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May 12, 2018
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Meet Rio. Rio is an energetic, lovable and mild-tempered Portuguese water dog. Rio’s mom teaches at NAU and loves coming home to her best friend every day.

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People who know me often say that I appear more comfortable with animals than I am with people. They are not entirely wrong. Documenting the love between humans and their furry friends through pet photography may just be my favorite thing – ever.

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Because Rio has so much personality, I created this little slide show. It’s something I offer as part of pet photography sessions.

 

About Portuguese Water Dogs

Portuguese Water Dogs come from Algarve – a coastal region in the south of Portugal. Cão de água as the Portuguese Water Dog is known as in Portugal literally translates to “dog of water.”

The dogs are like shepherd dogs. But instead of herding farm animals, they herd fish. The dogs were trained to drive fish into the fishermen’s nets, retrieve broken nets, and act as a courier between ships.

Portuguese Water Dogs rode in fishing trawlers as they worked their way from the Atlantic waters of Portugal to the waters off the coast of Iceland where the fleets caught cod.

Portuguese Water Dogs are known for their non-shedding quality and became famous when President and Mrs. Obama adopted two of the breed – Bo and Sunny.

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Why Portuguese Water Dog Makes Good Pets

Did you know dogs can have a sense of humor? I did. And this breed has a very good one. During their fish-herding days, Portuguese Water Dogs were part of the crew. They ate with the crew, were often paid for their services and spent their free time hanging out with their work families. They are prone to acting silly and will repeat behaviors when their audience laughs.

Of course, Rio embodied these traits which is why his pet photography session was so much fun. It’s also why he was captured so beautifully on the images.

Portuguese Water Dogs are fairly easy to train. Some can have an independent streak, so training early (like with any dog) is the best way to ensure success. They respond to praise and treats. Harsh discipline and voices should be kept to a minimum. Personally, I believe that is true for every animal.

This breed has a desire to please. Use that desire to train this well-tempered, well-behaved beauty.
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Behavioral traits of the Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water dogs are chewers, and while trainable curbing this behavior can be a challenge. They also get very excited when their owner comes home or visitors come to the house. This excitement often turns into jumping or presenting the visitor with a toy or some other object as a gift.

The breed is also known for its separation anxiety. The anxiety is easily addressed with a plethora of chew toys and plenty of exercise before being left alone. The chew toys may just save your furniture or favorite pair of shoes because chewing is how they express anxiety. Dog,Dunstan,Portugese,

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April 24, 2018
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This week, my friend Kim Yuhl asked if she could write about her headshot session. To be honest, I don’t remember how Kim and I met. It seems like we’ve known each other forever.

That’s sort of how things work in Flagstaff. You meet someone somewhere and you instantly become friends.

Kim is a small business digital marketing specialist and freelance writer and needed new headshots for her business.

Before I turn it over to Kim, I want to remind you that I am running a headshot photography session promotion.

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

Without further ado, here is Kim …

Hey there!

I asked Melissa to let me hijack her blog, so I can tell you about my headshot session. I knew she wouldn’t ask me or any of her clients to do something like this because she doesn’t like to impose like that.

Here’s something you should know …

I never truly understood the value of a good headshot.

My guess is, you don’t either.

In fact, I started and sold two businesses using selfies, press photos and random images in my profiles. After selling the second business, I started helping other small businesses grow their digital footprints.

One day it dawned on me that maybe I needed to take the advice I was giving to my clients. That advice is …

Your Image is Everything

It is how people will know whether they like you or not if there is a connection and if they can trust you.

So, I took a deep breath and called Melissa to set something up.

You see, why most people view me as outgoing, I am most comfortable hiding out at home in my sweats. I am not comfortable being the center of attention and certainly did not look forward to being in front of a camera.

I think that is one reason I procrastinated getting them done. The other reason is the cost.

I mean, how much of a difference will a good headshot make and is it worth the investment? Well, the short answer is yes.

Yes, it is worth the investment and it makes a HUGE difference.

 

My Professional Headshot Session

First, you should know that my headshot session was scheduled with Melissa and her former partner Kristen. And while both were friendly and kind, it was Melissa that put me at ease, made me feel comfortable in uncomfortable positions and made me feel pretty.

I had a session that included both in studio and downtown Flagstaff images. I did bring a few different tops and accessories. Melissa had me wear what she knew would work well on camera.

Her directions were simple to follow and within a just a few minutes I felt like a “natural.” Let me be honest, I am so not a natural, but Melissa made me feel like I was. And honestly, I think it is that feeling that you see in my images.

I am surprised at how many different images she was able to get in such a short period of time. I was also surprised at how a subtle shift in your shoulder or your chin can completely transform how you look in a photo.

I still use those tricks today – or at least I try to remember to use them because when I don’t it is noticeable and not in a good way.

The bottom line, my time with Melissa in her studio was some of the best time and money spent on my business. It is also an investment that keeps giving back.

A Great Headshot is Timeless

My session was over two years ago, and I still use my headshots. I use them as my profile pictures on several social media platforms. I use them on my website to introduce myself to my visitors. And I use them as part of my email signature in various communications.

Here’s the thing. My headshots still look great – if I do say so myself. They look current and have stood the test of time. Most importantly though, they make me look good.

It has dawned on me that I might need to get a new set of photos taken. But I’m not in Flagstaff anymore and it will just have to wait until I am. I’m not sure I can trust anyone other than Melissa to take my photo. And neither should you.

Trust me, you will never regret having a great professional headshot. You may regret having to pay full price for them, though. Don’t let Melissa’s deal pass you by. Here are the details again:

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

Call and schedule something today:

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

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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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