Denver Family Photography – New “Explainer” Video (TBT)

Denver Family Photography – New “Explainer” Video (TBT)

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:

Natascha Lee Studios 2016 Explainer Video from N Lee on Vimeo.

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!

1. What people say about working with me

2. My photo galleries, (one for each of my specialties so you can see my photography style)

3. Videos to see what an entire session would look like 

4. Pricing Overview

5. A bit about me

6. My N Denver Studio Tour

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Video – Denver HS Senior Portraits

Video – Denver HS Senior Portraits

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:

Cherry Creek Highschool Senior Photo Session by Natascha Lee Studios from N Lee on Vimeo.

And here is a collage with their favorite images. I’m really enjoying the dual nature of sharing both video and photos:

Denver High School Senior Portraits by Natascha Lee Studios - Bella Collage - CCHS

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.

Denver Highschool Senior Photography

 

 

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An 8-Step Recipe for Finding an Internship, Mentor, or Apprenticeship

An 8-Step Recipe for Finding an Internship, Mentor, or Apprenticeship

In honor of Giving Tuesday (in addition to doing some microloans on Kiva), I prepared this little helpful reference sheet for HS Seniors looking to land a great internship/capstone/mentor/etc.

I’m so honored by the frequent emails I get from high school juniors and seniors, looking to intern with me, or have as a mentor. It takes courage to reach out to someone and ask them to share their expertise.

Unfortunately, I have to turn almost all of them down, and here is why:

  • Internships are a gift you give to the student. They are 95% give, and only 5% take (for the business owner) Meaning, most of the time you spend with your intern/mentee/apprentice is a gift from you and your business. They are not free labor and should never be viewed as such. Indeed, in 2010, we had “new” Federal rules about what counts as an internship.
  • I believe deeply in giving, and I also believe deeply in life balance. (Which is why I take every December off, to focus on my family and friends and enjoy the holidays!) So, while I love mentoring and donating my time/money/expertise, I already have commitments in those areas that I need to and want to honor.
  • Even if I did have the time, most emails I receive don’t provide nearly enough information for me to know what is being asked of me. It feels awkward to ask for more info, and then turn them down.

This gave me the idea to write a little recipe (for the query email) for high school students looking to get an internship or apprenticeship with a local business owner/professional in their chosen career.

An 8-Step Recipe for Finding an Internship, Mentor, or Apprenticeship

  1. The first sentence talks about you and something unique about you.

“My name is Sally, I’m 17 years old, and I have visited all 50 US states.”

2. Tell them why you are writing to them. Give them sincere praise that makes it clear that you know what they are about or what the focus on. A good way to do this is your general passion, something you generally like about their work, and then something specific.

“I love photography, and especially love the way you use natural setting and natural light to capture your subject’s true personality. I especially love that shoot you did with the two dogs in the park.”

3. Write a sentence that establishes your “ask” – the general thing you are asking them for.

“I attend XYX Highschool and need to do an internship in my chosen profession, photography.”

4. Tell them why you are so interested.

“I have always found photography to be magical, the way you can freeze a moment in time and relive it forever.”

5. What you specifically hope to gain from the internship with them.

“I hope to learn about the art of capturing family portraits, and also the business end of things on how to run a profitable photography studio.”

6. Very clearly state what they are getting themselves into. Break it down to the things they can do in the course of their own business, the things they would need to do that would take them away from their business and the total commitment. Be sure to specify any time window constraints.

“The total commitment is 20 hours total over 4 weeks, about 5 hours a week. I need to do the work between 2-5 pm on Monday and Fridays.  Most of that time would be spent with me watching and asking questions while you work. About 5 hours would be outside of your business hours, where you attend a 2 hour training at my school and fill out a post-internship form.”

7. Here is the part where you can really sell yourself – talk about what they would get out of it, besides helping you. This establishes that you are interested in giving as well as receiving.

I am great with websites and can help you write and post blog entries”, or “I am happy to help with all aspects of your business, from organizing gear to even sweeping the studio.”

