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Branding and Headshots – My Turn to Update Professional Images

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When I noticed that my own personal branding and headshots were in desperate need of updating, I thought I’d try something other than the self timer …

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So, after almost 10 years, it was high time I updated my own professional images. And since I’m so big on making others feel comfortable in front of the camera, I decided it was time the tables were turned!  Rather than set up my gear for a self portrait where I can control the camera with a remote, I decided to dive in & put myself at the mercy of my 2 teenage children!

Yes, I know, what could I have been thinking?!? Behold the only 2 shots that passed my scrutiny when I had my son wield the camera & my daughter direct my posing … the consensus was that I am a nightmare client!!

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Headshots say so much.

What did I learn?  Firstly, that the ability to help someone relax and connect with you while you have a big professional camera in their face can not be over estimated.  So in a way it emphasised to me that I’m on the right track with all the effort I put into directing and putting my clients at ease.  And all the wonderful positive feedback I get saying just that, really makes me feel like I’m getting it right.

Secondly, professional images or ‘head shots’ demand as much or more care and planning as regular portraits – there’s so much to say in one or two images, – preparation is key.  Know your brand.

And lastly, I learnt that your kids’ favourite images of you are always going to be those blinking, mid talking, funny mouth position, sticky-outy hair ones. So when it comes to branding and headshot images, they are not to be trusted behind the lens!  Seriously, I am very grateful to my 2 creative cherubs – I’m always learning & even more dedicated to making you look, and most importantly, feel your best when being photographed.

I’m an AIPP accredited photographer and I also have a Masters Degree in Business Communications.  I can help you with content and copywriting as well as your headshots, branding strategies, and killer visual content.

Branding Photography -Tunes Without Measure Or End – The Bagpiper

Business Branding Photography Session for The Bagpiper

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“Let me play you tunes without measure or end.  

Tunes that are born to die without a herald

As a flight of storks rises from a marsh, circles,

and alights on the spot from which it rose.”

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A young Gold Coast based musician, Callum Pert, both truly honours and respects the tradition of Scottish bagpiping, while also imbuing his art with a youthful energy that imparts it’s magic to older and younger generations alike.

When his business called for branding photography, the creativity flowed.  There really is nothing quite like the lingering, reverberating music of the bagpiper.  The passion, poise, and centuries old traditional kilt outfit all combine to captivate.

And during our shoot for his website, Callum’s performance certainly captivated every onlooker.

This University student has honed his skill of the pipes over the past 8 years and loves nothing more than to entertain others through the stirring reed instrument. And he also passes his knowledge onto other young people by teaching bagpipes.

Callum seemingly effortlessly displayed this talent during our photo session at the Botanic Gardens.

His command of the bagpipes by the creek on a desperately hot afternoon, drew an eclectic and mesmerised audience – a lovely elderly woman of Scottish origin herself who chatted to Callum and was transported back to her childhood and her mother’s love of bagpipes; and a young boy who planted himself by the creek to absorb the unmistakeable sound of the pipes as he watched a group of ducklings splashing about.  He didn’t leave til we did!

To experience Callum’s command of the bagpipes and the way he translates such an instrument steeped in tradition to the contemporary setting, check out his website – the bagpiper.com.au – and see what he offers.

Whether a ceremony, a party, function, or lessons, Callum’s got talent and enthusiasm in spades.

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The Bagpiper, Callum Pert.

Branding and Headshots – The Resumé Originated 5 Centuries Ago – But Times Are A Changing…

Personal Branding for Resumé & C.V.

Leonardo Da Vinci is accredited with the origin of the resumé.  And in this era of immediate visual communication, social media, & web presence, your C.V. is as crucial as ever. An engaging C.V. is your number one priority to make an impression and stand out in the job market.

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Professional branding and headshot photography is your key to success.  Online engagement demands professional images.

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.

They went out and happened to things.”         

                                                                                                   Leonardo Da Vinci

According to Forbes Magazine, times have changed in even the most recent past, and so too should your C.V.

Selling your personal brand.

Approaching your C.V. like a marketing document and selling your ‘personal brand’ is what it’s all about.

Your image, and how it represents your personal brand is as valuable in marketing yourself, as it is in business.

Including a professional photograph on your resumé adds value, and should give prospective employers or recruitment agents an accurate idea of who you are, how you want to be perceived, and what the experience of working with you might be like.

Sound like a big ask from a photograph?

With a Masters in Business Communications and as an accredited professional photographer, helping with personal branding, reviewing C.V’s, writing content, and styling & creating professional images that convey your ‘personal brand’, as Forbes put it, is the perfect fit for me.

I had the absolute pleasure of working with this motivated client yesterday, to create her professional images for her C.V.

I can’t wait to hear how she sets about ‘making things happen’ for herself.  What an asset to any office and business this woman is – the warmth, connection, professionalism, and approachability she exudes is the real deal!

See other articles on personal and business branding:

Branding and Headshots – My Turn to Update Professional Images

Branding Photography -Tunes Without Measure Or End – The Bagpiper

Personal Branding gives you Corporate Headshots With A Difference

Personal and Business Branding 

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Friday afternoon’s deluge didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and professionalism of this lovely client.  Teresa arrived for her Corporate Branding Headshot session with an armful of outfits and some props in tow.

Creativity and attention-to-detail were the order of the day.  This real estate expert in her field exuded the professionalism, approachability, and attentiveness she’s become known for.  

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She breezed through the branding and headshot photo session with a wide smile and mountains of enthusiasm.

So looking forward to seeing how Teresa uses her updated images in her work.  Actually, I can’t wait to see how she even begins choosing which of her amazing images to use!

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See more on personal and business branding:

Website Branding – A Celebrant’s Stylish & Professional Approach to Her Business Captured in Images.

Branding and Headshots for your website are crucial.

No images of you on your business website?  Not sure how to align your images to your brand?  How to confidently engage with the camera to truly reflect you & your brand?  SQP offers branding and headshots for your professional profile and business.

A Personal Branding Session helps you define your brand and then capture amazing images to tell your audience just what you stand for.  Your online images are often the first impression someone gets of your business, and never before have they been more crucial to your brand and growing your business.

Starting with “WHY you do what you do?” & communicating what sets you apart, is how this Personal Branding Session began – and all before the camera even appeared!  I help with the visuals and the written copy and content.

Photographs and written content for your business.

After bidding on the photo session at a charity auction to raise funds for the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation, Vicki, a celebrant, decided to invest in her business, Victoria’s Ceremonies, and have some professional photos taken for her marketing and website.  This warm & engaging woman brought so much fun, creativity, and style to her shoot.

After designing the shoot to capture just how Vicki wanted her business and personal branding to be perceived, and a little insider coaching on how to engage with the camera, – I think you’ll agree with me that she simply exudes style, grace, poise, & professionalism – all wrapped up in warm-hearted fun!  Whether marriage, or naming ceremony, Vicki’s got this, & you’re just going to love how she presents, and how very relaxed she makes you feel.  

I’m so looking forward to sharing all of Vicki’s images with her, & seeing how they elevate her website.

Thank you for such a great session full of fun Vicki, and for entrusting the capture of your images to me.

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