One of the things I specialize in is capturing your child’s and family’s true spirit and personality during portrait sessions. Not just stiff posed photos where you look nice. Sure, you want to look great, but you also want to say, “That portrait is so THEM! That’s exactly the expression I recognize.”
This isn’t easy, as your children, spouse, and perhaps even you are possibly meeting me for a the first time, probably at a new location, I’m a stranger behind big black camera, and we are asking them to do things they don’t usually do.
But, as you’ll see from my images and these kind words from super-happy portrait families, capturing stunning images of your children’s true spirit is one of the unique things I deliver to clients.
While I focus (pun intended!) on local baby, children and family portraits, these tips will apply to anyone, anywhere planning a professional portrait session with their children.
Here are my top 5 tips for parents looking to have authentic images of your child and family:
Tip 1) Select the right photographer. Look at their portfolio, and see if their style is what you are looking for. Do you prefer posed images? Or more lifestyle images, where people are relaxed and not looking at the camera? Do you prefer indoor images shot in a studio, or perhaps in your house? Or outdoor images with nature as your backdrop, or perhaps in urban settings? An experienced photographer will have galleries for each of the types of images they shoot, and should have enough images to give you a good idea of their style.
Tip 2) Budget accordingly. Expect to spend money on the right photographer, since talented photographers are in-demand and appropriately compensated for their work. Something to consider: of all the “optional” things you will spend money on this year (restaurants, movies and concerts, new clothes, spa and hair services, those impulse buys at Target and Costco), professional portraits will be one of the most long-lasting purchases, giving you and others the most joy for years to come.
Two Key Tasks: Find a photographer whose style you love and budget appropriately.
Tip 3) Share advance intel. Tell the photographer a few things about your child(ren) in advance – things they like to watch, read, do. That will help create a quick connection and conversation starting point. Similarly, tell your child about the exciting event you are going to do together. Build it up as something special and fun. With your child, visit the photographer’s About Me section of their website – show your children the photographer’s photo, and a bit about them. This will make your child more comfortable with the photographer. And this doesn’t just apply to young children – even teenagers are a bit more comfortable knowing about the photographer (even if they won’t admit it.)
Two Key Tasks: Tell the photographer two things your kid likes, and visit the photographer’s About Me page with your child.
Tip 4) Follow the photographer’s preparation suggestions. A experienced photographer will send you detailed instructions on how to prepare, which go beyond just selecting cute clothes for everyone. Invest time in reading them and doing all the ones that make sense for you and your family. As I tell my clients, proper preparations can take your photos from Amazing to Mind-Blowing.
Key Tasks: Review and follow the prep tips. And if all else fails, make sure your kids are well rested, super clean (noses, eyes, face, fingernails, etc.) and select clothes your kids are comfortable in.
Tip 5) Relax. Once you have done all your preparation work, let the photographer do their job. I know it’s tempting to step in and tell you kid what to do/not to do, but that usually creates a more stressed/less cooperative kid, not a more cooperative one. Professional Photographers have plenty of tricks up their sleeve, and sometimes even a roll of SmartiesTM.
Two Key Tasks: Show your child you are relaxed and having fun, and trust the photographer to get amazing images (Because you did follow tip #1, right? 😉 )
Here is an idea for what to wear for spring portraits. Can’t you just imagine doing this outfit and riding an old fashioned bike, with the photo session set at a park? Perhaps a French Baguette in the basket of the bike?
This special grey-blue is introverted and complementary to just about anyone lucky enough to be wearing it! Whites and greys are ideal companions to create a complete look. Lovely to look at on camera and versatile for indoors, outdoors, urban, or out in nature, Provincial Blue is a great, low-risk choice for anyone putting together their outfit.
Happy Mother’s Day!
A few of my favs of children and mothers, in celebration of motherhood:
I just love videos for explaining concepts or doing product reviews. Here’s a quick explainer video for what it’s like to work with me:
If you are looking for family portraits, that video gives you a super quick overview of me, the kind of photos I create, and my style.
Below are a few more key links that people like to have, when they are looking for a Denver family photographer and considering working with me.
