Monday, June 10, 2019
By Gaithersburg Family Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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In addition to their five-piece canvas gallery wrap love grouping, the Ano's chose 32 of their favorite images from their Brookside Gardens family photography session for a beautiful, custom-designed heirloom photography album. With a luster photo cover and 30 stunningly vibrant, deep matte inside pages, this album will be a treasure this family will enjoy for generations! Enjoy some of my favorite spreads from their family photography album here!


There's no need to be green with envy.

It's never too late to get started building your family photography legacy.

Sunday, June 02, 2019
By Gaithersburg Online Dating Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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During our telephone consultation, Adnan told me that his current dating profile included only selfies, so "I don't have a lot of good online dating photos," he said. "Sometimes I look in the mirror at myself, and then I look at my pictures, and it looks like two different people, even after flipping the images back.  And, I'm not comfortable being photographed," he confided. 


This is why our online dating photography process, where he'd be able to see his online dating photos as they are created and provide feedback, was perfect for him.


Not too long later, we met up with Adnan at Gaithersburg, Maryland's Seneca Creek State Park. Adnan brought along his mountain bike as a prop, and while we didn't include any bodybuilding props, we were able to demonstrate his physique as a bodybuilder in his online dating photos!


Do you look at your online dating photos and think to yourself that they just don't look like you?


Let our award-winning online dating photographer solve your problem by creating a collection of images that perfectly represent you.

Sunday, May 26, 2019
By Commercial Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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What is Personal Branding?

Jeff Bezos of Amazon famously defined your personal brand as:


“What people say about you when you are not in the room.”


And in his “Fast Company” article, “The Brand Called You,” Tom Peters wrote:


“Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.”

How to Use Personal Brand Photography

In today’s world, everything is visual… Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, your website… And yet, you must have noticed as you’ve visited business websites over the past month that so many companies – especially small businesses - are overusing bland stock photographs or have neglected to include images of the people behind the company. The good thing about this is that if YOU nurture your personal brand, including with unique, personality-filled personal brand photography, then you’ll easily stand out among the sea of your competition.


Your personal brand is the brand of you. You have a personality, and it’s critical that your personal brand photography portray that. Now, a headshot is just that – a shot of your head. A headshot could help to elevate your brand, but not every headshot falls into the category of personal branding. In order for a headshot to support your personal brand, it needs to be creative and authentic. So an authentic, creative professional headshot can be one type of personal branding photo, but at the same time, you’ll need more than a headshot to completely represent your personal brand. Personal brand photography can also include full body lifestyle portraits, action shots, and detail images that tell you and your business’s story.

Your personal branding photo collection will have a plethora of uses, including in social media, print marketing materials, your website, magazine features, publications, and more! Your personal branding photos – if done right - will be priceless!

Preparing for Your Personal Brand Photography Session

In order for your professional photographer to create images that truly represent your personal brand the way you want them to, you’ll have to put some thought into what it is that you want your brand to communicate… what you want it to convey… as well as how and where you might like to use your personal brand photography. Here are a few questions to think about as you undertake this journey.


• Where do you want to use your personal branding photos RIGHT NOW? How many finished photographs will you be using RIGHT NOW?


• What opportunities do you forsee in the future that you would need photography for that you wish to plan for now?  How many personal branding photos do you need NOW for use in the FUTURE?


(As you count, think about your website - homepage, banners, the about and contact pages ; social media platforms - Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter; print marketing pieces - brochures, flyers, advertisements, business cards; publications - book covers, articles you write, features from others… even your dating profile!  And by the way, about business cards - see our article here on "What's On Your Business Card & How to Network Like a Pro.")


• What is or what do you want your brand’s personality to be? Name five adjectives.


• What is your brand’s mission? (Check out this article on on “4 Techniques for Crafting a Mission Statement Worth Remembering.”)


• Gather samples of your current brand materials electronically to share with your professional photographer.


• Pin images you like to a private board on Pinterest. Make sure you start by browsing your professional photographer’s portfolio and pinning headshots and personal brand photography you like to the Pinterest board, then expand outward by browsing and pinning other photographs that you find elsewhere or on Pinterest.


Don't lose yet another opportunity.  Don't waste yet another moment.

Elevate your personal brand today.

Monday, May 20, 2019
By DC Wedding Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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We had photographed Jasper, Kiki, and their three kids late last year during a goofy family photography & little artist chalkboard session at our Maryland photography studio. This time, Jasper came back to me and said:


"We've been married for more than a decade, but we didn't have a 'real wedding,' and Kiki had said that one day she wants wedding photography. I'd like to do a '(wedding) dress and tux' portrait session as a gift to her for our wedding anniversary this year."


Of course, I was absolutely delighted that Jasper would come back to us for these special memories that they and their children and eventually grandchildren and great-grandchildren will treasure forever.


Because these wedding portraits would be so special, Jasper decided to extend the standard 1-hour portrait photography session into 2 hours. And so one evening, we met up at Old Town Alexandria in Virginia, and spent a few hours meandering the streets and waterfront. At their "photo reveal" and ordering appointment several weeks later, Jasper and Kiki chose a canvas wall portrait of their favorite image along with 34 other portraits for a custom-designed wedding photography album. Check back soon for photos of their finished album and wall portrait!


Married but still haven't gotten the wedding portraits you always dreamed of? 

It's not too late to create these memories.

Monday, May 13, 2019
By Fairfax Family Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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"I have an organic family of five, plus my mother and son’s girlfriend. My kids will be visiting this summer, and it has been years since we've taken family portraits. We'd like a family photography session that would produce (fingers crossed) a large group portrait, organic family portraits, kids only portraits, and couple's portraits for my wife and I and my son and his girlfriend," Mike wrote in his initial e-mail.


Later on the phone with him and his wife, Patty, I asked 'Out of the hundreds of DC family photographers in our area, why did you choose to call us?' And they said:


"Your outdoor family photography gallery looks fantastic. We want something 'above' choosing between backdrops in a photography studio, and we need a family photographer who will direct us and come up with ideas, because our weakness is lack of creativity!"


And so, we planned their outdoor family photography session at Northern Virginia's George Mason University near their home in Fairfax. What a fun group! Enjoy some of my favorites from their session below!


Has it been years since you've had family portraits created?


While we can't bring those years back for you, our award-winning family photographer can help you preserve priceless memories here and now.

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