A young tween girl who is a budding actress needed updated headshots to start her career.
After a long day of photographing an event for Francine Parham and Dolores, her business partner, Dolores had a client that needed a headshot. And of course it was raining outside. We had literally less than 10 minutes, so I set up one light in the super narrow hallway of the building that we were in. Using my Canon Mark 5D III and the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L non IS lens, I wirelessly triggered a flash with a Photek Softlighter on a stand.
Alan is much taller than me, well everyone is LOL. My first step was to get him a little lower so that I could photograph him better and also make him more comfortable with me, since we just met.
I let the lighting behind him play out to add some depth while he leaned against the wall. Alan was a total pro! We got quite a few good images and this was the one that he chose. His smile was genuine, great, and was a very happy man.
Working in any space is a challenge but that makes it more fun. Thanks Alan and Dolores for this session!
Business portraits can be done year round in just about any outdoor scenario. Even in the snowy winter!
Tamika and I used to network each week in our BNI Group. Since then we've kept in touch and she needed a professional portrait taken for her realtor business website and marketing materials with Keller Williams.
We set it up and of course it had snowed. But this didn't stop us. We spoke about her wardrobe, hair, makeup, jewelry, and how she wanted her targeted clients to see her on social and printed media.
Here are the two out of the many that she chose from her package. She looks polished, professional and these can be used year round. I did some retouching on her, but not a whole lot. I like my clients to look natural. But if there's something that they are concerned about, I ask that they tell me about it beforehand.
I had her wear a spare pair of boots of mine and we got to a spot to do the shots that she and I wanted. It was a little breezy, but otherwise, a gorgeous February day. As you can see, you wouldn't have been able to tell where we were, or what kind of conditions we were shooting in. It wasn't that cold, it was just in the 40's but if you're from New Jersey, this wasn't that cold.
This past Sunday was crazy for me, but in a good way!
First I sang with my choir during Sunday Mass, photographed Mary Beth's AMAZING business portrait headshot, ate something and then my daughter and I went off to our horseback riding lesson. She's a beginner, and I'm back into training after 25+ years of not riding(I used to be a show jumper).
Sunday was just gorgeous! She wanted to be outdoors and the weather was perfect. Except that it was breezy and chilly, especially at our location, it overlooks Crosswicks Creek and the Delaware River. But we made it work. The cell phone image below was my setup prior to her arrival, and we ended up moving because of the wind and the change in light.
Mary Beth rocked her session with me, I took my time, made sure that she was relaxed and having a good time. As you can see below, the wind was a challenge and at one point, I had her close her eyes and we were giggling.
But as you can see, she did an amazing job, it was chilly, my hands were cold, and she was too. So I was very quick and the ones that she pick below are the her finals.
Thanks again for your patience and helping me during the session Mary Beth!
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Michelle contacted me because she needed new images of herself for her real estate marketing business cards and other promotional printed items and on social media. I went to her home and set up my lighting and the background that she requested.
For those in real estate, having a friendly face is key in their business, and I think we accomplished this. Setting up took the most time, but once we started shooting, Michelle was very natural in front of my lens and took what little directions and coaching she needed for very. I had my camera tethered to my MacBook Pro laptop so that she could see the images quickly and understand what I was seeing when I asked her to make slight adjustments. We also could chose the images that she liked the best so that I could make some adjustments and then she made her final choices later and I retouched them, and she then downloaded the final images to her computer.
After we were done with the ones on the white background, we wanted something a little different. Originally we were also going to go outside as well, but it got too windy. So inside her lovely home, she had these french doors that lead into her living room. We set up the lights and I asked her to pose there and the one below is my personal favorite.
Thank you so much Michelle for welcoming to your home and letting me photograph you! You totally rocked your session and look amazing! Good luck in your business!!
