Why You Shouldn’t Add Filters To Your Professional Photos

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Why You Shouldn’t Add Filters To Your Professional Photos

 

We all LOVE a good filter, right?  Most of us don’t wake up being selfie ready and so adding on a filter is a quick fix to being able to upgrade your appearance or enhance an image that you share online.  It’s part of our norm now and I love a good filter as much as the next person, but I draw the line when it comes to my professional images.

One thing I’ve never understood is why someone would pay good money to hire a talented photographer, receive those images back, prepare to post them to their various social media accounts and then BOOM!  slap a terrible filter over the image so that it in no way resembles the original.  It’s just never made much sense to me.

Most photographers these days have clauses written into their contracts that prohibit clients from doing this, but that doesn’t stop a few rogue clients from doing so.  Check out this IGTV video below where I explain why you shouldn’t add filters to your professional images.  And once you’ve checked it out let me know in the comments below what you think!

 

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Rock Hill Portrait Photographer – Client Roundup

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Rock Hill Portrait Photographer – Client Roundup

 

Although I shoot and work with primarily other brands and business owners, every once in a while I get the opportunity to capture portrait sessions.  Portrait sessions can include families, couples, bridal, senior and birthdays.  And this week I’m excited to share with you guys a little bit of everything!

 

I had an amazing time working with Tanya Word for her weight loss celebration session.  Tanya hit a milestone in her journey and wanted to commemorate it with a photoshoot and I honestly couldn’t think of a better way!

 

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After shooting branding photography, my next favorite niche is seniors, both high school and college.  I love working with seniors because this time marks a special occasion in their lives and I feel so grateful to be able to create those memories for not only themselves, but their families as well.  I’ve worked with Kennedy a few times over the years and had so much fun during her senior session.  Watching her grow up in front of my lens has been amazing and one of the things I love most about what I get to do!

 

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Shannon and her family were a joy to work with!  Capturing family sessions is few and far between these days, but whenever I get the opportunity to do it I make sure to make the most of it!  The Blanks family was easy to work with and introduced me to a new location which is always a win win.  If you’re in need of a portrait session then I’d love for you to reach out to me to see how I can help!  Contact me today so we can begin planning for whatever moment you’re looking to commemorate.

 

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Branding Client Roundup

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Branding Client Roundup

Since narrowing down my niche to branding photography I have been so blessed so to work with so many amazing clients!  When I began to close some doors on other photography genres the door to branding clients flew WIDE OPEN!  Working with other entrepreneurs and businessowners truly lights a fire inside of me that I don’t think I will ever tire of.
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I’m super excited to share images from some of my branding sessions in late 2019.  I know, I know, I’m a bit behind in catching you all up with my work here at DBP but I promise by this summer that I will be totally caught up on all things client related and should be able to FINALLY share with you fresh, new images of my current sessions.  Keep tuning in here to see what’s new with me, DBP and my clients!
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In Home Lifestyle Session Prep

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In Home Lifestyle Session Prep

 

If the thought of capturing a branding or family session inside of your home sounds intriguing but you have no idea where to start then you’ll definitely want to check out this IGTV video that I created to help you prep your home.  In home lifestyle sessions are great because it gives your photos a unique perspective that differs from everyone else and allows you to shoot in a space where you’re the most comfortable.  Your home is your sanctuary and if you’re already nervous about your upcoming session then this is a great way to relieve some stress because what other space are you as comfortable in as your own home?

Let me know your thoughts after you’ve watched the video and if you’ve done an in home session previously and have more tips to share then make sure to do so in the comments below!  I’d love to hear your tips!

 

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5 Branding Shots You Need For Your Business

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5 Branding Shots You Need For Your Business

 

As a personal branding photographer I’ve come to learn that over the years there are a few must have shots that work across the board for every business owner.  And the great thing about these shots is that they can be worked into a smaller session like my Standard package (30 minutes – 10 images) all the way to my Boss package (2 hours – 55 images).  The next time you’re planning for your branding session remember to keep this shot list in mind.

 

 

  •  Traditional Headshots – Headshots are great for any profession because you can use them across the board for your social media avatars, website bio photo as well as your main go to photo when submitting for things like podcasts, speaking engagements, etc.  You want some variety with your headshots so make sure to get a few smiling images as well as more serious poses.

 

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  • Personality Poses – Headshots and branding images don’t have to be boring.  During my sessions I like to make my clients feel as comfortable as possible so that we can show off a range of emotions.  Poses where you’re laughing or showing off the silly side of yourself will help you to better connect with potential clients and make you look more relatable.

 

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  • Consider The Details – Detail shots are key in showing the tools of your trade.  Although we definitely want to focus on your beautiful face during your session, it’s also important to zoom in on things like your paintbrushes (if you’re an artist), your camera (if you’re a photographer), your raw ingredients (if you’re a baker), etc.  These images help to tell the story of what it is you do.

 

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  • Working Shots – Images of you doing what you do shows your clients your behind the scenes process.  Think beyond pulling out your planner and a mug with your logo on it and actually SHOW the people how you work.  If you’re a life coach why not hire a model (or better yet one of your actual clients) to participate in your session with you to show how you work one on one with your clients.  If you’re a photographer have your brand photographer capturing you while you edit a session.  The possibilities are endless when sharing what it is that you do.

 

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  • Relax During Your Session – Finally, if your session allows for a wardrobe change then consider a look that shows off a more relaxed side of yourself.  Sure you want to still present a professional appearance, but who said you can’t do that in a great pair of jeans, comfy sneakers and a cute tee?  Relaxed, casual shots are perfect for social media when sharing an introduction to your audience.  It comes off as a bit ‘less polished’ and shows the more real side of yourself.

 

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During your branding session with me we will cover all of these shots AND MORE!  Branding shoots are a great way for businesses to have consistent content to share with their audience and shows your clients that you’re willing to invest in yourself (and therefore they should too!).  If you found this article useful then I’d love for you to share it!  And if YOU’RE in need of branding images then contact me today so that we can begin planning for your session.

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