Posts tagged ‘Atlanta author headshots’

The most important reason to hire a photographer (even if you’re single)

Sometimes I hear clients say, I need to wait to have my photos taken because:

I’m losing weight.

I don’t have the right clothes.

I’m not photogenic.

I don’t feel great about myself right now. I’m single, and I want to wait to spend my money once I’m engaged. PISH. POSH. I take your excuse and I reject it. (Lovingly, gently, after promising you it will be ok.)

Don’t kid yourself: you’ve made the same excuses. I’m here to say: stop waiting!

Stop waiting to overhaul your online dating profiles. Stop waiting to have new photos taken for your dating apps. Stop waiting to make a change. Stop waiting to have great photos of yourself right. now.

This isn’t only about finding “the one.” It’s not only about beating the competition on dating sites with professional photos.

Here’s a better reason to hire a photographer: it’s about honoring who you are. Remembering who you are. Documenting who you are.

You look great NOW. You are great NOW. Yes, I promise: you are photogenic. Everyone is nervous in front of the camera, including me! You just need to find the right person to stand behind the camera.

Document yourself now. Document this time.

That scar. That hairline. Those thighs. Your smile. Your beauty. Your best, authentic self.

The one your friends and family see every day and LOVE.

New headshots for a new gig

If you’ve been perusing my website, wondering how you can book a photoshoot with me for the low, low price of free — this next sentence will either thrill or crush you:

I give away one photoshoot a year. (And you still have to pay for it.)

Every fall, I donate a session to a silent auction that raises funds for VOX Teen Communications — an incredible nonprofit that helps Atlanta teens share their uncensored stories and voices. I’ve met some really brilliant folks and teens involved with VOX — and some of my favorite people have been champions, volunteers, and board members for VOX.

Susan is celebrating becoming the newest executive director of VOX! She wanted to get some new headshots to mark her new job, so we met up on a very blustery day to get some creative and fun headshots (and also celebrated her milestone, talked about how much we love Atlanta, etc).

If you’re celebrating a new job or position and need some new headshots that aren’t stuffy or too serious, shoot me a note! I’d love to help you update your professional brand.

Every person is a world

“Every person is a world.”

I read that quote years ago, when I was beginning to explore opening a photography business. A Spanish chef said it — and it has lingered with me ever since.

My clients bring such a force of joy, love, loyalty, hopefulness, vulnerability, and humor to my life. Especially my clients looking for online dating photography. Honestly? It’s kind of scary to admit when you need help with dating. I have been there myself, and you often need a friend to gently shake you and say, “These profile photos aren’t cutting it anymore.” I’m so thrilled and humbled by the amazing men and women who come to me, ready to try something new.

So I suppose I just want to say thanks: thanks for sharing your individual worlds with me. You’re all incredible humans who deserve great partners. Thanks for taking a few scary risks along the way — and for letting someone like me help you get there.

 

Just because

I worked with Annie and Jesse to create a custom session that fit all the things they were looking for — and we had a lot of fun! Including almost making our hip hop video debut… Almost.

It all started with an inquiry (which of course I loved) that said, in short: “We’re not getting married or engaged but wanted to see if maybe we could still do a photo session. :)”  My answer? OF COURSE!

Why would we ever need a special occasion to have photos taken of ourselves? Or to just take photos of ourselves?

Today: I challenge you to grab somebody you like who’s having a good hair day (or even a bad hair day), and take their photograph. Just because.

You don’t need a fancy camera. You just need to document this moment, today. That you were here. That you were here with this person, who means something to you. I’ll do it, too.

Thanks Annie and Jesse, for reminding me and challenging me to make a few photos of my own. Just because.

Not just photographs

I have a lot of goals for my online dating photo sessions, and really, any of my sessions:

1.) I want my clients to have authentic, modern, and edgy photos to take home.

2.) I want them to totally dispel the myth that you have to be “photogenic.” It’s NOT A THING, trust me!

3.) I want us both to laugh a lot.

4.) I want them to walk away from the experience with a set of stunning photos that will nail first impressions — but I also really want them to walk away feeling full of confidence, re-energized to throw themselves into the next task on their list, and ready to tackle dating again.

The amazing thing about this handsome man here — is that he left his viewing session, and after one final hug, turned and said, “I really love my photos, but more than that, this was just such a fun experience.”

And that’s why I do what I do. There’s enough doubt, enough anxiety, enough voids in this world.

Let’s create some good energy, some amazing photographs, and some fun experiences. Together.

Laughing then, laughing now

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While I was up in Minneapolis visiting my new nephew, I stole a few hours to sneak off to check out Mill Ruins Park. Calla met me there for a fun photo session to inject her dating profiles with some new energy. We could not stop laughing! And that’s great because: fun fact! We once played sisters in a high school play. Our costumes were questionable, but we had a blast and pretty much giggled our way through every rehearsal. I loved recapturing that laugh and smile in our session!

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Rules for Lying

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Meet my beautiful friend, Anne Corbitt. Her book, Rules for Lying, is due out this fall from Southeast Missouri State University Press… and it’s your new book club read for 2016!

It’s already won an award — the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel. Go follow Anne on Twitter for more updates.

In addition to being a brilliant writer and a hilarious friend — Anne is a dear friend! She’s always been the biggest supporter of my endeavors — and I’m thrilled to help support her book by A.) buying all the copies I can find, and B.) making a headshot of her stunning mug to use inside its cover.

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This is Ramona. If you were a sentient female adolescent in the 80s and 90s, you know that she’s named after Ramona Quimby. Thanks, Beverly Cleary!

I have vowed to name my future dog Beezus, naturally.

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