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April 14, 2018
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My two favorite things in life are animals and friends. And when those two things mix, life is perfect.

For those of you that follow me, you surely know Big Joe. Well, Amy Aranda and I met when she applied to adopt Big Joe’s girlfriend, Jaede, after rescuing them from Phoenix.  (If you’re wondering how beautiful Jaede is, just scroll to the bottom.  Isn’t she a beauty?  It’s no wonder why Big Joe loves her so much.)

Amy may not have known it at the time, but we were destined to become friends.

As the owner of Junto Spa, in Flagstaff, it was time for Amy to get some new headshots and I’m honored that she trusted me to help tell her visual story.

As I started to write this post, I began to think of all the reasons why I love headshot sessions. To be honest, this is not where I make the most of my money, but they are definitely one of – if not the favorite type of photography I do.

5 Reasons Why I Love Professional Headshot Sessions

Not every photographer loves shooting headshots, but I do for a variety of reasons.

The biggest reason is that it allows me to get to know someone. I get to hear about their dreams, their successes and challenges of their careers, and how sometimes, they are putting it all back together.  When I shoot elopements and weddings, I’m busy trying to capture moments without intruding.

When I shoot headshots, on the other hand, I totally intrude. I’m busy making my client a new friend because that comfort level often translates to stunning images.

Here are the main reasons why I love professional headshot sessions. They are:

  1. More casual in nature
  2. Full of laughter
  3. Inspiring when someone finds their inner confidence
  4. Genuine which produces real smiles
  5. Transformative

Speaking of smiles, looking through past headshot sessions to find one to showcase made me smile.  It was a wonderful walk down memory lane. Some of my clients were friends when we began, others became friends later on.

I think the thing that resonated with me most, though, was that almost all of the sessions started out with my client feeling uneasy. And looking at the images I can see when they began to feel comfortable and confident.

Here are a few things you need to know about getting your headshots done.

1. The best headshots are authentic to who you are and allow people to see and feel who you are as a person.

2. Your shoulder position matters – lower them as much as you can. Roll one shoulder forward or backward because asymmetrical shoulders work best.Yes, that’s a thing.

3. I mentioned it in last week’s blog, but it is so important that it warrants another reminder. You want to lengthen your neck and move your head slightly forward, similar to a ‘pecking’ motion. While not always the most natural feeling, this is the trick to looking confident and engaged.

Take Your Best Shot – Literally

Every Monday in April, join me in my downtown studio or at downtown Flagstaff outside location for a 15-minute headshot photography session. After we create some magic together, you’ll receive a polished high-resolution image to use online, in your marketing and wherever a good photo is required.

Here are the details:

  • The 15-minute sessions are available on April 9, 16, 23 and 30
  • You’ll have access to an online gallery to select your image
  • Package includes one image – additional photos can be purchased
  • The cost is $99

Let’s schedule something:

Click here to book your headshot session or call 928-774-0220

And as promised, let me introduce you to Jaede.

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April 07, 2018
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No matter your age or occupation, your online image gives you credibility and visibility.

I know what it’s like to step in front of the camera and feel awkward. Just because I’m a photographer doesn’t mean I like to be in front of the camera any more than you do.

I promise you, my experience both in front of and behind the camera, will make your headshot photo session painless. In fact, I’ll bet money you’ll even have some fun.

And that fun will translate into a stunning headshot where your best qualities shine through.

Take Your Best Shot – Literally

Every Monday in April, join me in my downtown studio or at downtown Flagstaff outside location for a 15-minute headshot photography session. After we create some magic together, you’ll receive a polished high-resolution image to use online, in your marketing and wherever a good photo is required.

Here are the details:

  • The 15-minute sessions are available on April 9, 16, 23 and 30
  • You’ll have access to an online gallery to select your image
  • Package includes one image – additional photos can be purchased
  • The cost is $99

Let’s schedule something:

Click here to book your headshot session or call 928-774-0220

Need more convincing? Keep reading.

In case you’re not convinced, keep reading.

5 Reasons Why You Need a Professional Headshot

1. A good headshot lets people get to know you

It can be hard to get to know someone online. Your online image says a lot about you. It can give someone a glimpse into your personality and eliminate the anticipation of that first real-life meeting.

A smile shows your warmth and approachability.

A serious look shows that you are focused, determined and committed.

If you are unsure how you should “look” during your headshot photography session, my advice is to look natural. But we’ll take several different shots so you’ll be able to pick the one that best represents you.

