4 Reasons You Need New Professional Headshots {Richmond Virginia Headshot Photographer}

Happy New Year!

New years are for new beginnings, right? Well, then, there’s no better time to update your old headshot. And if you need a little nudge, here’s a few good reasons:

1. FIRST IMPRESSIONS are key! Project the image that you want others to see. Whether on a company website, social media, or marketing material, your headshot is your first (and most important) impression. It’s your chance to say “Hi, I take my self, my job, and my future seriously.” A professional headshot shows that you care about the details.

2. Portray the BRAND IMAGE that you want people to see. Are you: professional, reliable, confident, creative, fun-loving, approachable, tough?? How do you want people to view you? Your headshot should be in line with your brand.

3. STAND OUT from the crowd. The photos you use online define you and your business. If you update your headshots regularly (at least every 2 years OR whenever you change your look) it shows that you care, and are willing to put the effort in to stay up-to-date. **This also applies to company websites!

4. Business photos are tax deductible. 😉 Make the investment in your career, your business, and your self. If your business is professional and your standards are professional, your headshots should be too.

So, whether you want a full session with many options for traditional headshots, lifestyle photos and fun, interesting, unique photos, or you have an office with 100 people that need a cohesive set of headshots for your website, we have the session option for you!

Send this info to your company marketing director and have them contact me. You’ll be happy you did! 🙂 If you are not in VA and can’t hire me, there are lots of great headshot photographers out there. Find one that fits your style and go for it!

Contact me with any questions and to see some of the general session options I offer. Also, keep in mind that we can create the headshot session that you need.

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to share, pin, tweet and comment! I’d love to hear from you! (kerry@kbsphoto.com)

Cheers,

Kerry

Life Love Lens Wednesday | My Favorite iPhone-ography Apps {Richmond Photographer}

Hello again!
This week I want to talk about cell phone snap shots. If you are like me, you have your phone (whether it be an iPhone, android or other) with you at all times, but not always your “real” camera. So we end up taking most of our day-to-day snap shots on them. But I am guessing that most of you (like me) rarely upload those pictures to your computer and/or actually get them printed, am I right??!! 
So, first I want to show you some of my favorite photo editing and sharing apps and then I want to talk about printing!
I did buy the pro camera app for my iPhone ($4.99), but to be honest, I hardly ever use it. The regular camera app is easy and pretty accurate and I don’t get bogged down by getting everything technically right and miss the moment. So, splurge on it if you want to get fancy sometimes and have some more options for customization, but don’t bother if you don’t want to be bothered. 😉
My absolute favorite editing app is called PicTapGo. It does cost $1.99 but is totally worth it! You can edit clean with lightening and brightening actions and then dial them back. You can also add some artistic and fun looks too and they aren’t too overwhelming. I love that you can give them as much of the filter as you want AND you can save your “recipes” that you use often. You can also crop your shot in the app and upload to my other favorite app Instagram. 🙂 Instagram is fun for sharing – do you Insta? If so, follow me at @kbsphoto and I would LOVE to follow you back!! 🙂 OK, so back on topic….I once read someone who was writing about Instagram and called it “the app that takes a picture and then smears butter all over it” and I kinda agree. The filters for editing are too heavy handed and often make the shot look worse. Maybe that’s my photographer’s eye, but it kinda bugs me. The one thing I love in Instagram (besides the sharing portion of it) is the little raindrop looking tool. It will blur out the edges of your shot (either in a circle or in a line.) You can adjust the size and type of blurring, and it just adds a fun little final punch!
I do have some other editing apps like Pixlromatic and Snapseed, which are both very good, I just don’t use them much since I found PicTapGo.

 

So now that you have a great shot that you edited to look fabulous are you just going to keep it on your phone forever?? Make sure you are backing them up to the cloud or directly to your computer every now and then. Then go through them and pick some to print!! You can even send pics to print directly from your phone using the Mpix app. Mpix is the sister company to the pro lab I use most often, and I always recommend them to my clients who buy digital files. They rock!! 🙂 
You can also create some fun Instagram collages with Persnickety Prints. I have yet to use them, but it is on my list to create one of these awesome collages!!
So, there you go. My favorite iPhone-ography apps and printing options!! Check ’em out, connect with me on Instagram, and GET THOSE PICTURES PRINTED!! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!!
~Kerry

Life Love Lens Wednesday | Help! What Should I Buy? {Midlothian Photographer}

I get calls on a pretty regular basis from friends and family members asking for advice on buying new dSLR cameras and lenses. I thought that laying the basics out in a {Life Love Lens} Wednesday blog post would be helpful for some of you out there. So here is the nitty gritty. 🙂