Dolores and I have known each other for a long time, we originally met at a women's networking group called W.I.N., Women Interested In Networking back in 2009. It was a fabulous group who met once a month, for lunch at Villa Mannino's and there were at least 20-50 of us, shamelessly networking with our business cards. This was my first time standing up to speak up in front of a lot of people to talk about my business. They helped to nurture my 30 second and 1 minute speech and we always had a personal question to answer like, what was our favorite dessert, or where was our favorite place to go on vacation, or if we had won the lottery, name three things we would spend the money ont. It was great and I met a lot women there, many whom I am still in contact with today, friends and clients. Dolores and I hit it off from the start, and we've been very good friends since.
She is the founder and entrepreneur of Power Up, a Coaching, Consulting and Speaking firm that helps professional individuals, businesses and corporations succeed in their goals. She's very good at what she does and is a fantastic speaker and will get you on the right path for success.
I've photographed her before many times, and for this, she had a specific place in mind. She wanted to be photographed outside in the back patio of the Cake Box owned and operated by my friend Neelma Patel. We asked for permission and she was all for it. They were going to set up for a free movie night, so we couldn't be there for too long. Dolores got some coffee and we got started and below is the final results.
At the end, we took pictures of each other....then ate cupcakes.
As you can see I used Westcott Rapid Boxes and Canon 600RT EX Wireless flashes and I used my Canon Mark 5D III with the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 Non IS L Lens. The actually shooting time took about maybe 20 minutes tops. I loved how the sun was hitting the brick wall behind her, making it glow a bit.
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A recent client of mine is going through many positive changes in her life. Part of these changes included getting new business portraits done as she starts to personally rebrand herself. She found my via Google, she liked my work and we set up everything.
She's been working in the corporate world for a while now, but has always been very creative. On the side she creates jewelry and lately has ventured into graphic and web design. We had a great time listening to Old Skool R&B/Rap and helping out what to wear with her clothes.
Scroll all the way down to see the video shot by my assistant, and some pictures from my Instagram account that will show you behind the scenes of what it looked like. As you can see I tether my camera to my Macbook Pro laptop to see the images immediately after I take them. This is a huge help to me and my client, as they can see what I'm looking for and provides them with that extra bit of direction that will enable them to get into the flow of the session.
Also music helps LOL!
I want to thank my client, my assistant, Riverview Studios, and the guys at Hensel Lighting at Unique Photo for helping me out. If you're interested in a session like this, reach out and contact me.
Barry over at Closet Possible was kind enough to lend me space in his conference room so that I could have people come to my Headshot Event. I got there very early in the morning to unload my car to set everything up. My very good friend, Jen, came, set up her hair and makeup area for our clients.
We had such a great time! First up was Kim, Kim is a professional singer and also a Real Estate Broker. She had images for her singing career, but needed something more professional for her day job.
Next up was my dear friend Ann Laurie. I've photographed her before, so we're already very comfortable with each other.
I like to shoot tethered to my laptop so that I can see the images, double check them and show my clients what I'm seeing so that when I'm coaching and directing them into poses, they can see themselves. It's been a very helpful tool!
Technically not a head shot, more like a portrait. However we were trying all sorts of different things.
While we were waiting for our last client, we decided to have some fun. Jen decided to do some modeling for me. Below is a teaser, click here to see more.
Then Adan arrived and we had a blast, because he's a character actor, gigging acting gigs for tv and commercials. He's represented by the Reinhardt Talent Agency in Philadelphia. I had him get into a few fun characters to get a certain smile and look into his eyes.
This is what I do, help others get into the moment, to get the best of themselves out so that what people see online or in print, is what they get when they see them in person. Because your online presence is the first time you'll meet a potential client, talent agency or employer.
Recently I read something on an Instagram account from a friend of mine, he was at a Microsoft event. The image he photographed said something like this:
"Your profile is 21x times more likely to be viewed if you have a professional photo."
This is so true! Whenever I see a profile on LinkedIn that is with a cell phone or is not professional, I don't click on it, and I generally don't accept the invitation to accept(unless I know the person).
So that being said, are you ready to step up and get noticed?
