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Tuesday Tip: No awkward headshots allowed

I have been doing a lot of headshots for entrepreneurs and small businesses lately. The biggest things people say to me are: “I hate getting my picture taken!”, “I always look stiff”. A few things to keep in mind: you hate getting your picture taken because you have not had a great picture taken of yourself, so of course it is torture. Your smile does look fake because it is fake and you look stiff because you will not let yourself breathe. So now that I have been straight with you: let’s try to come up with some ways to make sure this does not happen.

If you own your own business or even an employee where you offer a service, you are going to need a good professional photo. So resolve yourself to that fact and arm yourself with tools to make it a much better experience.

1. Ask your friends, colleagues and clients if they have ever used a photographer they love for photos. If you like their photo and they had a good experience then this is a good starting place. Plus if you see that the photo looks like your friend then that is what you want.

2. Look at the photographer’s portfolio. Do you like what you see? Do the people look comfortable? Do they look relaxed? Is it well-lit? Do the people look real and approachable?

3. Talk with the photographer. Do you feel comfortable with them? Do they give good advice? Are they willing to answer any questions or concerns you have?

4. Prepare yourself. Get a good nights rest and drink plenty of water. Get a haircut 1-2 weeks before so it has time to settle. Spend a few days before the shoot getting your clothes ready. See what colors look best on you. Make sure everything is cleaned and pressed. Bring things that fit welland show your personality. Even though you may be selling your architectural services, if you look nice, approachable and polished, potential clients will feel connected to you. The saying, “When all things are equal, people would rather work with their friends” is true. If they like you, they will trust you. Now I have had a few lawyers say to me, “Well I need to look like I will eat the opponent in court, be a bulldog for them” Well yes, I agree, if I am going to be in court I want someone who knows what they are doing. However, I want to trust you and not think you are a jerk. So you can be serious but still warm and polished.

5. Use a professional make-up artist. They will know how to make you look good for the camera. There are special techniques to hide blemishes and imperfections, even out skin tone and make sure you are not washed out for the camera. Plus having someone moisturizing your face, talking with you about life and making you look like your best self is very relaxing. It is a way to come in and breathe before you jump in front of the camera. Plus celebrities and other famous people never get in front of the camera without make-up cause when they do they look like those awful pictures in US Weekly. Not that I am looking.

6. Be willing. If you come into the shoot, telling yourself all your negative thoughts, they will come through in the photos. Be willing to tell your photographer your hesitations and then trust that they know what they are doing. Try and relax. You did your homework and made all the effort to get a great shot. I always try to tell jokes, get you talking about things you like and forget we are taking your photo. All that talking, joking and breathing helps, and I usually can get you to let me in and grab some personality. You only need one great shot and this will not be the only photo you ever take. So relax, breathe and come prepared to hear our really corny jokes.

New York Wedding Proposal moment: Dancing in the street

A few weeks ago, I photographed a beautiful proposal in Central Park. I played photo ninja: following them from the hotel and a meandering walk through Central Park. After he proposed, we did a few portraits around the park. This wedding moment is towards the very end of our time together. As we were wandering around and shooting portraits of the two of them, we happened upon this street musician. We stopped for a moment to listen and the saxaphonist began playing a love song for them. Feeling inspired, Stelios grabbed Ionna in an intimate embrace and began dancing with her. Only in New York! =)

New York Wedding Moment: Bride getting ready with many generations

I loved photographing Ali and Brian’s wedding. Ali is a sweet, vivacious and super fashionable girl (she’s co-owner of Rack It Up, a new online shopping experience). This New York wedding moment comes from when she was getting ready.

photo courtesy of 5th Ave Digital

Ali’s mom mentioned that she would love a photo of Ali, her mom and her mom’s sister with the photo of her grandmother on her wedding day. Instead of just lining them up and holding the photo, which is what her mom suggested, I knew it would be much better as a moment when Allie was getting ready. So while Allie was getting ready, I saw this moment, when her mom was putting on her necklace , to capture all the elements but in a much more interesting way. We have all the generations present in a beautiful and sentimental time during Ali’s wedding day. I love that her grandmother’s picture is looking at Ali getting ready. Of course, Ali’s cousin caught me taking this photo and cheesed for the camera.:)

New York City Elopement in Riverside Church, Central Park and Times Square

I love photographing New York City elopements! They are so meaningful, intimate and personal. Something about running off to a place you love and taking only a few of your nearest and dearest that is so romantic. It really becomes about the two of you and the commitment you are making to each other.

Denise and Matthew brought Denize’s children, significant others and their closest friend all the way from Australia to witness their ceremony at Riverside Church. We then jumped in a limo and cruised around some of their most favorite spots in the city. Starting off at Columbia University because of the glorious architecture, a jaunt through Central Park and then a grand finale in Times Square. I have to say, I love photographing Times Square in the evening with all the lights, jumbotrons and energy.

The two of them were so generous and open with me, sharing how they found each other and what the other means to them. The one thing that stuck out the most was when Denize said, “it’s wonderful when you find someone that makes you feel worthy of love and shows you everyday” Yes, it is wonderful when you find true love.



Brooklyn Engagement Session: Actress and Filmmaker

My wonderful couple, Pamela and John are getting married! Having met the traditional way, online dating, they are anything but traditional. Pamela an actress and John a filmmaker and writer are creative, fun and up for anything. So we went to their favorite date spot, the Nitehawk Cinema. A film arthouse in Brooklyn that has 2 bars and let’s you eat and drink adult beverages while relaxing to cool flix. Sounds like my kind of place.

You may recognize Pamela from TV commercials, a few TV series and films. Photographers will recognize her from all the x-rite videos. I keep asking her how my color profiler works and she can’t help me. I mean she seems so knowledgeable in the videos =) John, her sweet and hunky fiance, just released his first feature film, The History of Future Folk. I advise renting it on itunes. It’s fun.

Here’s the shiny photos from their engagement session!


Watch a trailer for The History of Future Folk

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