In today's world, having high-quality images of yourself is more important than ever. First impressions are everything with social media, online profiles, and resumes. That's why professional headshots are so important. A good photographer can make all the difference when getting a great headshot. They'll also know how to use lighting and composition to create the perfect photo. Professional quality headshots help people see the real you and connect with you on a personal level. If you're looking to take your career to the next level, investing in a professional headshot is wise. A good headshot is about capturing personality, not just a great face. We appreciate it when clients trust us for their headshots or personal branding.
Our client Mr. Mike Fossen is the director of the Texas tutor Team. He is passionate about helping kids who need some boost to academic success. While talking to him, he explained how tutoring in summer gives your child the boost they need for academic success. Summer is a great time for kids to enjoy the weather, food, and friends, but it is also a great time to continue working on their math or reading skills for the next school year. His tutoring team is dedicated to helping your child build on their strengths and get ahead for the upcoming school year.
It’s the start of a new quarter, which means it’s time to set new professional goals and map out the coming months.
If your 2022 plan includes leveling up in your industry, or you plan to enter an entirely new industry, you’re going to need headshots to go along with it.
Perhaps you already have some headshots – is there really a need to take new ones?
The answer is a resounding, yes!
As with most other things, headshots have changed. New trends have emerged and it’s clear to see who has adopted them and who hasn’t when you browse online profiles. Notice the profiles that stand out.
Naturally, your headshot should always match your industry if you want to get hired. If professionals in your sector dress in suits, you probably should too. The good news is there are ways to integrate industry norms with today’s headshot trends.
Headshots today are centered around vibrant colors and quality lighting. And, with easier access to hair and makeup professionals, as well as high-end photographic equipment, headshots are now more about the close-up.
Backgrounds are also playing a more integral role as they give the viewer some extra insights into your personality and profession.
Basically, it’s about using the finer details to help you stand out among your peers.
Your headshots are one of the easiest and most effective ways to level up your professional profile online and EtmPortraits want to help.
When it comes to headshots, what you see should be what you get – it's how you build trust as a professional.
We understand you have a busy schedule, but your headshots should always be a priority if you rely on your professional profile to bring in new clients.
How can you tell whether it is time to update your headshots?
You can answer this with one simple question: Would a prospective client or employer be able to recognize you if they compared your online profile to what they see in person?
If the answer is no, it's time to update your headshots.
Aging is just one part of the equation, though. You should also update your headshots if you have changed your style or haircut over the past two years. The small details can make a big difference in how you look. Perhaps you switched from contacts to wearing glasses. This is the kind of change that requires updated headshots.
As a rule of thumb, it's recommended that you update your headshots every one to two years.
This month's Headshots Special is somewhat similar to our Custom Session, but the good news is that you can choose your images right after the session. We will deliver the images electronically by the next business day. A Headshots Special session won't take longer than 60 minutes to complete, and you will walk away with a brand new set of edited headshots.
Like any parent, you’ve been capturing your kids’ biggest moments since the day they were born. A professional family portrait session will help you not only capture your beautiful family but will bring their special personality, unique attributes, and fun, playful personas to life.
Whether you’re a new family of three, recently added a new member, or are simply savoring this amazing time in your children’s lives, any time is a perfect one for a portrait session. As the expression goes, “the days are long, but the years short”—time goes by so quickly and it’s essential that parents capture these beautiful moments before they’re gone. Many families even opt for multiple photo shoots in a year!
Sessions take place on location, in a special spot where your family can be comfortable and have fun—think of a favorite park or field that has access to a restroom, backyard, beach, or anywhere you just love. Add in some favorite clothes, a special prop or two, and maybe even the family pet, and you’ve got a great session—and amazing pictures—you’ll love forever. Ask us how we can help you with your custom family session.
Enjoy the Moment Portraits
A Guide to Senior Portraits for Parents
For most parents, senior portraits are a distant memory. They have changed a lot over the last two decades, incorporating more creativity and individuality than ever before.
Seniors have a lot more options available to them, ranging from traditional sessions in a studio to trendy urban shoots. This is the perfect opportunity for them to showcase their unique talents, passions, and personality, while also creating a lasting memory.
However, with all the available options, portrait sessions can quickly become overwhelming for both parents and seniors.
Here are a few quick tips to help you prepare for your kids' upcoming senior session.
Make a Note of the Yearbook Deadline. Knowing the yearbook deadline encourages you to schedule a senior session instead of putting it off until the last minute. Depending on your requirements, a senior photo session will start with a yearbook portrait followed by creative shots that are unique to your child. In most instances, it takes at least 2 weeks to receive the final images, so plan accordingly. The school where your seniors go to will have a designated or preferred studio for their year book portraits. You can always go to your choice of studio for a custom session. Look for a studio that is specialzed for your seniors sessions and offeres more options.
Keep Your Senior’s Schedule in Mind
As a parent of a senior, you already know how frantic their schedules can be. Before you go ahead and schedule a session, sit down with your senior to discuss a good time. They should be just as involved in the planning as you are. Even the specific time of day matters when scheduling a senior session. Ideally, you want to take photos just after sunrise and just before sunset, as this is when the lighting’s the best. However, the right photographer can make any time of the day work. Midday should be a last resort though as the lighting is far too harsh.
Compromise with Your Child
You may have a specific idea about the photos you would like to see, but this is about your child and what makes them feel confident and comfortable. Most senior sessions allow for several outfit changes, so use this as an opportunity to find a happy balance between what you want and what your senior wants. Be patient and hear them out before you brush off their ideas. Their portraits should represent who they are and what they love.
