With Newborns, how do you work around arrival dates?! | Northern VA Baby Photographer

With Newborns, how do you work around arrival dates?! | Northern VA Baby Photographer

There is a certain sweetness to newborns, one we enjoy capturing in our work as newborn photography specialists in the Sterling, VA area. Their tiny little bodies with even tinier toes and fingers! There is a sense of innocence about them.

It’s both an honor and a wonderful challenge to be asked to capture your newborn babies with our work. So, when expectant parents call to ask about newborn portraits, we’re happy to work with them and answer their questions. We know how important these portraits are to our clients – especially if it is their first child.
 

 
Below are answers to three of the most common questions expectant parents ask us. If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us; we’d be happy to chat with you!

In Newborn Photography, how do you work around due dates and actual arrivals?!

We understand babies come when they’re ready! That’s okay because we’re experienced in scheduling newborn portraits and working around their sudden arrival. So, how do we do it? Typically, we ask that you call us to schedule a tentative Newborn Session date that lands around the time of your due date. We will set that time aside for you on our calendar. Once the baby arrives, we ask that you call us ASAP to let us know. From there, we can adjust your Newborn Portrait Session date.

So how far ahead should I book Newborn Portraits?

Schedule your newborn portraits as far ahead as possible! We suggest you call us several months before your due date to set up your appointment. Depending on the time of year, we can get pretty busy and we hate to turn away new parents! If we have a date on the calendar for you, then we can work around the baby’s arrival to get you in for your precious newborn portraits during those first seven days after the baby is born.

And speaking of the first seven days after the baby is born…

When is the best time to do Newborn Portraits?

Doing newborn portraits during the first week of the baby’s life is ideal. During those first seven days of life, newborns are still sleepy and curling up as if in the womb. As newborn photography experts, we point out to clients that the first week is when it’s the easiest to pose and work with the baby, and when they most closely resemble how they looked in-utero.

The best newborn portraits we have shot or seen were taken during those first seven days after a baby is born. Along with the ease of posing them, they’ll often sleep right through their session without even a peep!

We realize that your final months of pregnancy, and certainly the first few days after you give birth, will be busy days so we try to make it as easy as possible for you to set up those precious newborn portraits.

If you would like to work with a skilled and experienced specialist in newborn photography near Sterling, VA, we’d love to work with you! Please call our office to schedule your child’s newborn portraits. You’ll be so grateful that you had these portraits taken!
 

 
Check out our Baby site for more information on Newborn Photography:
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Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located in Sterling, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits.

Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

Best,

Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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How to Choose a Wedding Photographer | Northern VA Engagement Photography

How to Choose a Wedding Photographer | Northern VA Engagement Photography

We’ve come to the last in our series of posts describing how to have an unforgettable wedding! We’ve saved the trickiest topic for last. Of all the vendors you might choose for your wedding, the wedding photographer can be the most challenging to pick. We know this because of years we spent doing wedding photography in the Northern VA area.

So, let’s take a closer look at how you can choose a great wedding photographer, including the 3+1 Method.

• So how do you go about choosing a photographer?
• What should you look for in a great photographer?
• How do you narrow down the choices?

3+1 Method

We suggest using the 3+1 Method for selecting your photographer. This method identifies 3 criteria that your prospective studio should meet, with the final one (the +1) being the deciding factor. Let’s look at the this method, the first 3 first.

(3+1) Pictures, Packages, Price + Personality

In most instances, you can use the first three items, Pictures, Packages, and Price, to narrow your selection down to a small handful of studios that you like. Once you’ve done that, then you make the final decision based on the +1, which is Personality.

To start, you should keep the items in the order we list them as you consider them in a photographer: Pictures first, followed by Packages they offer, and then their Prices. If you get to one of the three, and the prospective studio isn’t meeting that criteria, stop there and move on to another wedding portrait photography studio.

Pictures

What style do you want? When you look at a photographer’s wedding portrait photography, you are looking at the main reason you’re thinking of hiring them. So regardless of what else you like or don’t like about them, you have to be comfortable “seeing” your event in that photographer’s style of shooting.

If you see your event in your mind as being very elegant and formal, then the photographer’s work should show that he or she can capture that vision accurately.

On the other hand, if you’re planning a big casual party, then their wedding portrait photography style should be able to reflect that.

For years in photographic circles, there has been a significant split between traditional, posed, formal photography and candid, in-the-moment styles of artwork. The truth is there is no right or single way to photograph a wedding. What is correct is simply what the bride wants!