Feel free to check them out. And, if you aren’t in the area looking for a Denver family photographer, ask your local photographer if they have similar links available for you to check out. In addition to pricing and their gallery, be sure to see a video or a sample of a full session – I always recommend seeing an entire session by your photographer. Because anyone can take one or two good photos, but you want a photographer that will deliver and entire gallery of great images for you to select from.
Not all photographers have a studio, but if they do have one, you’ll want to ask where it is and what it is like. Their studio is a great meeting place, you can see their product samples and it also provides a back up shooting location if your outdoor location gets rained/snowed out. (Although it can be very fun to shoot in the rain and snow!
These photos were taking almost exactly a year apart. PS – For our last “1 year apart” image, click here.
I highly recommend annual photo sessions WITH your kids. It’s so fun to see how they grow from year to year.
As I tell all my client, friends, family (anyone who will listen, really) – investing in quality family portraits is one of the best choices you can make this year.
Long after the spontaneous Target or Costco shopping spree is spent (been there, done that), or the stylish purse, the on-trend shoes, the expertly applied streaky hair highlights (or purple hair tips) are gone, long after the fancy meals are eaten, the fine wine is drunk and forgotten, long after the pretty new couch looks worn and old – these images are what will last forever and bring you joy several generations.
Here is an idea for what to wear for spring couples portraits.
Margarita is a soft sage green that reminds us Spring is somewhere around the corner, but not quite here yet! This hue is innocent and graceful, and can be worn as an accent color or as the main piece. Leather shoes and accessories look fantastic alongside this tone.
Ever wonder what a Denver highschool senior portrait session looks like? Here is a video from a Premier Highschool Senior Session – two locations, 5 outfit changes, 30 amazing images:
And here is a collage with their favorite images. I’m really enjoying the dual nature of sharing both video and photos:
These images were done at one of my satellite studio locations in Downtown Denver, and also at the very beautiful and always fun Washington Park.
Bella brought a variety of clothes, and did her own hair and make up. Her mother came for the session, but stayed out of the way so that her daughter would be super relaxed and comfortable. This is one of those families that I love to shoot for year after year.
Here is an idea for what to wear for spring couples portraits. Since our spring is so variable, you could easily pair this with a little cream cardigan sweater.
Brighter than the other blues in this collection, Cascade is optimistic and playful. Soft sand tones as accents allow this special blue to shine. Cascade is another wonderful choice for those who aren’t quite sure what color would look best; it won’t let you down! A perfect color to wear for the camera.
Here’s a little BTS (behind the scenes) peek at my ever-growing baby prop collection. I tend to do more natural / lifestyle baby images, and I esp like to make images that include parents. But, we will usually do at least one or two of the “posed” images, and parents have a huge collection to select from! Do you see the “lions and tigers and bears” in the upper right/ Or the hungry caterpillar in the lower left, near the owl? Of course we have all three major sports: football, soccer and basketball (sorry baseball – I don’t have you here, but we did use a father’s baseball glove once, and put his baby son in it!). There is also a lion, and Xmas props and even a sock monkey!
Here are the props, sans bebe:
Here is an idea for what to wear for spring portraits.
“Blushing shades of dusty pink and mauve are uppity and oh-so-cute against the moody grey skies of the cooler season. Leather footwear and chocolate accents ground the brighter pinks while adding natural textures to the overall look. “
Yesterday I shared what a Headshots with Personality(sm) On-Location session looks like for a local executive / businessman . Today I’m sharing images for a in-studio shoot for an entire management team. This is a good approach if you want the images to have a uniform look in terms of posting, lighting, etc.
I always provide tips on how to prepare your team for headshots (as it ‘s often a new experience).
We can use a plain gray or white background. That will give you plenty of options on what to do with the images, and different backgrounds you can use in post-processing. (Because it’s so much easier to remove or replace a plain colored background with uniform lighting than a complex one.)
Denver Headshots for Management Team
The first couple months of the year are super slow for family portraits – because every had their portrait done last fall for their holiday cards. But, it’s a very busy time for headshots. Seems the new year brings on lots of new goals, and often “Having a great headshot” is one of those goals. I offer two types of headshots: both in-studio and on-location. Today I’m sharing on-location, and tomorrow (or, honestly, whenever I get around next to blogging!) will show some studio images for a team.
