You can’t run from it any longer.
Your face is on every point of contact. Your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram email signature, website and business card all have your lovely mug all up on it.
So what photo did you choose?
Is it professional?
Does it say, “come work with me?”
Does it draw in the clients and separate you from the competition?
Do you look approachable?
Did you crop it out of a cell phone picture of a night out with your friends?
…Did you crop it out of an old pic with your ex?
Let’s be honest. The way you present yourself online is the first impression people have of you. Have you been intentional about it?
“But Ashley, I HATE having my photo taken.” I hear that daily. Truly, 90% of the people that come into my studio tell me that they absolutely hate it.
So that’s my job. To put you at ease, and get you to give me a genuine expression that makes people look at you and say, “Hey, she looks like...
Can we talk for a sec?
Here's the thing.
When I was in high school in Atlanta, we had our senior photography sessions during the summer before, or early fall of senior year.
This was great because during the school year, when different organizations finished their season and had banquets, they could collect the images for slideshows, any yearbook requests were ready to go, and most importantly, we were not rushing to get them done in a short 2-3 week spring window after the weather improved but before we needed to send out graduation announcements.
When I moved to Texas, however, it was all different and here is what I see:
1. Photographers are scrambling to try to fit everyone into the short window
2. "We already bought the invitations, they offered at school, and now I wish we had waited for the photos and made our own."
3. It's raining for the 12th day in a row, as happens in spring time...
4. It is already 90 degrees...how did that happen?
Years ago, when I was first starting my photography business, we had a family friend who was battling breast cancer.
We always knew that there was a chance that we would loose her, but the thought of her 3 young daughters loosing a mother was just unbearable, so we all kept a good attitude and her large community of friends in our very close knit town did everything we could to make the final year the best it could be.
Many people offered time at beach houses, cooked meals, drove the kids to various activities, etc.
What could I do? I had this camera and this vision of lifestyle family photos, so we picked a sunny afternoon and I came over to capture a day snuggling in bed, sitting by the pool, and snagging those tiny moments.
Years later, scrolling through my facebook feed on her birthday or the anniversary of the day she was called up, one of those images will catch my eye, and my breath. Her daughters share them often. They treasure them.
Looking for a Bryan College Station Newborn Photographer?
It can be tough to search through pages and pages on google. Here are a few tips to help you through the process:
1. Who do you want in the photos. Do you want images of just the baby or are there siblings and parents and maybe even grandparents involved? Many newborn photographers do not photograph anyone besides the baby so if family photos are important to you, be sure to ask.
2. Are you looking for a year long portrait package? Some photographers will offer a session collection pack if you sign up for a few portrait sessions throughout baby's first year. For example, my portrait package comes with 4 sessions, that can be custom scheduled depending on baby's milestone progress, and then at the end of the year, I will pre design an album with images from each session, taking the pressure off of you to keep up with a baby book.
3. Do you want someone to create the print work for you? Many photographers in the...