Show & Tell
Welcome to my personal more-than-just-a-photo-dump blog. I use photos from my previous sessions to try and actually teach you something worthwhile - WITH visual aids! Whether you’re crafting your Instagram feed or gearing up for professional headshots, these resources should give you some preparation and improvement!
So you wanna plan a super trendy gathering where you can teach people a thing you know how to do… (Basically a cool party that you have to pay to get in!) As a workshop photographer and guest, I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t (IMO), from the perspective of the participant and behind the scenes.
Obviously you need to teach your participants something valuable, but there are a few other seemingly-obvious considerations you may not have thought too much about. Details can seriously elevate the experience into something people will be dying to share with their friends (and audience).
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: everyone’s mind goes blank on a first-time photoshoot when it comes to posing (even when you’re trying to avoid “posing”!). And for some reason, us photographers generally tend to have a more difficult time directing guys and keeping them looking effortless.
But, just like with anything, a little preparation and practice goes a looong way when you’re just starting out. Whether you’re having your photo taken, or taking the photos, think about some of the following concepts and it’ll keep you moving through your photoshoot. I’ll provide some example images for each point. They’ll seem really obvious now, but you’d be surprised at how often you fall back on the good ole ‘stand and smile’ when you’re on location!
Whether you're a photographer, a business owner, or an influencer, two things remain certain: you need lots of images, and those images must be on-brand. You want your fans to run across a picture and know within 0.2 seconds flat that it's yours! Amirite??
That's the dream, and I'm sure you've already contemplated it. You've probably nailed down your core colors, editing style, visual elements to include and maybe even the overall vibe. But there's one HUGELY important component - which can drastically alter the consistency of your photos - that many of us fail to consider when starting out: LIGHT.
One thing is for sure: if you own a business, you need a good, clear headshot. More than ever these days, consumers not only want to know the what of your business, but the who, why, and how. We don't just want to buy a product or service, we want to support someone we care about.
Yet at the same time, a selfie just won't cut it anymore - we are inundated with iPhone photos, so finding a way to stand out is a must. But does that mean you can have your friend snap one photo of you on a DSLR in your OOTD against that one blank wall in your apartment? Not necessarily.
You've booked a photographer and planned a shoot to show off your style on your blog. You get all prettied up, drive out to your location, and get in front of the camera. Then your mind blanks, so you just stand there, with your hand on your hip, smiling. Every now and then you let out an awkward laugh and an uum...? ...And all your photos turn out more or less the same.
I know that feeling only too well, from both sides of the camera.
Let me tell you - this happens ALL the time.! Photographers can guide you, but the shoot goes much faster and the photos come out much more varied if BOTH of you have a good idea of what to do before you get there.
When you live in the city, little segments of nature stick out like a bull in a china shop. And if you're like me, they always make you stop in awe or squeal with glee. ...Okay maybe you don't get that excited, but there's still something to appreciate there, right?
What is it about a shady hiking trail, the neighborhood creek, or a patch of wildflowers on the side of the road that has so many of us geeking out or just breathing deeper? Is it that we crave peace, quiet, simplicity?
I actually think, for me, it's something different. We exist in an age where everything is so manufactured. We are constantly surrounded by man-made objects; our food is carefully engineered and processed; even the things we build are built by machines we build. Think about that one for a sec.
Let me ask you something: have you ever had a group of girls that supported you when things were rough, whether it be in church, in business, in recovery, even just at work? If so, then you know that great feeling that comes in not suffering through something alone.
I want to tell you about a group that I am SO genuinely excited for moms and hopeful moms to take part in. Here's their welcome message:
"Welcome to Moms in the Making, a non-profit faith-based fertility support group. Moms in the Making exists to support and encourage women on their journey to becoming a mom by sharing the hope and truth of God’s Word. If you are looking for support on your infertility journey, we are glad you found us!"
If you've attempted at least a few photoshoots using only natural light (no flash), you've likely discovered just how much light can alter the outcome of a photograph. You can have a beautiful model, stylish clothes, lovely surroundings, and a great pose, but the light will ultimately decide the fate of your photo.
Ideally, for crisp and clean images, you want to find soft, even lighting, such as open shade outdoors. However, this just isn't always possible.
If you're like most people these days, you're over the traditional "smile-and-stare" headshot. And when it comes to your social media presence, you need a variety of images that evoke your unique personality and lifestyle.
You've probably been seeing photography all over Instagram and Pinterest lately that looks so natural yet beautiful. It appears as if the photographer just followed the subject around all day as they did their own thing and just happened to capture the subject at a "perfectly imperfect" moment. As a photographer myself, I can tell you that couldn't be further from the truth.
I come from a family of creators. While my interest has been photography for over ten years, my dad builds and restores, and my mom sings, writes, and just recently found a love for gardening.
She has steadily been surrounding their house with beautiful many-colored florals that are easy to maintain but definitely make the once-unnoticed house stand out in the old neighborhood.
I just recently got a new (red) Canon camera AND it came with an extra telephoto zoom lens. Finally I can get a blurred bokeh background effect - perfect for portraits and up close detail shots!