8. Close with a commitment and a request for a phone chat.

I promise you that I will be responsive, responsible and will help in any way I can. I will also very much appreciate your sharing your knowledge. Can we chat on the phone discuss this further? You can reach me at xxx-xxx-xxxx.”

Hope that helps! Feel free to share this with the high school students, and your fellow parents of high school students.

And, click on the image below to go to Kiva.org, and do your own microloan. Happy Giving Tuesday, ya’ll!

Kiva Giving Tuesday

Denver Family Photography – New “Explainer” Video

Denver Family Photography – New “Explainer” Video

As you probably have heard, “explainer” videos are all the rage. They are brief (30 sec – 2 minute) videos that give a quick overview of your company, service, etc.

Here is mine, hot off the presses. Well, the digital presses that is:

Natascha Lee Studios 2016 Explainer Video from N Lee on Vimeo.

 

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!

1. What people say about working with me

2. My photo galleries, (one for each of my specialties so you can see my photography style)

3. Videos to see what an entire session would look like 

4. Pricing Overview

5. A bit about me

6. My N Denver Studio Tour

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Denver Stylish Family Photography – Washington Park

Denver Stylish Family Photography – Washington Park

Here is one of my favorites from a recent Denver Stylish Family Photography shoot. Well, not super recent, obviously it’s fall, and these photos were taken in August since everything is in bloom…but I gotta say that two months ago still feels recent to me! So I guess not recent at all in internet time where we all post things as they happen. I’ll restart: Here is on of my favorites from a summer Denver Family Portrait shoot. There! All set on the timeline verbiage.

This is my fourth time photographing this fabulous family. I photographed their younger daughter’s modeling portfolio images for  a local Denver modeling agency, their family portraits last year (also done @ Washington Park) , their older daughter’s senior portraits (go Cherry Creek!), and their entire family this year, too. It’s an honor to be part of my client’s lives like this!

And, can I just say how much I love Washington Park? It’s like the National Parks (celebrating their 100th anniversary this year).  But Wash Park is even older. From Wikipedia: 

The park was first developed by Architect Reinhard Scheutze in 1899. Its design was influenced by city planner Kessler, the Olmsted Brothers and the famous philanthropist “The Unsinkable” Molly Brown.

So, thanks to those folks over a century ago, and the people today who tend to it and esp the folks who do the flowers and landscaping – they all bring so much joy to so many people. When I’m meeting Denver friends, one of my favorite things to do is to meet there for a walk, bike ride or picnic.

We met at sunrise for the family portraits. It’s hard to get camera-ready that early in the morning, but it is always worth it!

Denver Family Photography - Portraits at Washington Park by Natascha Lee Studios

Denver Stylish Family Photography

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Broomfield Family Photography – Fall Family Portraits  | Natascha Lee Studios

Broomfield Family Photography – Fall Family Portraits | Natascha Lee Studios

From a recent Broomfield fall family portrait. Their Sheltie dogs are super sweet, and we made sure to include them in many portraits.*

In addition to the semi-posed images where everyone is looking @ the camera, I love capturing “lifestyle” images, which are like these below – it’s a peak into your life….of course, you all happen to be wearing impeccably coordinated outfits, not a hair out of place, and it’s a lovely fall day with the soft warm light from the setting sun behind you.  😉

BTW, do you see mom’s boots! They are soooo stylish. I want to go buy myself a pair. If you follow me on IG, you’ll see that I post images of cowboy boots there from time to time. I saw so many cool ones during a photography trip to Nashville.

Broomfield Family and Pet Photography - with Dogs (Natascha Lee Studios)

Denver Family Photographer

*Your dogs are part of your family! And we often include them in portraits. There are a few steps to follow to make sure we get the best photos possible, and one of the key  things is to have someone who can take over the dogs once we are done photographing them. A neighbor, a friend, etc. It’s also a good idea to have them groomed a couple days before, and bring them a little bit hungry so they will pay attention. This clever family brought the dogs’ favorite treats and just the word “cookie” made them perk up!

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