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Canton Headshot Photographer - Lisa S

Half of the headshots I make for clients are outdoors or environmental shots inside their workspaces. The other half involve studio lighting indoors and normally a white backdrop. But occasionally, I ...
Half of the headshots I make for clients are outdoors or environmental shots inside their workspaces. The other half involve studio lighting indoors and normally a white backdrop. But occasionally, I have a client who needs to update their headshot and match the headshots of their colleagues to create a cohesive appearance on the company website.

This was the case for Lisa. She sent me screenshots of her coworkers headshots, as well as a link to her company website. It was so helpful in understanding exactly what she needed.

Typically, I use three different lights to highlight my people and light the backdrop and I do it so much that I don't even think about the setup. But this was much different for both using my grey paper backdrop and making sure it was much darker than what you see in person, as well as using only one light with a large softbox. Before I met Lisa to make her headshot, I set up everything with the backdrop, light, and settings and tested it out before our appointment. It went as expected in what I needed to do without any tweaks, which was good. And it ensured that there wouldn't be any delays once we were together for me to need to fiddle with camera or lighting settings.

While Lisa has a career in child advocacy, she loves photography and creating photographs of people, birds, and nature. She mainly uses natural light, but also has a speedlight and is learning how to become more proficient in using it. As I set up my backdrop and light, we talked a lot about photography, lenses, lighting, and what we both like to shoot. I love finding that clients have common interests and our conversation made the time go by that much faster as I set up all my equipment. I believe it probably took more time to set up and tear down the studio set than it did for me to make the headshots, review them together on my laptop, and complete basic edits as she watched.

Most clients are interested in the technicalities, but Lisa was. And that was my jam in being able to talk through every part of the process and know she not only understood, but was interested in the hows and whys of it all. Including the editing settings I use to achieve the final image in Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop.

After I packed up all my equipment and was loading my car, Lisa was thanking me for making it so easy from start to finish. And I was thanking her for making it so enjoyable for me. Which has ultimately been my goal ever since I left corporate in 2012...when I go to work, I want to have fun. I want to enjoy what I do. I want to enjoy my clients. If I can achieve that level of enjoyment in doing what I do while knowing that I was able to make things easier for another human, I count it as a win.

I let Lisa know that I had further editing to do in Photoshop to clone out the softbox light, as well as the edge of the backdrop and the stand supporting it. Once that was completed, I'd send her the multiple files optimized and formatted for various only media platforms and all clearly named for each one. She seemed surprised at how quickly I had them emailed to her after I said goodbye. Which is cool. I don't want to ever be the photographer that takes forever to deliver products. Same day delivery for headshots, and normally within an hour of parting ways, is the goal I strive for in delivering files. So they can be put to use stat.

Here's a before/after gif.
Before/after headshot gif of a blond woman

If you're needing your headshot updated and also want to match those of your colleagues, start a conversation here with Kelley at Pear Tree Photography Atlanta.

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Let's Not Fall Into The Grand Canyon, OK?

I visited the Grand Canyon at the beginning of November. It was on par with my visits happening every ten years. But I want to change that and go back sooner without waiting another ten years. ...
I visited the Grand Canyon at the beginning of November.
It was on par with my visits happening every ten years.
But I want to change that and go back sooner without waiting another ten years.
Shoshone Point at the Grand Canyon East Rim

Want to join me?
Want to stand out on Shoshone Point and take in the vastness of one of the wonders of the world?
And then have photographs of you with your special someone in this amazing place?
Grand Canyon walls stretching over a man in orange winter coat

I've got sunrise and sunset spots open on Friday, March 22nd and Sunday, March 24th.

And I've also got my own personal tour guide and body guard to make the visit even more enjoyable and safe.
Meet Alberto.
He's an incredible human.
I'd love for you to meet him.
Man smiling inside East Rim of Grand Canyon

If you're interested in joining me for an adventure in March at the Grand Canyon, start a conversation with me here.

I'd love to meet you there!

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Do You Feel Naked In Front Of The Camera - Part 2

Since I published this post last year, I’ve been routinely asked if I would do another. It wasn’t in my head until people asked. So I’ve thought about it a lot over this past year. ...
Since I published this post last year, I’ve been routinely asked if I would do another. It wasn’t in my head until people asked. So I’ve thought about it a lot over this past year.

How do I replicate a previous post? Or if not replicate, how do I create a follow up that is in the same vein and still feels authentic without being an exact replica? After all, I’m not the same person I was last year at this time. And being naked in front of the camera literally or now in a blog post…it’s not easy.
Being fully dressed in front of the camera is equally hard for many and I recognize that, too. It’s not easy to be truly seen.

But it’s still something I hear regularly from clients.
“I don’t like being in front of the camera.”
“I don’t like how I look in photographs.”
“I feel naked and exposed when being photographed.”
“I’d rather go to the dentist than be photographed.”

I know how these people feel.
With the exception of going to the dentist. I’m one of those weirdos who loves going to the dentist.

In the past year, my goals and objectives shifted.
Personally and professionally.

I’ve been more intentional about the example I’m setting as a mom.
I’ve put more miles on my running shoes + swim goggles this past year than any other.
I dropped twenty pounds.
My business focus has shifted in how I will handle + grow certain aspects in this coming year.
I’ve hired others for their expertise + guidance.
A facelift of sorts is coming to my business.

Yet some things haven’t changed and I’ve only grown deeper in my beliefs.

Kind words can always be found.
If given the time to form.
Asking questions is key to understanding others.
I ask a lot of questions.
I find other humans to be remarkably interesting and love spending time with people individually. I love learning what unites us and what makes us different.
I love celebrating those similarities AND the differences.