First, there are a lot of camera equipment brands out there, but the two best/most popular are Canon and Nikon. I suggest sticking to them. They are both wonderful and have basically the same cameras in each level so it comes down to a personal preference. The best advice I can give you is to go to a camera shop and hold both of them. One will probably feel “right” in your hands and the other will probably feel “wrong.” Go with what feels more natural to you. (FYI, I am a Nikon girl!) 😉

After you have chosen a side (Go Nikon!) LOL, you have to look at your budget and how you will be using your camera. For most of you, I suspect you will be shooting snap shots of your kids and documenting family events. You can pretty much spend as much as you want, but I will concentrate on the “must-have’s” (according to me.) For dSLR camera bodies, you want to look at a few key factors:
full frame vs. cropped sensor
number of megapixels
light sensitivity (ISO range)
and extra’s (video capabilities, etc.)

Most mid-range dSLR’s have cropped sensors. I could go over this for several paragraphs but instead I will give you the “cropped”version (hehe.) 😉 So, back when we used film SLR camera’s they shot in one dimension – 24mm x 36mm. The new digital cropped-sensor models crop the field of view so that your picture is of the middle portion of the shot, while throwing away the outsides. The “full frame” dSLR’s are equivalent to the old film models. Full frame dSLR’s are larger, heavier, generally better in low light and more expensive. For the purposes of photographing your kids and family, a cropped sensor is all you will need. There is no need to spring for a full frame unless you will be investing in higher end lenses and/or shooting landscapes on a regular basis. My advice: Save your $$ for lenses and purchase the cropped sensor camera body.

Megapixels: Basically, the more megapixels the better, but, here’s my 2 cents…..Once you get more than 12 mp you have enough. Unless you will be printing billboards, you don’t need 24mp. The end. 😉

Light Sensitivity: When you are looking at camera specs is might say something like: ISO Sensitivity 100-6400. If you don’t know what ISO is, check back to this LLLW post on that. The higher the available ISO the better, but you want to try to stay at least 2-3 stops below the max ISO at all times.

Extra’s: This is where your personal use will factor in. Do you need/want video capabilities? If so, there are lots of great dSLR’s with amazing 1080p video features.

Next step….lenses.
A lot of camera’s come with a kit lens or two. My opinion of kit lenses….eh. They’re usually fine, not great, but usually fine. If you want to improve your photos the biggest factor is your lens. And you can get some great lenses for not that much money!
My suggestion for your first lens purchase is the 50mm prime. It is not a zoom lens, your legs will have to do the zooming, but you WILL see the difference! It is fast and sharp and easy to use. Nikon has a 50mm f1.4 and a 50mm f1.8, Canon has a 50mm f1.2, f1.4 and f1.8. (You always want to get the Autofocus and the USA version.) The “f” number is important when looking at lenses. Ideally you want the lowest f-number possible, but as the f number goes down, the price goes up. My advice: get the best lens you can in your budget. If you don’t remember what the f-stop (aperture) is check back on this post again. The f number determines how wide your aperture will open and in turn, how shallow your depth of field is. You know that creamy background in most pro photog shots? Well, that is called “bokeh” and that is what you are after by making your depth of field smaller.

OK, so now that you have your dSLR camera and lens, your next step……practice, practice, practice. Check out these tips here and here for more info and advice on that. 🙂

I hope this helps you a bit. Please let me know if you have any questions or want some more details….I have been slacking on my Life Love Lens Wednesday post, and need some more ideas!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Don’t be afraid to leave a comment and/or “Pin It!” 🙂
~Kerry

Life Love Lens Wednesdays: Wall ART Love {Richmond Family Photographer}

Well, hello there!
Welcome back to Life Love Lens Wednesday! 
I hope you have enjoyed some of the previous LLLW posts: 
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This weeks post is going to be Part 1 of Wall ART Love. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE if some of my lovely clients who have wall galleries of KBSphoto pictures (or even just any great wall gallery or display) would email me a few pics of it – cell phone shots are fine! 🙂 I want to include some real displays in Part 2, so get snapping and send them my way! 😉
At the end of most of my client galleries I will include some wall art display options. I don’t fancy myself an interior designer, but I do LOVE to see personal artwork on walls. In fact, I have a REALLY hard time choosing anything for my walls that does not have some kind of personal connection. I will show some of the galleries in my own house next week and you will see exactly what I mean! 😉 
When you spend the time, effort, and money to get professional photos done, I think you should show them off! I do, however, know that it is hard to “see” what they will look like and it can get overwhelming, so that is why I try to include some helpful options. 
Check out the Wall Art below! Some of them show canvas (or standout) groupings, some show framed prints and some show the lovely shaped Organic Bloom Frames. 

If you have any questions about these wall galleries, please leave a comment below or on my Facebook page.
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the loveliness you can create! Be sure to check back next week for some “live” wall galleries. 
xoxo,
Kerry