MUSINGS OF A PORTRAIT ARTIST
Friday, December 08, 2017
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, Boudoir Photographer
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Some months ago, an e-mail popped into my inbox:

"Notification: [Name] filled out your boudoir photography self-guided worksheet"

 

Yay! Another boudoir photography session! My favorite! I eagerly clicked on the e-mail to learn what my soon-to-be boudoir client was most nervous and excited about, and what her goals were for her boudoir photography session.

Why are you interested in doing a boudoir photography session? What are you expecting your boudoir photography session to do for you?
Feel good about myself, unique gift for my husband, increase passion in my relationship with my husband
[She later told me during our telephone consultation that she had wanted to do a boudoir photography session before, ever since she had been engaged to be married.  At the time, though, she didn't know what it was called, so she'd been thinking about it ever since.  Then, one of her friends did a boudoir photography session, which got her even more intrigued and interested.  Her 2-year wedding anniversary was coming up, and boudoir photography would be the perfect gift!]
When it comes to a boudoir photography session, I am most NERVOUS about……..
feeling confident in my own skin.
When it comes to a boudoir photography session, I am most EXCITED about……….
feeling sexy and beautiful.
Are there specific parts of your body that you or your partner (if applicable) really like and that you want your boudoir photographer to make sure to capture?
face, full body, and curves
What words would you use to describe your ideal boudoir photos?
Sexy, fun, relaxed, beautiful, personality-filled

What do you think? Have you, too, been searching for the perfect gift for your partner for his (or her!) birthday, Valentine's Day, Father's Day, wedding anniversary, or Christmas? Ready to celebrate your own sensual side in a gorgeous, classy boudoir photography session of your own?

Professional hair & makeup for this boudoir photography session by Veronica Kerrigan

 
Friday, December 01, 2017
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, Commercial Photographer in MD
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A month or two ago, we gave you 9 big reasons to add professional headshots & other commercial photography to your website. So now that you’re convinced of the importance of adding quality photography to your website, you might be wondering what types of images you could possibly add. So here are 6 types of commercial photography to consider.

1.  Portrait Photography of Company Employees

Every prospective client wants to be able to put a face to the name... to see who they might be working with and who they're going to be depending on to achieve results. Does the person/people look trustworthy? Professional? Skilled? Friendly? The portrait photography you place on your website will speak volumes. Here are three types of portrait photography to place on your website:

 

  • Individual headshots of key personnel

  • Group portraits of all or key personnel

  • Semi-posed or candid photos of employees in action

2.  Architectural Photography / Room Views of your Office or Storefront

What your office looks like – the architectural design, décor & furniture, meeting rooms, and reception area – all convey to the viewer an idea of your company’s professionalism and prosperity. If your office is well-maintained, prospective clients will feel like they’re in the hands of a competent, reputable, skilled company. After all, if your office looks prosperous, you must be good at your job. What your office looks like can also set expectations on fees. A rundown office will attract budget clients; a well-maintained, prosperous-looking office with well-done professional photography on the website will attract high-end clients. With this in mind, place architectural photography of your office on your website to draw in the type of clientele you want.

 

Whether your office is a standard office vs. a storefront or restaurant, the concept is the same.  For a restaurant in particular, you'll also want the photographs to demonstrate ambience, as pictured below.

3.   Product Photography of the Products (or Food) You Sell

I don't know about you, but I am a big Pinterest user. I've pinned and repinned thousands of pins since Pinterest came into being not that many years ago. Pinterest happens to be my favorite site to search for (food) recipes, and I've tried cooking many recipes that I discovered on Pinterest. And you know what I found? Through trial & error, I discovered that recipes with professional-looking food photography are, in general, better recipes than the ones with non-professional photography. Yes, it's true! A recipe with professional-looking food photos are more likely to be delicious than recipes accompanied by amateur-looking photography.

 

Well, translate that to your business and the tangible products that YOU sell. Lack of product photography or amateur-looking product photography will flatline your sales; professional product photography not only entices the viewer, but also gives the impression that it's a quality product,  making your sales boom!