And it is still incredibly important to me to hold a safe space for others.
I will not hide behind my camera or put up walls.
I find value in openness, honesty, and vulnerability.
While that certainly opens the door to being hurt, I’m finding my relationships are more gratifying when built solidly on truth + kindness. Without censoring words + thoughts for the sake of being PC or taking the easy route out. I find there is more value in being seen + known.

In the coming year, I will be actively and intentionally working to connect openly, honestly, and kindly with others.
Whether I’m behind the camera or not.
I’ll be working to create safe spaces filled with acceptance and free of expectations or judgments.

You be you.

If you hire me to photograph you, I’ll make it as comfortable for you as I can so you forget there’s a camera pointed at you that can feel like a big black box of scrutiny to many.
I promise you that I’ll be looking for all the good.
To capture you in the best light, with the most flattering angles + expressions.
With guidance when needed or requested.
And of course, encouragement + support.
Because we all need a little more of that, don’t you think?

"The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." Victor Hugo
 
Naked woman with camera in one hand and covering herself in the other. Faceless woman reaching around to cover the naked woman's breasts.

Behind the scenes information, full disclosure, and the fine print about creating this image.
I’ve known Sara since 2000 and she’s my chosen family. She is my champion, kindred spirit, wished-for-sister of decades, and speaker of harsh truths. This past year was made easier and better because of her conversations, encouragement, and finally hugs when I flew to Austin last month to visit for a long weekend. We had to work quickly because there would be a hard stop when her littlest woke from his nap.

We worked out room set up and basic posing on the second day I was there while I was still dressed. With no one else in the room, posing was a bit trickier to offer guidance in ensuring I was appropriately/PG-rating covered. We did have a mirror set up for me to see myself, but most of my lower body was blocked by a table holding my second camera body. Which made for a lot of back-and-forth checking on the back of the LCD screen and re-shooting of images.

The intent was no different than last time in that I did not want any aspect of this image to be sexual, only openly vulnerable and honest in how it can feel to many to be photographed. It can be scary and uncomfortable and I know how it feels. I will do everything possible to put others at ease in front of my camera. I want it to be a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone involved because 1) I want to have fun when I go to work and 2) I want you to have photographs you love and make you happy every time you see them.

The only parts of the image touched in Photoshop were outlets + door stops that I removed as distractions, as well as Sara’s hand over her shoulder holding the remote to trigger my camera.

This was shot in natural light on a Canon 5DM3 with a Sigma Art 35/1.4 lens at 1600 ISO, f/3.5, and 1/160.

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Goodbye 2018. Hello 2019.

Standing here on the last day of 2018, I am reflecting on this past year. What I have accomplished. The friendships nurtured. The people I've met. And adored. The places I've traveled. A...
Standing here on the last day of 2018, I am reflecting on this past year.

What I have accomplished. The friendships nurtured. The people I've met. And adored. The places I've traveled.

A lot has happened. So much of which makes me grateful.

I hope you have found this past year fulfilling.

Productive.

Meaningful.

Valuable.

I'm looking forward to 2019 with you all.

I'm looking forward to more travel.

I'll be back at the East Rim of the Grand Canyon in March.
I'd love it if some of you would meet me out there for portraits on the rim and descending into the canyon.
Sunrise.
Sunset.
All of it.

Come play with me in 2019.
Have fun.
Connect.
Love.

And make photographs together.
That you'll love.
Forever.
And ever.

Just like your people.
Man waving in silhouette on the Grand Canyon East Rim

Want to discuss meeting up at the Grand Canyon in March of 2019 for photographs? Contact me and start a conversation. I'd love to make it happen!

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Sheila + Tony Randall With Cruise Planners

I first met Sheila + Tony in an early morning networking meeting. Their British accents were delightful and their use of technology was uncommonly noteable. But it was their enthusiasm for each ot...
I first met Sheila + Tony in an early morning networking meeting. Their British accents were delightful and their use of technology was uncommonly noteable. But it was their enthusiasm for each other and what they do that captivated me. I needed to learn more about these two who moved across an ocean, continue to travel the world together, and have been married for almost sixty years.

In a society where lasting marriages aren't the norm, I will always ask couples who have been married for decades what their secret is. The answer varies between couples and sometimes between the two who are married. They all have different perspectives and experiences. When I asked Sheila + Tony about their secret, I could see Tony thinking while Sheila was quick to answer, "Compromise!" We both looked at Tony for his response and he remained quiet as a smile slowly spread across his face and he nodded in agreement.

If you're planning a trip around the world to Australia or New Zealand, Sheila is a wealth of knowledge on how to plan the most enjoyable trip and within your budget. And if you're dreaming of a European cruise (or anywhere else in the world), Tony can tell you about all the ships available. I'm pretty sure he's been on each and every one.


Sheila and Tony Randall have been working together in the travel industry for 25 years. Sheila has been in the industry, on and off, since leaving high school and getting a job as a secretary in a travel agency in London, England. Sheila and Tony will be celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary in April.
Cruise Planners is the second largest travel agency globally. Travel in Style is part of the Cruise Planners franchise family.
 
  Travel in Style books all Australian, New Zealand, Southern African and Asian destinations as well as European destinations. Sheila Randall handles all the land packages and river cruises booked by Travel in Style Cruise Planners. Tony Randall books all the cruises. Sheila is an Aussie and Kiwi Specialist and has been to both countries nine times. Tony is a cruise Specialist.

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