2. You will use it everywhere – especially online

If your day-to-day business doesn’t require you to hang out online, you may not realize the importance of a great headshot. I even wrote about why you need a great profile image here.

Whether you realize it or not, and whether you like it or not, people that don’t know you will look you up. You want to make sure you put your best face forward – pun intended.

3. It supports and enhances your skills and experience

A professional, polished image helps you stand out from the crowd. It shows that you take yourself and your work seriously.

If you claim to be an expert, the best at what you do and/or the person that can solve a problem, it helps to look the part.

Plus a professional headshot it can boost your self-confidence, and give you a renewed inspiration to go for big goals.

4. A proper headshot helps you make real-life connections

People study faces and a professional image will help them relate to you. When someone is doing their research, they will look for reasons to like you or dismiss you. It’s sad but true.

A current headshot that captures your true essence will attract the right people to you. I will help by capturing you at the right angle with your head tilted just right. By the way, the key to a great headshot lies in the head tilt.

5. Keeps you up to date and shows the current you

As we age, we change. Make sure you are representing who are today, not who you were years ago. You may not look as young as you want, but stepping into the real you shows a level of confidence that is infectious.

Hopefully, you now realize that getting a professional headshot is necessary. It doesn’t have to be scary, expensive or time-consuming, either!

I have a whole host of tips for making you look perfect while having a ton of fun.

Let Me Help You Take Your Best Shot

Here’s the scoop, one more time …

Every Monday in April, join me in my downtown studio or at downtown Flagstaff outside location for a 15-minute headshot session. After we create some magic together, you’ll receive a polished high-resolution image to use online, in your marketing and wherever a good photo is needed.

Here are the details:

  • The 15-minute sessions are available on April 9, 16, 23 and 30
  • You’ll have access to an online gallery to select your image
  • Package includes one image, choose more for an additional fee
  • The cost is $99

Ready for an image makeover?

Click here to book your headshot session or call 928-774-0220

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August 22, 2016
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It was a pleasure to meet Dr. Lanchbury and his wife this week as he starts his new chapter in Sedona, AZ. I always love hearing my client’s stories, and Dr. Lanchbury’s is one filled with adventure. Dr. Lanchbury started out as a veterinarian in the US Army, and then decided to go to medical school to study stem cell research. He loves his new practice, Sedona Center for Complimentary Medicine, in the high desert and he and his family are loving Sedona and all the outdoor opportunities. I especially loved that his daughter joined us for the shoot and I was particuarly happy that she agreed to a couple of photos with her dad.  Congrats Dr. Lanchbury!  I look forward to hearing about your success!

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June 06, 2016
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Being a headshot photographer has given us the opportunity to meet some extremely talented, driven and bright individuals.  We had a great time working with Kimberly to create a headshot for her new book which chronicles her journey to better health.   Over thirty years ago, Kim had her wisdom teeth removed.  It was only after decades of problems, hospitalization and treatments, did Kim come to realize her problems were directly related to that surgery.  Now, after having the procedure corrected, she is finally healthy and has written a book to help others in her shoes.  We’re very excited for her new book and to read more about her journey.

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May 26, 2016
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We were excited to be the Flagstaff headshot photographers for the directors at The Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA) and to be able to do their portraits outside in beautiful Flagstaff.  NAIPTA is the transit agency in northern Arizona operating the Mountain Line, Mountain Lift and Mountain Link systems in Flagstaff.

NAIPTA also coordinates with Campus Shuttle Service at Northern Arizona University. Established in 2001, NAIPTA has grown into a system that employs more than 75 people and transports nearly 2 million riders a year.

This was a fun bunch to work with and we loved learning more about our transportation system in Flagstaff.  As avid bicycle commuters, it was great to also learn about the bike and bus program and how the bus system can easily help cyclists by their easy on and off bicycle rack system.

If you’re traveling to Flagstaff and want to ease your worries about transportation, check out their tip page here!

Thank you to Jeff Meilbeck and his team for being part of the Tangled Lilac family!  Check out more about this dynamic team on their website!

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May 06, 2016
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Dan is a financial advisor for Valic, Inc who needed a new headshot for a publication he was being featured in. He’s also a sports physiologist and owner of Volt Sportlab.  Dan had a great smile and we loved coaxing him into laughter.  It was great working with you Dan! We wish you continued success with both your careers!

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