One of my clients in Princeton has a teenage son who is an actor and needed his headshots done. She called me up, we met, and it was an absolutely gorgeous winter day. I mean it has been a highly unusual season with barely any snow. It was windy with a chill to the air, but the sun was out. We had chatted earlier about what he should wear, then we went to the Princeton University campus, which was not that far from their home. With kids, you don't want artificial lighting if at all possible. The only lighting you see is natural sun with a reflector to bring in the light to his face, that's it. I gave him direction on how to pose, so that I could get the best angles and we talked, joked around so that I could get natural expressions from him including some to see if he could be serious while still being himself. We did a variety of poses, headshots, and quarter length body.
Afterwards, his father joined us and I did a quick shot of the three of them, and of course some with just him and each of his parents. I believe in giving a little as a thank you.
He has a talent agent in NYC, so I'm hope that these worked out for him. Good luck and thank you!
I had the pleasure of photographing Deb’s professional business portrait that best portrays her brand and her website, Advocate for Mom and Dad.Her business derives from her time dealing with the emotions and stress of caring for her disabled mother after the death of her father. She became not only the caregiver, but in charge of finances, as well as so much more.
Many family members very often are now coming across this situation as their parents age, and have no idea what to do or where to start. Deb’s website is a huge source of information to help out and I highly recommend it.
Instead of having your standard headshot done inside of a studio setting, we went outside. Deb has a great bubbly, down to earth, and approachable personality. And her brand colors are yellow and blue. I loved that she took these colors into consideration when choosing her outfit, even with her glasses which were also blue. We decided to go to Mercer County Park alongside the lake towards sunset. I brought my friend, Barry, to assist with my equipment. He’s also a photographer, and from Australia. It was pretty windy, so I was so thankful that Barry was there to help me out!
We wanted the golden hour, but it was overcast, windy, you know….a typical fall day. Of course the clouds went away after we were done and Deb drove off to go home. LOL So down by the lake I used the water as the background. This is the one that Deb picked out. The other two, I also liked.
I used a variety of two different types of modifiers, that day and my Canon 600 EX-RT flashes that I triggered wirelessly using the Canon ST-E3 RT Speedlite Transmitter. My two Westcott Rapid Octa boxes, that are made specifically for flashes. I have the 26’ and the 20” versions and I have to say, I have tried the cheaper versions, and I returned them to get these instead. They are quick and easy to setup and use. Worth every penny! I also had a reflector underneath Deb to minimize and shadows. This was the setup with the lake behind her. Now I noticed a bit of a hotspot on the side of her face, so I had Barry hold one of my reflectors with the black side up to act as a flag, so that the light so came through, and the hotspot went away. For the next shot, we went up the embankment a little and I used the larger 60” Photek Softlighter Umbrella. I only used one flash this time. Now I did have weight bags with me that day as well. My favorites are Matthews Baby Boa Weight Bags. You can wrap them around stands and they stay there.
Barry getting "blown away"!Thanks Deb for taking this photo of us!
I cannot stress to you how important it is to have someone assist me on a shoot like this. I do my best to pack light, and honestly, I did. But with the wind, and other factors, this is why a professional photographer needs help on a photoshoot. It may seem like a small enough gig to you or others, but when you see what we bring, and the results of that effort and time, it’s well worth it.
Thanks again Deb for putting your trust in me, the images came out great and we all had a great time! And another huge thanks to Barry for being awesome!
All images on this post are Copyright Deirdre Ryan Photography. It's illegal to steal the images, if you do, not only will bad karma come your way, but I can and will bring the law down on you. Have a great day!
One of the many ways that I market my business is I go out and network in person. I belong to various small networking groups, and I've considered belonging to larger ones. I met Christine through a group called Mercer County Woman and then again at a NJSBDC network event. I followed up with an email after she expressed an interest and before long, we had a scheduled photoshoot. Christine had a specific look and feel for her business and branding. Her business has two target markets, one for families with children and another for adults and the corporate world. What she needed on this day was for the latter.
