corporate headshots, on location

We bring the studio to you, on location headshots happen right in your office. While our studio is a great option for many Raleigh – Durham businesses some prefer to to have the studio come to them.

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Family Business Institute needed updated photos of their board of directors. While some live in North Carolina others do not, making cohesive branding photos a little more tricky. They meet for a once a year in person, and this year was at the beautiful North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh. The original plan was outdoor photos using the beautiful grounds but an unusually rainy 2018 left us with plan B: a portable studio look.

They opted for a medium / dark gray background which is a great neutral look for corporate headshots. We met before the meetings began and provided light make up retouching and a quick (and painless!) photo session of each person without disrupting the schedule. When a date is already scheduled for meetings and team gatherings, adding on location headshots is an easy way to update your branding and providing each employee with a headshot without any added stress. Having a make up artist on site is highly recommended to make the day run smoothly and have everyone looking photo-ready.

On location headshots can be anything you like; using the surrounding location indoors or outdoors, backdrops ranging from white to black (or a unique pop of color!), or a digital composite background added after the session. We can set up in any available space and work within the confines of just about any schedule. Contact us if you would like to add headshots to your next corporate event!

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I don’t often work while on vacation but when your client is your beautiful Mom, you make it happen! All About Smiles is an established St. Augustine, Florida dental practice updating their website and personal branding as their staff grows. Dr. Nathan Nemecek specializes in family dentistry, simple sedation and cosmetic dentistry as well as root canals and dental implants.

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They opted for an outdoor photo session as their dental office is surrounded by lush tropical plants (not something we see too often in Raleigh, NC!). It was a hot Florida summer day so we worked fast to avoid the sweat and the result was a look very custom to their practice. Some practices choose to wear matching scrubs for headshot photos but I find a variety of looks in complimenting colors works as well.

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Staff photos are more important than ever with the role that websites and social media play in marketing for a competitive market.

Headshots were the main priority on this day but we also shot a few photos of the building, some working shots from inside the practice and an updated team photo. And I mentioned my mom – I can’t end this post without sharing her beautiful photo as well!

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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.

 

 

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, on location

Colin Romoda is a Raleigh content writer and businessperson. His personal branding photo session took place in downtown Durham on a hot summer’s day with several looks that best capture his personal style and brand. Of course as a headshot photographer I see the value of every professional using professional images but today you can hear from the other side of the equation; the client.

4 Reasons Why Every Raleigh Businessperson Needs a Professional Headshot

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In today’s society, everyone and everything is online.  Even with no intention, a simple Google search can populate troves of personal information and images.  As a business professional, it is imperative to place controls on what information and images can be found and in doing so protecting yourself and your business.  A simple first step – self-publish a professional headshot and market it as the first image anyone will discover – set it as the profile image on your personal and business accounts, including websites, blogs and social media.  North Carolina is home to a booming Capital city, an incubator for entrepreneurs and veterans alike, establish your mark with a professional Raleigh headshot.

An Investment in Yourself and in Your Business

A professional headshot is more than just a photo, it is an investment in yourself and in your business.  It shows you care enough and are willing to place time and money into how you and your business are perceived by the public.  It cannot be stressed enough how technology has revolutionized industry.  Customers no longer just follow companies, but also the leaders behind them – think Sir Richard Branson of Virgin, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Elon Musk of Tesla – we are as much proponents of them as we are their companies.  Would we think as highly of them if every photo we saw was crooked, blurry, out of focus and poorly lit?  Short answer – no.  Invest the time and money, a professional Raleigh headshot will prove its worth.

Business Culture is Not a Selfie Culture

durham professional branding photographerReality check – a selfie is NOT professional.  Sure, it is easy and cheap, but it also comes across that way, not exactly the image you want to portray to the public.  Scrolling through LinkedIn, viewing possible connections, it is amazing how many profile images were taken with a mobile phone in a group of people and the individual simply cropped-in to their face.  It may not be a bad photo, but on the contrary it is also not your best photo.  Put your best photo out there, it is the first thing people are going to see and people jump to judgment, don’t give them a reason to judge you and your business poorly right out of the gate.

Showcase Your Personal Style

Don’t think of a headshot as capturing only your face.  Often, especially with professional headshots for business purposes, the image can capture from the shoulders or waist up, or even the entire body in certain positions.  This element poses great opportunity to showcase your personal style.  Take advantage of this, it will present the public with more insight into who they are entrusting their hard-earned time and money with.  Particular indicators of how you come across will weigh more or less heavily in different crowds – appease to your consumer base.

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Take it out of the studio!  If a simple studio backdrop is all you desire, no problem, but if given the opportunity, choose a location shoot for your professional Raleigh headshot.  This will add more depth to your overall image and provide you with a portfolio of images you can choose to mix and match.  The possibilities for locations are seemingly endless; I’d recommend a location that will identify with your industry – a music hall for a concert promoter, a kitchen for a chef or a tarmac for an airline pilot.  Give this serious thought, it will require a little more upfront investment, but well worth the payoff.

A professional headshot is an absolute necessity for every person in any industry, make it count!  I trusted Raleigh headshot photographer Season Moore in helping me succeed in gaining a portfolio of professional images that capture my very best.  From first contact through receiving my final images, the experience could not have been more fulfilling.

businessperson colin romodaColin Romoda is a Raleigh-Durham, NC based content writer and Season Moore Photography client.  Colin has a wide range of interests, from health and fitness to music tour management, that help enhance his writing and allow him to meet independent needs.  Whether seeking to rank higher in online search engines, increase traffic to your website or sell more publications, great written content will set you apart from the competition.  To view Colin’s full bio and writing portfolio visit www.freelancewithcolin.com and connect with him on LinkedIn.