Here’s a sample of what a Headshots with Personality(sm) session looks like for a local executive / businessman . He didn’t want anything too wild, but he also didn’t want anything that was boring – he was looking for something that was professional and out of the ordinary. You can see that we did a variety of poses and backgrounds, so that he has some different images to use for different occasions.
Here is an idea for what to wear for winter (or fall) portraits. I know this idea only shows adults clothing, but you can use the style and colors as a guideline for what to buy for kiddos, too. And many people who work at clothing stores LOVE to help you pull together outfits when you come in with an inspiration or guide image like this one.
And, if you are wondering who to dress first – it’s yourself, Mom. (Or Dad, if you are the one booking and organizing the shoot.) Then build everyone else’s outfits around yours.
Rich rhubarb red is ready for Fall or Winter – a deep, complex tone that commands attention. This festive color is so powerful even a small accent of it, like a pair of shoes or wool scarf, is enough to add vibrance to the dullest of outfits and backgrounds.
A few days ago I shared 6 ideas for how to display your Denver family portraits. I just have to share this one more idea:
I love how her super coolmom put together this wall collage of the portraits I made and art that her 3 yo daughter made! A perfect combo to celebrate her! Note how it looks great now, but also has room to add wall portraits from future shoots (like an all-family shoot). Thank you to my client for sending this iphone photo of their display wall.
Here is one of the photos up close, so you can get a good feel of the individual photos:
One of the hottest products right now are Wall Collections / Canvas Clusters for your Family Portraits. If you are wondering what that would look like, well you pick your favorite images, and then match them to a particular arrangement that fits your home and your space…and your personality!
Here are 3 different ideas for your Wall Collections/ Canvas Cluster Layouts.
Here is one example. It uses (8) 12 x 18″ canvas prints, and with a 1 inch gap, that’s a total wall space of 63″ x 31″. This one would work great if you have a good mix of horizontal and veritcal images you like. And, if you are someone who likes things all balanced and square. Well, technically “rectangle” in this case. This display has major WOW factor!
In this canvas cluster, there is more variety in each image’s size and the overall layout. This client has their images hanging in their beautifully-lit large foyer, so everyone who enters their home sees it first thing:
Those terms fit this client perfectly. She has a bright, modern house she designed herself. She picked her favorite images, had large canvases made, and they lean on a ledge in her stairway.
This is a great example of how to hang a wall display/cluster over a mantle. It’s balanced left to right, but has some added visual interest due to the different sizes and shapes. I don’t know if you can tell, but she even put the small squares are just a bit outside of the tall solo images of each girl. That gives it a certain “tension” that adds to the overall visual interest.
I help my clients design their wall collections to fit both their personality, their space, and also their favorite images. It’s a blast, and my favorite part is to see them after they have been hung up in their home.
Here is what it looks like when client come in for their viewing session (held 2 weeks after their photo session), and I show them samples of their images in different arrangements. Sometimes the background is photos of their own home, and sometimes we use digital rooms to gets a sense of size and place:
This client wanted to create a collage on a large wall in the master bedroom of their Fraser condo. You can see how the “mock-up” looked in a digital room, and then how the final product looked in their ski home.
A special thanks to my clients who send me photos of their display after it goes up. (In the image first mantle photo, you can see her hammer is even still in the photo! 😉 It makes me sooo happy to see my art of your family up in your home. And, a suggestion to anyone who hires a professional photographer: send them a photo of their pieces up in your wall, or of your family gathered around the album. It will really make their day!
This warm weather we are having in Denver has me thinking of spring. And for my fellow gardeners, in just two weeks it will be time to plant sweet peas! (St Pat’s day is a great day to do it!)
So, today I’m sharing a few of my favorite photo art images. Specifically ones from spring.
The first one is of carrots from my garden, in a pottery bowl I made photogrpahed on an old farm table my husband refinished. (If we ever meet in person, remind me to tell you the story of my carrots, my kids and my planned/thwarted autumn photoshoot!)
The second is from the Boulder Farmer’s Market.
And the last one is from the Denver Botanic Gardens!
Here is an idea for what to wear for winter portraits.
Warm, comfortable, subtle – sheepskin evokes the best part of cooler weather. Incorporating sand tones into your wardrobe adds a calming, natural touch. Sheepskin accents like boots and slippers provide wonderful texture to your images and keep your toes toasty!
