a gift of being relevant and also connected with everyone around us even we are ourselves are gone.

 

Tips to step out of the “selfie loophole”…

Focus on yourself and your background. Pull back just a wee bit to see where you are.. If you just focus on your face, you will end up with a library of the same pose and face, and it’ll seem not as powerful than something that focuses on more. You want to pull back so you can see what you were doing and what made that place, feeling, or moment special. And if you can wing it, hire someone to follow you and help you document a trip or an event. And if you can’t, put your camera on a timer, and shoot as though you were telling a story not creating crazy lip poses.

Just by following these simple tips, I guarantee your documenting skills will be so good that you won’t even remember what taking a selfie was like.

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Mt. Pleasant, SC Wedding- Pepper Plantation

The first wedding of the season started off in Mount Pleasant, SC. It’s a little town in between the bustling southern city of Charleston, and the beach paradise of Isle of Palms. I had never ventured this way and was very excited to see what it was like. Aimee the bride, is a friend of mine who works in Charleston in the film industry.  She moved to the area for work and grew up in Wilmington, with mutual friends of ours. One of those friends being my husband Robbie. It’s so neat that they all still know one another. Spring was also peeking its way through already so lucky for us we had a very warm day ahead of us. Aimee and Ty had rented two beach homes that were next to one another to have their families and friends close during their celebration weekend.

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wedding day, charleston sc wedding, mount pleasant wedding, garden wedding, vintage wedding, spring wedding Ty, Aimee’s fiancee, and his boys were on the opposite end of the beach home they had rented for the weekend.  Mostly all of Ty’s family and friends were coming from the Pittsburgh area, so as you can imagine it was a long overdue reunion. When I walked into the house, it felt like a party. I should have known from that point all the pranks that I was about to witness 🙂 A cigar and Pit Viper sunglasses were nicely wrapped in vintage cigar boxes for his groomsmen. Aimee had gifted the boys a little bit of fun in a bottle for their ride to the ceremony as well.

When we arrived Ty was getting ready and got ready and unwrapped a special note from Aimee along with a watch that she had gotten him for the big day. His mom was right by his side and was gifted a set of pearls for her to wear. You can tell how proud Ty’s mom was to be next to her son that day.

 

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The details of this wedding were so pretty. Aimee does costume/decor work in the film industry and her attention to detail is impeccable. She had an old vintage style to the wedding and all her pieces were extremely traditional and gave you the feel of that era. I lucked out also with having such great place to shoot at. There was a room in the beach home that was very regal and traditional. And we decided to shoot some portraits of Aimee in this room. I have to say this is probably one of my most favorite places, I got to do bridal portraits. I could have spent all day with Aimee in this room.

 

Aimee was finishing up her makeup and the girls were just about to get out of the robes that Aimee had given them for the day. They all gathered together in the tub in the master room and did a silly picture before Aimee got into her dress. Aimee’s wedding dress was a vanilla color that had gorgeous beading on the top and had a nice high low hemline that lined the front of the dress. It definitely added a bit of fun to the dress. She, of course, looked like a princess and was gorgeous in her gown. Throughout her getting ready, Aimee was nothing but smiles.  Kelly her maid of honor helped her into her gown. She added some more feminine touches with her earrings and her pink Banana Republic pumps. And finished her look with a little bit of  “Tiffanys”.

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The girls were welcomed to the house with welcome kits and also were given wax sealed boxes on the day off.

Each one was personalized and also Aimee’s mom gift was a set of pearls. There was also one more special gift for Aimee’s sisters and mom. Aimee had reached out to her favorite actor Tom Hanks. He, of course, couldn’t make the wedding but made sure to still be present on the day of. He wrote a personalized note to Aimee and her family.

This gift was extra special because of Aimee’s dad passing and his resemblance to Tom Hanks. Needless to say, there was some tears for the remembrance of their dad,  and also the excitement of such a kind gesture.  She also had a special photo of her grandmother to honor her that day.

The girls and I headed outside for some quick portraits before the limo returned.  Her girls wore burgundy gowns that could be altered depending on how they were tied. Each girls dress was tied to their personality and they all looked stunning in this color.

Aimee has two sisters and both are just as special as she is.  Their bond as sisters is truly unbreakable, and even though the other girls aren’t her immediate sisters, this sisterhood that Aimee has created is just as strong.  You can tell the importance of the day in each and every one of their eyes. Their love for this girl is irreplaceable and eternal.

(And I can’t forget Aimee’s mom, she is as adorable as can be, and such a sweet person. She was so happy for her daughter, and the bond between daughter and mom is always just so special to document).

Aimee and Ty’s love languages are stares and giggles. It’s really wonderful to see true love. It’s something that is intimate, beautiful, and also contagious. Aimee is a full spirited girl. She is the life of the party, she’s got a smile that you can’t turn away from, a laugh that is so contagious, and she just has something about her that makes you feel all your worth in just one look. She’s caring and kind, and she is one of the most genuinely nice people I have ever met. I can definitely see why Ty and Aimee are perfect for one another. He is just as sweet and thoughtful. And you can just see how he like her, wants everyone around him to feel important.

Their families and friends gathered at the Pepper Plantation’s lawn for the start of the ceremony. And it was the perfect start to a new chapter for these two.

 

(It was extremely bright that day, so it was a fun coincidence they had already planned to rock their Viper sunglasses during the ceremony.)

Such a sweet moment in between the exchange of rings, You just can’t help but get caught up in the moment and get emotional 🙂

 

I definitely had a few moments where I had to pull the camera from my eyes, in between the first dance, mom, and son dance (that was truly special), and the toast that included but not limited to the sister toast, I definitely had a lot of favorites for the night. As I can imagine both Ty & Aimee did. Here are few my favorites of their wedding day.

 

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-Aimee and Ty, thank you for allowing me to share in your special & epic day. I wish you guys an eternity of happiness, growth, and love. Thank you for your hospitality and friendship, lots of hugs to you both <3

 

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