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2018 Magazine Update!

My headshot magazine has been updated for the new year, chock full of information to help you best prepare for your personal branding photo session.

Headshot Branding Photo Session Raleigh Magazine
If you planning for your upcoming photoshoot or just considering it take the time to read through this booklet. I have covered everything from what a session entails, what to wear and how to prepare in the days leading up to your appointment time. Sample images can help you decide how you would like your professional image to be seen; smiling and outgoing? Serious and business minded? Indoors or outdoors? We will guide you through every step of the portrait process and new for 2018 – an in studio hair and make up option. All you need to do is show up and let us handle the rest!

Beyond traditional marketing avenues, you have the opportunity to make an impression by creating a Social Media presence. This branding is perfect for Doctors, Lawyers, Real Estate Agents, Business Executives, Creatives, Authors, Bloggers, Artists, Designers, and Musicians and more. You can create a powerful and memorable personal brand in just one afternoon. You industry and personal style will guide the look of your photos. No two sessions are ever the same.

Making the time to have professional headshots made is an easy investment in your future and I promise, you will love the final product (and have fun doing it!)!

business, Guest Blogger, on location

Personal Branding Raleigh Small Business Owner HeadshotsReduce stress with today’s guest blogger Jenny Abhau, owner of White Dahlia Massage and Wellness. I am so excited for you to “meet” this amazing woman! Her bright, friendly and serene spa is one of my favorite spots in Raleigh. This girl runs the show from top to bottom (including hand written birthday cards for their members and baking cakes for her staff). I don’t know HOW she does it all but she does it all. We met on a beautiful NC day to update her headshots and personal branding images and now she is here to share ways you can reduce stress and handle the grind of life.

Jenny’s Top Five Ways to Reduce Stress

As the owner of Raleigh’s best massage spa, you’d think I’d be an expert on stress relief. The truth is, being a small business owner is a grind that never ends. Couple that with having a slew of kids (five, to be exact—and I gave birth to every last one of them!), and I’m pretty much a ticking time bomb.

Having said that, I’ve had ample opportunity to find out what does and doesn’t work to relieve stress. So maybe—just maybe— I am an expert.

Jenny Abhau Headshots Raleigh NC Personal Branding Small business1. Massage. Now I’m not just saying this because I own a massage studio. The benefits of massage are real. From relieving headaches, to unwinding tight muscles, to soothing souls, massage is just plain GOOD for you. There have been days in my life when I have felt that I could not take another minute; that life was just too hard. And then I got a massage. And I felt competent and capable again. I could do life, after all.

2. Light reading. To me, leisure reading is a luxury. It’s something you treat yourself to when you’ve tackled everything else on your list. But that’s all backwards. Taking twenty minutes a day to read something you really enjoy is the perfect mental escape. This is particularly helpful right before bed, when your brain is going at mach speed and won’t shut off. Two of my latest favorites are A Million Miles in a Thousand Years (Donald Miller) and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows).

3. Getting outside. I recently took a trip to Yosemite National Park. You guys. I couldn’t believe that kind of majesty and beauty existed in real life. In the few days I was there (with very limited cell phone coverage) I remembered how small I was in the grand scheme of things. My family? They’d survive without me for a few days. My business? They’d figure things out without me. The world wasn’t going to end if I went off the grid for a while. And I’ll tell you what: in that setting of splendor, my mind was free of its usual worries. And I slept like a baby.

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4. Hypnosis/Mindfulness. I used to think this kind of stuff was hokey. Not anymore. After struggling with insomnia, I finally resorted to downloading a couple of hypnosis apps. Friends, these things really work. Focusing on the present, feeling your body, noticing your surroundings, all help to keep you grounded and content. Find out for yourself! Try Andrew Johnson’s “Positivity” and also “DeStress.”

5. Establishing non-negotiables. Before you can adequately take care of anyone else, you need to take care of yourself. Too often, we put ourselves last. Not only are we doing ourselves a disservice, we are also short-changing everyone who is important to us by not giving them our best selves. So what do you need to be your best self? A certain amount of exercise a week? Massage once a month? (I know a place….) Lunch with a friend every Wednesday? Decide what YOU need and make it a priority.

Take a couple of my ideas for a spin. See if they help you in your quest to reduce stress. See if they improve your quality of life. I’m betting they will.

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Jenny Abhau is the owner of White Dahlia Massage and Wellness, a membership-based massage and facial spa, on the corner of Creedmoor and Strickland Roads in North Raleigh, where she employs the best massage therapists and estheticians in Raleigh, NC. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

For more information on Raleigh headshots and personal branding visit NC Headshots.com.

