The new owners of Willowbrook Apple Farm had a lot on their hands: 3 kids, 2 full time jobs, home schooling, AND now, and then a pandemic hit. Said apple farm also came complete with some extra houseguests: a mini-pony, a mini-donkey, chickens, a couple of cats, a dog and the most recent addition: a pig named Delilah.
By now you’ve hopefully booked your branded photo session with me (and if not, get on that). We’ll spend our session thoughtfully capturing photos of the best features of your business—the people and products that make your business unique. We’ve already discussed what your business goals are and how your branded photo collection can help you achieve them. You're ready to boost your social media presence, but now what?
If you want to attract your ideal customers, you need great photos to market yourself! Sugared Salon in South Lake Tahoe was interested in a suite of images that allows them to represent their business authentically in a way that captures the essence of the salon. Our priorities for their photoshoot were to capture the decor, interiors, staff and salon services in a way that would convey to customers what to expect upon arrival and during their experience.
Burnout in photography is real. It's hard to create boundaries when your office is in your living room. While I know a few business-savvy photographers with killer experience and sales tactics, the majority of photographers I've befriended or met over the years consider themselves creatives, through-and through. The end result: a ton of small business owners barely keeping their businesses about water. I’m going to cover how you can start selling smarter, not harder, so that you can truly enjoy running your photography business—not running your sanity into the ground.
It is always more challenging, creatively speaking, to bring a new idea to fruition, as we recently did with this ad project for the Austin based office of Sensory Interactive, a design firm that designs and builds high-profile projects that range from master planning, to digital urban experiences, interactive exhibits, large format digital art, sports arena displays and urban spectacles such as those found in Las Vegas and Times Square. As a photographer, I would always rather photograph in new places than in the same locations repeatedly - it is more creatively inspiring to seek out inspiring backgrounds than to return to the same old standbys as you do when returning to the same locations again and again. These challenges force you to trust in your experience, knowledge and ability to pull off a successful shoot. Read more about our design and my creative process as an Austin commercial photographer here.
Whether you’re needing a new LinkedIn headshot or an entire suite of branded photos for your company site (or even a publication feature!), these tips will help you nail the vibe you’re going for. If you're wondering how to prepare for your headshot sessions, the most important piece of advice I give for professional business portraits comes down to one main thing: don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for your session! Give yourself time to find a couple outfits that you not only look good on you, but that feel good, too.
I've been extolling the benefits of revamping your headshots on my blog and instagram for quite some time but thankfully, Matt and Melissa already know the value of a quality headshot. It's important to infuse a bit of your personality into your headshot and this is where an environmental portrait comes in. Your professional headshots in Austin, TX can involve the neighborhoods and backdrops that you do business in or identify with the most. If you're interested in a Austin headshot photographer, you can see more of their Austin headshot session here.
It's been a weird ride since Covid started, we all know it, but January was particularly hard on me as I grappled with the realization that for the third year in a row, running my business is going to be a significant challenge and that I am unlikely to have enough work to sustain me. Thankfully, I had the fantastic opportunity and freedom to head up to Spokane to work on Allen Stone's Allen-Tines Day Special. Having something to do for a week, a reason to get out of bed each day, and a group of hard working people around me was so creatively fulfilling. The energy of being on set with a bunch of hilarious, creative musicians with a wacky vision and a crazy idea was so rewarding. Allen-Tines Day Special features Allen Stone, Teddy Swims, Julian Gavilanes and Tom Cantillon as the pop sensations Round’N 3rd, who reunite decades after they broke the band up. They will sing 90’s R&B magic like ‘U Got It Bad’ by Usher, ‘ Back At One’ by Brian Mcknight and many more and I can say with certainty - this shit is lit. Read more about my experience working with this talented group of musicians and behind the scenes photos here!
I'm a photographer who promises to cuss only three times in front of your grandma, will throw back tequila shots with you at the end of the night on your dance floor, sends koozies to all my clients, and isn't afraid to tell your Aunt Myra no. My ideal client is adventurous and laid back. They are backyard BBQ-ing whiskey drinking partiers that just want to celebrate their day with the people they love most. They value classic photography and those are 100% the kind of people I attract most often. How do YOU attract your ideal photography clients? Don't worry - this bitch is here to help.
I’ve worked on editorial and commercial photoshoots for local, international, small, and large businesses for close to ten years now. I take photos that authentically represent businesses: photos you see on websites, in magazines, emails, ads, marketing brochures, and more. Investing in headshot and branding photos is a commitment to showing off your business in a cohesive and professional way, even if your role or company is laid back.
As a longtime (14 years! Whew!) opinionated local, I have no shortage of suggestions for where to eat, drink, play and explore in Lake Tahoe. I love where I live and I love showing it off even more. After many years of just sharing this info via email, I figured that a nice pandemic slowdown was the perfect time to share some love to my favorite Tahoe haunts. As such, here is my official Local's Guide to Lake Tahoe!
Were you headed to SXSW? Do you know how to survive a SXSW cancellation? 75,000 people were about to descend upon Austin, TX for SXSW, one of the world's premier music, film and tech festivals. For the first time in 34 years, the event will not go on. While SXSW is mostly known for its music festival, what really brings the money to Austin (and $350 million plus of it at that), is the Interactive portion, which draws a young audience of inventors, investors and risk takers looking for networking opportunities and the next big thing. At any given moment all over the city there are thousands of opportunities to learn, network, workshop and cultivate relationships. For 8 years now, I've been working for the Sales Department at the event, as a SXSW event photographer responsible for documenting the return on investment for their sponsors. It's exhausting. It's exhilarating. It's incredibly fun. And now, it's not happening. Here's how to survive in the wake of this devastating news.