Today, the majority of brides that we talk to say they want about a 30/70 balance between posed formals after the ceremony and candids during the prep and reception. If you fall into that group, then make sure your photographer can switch between both styles. Many can, but there are others who cannot.

Within the limits of their style, many photographers are excellent. However, many don’t like to venture outside of that style. There’s nothing wrong with that, so long as the studio’s style matches your needs. If it doesn’t, then they probably shouldn’t be your wedding photographer!

If you’re not sure what your preference is for portrait style, look at other wedding images. Check out friends’ wedding portraits. Flip through magazines. Check out online photos and ratings on WeddingWire.

And when you approach a photography studio don’t hesitate to bring in sample images. By showing the photographer the images, you are providing them with a sense of your style and vision.

However, you should not expect a photographer to copy those images you share with them! They should serve to 1) identify your style and 2) inspire them. They should be straightforward with you about whether they can do the same style of work, AND they should show you samples of their work.

Keep in mind: If you can’t envision your wedding event in that studio’s style, move on to the next studio on the list.
 

 
Now, let’s look at packages.

Packages

Albums, fine art prints, thank you cards, slideshows — lions, tigers, and bears, oh, my! Most studios are capable of offering you a dizzying array of products, so how do you choose?

To begin with, you are going to want a studio whose offerings are flexible. The base packages should be able to be customized and/or tailored to your needs. Some studios have offerings that others don’t, so shop around on this criteria.

Some of the items that most basic packages should include are:

Album: There are many album manufacturers out there and tons of different options for an album. Make sure the studio has samples on hand to show you.

Keep this in mind, though: Many times, the album manufacturer will give the studio sample albums that are intended to show off that manufacturer’s work but are not representative of the studio’s photographic style. This is perfectly acceptable, but the photographer should be clear on this point.

The studio should offer album upgrades in the following areas:
• Covering
• Number of pages
• Liner (the material that lines the inside of the cover)
• Stamped text on the front/spine
• Page style

Proofs: The studio will have to have some method of proofing your images to you. That can be anything from a CD-based slideshow, web proofing, and actual hardcover books that are yours to keep.

About Web Proofing: This may or may not be separate from the above proofing. If you have a lot of guests coming in from out of town, then web proofing should be a must for you so that those folks can see your images once they return home.

Wall Art: Wall art refers to large print images for your home. For most homes, you will want at least 16x20 or larger depending on what kind of wall space is available. Make sure you have at least one awesome portrait of you both! Your wedding is a signature event in your life, and you want to make sure you have printed art to remember it. While we’re talking about wall art, you will want to check out the reprint prices.

Many other offerings may or may not be offered: keepsake cards, thank you cards, slideshows, etc. Check with your studio and make sure that you can order what you want out of your wedding portrait photography!
 

 

Price

Ah, the big question: How much should I pay?

While you might have thought that price would be the first qualifier, trust us when we say, it isn’t and shouldn’t be. Price is important, but in a wedding market as large as the Northern Virginia area, you will find many studios within your budget. Keep in mind, however, that according to statistics from The Wedding Report, the Washington, D.C. area is one of the top ten most expensive areas for a wedding. Expect costs to be above average in Northern VA.

So how much should you pay? We can’t give a hard answer to that; you will have to decide that on your own. However, we can offer some perspective to help with the decision.

What Matters:
One year after your wedding you will have two (maybe three) things left over from the event. You will have the ring on your finger, your wedding album, and possibly a freeze-dried piece of cake in the freezer. The dress will be packed away in the attic. The flowers will be long gone. The food will be nothing but fond memories, and the music will be distant echoes (if even that).

Budget:
Years from now when you want to remember your wonderful wedding, you will be reaching for the album or looking at photos on the wall. Am I telling you the photography budget should be the bulk of your overall budget? No, of course not! You still have a significant event to put on, dresses to buy, and other essential things you’ll need to spend on. So, whatever your budget, make sure you have enough to get a good quality album from the best studio you can afford.

While we’re talking budget, let me tell you a story and offer a warning. A few years back, we had a young man inquire about hiring us. He and his fiancée were planning a small event. Because of their budget limitations, (trust me, I’ve been there myself!), our studio was above what they could manage. We understood, wished him the best, and referred him to other photographers we knew who’d be closer to his budget.