 

 

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Grifolsgrifols-headshot-rtp is a large global healthcare company working in the area of transfusions and blood banking. While the company is worldwide, a local RTP team needed cohesive group headshots for internal use. Coordinating the schedules of seven coworkers can be a bit of a challenge so this is where the studio option becomes ideal. Over the course of three separate dates (and in this case, over the course of three separate months!) each individual Grifols employee was able to schedule a headshot mini session at the time that worked best for them.

professional-headshot-rtpWe coordinated outfits in advance and shot each session on a matching backdrop. As new people are hired down the road we will be able to continue to match the photos to the first set, keeping a cohesive look the easiest way possible for this team.

We work with several companies to maintain current photos of new hires and existing staff on a variety of in studio backdrops. The most popular choices are light to medium gray, black, white and blue but we will work to accommodate whatever color color best matches your branding.

raleigh-headshot-studio-corperate-grifolsBulk pricing is available for ongoing projects such as these and each client’s photo will receive the same time and retouching. We can set up direct with your employees, or work with a point of contact at your company.

durham-headshot-grifolsIf planning a day of headshots for your seems like an daunting task let us make it easier for you! Our Raleigh studio is available by appointment morning or afternoon. Contact us for a quote specific to your project and let us update your team photos the easiest way possible!

 

on location, Real Estate

lisa-shanahan-durham-headshot REAReal Estate Associates, REA, is a North Carolina real estate asset management company. Founded in 1968 in Durham, NC, they are one of the oldest real estate companies serving the Triangle area.  They focus on commercial brokerage, property management and residential services in Durham, the Research Triangle Park area and beyond.

During a website and marketing update they were interested in new photos for their team of about 30 members. While many of our headshots take place in the studio REA wanted something a little different; a more modern take on a traditional headshot featuring their beautiful Durham hometown as the backdrop. These photos were 3/4 shots, meaning instead of just head and shoulders we captured from the waist up so more of the background would be visible.

We started at the amazing Durham Hotel and then used surrounding streets and alleys to get a different of looks over the course of the day. The end result is a dynamic look on their new website with varied photos that show more than just their employees faces, but their personality as well.

It is so important for companies to invest in professional images for their website and branding. Large or small, mismatched headshots or outdated selfies probably do not portray the image you have worked so hard to create. In one day we can create a look custom designed for your brand with results you will be proud to share. Don’t know where to start? We will guide you through every step of the process from location scouting, scheduling, what to wear, and of course the posing guidance to get the best possible shot of each member of your team.

In addition to the value to your company, these photos are a great employee appreciation gift as they can use the files for their personal use as well. Urban shoots are just one option for company headshots, let us know if we can help you create a look for your business today!

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entrepreneur, Guest Blogger, medical

professional headshot north raleighI am excited to bring you another client guest blog post, this time by the very beautiful Meredith Harris of New Life Aesthetics in Raleigh, NC.

And trust me, if anyone should be giving advice on aging gracefully and all things gorgeous it’s this woman. Guys; this is not retouching you see, her skin is actually this flawless! Meredith offers Botox, Dermal Fillers, and other skincare solutions to, well, basically to help us look like her! She came to me for some non traditional headshots as she worked to update her website and overall brand look. She is beautiful, her outfit color choices were flattering and the North Raleigh location was a perfect match for her branding.

5 Practical Ways to Slow Down the Aging Process, New Life Aesthetics

Who wouldn’t want to age gracefully? I am asked every day in my practice, ‘Meredith, what can I do to slow down the aging process?’ Here are 5 practical things that you may not have known.

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  1. Avoid inflammatory foods. Vegetable oils, margarine, processed foods and alcohol cause inflammation which can accelerate wrinkle formation.
  2. Avoid stress. I recommend regular exercise, and healthy stress reducing activities. Recent research links stress to accelerated cell death and aging of the brain and body.
  3. Sleep… and don’t sleep on your face! Side sleeping causes wrinkles. Seven to nine hours of sleep per night is necessary for the body to repair.
  4. Avoid sunbathing. Daily sun protection reduces the risk of wrinkles and skin cancer.
  5. Don’t smoke. Even secondhand smoke triggers the breakdown of collagen which leads to skin sagging. Smoking also causes overuse of the mouth muscle, leading to deep lip wrinkles.

Meredith Harris HEADSHOTSMeredith Harris is the owner and Nurse Practitioner of New Life Aesthetics in Raleigh NC.  As a leading injection specialist with a decade of experience and a profound passion for all things beautiful, Meredith seeks to serve her guests with a unique experience.  From the first touch-point, whether educating, treating various skin conditions, or discussing aging-related concerns, her care is customized and the time with her is in a private and serene environment. When not in her Crabtree boutique studio, Meredith travels extensively to teach and train new and advanced injectors.  Her contagious passion for aesthetics is evidenced by the joy she shares with her guests and professionals in the industry.

Learn more at www.newlifeaesthetics.com or https://www.facebook.com/newlifeaesthetics. Browse this site for more details on scheduling a headshot session for you or your business, or visit our sister website Season Moore Photography for portrait photo sessions.

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