Can I just brag on my clients a bit? They are sooooo sooo interesting. And kind, fun, and insanely photogenic! Northglenn Baby Photography
- Kamala, tell us a little bit about your and your family:
My name is Kamala and I live in Northglenn, Co with my husband and 2 sons, Zane and Xavier. I have a passion for making pottery, mostly functional ware, as well as practicing yoga. I also enjoy going on bike rides with my family and hiking. I love to travel and have been to many countries in the Middle East while teaching abroad in Bahrain. I would love to live in another country again and share that experience with my sons.
- You’ve had several photos sessions with Natascha Lee Studios – tell us about them?
I have had 5 photo sessions with Natascha and have to say that she is amazing; from maternity sessions with both my pregnancies, both of my newborns, and even my pottery. She never tires, goes out of her way to be creative with her shots and has an amazing perspective on possibilities she sees to capture the best moments. She is extremely patient and fun. She adds props and personal sacred/meaningful items to make the photos special.
- Why did you want professional photos of your baby (as opposed to “snapshots” you could take on your own)?
My heart always melts when I see cute newborn photos and I knew I wanted photos of that caliber taken of my own children. The photos I have taken on my own are nothing exciting and I don’t seem to have the “eye” for it. It takes someone special and talented to really be able to give you this gift. Natascha possesses this quality and demonstrates how important it really is to capture quality photos you can cherish forever.
- Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before the session?
I was worried about my babies not doing well or crying the whole time. Natascha has an amazing touch with newborns and knows just what they need to settle and pose : )
5. How did the actual photo session go?
The session went smoothly. I didn’t feel stressed and I felt like she really knew what to do and how to do it. My favorite part was seeing my baby dressed in a crocheted cocoon-like material all curled up and content.
How about the viewing session? – What did you think or feel when you saw your gallery of images?
The viewing sessions are always a tear-jerker. She puts the photos to music and takes you through the captured moments of the session. Viewing my little one like that really opens my heart and I feel the joy of being a mom.
8. Any advice to other families before their photo sessions?
Enjoy it and trust in Natascha to bring you the quality photos you are wanting. Come prepared with some personal items you may want to include in the photos that have meaning to you or baby. This adds special meaning to the portraits.
9.How did you feel about your the final images you selected?
I love looking at them as they remind me of how sweet and little my babies were and the times of having an just infant. This is important because it adds to the memories I have around my home.
BTW…..See that little curly blonde hair boy kissing his new brother? Click here to see a BTS (behind the scenes) image from his newborn shoot! Time flies!
One of the first questions I get, after booking a portrait session is, “What should we wear?”
I have plenty of resources to help you decide – many of my clients even text me photos of their outfit choices, all laid out on the bed or the floor. I know that getting professional portraits isn’t something you do every month, so I’m here to help with any ideas or input. Here is another resource to help: A Children’s style guide. You can click here for Guide No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3, all for girls. And here are Guides No 4 – 5, all for boys!
Dress things up with darling suspenders and slacks. Add a cozy cable-knit sweater or sharp tweed coat and finish the look with brogues and a navy tie. Make the look more casual with a knitted beanie.
Here is the final guide in this six part series:
“Our final guide is fresh and casual, with classic sweaters, denim and corduroys. Keep the knitwear coming with fun socks and beanies. (Note: we always take the hats for a few shots, too.) Dable in sunny colors and Ralph Lauren(tm) inspired cardigans.
Hope these have helped, and perhaps given you some ideas for your Winter Family Photo Session!
I love photographing sisters. There is something so special about their connection. These images are from a shoot a while back, I just didn’t get around to blogging them until now.
I love how the mother styled everyone, and the pop of red in her scarf.
See how I also photographed just mom and dad? That’s super important – to capture and honor all the unique connections and relationships within a family.
I also love how the golden fall leaves create a visual frame around them:
I love taking photos of families reading their favorite book. It’s something that will always be meaningful to them (“remember how you used to love that Dr Suess book?”), and it gives us very natural expressions from everyone, as they focus on the book, each other, and (almost) forget I’m there.