She wanted the shoot to be in her home, because this is where she works. To portray the woman of her profession who loves what she does. Confident, approachable, and professional.
Here is her website: Sleepy Tots
We went through her closet, picked out a few items of clothing and jewelry that would look the best on her and her personality. Also her branding. While she was getting changed, my husband and I moved furniture around and got some items to dress the room where she would be sitting. The room had lots of natural light, no need to bring in any of my strobes.
As you can see by these cell phone pictures, we tried some with her and the laptop, books, coffee mug, writing on a notebook. But none of these that were part of our original plan were working. So we ditched it all.
After that, she wanted to try something with the white wall. So I had her stand up, gave some direction(that gave us all the case of the giggles a few times!) while my husband held a reflector underneath her.
During her quick change, we re-arranged the furniture again and started to shoot when she was ready.
Okay, normally I do not do photoshoots in barefeet like this. However....this day got really hot, moving stuff around, and yes...I sometimes climb on furniture and I didn't want to do any damage to it. So with her permission, I took my shoes and socks off.
Next we went outside for outdoor headshots. I love doing a more cinematic portrait style headshot with my lights, these can be done outdoors or indoors as long as there is enough room to achieve the effect that I'm looking for. That day, the breeze was in our favor and she totally rocked it! Relaxed, confident and happy!
Christine, thank you so much for letting us into your home. We had so much fun! I'll be seeing you soon :)
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Panagiota needed headshots for her business as a Limbic Life Coach. I had to ask...what is a Limbic Coach? I quote the Palo Institute for Systemic Coaching :
"Brain research shows that our "emotional brain" chooses our actions based on memories and emotions, long before our "thinking brain" gets involved. That’s why many people find it difficult to follow through with their resolutions to change a behavior. The Limbic Coaching method starts at this point by purposefully utilizing mental self-healing capacities to dissolve blocks in the limbic system (the emotional brain).
Using this innovative approach, emotions and memories that inhibit performance and productivity are processed in an outcome-oriented, effective way. To achieve this, the Limbic Coaching method consistently integrates the brain’s processing mechanisms to deal with information, stress and emotions."
We discuss over the phone what she is looking for, and then on the day of the shoot, I meet her at her home. We go over her waredrobe that we have discussed earlier and finalize it, including her shoes and jewelry. I wanted everything to go with her bubbly and warm personality!
When we talked, it was decided that we would go onto Princeton University's campus. It's literally down the street from her and only about 30 minutes from where I live and 15 minutes from my private, parochial school, Notre Dame HS. So I'm familiar with parts of the campus and the town. But, since I had camera gear with me, we took my car and luck was on our side because we got a parking spot right across the street from where we wanted to be!
I used my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L non-IS lens coupled with my Canon Mark 5D III for the entire photoshoot. I love the compression that I get with this lens for portraits. For the first shots, I used 2 Westcott Rapid boxes, and set my Canon flashes to shoot in wireless mode and in HSS, so that I could shoot with a shallow depth of field and with a higher shutter speed.
Then she went and did a quick change of her clothes and we did some natural light shots. Once again, I only used my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L non-IS lens with my Canon Mark 5D III.
As we were walking back to the car, she really loved this bronze sculpture. At first, I wasn't too sure if you were allowed to sit inside of it or not. But then we saw a few people doing that. So we decided to go for it, and as you can see, the images below are gorgeous. All natural light, once again, just my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L non-IS lens coupled with my Canon Mark 5D III.
We had such a blast! And of course there happened to be a LOT of people and teens on a open house tour of the campus I think. It was really crazy. We kept each other laughing the entire time, then it started to get really hot, and by then we had our shots. I like to work quickly whenever possible for the comfort of my clients.
Here is Panagiota's website Soon there will be more but you can contact her through it.
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Recently I had a young man who needed a business portrait done of himself in a studio setting for his real estate team. So when I finished setting up everything, my friend, Jim Parker was gracious enough to sit in for me to test my lights. This was the last shot after tweaking my settings and lights after 2 minutes. Once you know your setup and your gear, you know where to go with just a few adjustments. However I still do a few more adjustments once my client comes in and sits for me.
