You wouldn't believe how many calls I get that start with a request for "not the typical daunting, intimidating, yet dreary formal headshot". Clients usually continue on with something like "we should probably do one of those though, you know, so I have it for when I need it".
What if I told you that you can have a stunning headshot that is not of the lackluster, yet terrifying kind? I am doing my very best to create a different, fun-filled, and personalized experience for you. Here are some of the ingredients along with Riya's story, who came for her branding portraits. She is starting a new Zumba business and a new marriage officiating venture, all in the same year! Congrats Riya!!
This year I have introduced the amazing work of Michele Falk to our studio. She has been a really successful hair artist at the Juut salon in Downtown Palo Alto for about 20 years or so!! She has been my own hair stylist for about 8 of those years. She brings makeup, but also lets you bring your own, and really emphasizes a natural look so you feel at your best instead of unnaturally styled.
Moreover, I have invested in a very cool environmentally friendly power station that can run Michele's hair dryer! This means that you can get your hair done right on a cliff. Sound good anyone? Yes? Yes!!!
In Riya's case we had Michele do a beautiful blow dry followed by some slight waves. It looked fantastic, let me tell you! Riya had Michele use mostly her personal makeup and looked stunning!
When we begin our journey together, we will meet for a consultation. This is when I show you all the art that you can choose from, but more importantly, it is also when I can help you decide what will look best in your photos. Hint: solid colors are usually a good choice. If you have more than one person in your session, similar tones such as blue tones work well together. Plaid patterns, stripes, and similar look very nice in a nature setting, and depending on the particular garment also in the studio. I'd probably advise against busy prints, in particular flower prints, as they tend to compete with the background. With any of these recommendations the most important thing though is that you feel comfortable in your clothes. This will really influence how you feel and look in your photos!
In Riya's case we settled on a formal black top combined with a black skirt for her formal officiant photo. We also chose her Zumba outfits and settled on a teal-black top with black tights! She looked so cool!!
Several of my clients have told me recently that they were super worried about having their photo taken. Jennifer, an awesome real estate interior designer who had a lot of camera anxiety, was so relieved that she had her branding photos taken for the first time in so many years that she sent her mom a piece of wall art and her boyfriend an entire album, even though this was a branding session! Ali came for a simple headshot and told me that she was relieved and how it felt a lot easier than she had imagined. Andrea decided to take me on a hike to help with the anxiety. Fret not, the trails are my specialty as an ultrarunner - we formed such a beautiful relationship on that hike.
In summary, I'll do anything to make you feel at ease. This could simply be to take photos outside when we sense discomfort, or some reassurance that everything will look great. Or it could be a whole personalized session like in Andrea's case, where we take the time to go out of our ways to create that relaxed environment.
In Riya's case, the to her most comfortable spot was her backyard! It was stunning too! I loved it there. I think we got some nicely relaxed images of her.
My promise to you with my services is to help you every step of the way. We're all so busy (ask me about that!!) that it's really important to me to give you something that is ready for use. I can help you with your vision - tell me about the negative space you'd like in your photos the book cover you'd like designed, the business cards, heck, I even help you build your website! Or, if you're the kind who likes to do this themselves, fret not, I will stand back! ;-)
See some examples below for finalized products - a book cover image, a magazine cover photograph, a business website for Boucherie Atlantique, a LinkedIn profile headshot, a color coherent collection of team headshots, and more.
I think my work has a style that is known for different things: for one, I like to create colorful, interesting branding photos. I also like to incorporate the majestic power of nature wherever I can. I hate to be fenced in as a person, so I love seeking out fun and new ideas that are outside the box. If you're a professional who likes to stand out among the crowd, having a "different" and appealing image set to use can be a game changer. Imagine your cool looking, adventurous headshot on your book cover! Or a billboard! The newspaper! People will see you and notice you without even needing to add a word of text. This is what I am here for.
In Riya's case I enjoyed incorporating some of the beautiful landscaping in her backyard. We also photographed her in her colorful Zumba outfit. Below are also the photos of Andrea on our hike, and of Jennifer in her element on a tree, with flowers in her hands.
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