Today I’m sharing some of my favorite photos from a Family Photo Session with Dogs last Fall – and this one included two adorable Shelties! As you’ll hear from Isabelle below, we have a tendency to procrastinate family photos. We really want them, but we keep pushing it back. Family photos are so precious. And, if you pick the right photographer, they will bring you so much joy! So, there is every reason to “just do it” now.
She also touches on one of the things many people are worried about – avoiding “fake smiles.” And, that’s one of my passions – to capture your family’s true emotions. That means real smiles! And, sessions with me are so FUN, natural and free-flowing, that we are sure to get some happy authentic images. You can click here to read what other families say about that.
I work in elder care. In my free time love learning new things. Right now I’m learning hand lettering. I paper craft and make handmade greeting cards. The whole family enjoys role playing and table top games as well as video games.
For quite a while now we have been working toward a vacation in New Zealand.
I have always wanted professional family photographs. We tend to procrastinate and the kids are growing so fast! It was time to just go ahead and do it.
Fuzzy Dice and Freya are two year old Sheltie siblings. Freya is the little one. She is very reserved and behaves much like a cat. Dice is a playful dog who loves belly rubs.
It’s tough to get a genuine smile from the boys during planned photos. I thought we would have only a handful of good finished shots because of that. Natascha did an amazing job and gave us plenty of great finished shots to choose from.
I searched the web for professional photographers near me and I was immediately drawn to the images on Natascha website. The locations she uses and her style were exactly what I was looking for.
Our session was great. Natascha had a clear plan and was flexible at the same time. I loved how we moved from one location to the next, stopping to take advantage of a great interaction, light or place.
The viewing session was just awesome. Natascha made a video of our images that blew me away. My husband Fred was with me and I think the results surpassed his expectations as well.
I hope the boys feel the sense of connection we all have toward one another. I want them to feel the gratitude and delight I have when I see the images now.
Trust in Natascha’s skill and talent.
Receiving the order was awesome. I loved unwrapping each piece, framing and hanging them. I have a special photo of my teenage son that will go in the slideshow the school does of senior photos.
Some of the photos were meant for Christmas cards and gifts, but my husband posted them on FaceBook. So I already know that everyone loves them!
Thank you, Natascha!
I’m thrilled to introduce you to our Denver child model of the month, Presley. I have done her Child Model Headshots twice, and I’ve also done her father’s Headshots with Personality(sm) for his business – he’s an entrepreneur. Presley’s mother has the very best style! Plus, as fellow tech geeks, we have a “May the Fourth” tradition.
I love how Presley’s aunt comes to the shoots, and the viewing sessions, etc. One of my favorite BTS images ever, which came from this shoot, is here. A very close knit family! And I can’t wait to do their family portraits later this year! 😉
Tell us about you, mom:
My name is Seonah, born in South Korea, lived in New York for 25 years but now living in and loving Coloardo.
When I’m by myself, I enjoy creating/crafting things. I love working on scrapbooks for Presley, or working in my green house. I don’t have the best “green thumb”, but there’s a lot of satisfaction watching something you planted bear fruit.
As a family, we love taking road trips together. The longest trip we took was to Chicago, 14 plus hours in the car, we had a lot of quality time without TV or Internet. Presley is a little thrill seeker, so for the summer we bought season passes to Elitch Gardens. She’s just tall enough to ride all the kiddie ride!
Tell us about your child model:
Presley will be turning 3 in July. She loves to read, one of her favorite is “Go, Dog. Go!” by Dr. Seuss. She reads it cover to cover a few times before bed. She’s very into the original Star Wars Trilogy. She asked to have a Star Wars theme birthday party this year, and requested the presence of Hans Solo and Chewbacca. However, she also loves Disney princesses like Elsa, Mulan and Ariel. She loves playing with clay, and creating meals for everyone. She’s extremely active, and loves to run, play sports and dance.
3. What is something about your child that surprises people?
People are surprised to find out how “tomboyish” Presley can be. She loves to be tossed up in the air and free fall down. Jumps off of everything and see if she can fly like a super hero. She’s also very independent. She seems to enjoy her “alone” time, sitting on the couch with a book, while “The Big Bang Theory” is playing in the background.
