"I have an organic family of five, plus my mother and son’s girlfriend. My kids will be visiting this summer, and it has been years since we've taken family portraits. We'd like a family photography session that would produce (fingers crossed) a large group portrait, organic family portraits, kids only portraits, and couple's portraits for my wife and I and my son and his girlfriend," Mike wrote in his initial e-mail.
Later on the phone with him and his wife, Patty, I asked 'Out of the hundreds of DC family photographers in our area, why did you choose to call us?' And they said:
"Your outdoor family photography gallery looks fantastic. We want something 'above' choosing between backdrops in a photography studio, and we need a family photographer who will direct us and come up with ideas, because our weakness is lack of creativity!"
And so, we planned their outdoor family photography session at Northern Virginia's George Mason University near their home in Fairfax. What a fun group! Enjoy some of my favorites from their session below!
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As a wedding photographer, I have long enjoyed a photography technique called "dragging the shutter" when photographing wedding receptions. "Dragging the shutter" is a way to balance the ambient light in the reception hall with the flash I use to light wedding guests on the dance floor. I would take it a step further by employing a much longer shutter speed than necessary and purposefully moving my camera while taking the picture. This would result in my subject being perfectly in focus, with the background lighting looking like it was moving or spinning. It wasn't until many years later, though, that it occurred to me to transfer this technique to boudoir photography.
~ the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work ~
~ creative skill or ability ~
Do you love this expressive & painterly boudoir photography?
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How important is networking to your business? I recently came across an article about networking by Vanessa Van Edwards, a body language and human behavior expert who teaches how to succeed in life and business by understanding people.
I'm currently watching one of her 3-day video courses on body language (which is awesome by the way), and into my e-mail popped a teaser for her article on "How to Network at a Conference: 10 Ways to Make Contacts Like a Pro."
Well, this entire article is terrific, but of course, as a professional business portrait photographer, one of her prime tips that spoke to me was her strong recommendation to include one of your headshots on your business card. Specifically, here is what she says:
"[Bring] Your Business Card: Hopefully this is obvious, but bring a TON of cards–more than you ever think you will need. Don’t be that person who runs out and needs to use a napkin instead.
One other big thing to think about with your business card as an asset. Be honest: Is your business card boring? Conference pros have interesting, conversation-sparking, memorable business cards because they are getting so many at once. If you can, I highly recommend having your picture [headshot] on your business card, so people remember who you are when looking at it later."
That got me to thinking about some of our long-term commercial clients who have used the professional headshots we created for them on their business cards, and I thought I'd share some from Scott Team International of Rockville, MD with you as food for thought.
We've photographed Scott Team International associates on several occasions, the most recent time for the Top Agents issue of Washingtonian Magazine. Here are the new business cards for their entire team below!
"I googled 'online dating pictures' and you were one of the photographers at the top. I really couldn't find too many other professional photographers who specialize in online dating photos. I saw what you did and read some of the client testimonials, and decided to reach out to you!"
Brian had never worked with a professional photographer, much less an online dating photographer, before, and wanted an outside opinion on his online dating pictures, including suggestions on different poses, and chose an outdoor location for a more natural look. We decided on photogenic Old Town Alexandria in Northern VA for the variety it offers in terms of both urban and outdoorsy backgrounds.
When we met Brian in person, we discovered that he really is just the nicest guy. Mountain biker, camper, and snowboarder are just a few words to describe him, but what impressed me the most was his dream of taking a 6-month break from "normal life" to backpack the Appalachian Trail!
Our Northern Virginia online dating photography session was a ton of fun, and here are some of my favorites from his new collection of online dating photos. And many, many, many thanks to Brian for the well-written (and funny) Yelp review of our online dating pictures (see end)!
Struggle no more with blurry, unflattering, and poorly lit selfies, and reward yourself with an increased quality AND quantity of prospective matches. It's easy!
Anita had told me all about Rick at her boudoir photography session the previous year. She was so clearly in love, bubbly and excited and extra happy telling me about him. And so I got bubbly and excited myself when she reached out to tell me that Rick was going to be coming up from Florida to visit her and that the two of them wanted to do a couple's portrait photography session at our Maryland portrait photography studio, and that I was going to get to meet Rick!
Rick is a 20-year Navy veteran and had never been professionally photographed before, so this was a first for him. And when I met him, he was so very sweet and nice, and he and Anita just really... well... matched. After Anita received her first couple's portrait, she showed it to Rick, and reported back to tell me that he not only loved it, but said that it's the only (first) photograph he has of himself that he doesn't feel self-conscious about, and that it was all because of me, their professional photographer! Well that certainly made my day. It's such an incredible feeling to make people feel good... no GREAT! about themselves!
Anyway, here are some of my favorites from their sweet and bubbly couple's portrait photography session. Enjoy!
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