4.  Photography of a Completed Service

Are you a landscape designer? A bathroom & kitchen remodeler? A home stager? An interior designer? You absolutely must have “after” photos if not both “before” and “after” photos. Great professional photography isn’t cheap. It may not make sense to hire a professional architectural photographer for the before photos. Splurge instead on professional photography for the after photos, and then use them to showcase your work with pride on your website portfolio.

5.    Photography of People Enjoying or Using Your Service

Go a step further and have your commercial photographer capture people enjoying your completed service… relaxing in the gorgeous garden you designed… enjoying dinner in the new morning room you built, etc. And if you can get real clients to agree to be photographed, then even better!

 

What if your work isn’t as tangible as all that? Say you’re a wedding DJ. You’d want photographs of people dancing the night away. If you’re an event designer, beyond room photos of the ceremony or reception area, how about atmospheric photos of wedding guests enjoying dinner? If you run a summer camp for kids, how about photographs of kids having fun at the camp carnival?

6.    Lifestyle Photography

Brand-building expert Denise Lee Yohn writes:

 

“We humans are emotional creatures. We make our purchase decisions based on how products promise to make us feel. That’s why great brands succeed by seeking intimate emotional connections with customers. Either the product satisfies an emotional need I have (“I want to feel healthy and successful”) or it offers me access to a self-identity that I want to experience and express (“I’m an athlete.”).”

 

So place lifestyle photography (with your product in use if applicable) on your website with the models portraying the emotions that your buyers will feel when they use your amazing product or service. In addition to or instead of selling a product or service, sell an emotional connection.

I hope your head is now spinning with new ideas of how to use commercial photography on your website to your advantage. Might it be time now to chat with the commercial photographer? We’re always happy to brainstorm with you.

 
Friday, November 24, 2017
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC - Award-Winning Portrait Photography
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It was their dad's 60th birthday coming up, and the two daughters wanted to celebrate by gifting their parents a family photography session of the 5 of them, with the thought that their parents would enjoy a large wall portrait of the family hung above the fireplace mantle of their parents' home. What a thoughtful gift! We met up at Manassas National Battlefield Park in Northern Virginia, and 5-year old Ananya wowed me with her sweet smiles. It was a beautiful day and our stroll along a wooded path resulted in a multitude of gorgeous family portraits. Enjoy some of my favorites from their early fall family pictures!

Has your mom been talking about a family photography session for years now? It's time to get it done with a portrait photography gift certificate from the DC area's premier family photographer.

 
Thursday, November 16, 2017
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, Family Photographer
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The T family was gifted this fall family photography session by a close friend of Mrs. T's mom. What a thoughtful gift! Little Man T was 1 1/2 years old, and their last portrait photography session was an in-hospital newborn photography session when Little T was born. 

 

 

While the T's came to our photo studio for their planning & design meeting back in August, originally intending summer family portraits, in the end, we decided on fall family pictures at beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson, Maryland.  As a family photographer, I am always in search of gorgeous backdrops, and Sugarloaf Mountain fits the bill!  The T's brought along their dog, Auggie, and a red wagon as a prop, and we supplied the big orange pumpkins for a true fall theme.  Enjoy some of my favorite photographs from among their collection of fall family pictures!  Aren't the ones with Little Man T pulling on, listening to, and laughing his head off amongst the pumpkins ever so adorable?!

 
Thursday, November 09, 2017
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, Boudoir Photographer for the Discerning
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I had promised a few months ago in my post about H's artistic & classy boudoir photography session to take some photographs of H's finished boudoir photography album, which was a gift for her husband, D.  While D. didn't come to H's boudoir photography session, he did join her for the "photo reveal" to pick the boudoir photos to go into his beautiful gift.  He had chosen 66 of his favorite images for a 10x10, 30-page artful storybook album.  Adorned with a gorgeous black fabric floral cover and glittery pearl inside pages, this album just screams luxury!  Enjoy the photos below of some of my favorite spreads from H's classy boudoir photography album!

 
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