4. What made you/your child interesting in modeling? What sort of experience have you had so far?
I thought it would be a fun experience for Presley. She’s such a little ham, and loves to put on a show for fun. She booked her first magazine shoot in March, and it was an amazing time. I don’t think she fully grasps the idea of being a “model” and taking pictures of the clothes. I just told her she was going on a play date, and she had a blast.
5. This is your second time working with Natascha Lee Studios for your modeling headshots…why did you pick her for your Denver Child Model Headshots?
The first time I searched for a photographer, I Googled online and used key words like “Child” “Model” “Headshots”, and Natascha’s name constantly came up first. After researching Natascha, I learned that she was a main photographer for a reputable children’s modeling agency. I was a complete newbie to professional photos and modeling agencies, so I wanted to go with a photographer that had knowledge about both worlds. The first time I spoke with Natascha, I knew she was the right photographer for us. She was so friendly, welcoming and informative. I didn’t feel intimidated, and she put me at ease. Presley was 1.5 years old the first time Natascha took her pictures, and the final results left me speechless. She captured all the beautiful smiles, big laughs and serene looks. Wowever she was also able to capture Presley’s spirit, and true essence. I went with Natascha for the second time, because she did such wonderful job the first time, I knew she would do the same again.
6. Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before the session?
For parents with toddlers, you know your child’s mood can change on a whim. Presley for the most part is a well behaved, go with the flow kind of girl, however a week prior to the shoot, it’s as if she learned the meaning of a tantrum. I was worried she would not be into taking pictures that day. To my relief, not only did she want to take pictures, she was excited for it. I think that had a lot to do with Natascha’s fun vibe.
7. How did the actual photo session go? What was your favorite part of your session?
The session was fun and exciting. My favorite part was re-enacting a shot from her previous session. The photo Natascha captured was perfect. It showed how my little girl has changed so much in a year. One of my favorite shots. Literally gave me chills when I saw it.
8. Any advice to other models before their photo sessions?
The morning of the photo session, we were running a little late so I asked my husband to feed Presley breakfast as I got ready. My husband gave her sugary cereal and sugary yogurt. I would’ve opted for some eggs and toast. By the time we got to the studio, Presley was already bouncing off the walls. She was so full of energy, it was hard to keep her still. My advise would be to eat a healthy, balanced breakfast so you have a good amount of energy in your system, without jittery sugar blasts. 🙂
9. How did you feel/what did you think when received your images?
Delighted and fortunate. I was so grateful that Natascha captured Presley perfectly. I also felt fortunate to have these pictures to look back on when she’s all grown up.
10. And the most fun question of all – If you could have any superpower, which one would it be and why?
My super power would be to help people see the brighter side of things, or reveal their compassionate side. ie: When individuals are riled up, and about to get into a fight, or just filled with anger. I would help them see their softer, compassionate, loving side, and they’ll see how “ugly” they’re being towards themselves and others. Once we’re able to see kindness within ourselves, it’s when we’re able to share it with others.
I would call this “Hippie power”.
You can check out Presley’s full modeling portfolio at: http://profiles.wilhelminadenver.com/model/2979/presley
Just had to quickly share this image taken during today’s Boulder yoga photography session. The theme is Seasons: Fall / Autumn.
I picked these leaves in the fall, and then they sat around, waiting for a fun concept /art shoot to come out and play. Yay! For trees, leaves, and yoga! Oh, and the fun, creative people I get to work with.
Yoga Model Call – Denver Yoga Photography:
Are you a yoga teacher in Denver or Boulder Colorado (or anywhere in between)? If so, would you like some *amazing images* of yourself doing some cool yoga poses in a fabulous light filled studio?
Specifically looking for male and female yoga teachers. Age range 21 – 101, very fit and flexible, and with a unique look – could be short spiky hair, or long purple hair, or dreads, or lots of tattoos, or even just a peaceful beauty that shines through their eyes! I’m especially looking for male yoga teachers, and/or someone who does acroyoga.
See below for some images from my Denver yoga portfolio.
And see here and here to read what my yoga models thought of the fun, fabulous experience, or here to see what folks say about working with me in general.
If interested, pls email two recent photos (one face, and one full body) to: YogaModelCall @ NataschaLeeStudios.com (spaces added to email to make it a bit more difficult on the spam bots! Boo spam bots!)