When Rick came in his brought his brother to help out and 2 ties and 2 shirts. All three of us, Jim included helped him with his waredrobe choices and tying his tie LOL But it was well worth it and here are my favorites form the shoot.
We did the more traditional ones for what he needed but I asked him to adjust his tie and I just loved the results.
Here's the one that he chose, and I really like it.
Thanks Rick for taking the time out of your busy schedule and thank you Jim for your time and friendship as always :) For more information on how to have your business portraits done by me just use the contact form below:
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The past couple of months have been a bit hectic for me. Last year I booked 2 weddings for the month of May of 2016, and in between those weddings I have been busy with my family, networking, a portrait session, and testing some lighting techniques. Also school’s out so those of use with children you know how things are now. Keeping our kids busy while working and having fun ourselves too. I no longer do weddings like that anymore, but they were wonderful and beautiful! I have been having fun with using a cinematic type of technique for my clients that I can use for their headshot. We can shoot outdoors, almost anywhere and have our normal fun time but the effect is just gorgeous. I was just on Princeton University campus last week with a client and we did a combination of this a natural light for her’s and I can’t wait to show you them!
The following were kind enough to sit for me after a networking breakfast meeting at Fedora’s Cafe in Lawrenceville, NJ. Please take a look at the the links for their businesses and let them know that you saw their headshot on my site. Thank you :) Karen Hodges Miller-PUBLISHER-Open Door Publications
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I met this beautiful woman on the phone a while ago for a photoshoot, and then we finally got back together to get it done. We met at Honor Yoga on Route 33 in Manalapan, NJ heading towards Freehold, NJ and she has been practicing for many years. Quirky, fun, full of laughs and smiles, Marlene and I were laughing throughout the session. I helped her picked out jewelry to go with her two outfits after the yoga portion of the session. Trying out a bunch of things, we had a good time! The clients I meet are just wonderful and Marlene is truly one of them. Thank you for being so great, the photos turned out beautiful because of you!
Right before Christmas, I was asked to photograph the Glenn Eagle and Circle Black Holiday party at the Trenton Country Club. They needed some photos of the exterior of the building, the room where the party was going to held, their employees in the beautifully decorated front lobby of the club, and then formal and fun group shots of the two groups and formal headshots of everyone.
After everyone had their headshot photo taken, it was time for the two group shots. First it was Circle Black and then Glen Eagle. They wanted a formal and then a fun pose. The problem we encountered was that it being Christmas, everywhere you looked, it was decorated. Except for this one single wall in the Grand Ballroom. It worked well and these were the last shots of the night.
Below are some behind the scenes shots taken by my husband who is also my assistant and business partner.
Thank you to everyone at Glenn Eagle and Circle Black for letting me be there for your party and to do your headshots. We all had a lot of fun that night!
This gentleman gave me a call one late afternoon. He started a new career in real estate and needed a headshot like.....yesterday to be added to his new business cards and marketing materials. I called him back, gave him my quote, and he met me at my home. I didn't have time to get to the studio so I set everything up in my living room. We had a lot of laughs, I took a lot of great shoots. I helped him to pick out the best one and we agreed on one you see below. As you can see it was a great shot. He was very happy with the results of the shoot, I got them to him that very night. His co-workers were pleased with what I did as well.
The one above and below I also liked, but not as much as the one he and I both liked the best, the one at the very top of the page. Not everyone can rock a full face front image, but his facial features allowed this.
I used used my Canon Mark 5D III and the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L lens and the Westcott X-Drop for the background. Three Dynalite strobes with a reflector bounce below him. Just a simple setup, the shoot lasted maybe 20 minutes.
My advice to everyone who is a business professional, do not use a cell phone to take your next headshot to represent yourself to your clients. If you're concerned with your image, come see me to have the look of your marketing brand done right the first time.