"Hi Irene, I am opening a new interior decorating business and am in need of professional headshots/photos of me for website, business cards, print and online advertisements. I will need high resolution files to use for the above in color and B/W. I have no idea what would make a good background - hoping for some good advice... Thanks for any info. Donna"
That was the e-mail that popped into my inbox, and when we spoke on the phone, Donna went into more detail abut the type of business headshot series she was looking for, as well as her past experience with professional photographers.
"I need a business headshot series for my website, Facebook, Houzz, social media, grand opening flyers, ongoing seminars, and business cards. It's fine for the headshots to be done in a photography studio, as long as they have a feel of a home...
I really liked your website and professional headshots. In terms of the style, I liked your environmental business headshots. I don't have to have a crisp image behind me, but I want that feel... I want to look approachable but professional.
The last professional photographer I worked with was for engagement photography and wedding photography. The engagement photos looked great, but a couple of them were over-retouched. While my mother loved it, my nose looked so different. Sure, I want blemishes to be removed, but I still want these professional headshots to look like me."
In the end, Donna and I had a great time working together, and the end result of her business headshots shows exactly that! Many, many thanks to Donna as well for the awesome recommendation of our business headshot services that she so kindly wrote on NextDoor!
Check out K and D's finished wall portraits from their post-wedding bridal portraits/wedding portraits session! The first wall portrait is a 24x36 size canvas gallery wrap for K and D (above), and the second is a 30x40 custom-framed art print to hang in the entryway of K's parents' lakehouse home (below). Beautiful, are they not?
Many thanks as well for writing another amazing review of or bridal portraits/wedding portraits services on Google (see below).
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What are your hobbies? What are his hobbies? What do you enjoy doing for him? What do you enjoy doing together? Incorporate a theme into one or more of your boudoir photography setups to truly personalize your boudoir photos. Here are 3 examples of what some of our awesome boudoir photography clients have done to make their boudoir photos 100% their own.
Props: Painting canvas, easel, palette, paintbrushes & paints
Other prop ideas: finished paintings to decorate the background
Other paintress ideas: Body painting
Props: Books, apples, pencil for the hair, reading glasses
Other professora ideas: Pick a favorite literary series and use props that go with the series
Props: Cowboy hat, guitar, boots
Other prop ideas: beer bottles, whip, spurs
Other cowgirl ideas: Wild West theme, anyone?
Did you catch the previous blog post with some of my favorite images from Caitlin and Phil's sweet couple's portrait photography session at our Maryland photography studio? I had promised to post photos of their finished artwork, so voilà! A four piece canvas wall portrait love grouping for their family room. The largest wall portrait is 24x36 inches. We shipped the artwork via FedEX to their home in Sykesville, MD, and this is the e-mail I received from Caitlin:
"They arrived and I'm OBSESSED!! Thank you so much again and again!!"
Yay!!! This little e-mail made the day for our Maryland portrait photographers!
Celebrate your relationship with your own couple's portrait photography session.
"I would like to create a gift for my husband. He has seen your boudoir photography and I am interested in creating a memory for him/us," O wrote when she filled out the contact form on our website.
When O and I spoke on the phone a few days later, O mentioned that they'd been talking about boudoir photography for several years and wanted it to be tastefully done. She's been working out at the gym now more than she ever has before, and she wanted this boudoir photography session to be both a celebration of her achievements and a unique gift for her husband. "Classy boudoir, elegant, dramatic, and relaxed," were the words O chose to describe her ideal boudoir photography. Most important was that she wanted the photographs to look natural, like she just happened to look at the camera, and that they portray her doing things that she would normally do in daily life.
When I asked her how she and her husband wanted to enjoy her classy boudoir photography day after day, she said she hadn't thought that far ahead yet. They had been focused more on thinking of fun poses than about what to do with the resulting images. "I would be OK with one or two tasteful lingerie shots on the bedroom wall, though if he [my husband] had his way, he'd plaster them all over the house and carry snapshots in his wallet!"
Ten days later, I had the opportunity to speak with O's husband on the phone and to get his perspective on her ideal boudoir photography.
"She's almost 51 - has been lifting weights, and looks great. I want her to have a moment where her beauty is captured. I spent a lot of time researching boudoir photographers, reading reviews, and talking to other people who'd hired boudoir photographers for their wives... I also talked to a lot of other boudoir photographers who didn't want me involved. How do you feel about that?" he asked.
"I love when partners participate in the planning & design meeting and at the 'photo reveal'/ordering appointment!" I said. "For the boudoir photography session itself, that's up to you and O; my question for the two of you would be if your presence would make her feel more or less comfortable."
In the end, O's husband came with her to the planning & design meeting (and eventually to the 'photo reveal'/ordering appointment) and gave his input on what he wanted to see in her boudoir photography: uninterrupted lines... the lines of her biceps/abs... a photograph similar to one that her personal trainer has hanging in his gym of Marilyn Monroe lying on a bench lifting weights... And the result of our brainstorming was the selection of three themes for O's boudoir photography: a weightlifting theme, a belly dancing theme going back to O's husband's ethnic roots, and a book/literary theme in our classy boudoir bedroom. Many of O's boudoir photos - especially the book-themed photographs - are simply too sexy to post online here, so you'll just have to imagine them!
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