Most clients that want headshots- whether they are small business owners, or local executives, THINK they only need one image. However, they usually find great benefit in having a “library” of images for different occasions.
A couple outfit changes will give you variety.
And you’ll want a few different expressions – perhaps a big smile for your LinkedIn profile, and maybe one a bit more conservative for your company’s annual report. You’ll want something in-between super friendly and super formal if you are presenting @ an industry event.
It’s also good to have a few different backgrounds – or a least some indoor and some outdoor.
If you have any items you use in your business, include those in some of your shots!
There are a hundred different uses for your professional headshots, and you’ll want at least 10 different looks to match the headshot to the specific use.
Also, if you run your own business, people love to see YOUR images (not stock photography) when they come to your website.
Below are four examples of a Headshots with Personality session, where the client wanted a library of marketing images to use.
In my last post, I talked about getting a pocket camera to carry around in your pocket/purse to take family snapshots. I will admit that we have several of these “pocket cameras” sprinkled all over the house. That may be overkill for a non-professional photographer family, but it’s nice to have one handy when you need it!
And the whole “handy when you need it” concept it what I want to talk about today. Specifically, waterproof cameras. I have found that you can get an affordable waterproof camera. Let’s call “affordable” in the $150 – $300 range. But then the quality of the photos is lower than in a similarly-priced regular camera. That is, unless you go up in price to the $250 – $450 range to get a similar quality level of images with the waterproof feature. You can also get a waterproof housing for many of the cameras….for about $200. Those are great b/c they are usually waterproof to about 100 feet which means you can dive with them. Still, waterproof housings can be a pain to use. So, if you will use your camera in lots of wet but not deep water situations (kid’s swimming, beach trip, soccer games in the rain, etc), then go ahead an consider getting a waterproof one. They are also often more rugged and can handle a few falls.
I use this one, because I wanted something very rugged….but I would probably pick something different next time. Something with better image quality – like this one by Nikon. As a loyal Cannon shooter (you should see how many Canon cameras I have bought over the years), I feel disloyal recommending a Nikon – but I think their waterproof cameras seem better.
You want a camera that:
1) has at least four stars from reviews AND has at least 250 reviews,
2) is available Prime (which means it’s fairly current) – even if you aren’t a Prime member, you can use that as a selection criteria
3) does video in 1080p,
4) has “image stabilization” for taking non-blurry photos in low light withOUT a flash. A flash (usually) just ruins the mood when you are taking low light photos,
5) has “wireless technology” to connect to your phone, so you can send/share/post the images right away, with just a few extra touches,
6) is between $200 and $400. This puts you in the sweet spot for decent quality, but not so expensive that you are a sad panda if/when it breaks or gets lost….and pocket cameras, if they are used frequently, do eventually get broken or lost.
7) optional: is a fun color! Although honestly, it seems the really good quality ones only come out in black, silver and white.
Jade had me do Headshots with Personality for her Broomfield meal delivery business, Jade’s Kitchen. Today we’ll hear about her, and her business. (BTW, I love her tagline: Delicious Food Made With Love.) Next time, I’ll share with you a bit about my process for working with business owners to create a “full marketing photo library” or “image bank” as they are sometimes called:
1) Jade, tell us a little about yourself, your family, where you live, what you like to do.
I grew up in Seattle, WA and moved to Broomfield, Colorado in 2008 with my husband and two girls. Broomfield has been a wonderful place to raise our children – we have a great sense of community and there are so many resources for families. Recently my family and I have enjoyed exploring the beautiful hiking areas nearby. For a weekend getaway we enjoy road trips around Colorado, capturing the beauty this state has to offer.
2) What is your business name & what do you do? How did you come up with that name?
My business name is Jade’s Kitchen. It’s a dinner delivery service that specializes in all natural, organic meals that are already prepared and ready to be reheated. The name came from the idea that my food feels as if it’s cooked out of my own kitchen – a place where my family and friends come together for good food, and always a lot of laughter! Jade’s Kitchen – Delicious Food Made with Love.
3) What made you want to go into this business?
