Posts with tag: "headshots"
Sunday, December 08, 2019
By Gaithersburg Business Portrait Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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A month or two ago, I blogged about Steve's fall family photography session at Sugarloaf Mountain.  Well, when I met Steve, he was also designing a new website for his intellectual property law firm and needed new attorney business portraits for his website, a book cover, business cards, and other marketing materials.  


We brainstormed about potential locations for his attorney business portraits, and in the end, chose the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA, as a perfectly fitting backdrop for his work as an intellectual property attorney.  Here are some of our favorites from his Alexandria, VA attorney business portrait session.  And many thanks to Steve for writing the awesome review below about our DC business portrait photography services for attorneys and other professionals!


Starting a new law firm?  Designing a new website?  We're here to help.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019
By DC Headshot Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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As an author and motivational speaker, Tyecia had mentioned her website to me on our phone call, so of course, when we got off the phone, I headed over to find out more about her in preparation for our professional headshot session. And I was impressed in reading about not only the challenges she has faced throughout her life (foster child, drugs, early teenage pregnancy, being stabbed, incarceration...) but how she has OVERCOME them in order to be launching her own radio show in October! 


Tyecia had promised to share with me the radio show promotional flyer once the designer had finished it and added the professional headshot I created for her, and it looks absolutely AMAZING!  I just had to share the flyer with you, as well as another one of my favorite professional headshots from her studio photography session. Tune in to the show, and in the meantime, learn more about Tyecia here!


Have big dreams for your own personal brand?

Brand yourself with personal brand photography that makes all the difference.

Sunday, August 04, 2019
By MD Headshot Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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It was the 6th, yes the 6th(!), time since 2014 (and the 2nd time this year) that we were out at Jonas Green Park in Annapolis, Maryland, to create professional headshots of a new team member at the Campbell Foundation. Fortunately for Katrina and us, it wasn't nearly as windy and cold as it had been back in January for Alex's professional headshots! We got so many great images for Katrina; here are some of my favorites from her Annapolis headshot photography session!


Go with the headshot photographer that companies use over and over... and over... again.

And here's a big thank you to the Campbell Foundation for another stellar review of our Maryland headshot photography services on Google!

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Monday, June 17, 2019
By Rockville Headshot Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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Alecia Scott of Scott Team International knows how important branding photography is to her real estate business, so every few years, she comes back to us for updated team portraits and business headshotsWe had last photographed the Scott Team in 2017 for the year's Washingtonian Magazine Top Agents award, and this year would be our third time photographing them. 

This year, Alecia wanted an updated team portrait, a business headshot for one of their new employees, and an updated business headshot for Olivia.  Our previous branding photography sessions had been at Rockville Town Center, so this year, we headed over to the Canopy by Hilton hotel in Bethesda, Maryland, which had a ton of super photogenic areas for us to choose from for backdrops, both indoors and on their rooftop terrace.


Elevate your corporate brand or personal brand with Bethesda branding photography that makes an impact!

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.

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