Posts with tag: "environmental business portraits"
Thursday, January 11, 2018
By Photographers in MD - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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Hooooraaaaaay! The 2017 "People Love Us On Yelp" award is out, and our photography studio is an award-winner for the second year running! Nothing warms our heart more than having the honor of creating gorgeous portrait photography of babies, families, couples, and individuals, and having amazing, wonderful clients who are nothing short of ravingly joyous about their experience with our photography studio. Thanks to each and every one of you who took a few moments from your busy schedule to share your thoughts online with others this past year!

Monday, September 18, 2017
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, Professional Headshot Photographer
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I originally met Juliet Mandler of Everyday Events LLC - wedding & event planner extraordinaire - more than a year earlier when she was helping one of her engaged couples in their search for their wedding photographer. Seven months later, we were both working booths at a community vendor fair, and Juliet happened to see one of my business cards with an environmental portrait of a home remodeler on the back. "Do you do business portraits?" she asked. "I like my old headshot, but I want to replace it with something current," she explained.


Some months later, another e-mail from Juliet popped into my inbox:


"I want to have an [in-studio headshot] image where somewhere in the background (if it works out this way, on a table) is a table setting that I will create. Have you ever done this before? I would love to talk more, but am off site for a wedding today and tomorrow. I'll touch base with you next week."


When we did speak on the phone, she described her vision further.


"The logo for my event & wedding planning business is gold and teal. I want to incorporate those colors and the feel of my brand into my headshots. I will start thinking about some kind of table design to be in the background..."

In the end, we decided to set up in the dining room of our Clarksburg, Maryland photography studio, which has a photogenic wood table and buffet and green walls to match her brand colors.  Notice the gold glow in the background of her business portraits?  On the floor and hidden behind the buffet is a light with an orange gel (a sheet of orange plastic) covering it.  The light is pointed upwards along the wall to look like uplighting that you'd see at a wedding, and the orange color of the gel mixes with the green paint of the wall to make the light gold color that you see there.  I love that I was able to make the colors go perfectly with the teal and gold of her brand!


We began with her standing, then sitting in front of the table on a chair for a more formal business portrait.  Then... creativity unleashed!  Juliet got to work doing exactly what she does best: taking a hodge podge of table settings and accent decor items and turning them into a feast of beauty and color!


Everyday Events LLC makes every celebration memorable, fun, and worry-free!  Do you have something extra-special to celebrate?  Visit Every Day Events LLC online here, and take the stress out of planning!  And finally, a fun tidbit: I also learned that Juliet and her brother are former competitive ballroom dancers, and Everyday Events also offers dance lesson packages!

Are you & your business unique & creative?

If so, you need unique & creative headshots to match.

Many thanks to Juliet for writing this awesome 5-star review of our professional headshot services on Yelp!

Well what are you waiting for? There's no other headshot photographer better at understanding and meeting the unique needs of the successful professional.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, Washington DC Headshots
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It was the fall of 2013 when I first met Maryland realtor, Alecia Scott, at a local networking event. She had told me that she likes to update her headshot every few years, and that she didn't like her existing business portrait because it was over-retouched and just didn't feel or look like her. Her daughter, Olivia, was joining her in her real estate business, and so we had set off the following month to Rockville Town Center on a mission to create a series of professional headshots that were precisely her and Olivia's style!


Fast forward 3.5 years, and Scott Team International had grown and expanded into a team of seven! They were about to be named (yet again) Washingtonian Magazine's Top Agents of 2017. Alecia wanted unified headshots for all of them, plus team portraits to be used in the Washingtonian Magazine Top Agents issue and on their award plaque. "Let's go back to Rockville Town Center," Alecia said. "Why mess with what worked so well last time?"


And so a month later, we met up again in Rockville, Maryland and we got to meet the entire team of seven.  How fun!  Everyone was amazing to work with...  No wonder they were named Top Agents!  Congratulations to Scott Team International, realtors extraordinaire!


Top realtors know what a difference the right professional headshot photographer makes.

Don't lose another prospect because of a sub-par headshot.

Friday, December 09, 2016
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, Maryland Political Campaign Photographers
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This is the second time that we would create a series of photographs for a Maryland political candidate’s campaign.  On this second occasion, Derek Kent found us through the American Society of Media Photographers, during a search for advertising commercial photographers who could provide professional headshot photography, family photography, and political campaign photography, for use on campaign materials and his campaign website.  We met up for two separate sessions, the first for his professional headshot at our Clarksburg, MD photography studio, and the second at a local park for the family photography and political campaign photography.  Kent has declared his candidacy for District 32 of Maryland’s House of Delegates in 2018; check him out on his website here.


Running for office?  Need political campaign photography?

Thursday, August 18, 2016
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, DC Head Shot Photographers
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Maria used to work for Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in Georgia, and as a long-time PPA member, I was really delighted when her e-mail popped into my inbox:


“You probably don’t remember me (or maybe you do) from my days at PPA, but I now live and work in the DC area!  I’m also no longer in the photography industry but am still doing government affairs… I’d love to get an updated head shot for LinkedIn and other professional media… Please feel free to drop me an e-mail at this address or perhaps we can set up a time to chat by phone.”


Of course I remembered Maria!  I could never forget the assistance and guidance that we were lucky enough to have from her on numerous subjects over multiple years, and I was flattered that she would think of us for her head shot photography needs, of the hundreds or even thousands of PPA members in the Washington DC area.

When we chatted on the phone about her vision for her updated head shot, she opted for an environmental head shot (as opposed to a studio-style head shot on a backdrop), because an environmental head shot would be more different and set her apart from the crowd.  A few weeks later, when Maria came to our suburban Maryland photography studio, and I took her on a little tour of the areas that we could photograph in and furniture and decor we could use as props or backgrounds, Maria chose to be photographed on lime artwork (which happened to be a composition of three photographs that I had created).  I must say, Maria looks awesome in her updated head shots!


 Need your very first professional head shot or an updated head shot?

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