The timing was perfect. My girls were both in school full-time, and I was ready to go back to work. My wish list was somewhat unreasonable, though, as I wanted a schedule that allowed me to be available for my kids. With some nudging and encouragement from my family, I decided to start a dinner service because of my love for food and cooking, focusing on what I felt to be important – organic, healthy and, of course, delicious!
4) What is your inspiration for your food? Where do you get your best ideas?
My inspiration for my food comes from the desire to eat well – high quality ingredients that are organic, and non-GMO. It goes beyond the flavor, and into the realm of foods that are made with ingredients that don’t have lasting negative effects. I wanted to create dishes that we all love, but made with ingredients we can trust. I consider my style of cooking organic comfort food – food that the whole family will enjoy!
5) What should someone do if they want to order (pricing range, go to your website, how far in advance, when you deliver)?
Ordering meals is so simple – just order from my website. At checkout you can decide your delivery time slot. My website is: http://www.jadeskitchen.net/
A new menu is posted on my website on Friday, and you have until the following Wednesday to place your order (for a Monday delivery). Subscribing to my website is the best way to stay informed on my weekly menu, as upcoming events or promotions.
Typical pricing ranges anywhere between $30-$40 per meal for a family of four, and you also have the option to order for two. You can include side dishes as well (broccoli, mixed greens, etc.) I deliver all my meals in a reusable bag, and my meals come in glass bakeware that can be reheated in the oven. All bags and glassware are returned to me (usually swapped during the next order).
I currently deliver to my surrounding area – Broomfield, and Westminster for a small delivery fee. Depending on the distance, I am open to other areas.
6) How have changed your approach as your business has grown and matured?
I am always trying to figure out ways to be efficient without taking away from the heart of my business – ingredients you can trust, and, or course, delicious food made with love. As my business has grown I have learned the importance of streamlining. I have been using the company, Door to Door Organics, to deliver my fresh ingredients used for cooking. They are a local company based in Lafayette. It’s great because they source their produce locally, it’s all organic, and it’s delivered to me, cutting out another trip to the store.
7) What’s the craziest or funnest experience you have had, running this business?
Learning to cook in a commercial kitchen where everything is bigger and better has been at times comical, intimidating, and definitely a learning process! The knives are so sharp that I feel as if I’m an onion-chopping pro… until I need to check myself before I lose a finger…
My favorite experience of running this business, though, is the continued support of my clients. Along the way, as I am learning to navigate this business, I have often wondered what in the world am I doing? But I feel a sense of support and loyalty, and I am so in awe and grateful for that.
8) What are your “secret weapons” or “helpers” for balancing motherhood of young children with running a business?
I am very fortunate that I have some flexibility in my work, but more importantly, a very supportive husband who is happy to take over when I’m gone (and when I’m home too!).
Finding the right balance is always a tricky thing. What I’ve learned so far is that regardless of how much or how little I work, I will never accomplish everything I feel I need to accomplish. I believe in simplifying as much as possible. I tackle one thing a day. I grocery shop online if possible (my secret weapon!), and I’m also happy to give my girls, ages 10 and 7 (almost 8!), jobs around the house.
Most importantly, I take pride in what I do. I believe it’s important for my daughters to see me in a different way. I am their mother, but I also go to work. I want them to understand and witness that you can be a mom, and you can have a career. I can run a household, but I can also run a business.
9) You use fresh, organic food – tell us a bit about that?
I use fresh, organic food because I believe it’s best for our body. The fruits and veggies are not grown with pesticides. The meats my family and I consume are not pumped with antibiotics, or hormones. It feels very unnatural to consume food that contains pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics, especially for young developing children, so I am very aware and conscientious of what I feed my family.
10) Who is your typical customer? What do they have in common (like: busy mothers, or people looking to save time but eat healthy)
My typical customer is a busy mom, because as we both know moms are busy! I think my service in general is very convenient. My philosophy of preparing meals with organic ingredients baked in glass bakeware, and delivered to your front door in a reusable bag makes it even more justifiable, not to mention not having to think about preparing dinner for your family during the most chaotic time of day! I believe that is the commonality of all my clients.
I order food from Jade and our family loves it! Go to http://www.jadeskitchen.net/ to place your order.
BTW, Jade also hired me to do her family portraits – click here to see the images she selected as her very favorites, and to see what she said about the portrait process.