Prior to a senior session, get your child to open up about their passions, hopes, and dreams. This information will help guide the shoot and ensure the most authentic photos. Knowing what your senior wants these photos to represent will also guide their outfit and location choices.
Don’t forget to include your senior in the search for a photographer – a photographer’s style needs to fit in with the images you hope to create.
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Enjoy the Moment Portraits
We had a custom portrait session with Dr. Nusat Ameen at Enjoy the Moment Portraits etmportraits.com. She wanted a couple of new headshots for her work, LinkedIn and her personal social media pages. We had worked together before many times, but this session was customized exclusively for her. We started with a pre-consultation where we discussed her needs. During the meeting, we made a solid plan for her custom session. On the session day, our makeup artist helped her get ready for the camera. Since we already planned out her wardrobe, she had many looks with multiple wardrobe changes effortlessly. Some images are shared over here.
I would like to tell you about my friend Dr. Nusrat Ameen. She holds a PhD in Domestic violence and Law. She has a passion to help victims of abuse and she is dedicated to work on domestic violence. She began working at Daya managing the transitional housing for clients. Since joining Daya to present day as a Senior Director of Legal Service, she has built a legal services references list for Daya clients to use, led trainings for cultural competency in interacting with south Asian domestic abuse victims, and has done advocacy work at the national level. Daya's mission is to empower South Asian survivors of domestic and sexual violence through culturally specific services and to educate the community in an effort to end the cycle of abuse. Daya's vision is A south Asian community in Houston and beyond that is free from family violence. They will greatly appreciate your effort to support Daya a Non Profit Organization.
I wanted to do a family portrait session, but it's not easy to plan one when the kids are grown up and have their own agendas. I took the initiave on whether it will be at outdoor location or indoor studio setting; I like private settings with controlled climate. That way, we have privacy and don't have to worry about flying hair and sweat. We went with dark colors clothing-wise and kept it casual at the same time. I already planned out how many frames I would be shooting, so it took only thirty minutes or less to create all the images that I needed. The focus isn't on how many photos are taken but rather on lighting, posing and the end goal (whether an album or wall portrait). I apply the same principle when it comes to you as my client.
Here are few things that you need to know before your family portrait session:
* First, plan where do you want to display your family portraits.
* Think about the surroundings- you want your session in private location or public place?
*Plan your outfits at least a week or two weeks in advance.
*Prepare your kids and husband what is happening and ask them if they know whether it is a lowkey, formal, modern or casual family session!
*Make hair, nail, and/or makeup appointments before your session.
* Does your photgrapher know how to Pose a family?
*Communicate with your portrait photographer.
Do you know we can show your portrait on your favorite living wall before you even purchase a wall portrait?
It was a pleasure meeting the Austin family at our studio. We initially planned on this session to take place at their backyard. Unfortunately, it rained the night before the session. That's why we always have a back up plan back at the studio! Additionally, we had a surprise visitor, Prada the cute little puppy! It was fun talking to the Austin family and taking their portraits at the same time. This is what I love as a portrait photographer. Here are some of our favorites from the session
I am very excited about 2021- Want to know the reason behind it?
Because, I will be focusing more on photographing women at their 30's and up. We women after marriage, we don't quite have time to do something for our own. As a wife, mom, daughter and a business owner, I completely see the reason behind it! We say, "Do we have time?" "I need to lose weight!" "I don't know how to pose!" Well, We do cover a lot of things when it comes to personalized photo shoot.
Recently I have done a custom personalized session with beautiful Halle Waggoner. She is a wife, a mother of three beautiful girls and a owner of Amazing Lash Studio.
She wanted classy, casual style portraits and some business headshots. We started to talk about her wardrobes first. When she decided what she will be wearing during the shoot, I chose three backdrops that would compliments her dress choice and her style.
During the session day, It started with professional makeup and hair. Our Professional makeup artist Samantha applied light makeup which was suitable for Halle's skin and her style. The hair stylist Vanessa did messy bun. After her hair and makeup was done, Halle was ready for the camera room. I directed her with every steps (posing, hand posing, postures, how to look at the camera, etc). Halle already knew about certain angles which suits her personalities. Overall she was comfortable with every poses. A couple of weeks later, she was invited back to my studio to view her images for the first time. Here are the few images that we selected together during the view session.
I would like to invite you to come to my studio to celebrate your 30's, 40's, 50's and beyond! We will do your hair and makeup. We will help you to choose your wardrobe. Lastly, I will make sure that you feel comfortable and look good in the camera room. You don’t have to worry about thing. You will be relaxed and enjoy the photo shoot like it is your special day.
Here are few photographs from beautiful Halle's custom portrait shoot.
You are the FACE of your business.
As a business owner I believe that your portrait is the first impression to support your brand. It gives people a idea about your personality and your brand before they even meet you. No matter what business that you're in (Real estate, financial services, entrepreneurial, or trades, actor, model, artist), it requires your own professional representation. You are the face of your business. Your professional headshots, blog images and website images all builds your personal brand. As professional photographer I know how to make you and your product look great by using dramatic lighting, perfect posing and composition.
Ready to learn more about personal branding and how a custom portrait session can help your marketing? Feel free to contact me to learn more about how I can help you and your brand grow and visit my web pages Personal Branding & Headshots Session info to see images from recent sessions. I look forward to hearing from you! Our introductory personal branding session will start from $625. That includes a complimentary planning session, a custom portrait session, 300 credits to portrait purchase plus professional Makeup & Hair.
Ask me how you can have a complimentary personal branding session before 2020 ends!
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Sonia Ahmad is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in Cypress, TX. She specializes in personal portrait session includes Seniors, Teens and tweens, Women's personal branding, Mother & Daughter, Glamour and fashion, Headshots. See more portrait session in the gallery.