Several months later, we ran into him. Unfortunately, he told us he was still “in the doghouse” over their wedding images. Rather than hiring a professional studio, he put out disposable cameras on the tables and had those developed. The guests could take beautiful “real-world” images of the event, right? Wrong! Most guests gave the cameras to their kids to play with them. There is a good reason there aren’t a lot of five-year-old wedding photographers!

Out of $400 worth of cameras and developing they got three good, usable images. Ouch! Disposable cameras might be a good idea to have in addition to hiring a professional studio, but they are no substitute for an established studio with trained staff!
 

 
By now, we’ve covered the first three criteria: Pictures, Packages, Price.

You should have started with a large list of studios that have your date available. You initially used Photography as criteria for eliminating some of those studios. Then you started looking at their Packages and eliminated several more, and finally, you reduced the list further based on Price.

At this point, you should hopefully have a list of maybe a half a dozen or so studios that are all in contention. These finalists should be relatively equal on all fronts, perhaps with some differences in package offerings, but overall, they can be considered interchangeable.

Your final task is to look at the Personality of the photographer.

The +1 – Personality

Your photographer is somewhat unique among your vendors because they probably are the only one which delivers a product that is “you.” Let’s assume for the sake of argument that you and your florist don’t get along. The flowers will still smell just as sweet and look just as beautiful regardless. But if you’re angry at or don’t like your photographer, that’s going to show in the final images. No way around it!

To produce a world-class image, the person in front of the camera has to “click” with the person behind the camera. If that’s not there, it will just be a snapshot and, heck, anybody can do that. This final item of the 3+1 Method is based purely on your gut.

Talk to the Photographer

You will need to talk with each of the photographers on your list. If the studio uses multiple photographers, make sure you speak and meet with the one who will be imaging your event.

Chat with them; listen to their thoughts on photography and art. How do they react to pressure? What is their vision for your event?

Then ask yourself, “Will I be able to spend most of my wedding day with this person?” If the answer is “No,” then you should not book them.

Eventually, the list will pare itself down, and a single studio will stand out. Go book that studio. Then relax and dream of the beautiful wedding portraits that artist will be providing to you!

As a former wedding and current portrait photographer in Northern VA, we expect you’ll be pleased with your choice if you use this 3+1 Method of choosing your wedding photographer!
 

 

Family and Engagement Photographer

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located in Sterling, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits.
 
Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

 
Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!
 
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6 Common Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid | Northern VA Engagement Photography

6 Common Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid | Northern VA Engagement Photography

As a Potomac Falls, VA photographer, we certainly know that planning a wedding isn’t an easy feat. Sure, it can be exciting to check out all the details, dresses, jewelry, exotic locations and honeymoon destinations! But there is a lot to do, and everyone and their mother (and your mother!) seems to have an opinion about your day.

There are some common mistakes brides make which you can avoid when planning your wedding. Avoid these kinds of mistakes, and you will be more likely to have an unforgettable wedding day with everything running smoothly.

Here are six common mistakes you should avoid making:

MISTAKE #1 – Not allowing for enough time in between the ceremony and reception.

When it comes to weddings, everything takes longer than you think. Be sure to allow for sufficient time for every aspect of your wedding day. Whether you have your ceremony and reception at the same venue, or you will need to travel between locations, you need to allow for more time than you think you will need between the end of your wedding ceremony and the start of your reception. Otherwise, you will feel stressed for time, and that could leave you with wedding photography which reflects that!

Do yourself a favor and allow MORE time than you think you will need between the ceremony and reception. Many bridal couples offer their guests a cocktail hour during that gap between the service and the reception, so that they can relax and do their wedding photography without rushing or worrying about their guests.

When planning your wedding, use your wedding professionals for the expert resources they are, and ask them how long they recommend for getting ready, receiving lines, photos, etc. They have the experience and knowledge, so consult with them thoroughly when planning your wedding day!

MISTAKE #2 – Hiring amateurs or friends, especially for photography.

Don’t get us wrong. We are big fans of including your friends and guests in the wedding. By all means, have Aunt Sally sing “Ave Maria” for your ceremony, or ask your brother to perform a song he wrote on the guitar.

But don’t expect amateurs and hobbyists to deliver a professional-quality performance at your wedding because that can lead to disappointment. Great wedding photography, for example, can take years of experience and thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment. Hiring an amateur for your wedding portraits is one of the biggest mistakes a bridal couple can make. Don’t do it!

Amateurs can sometimes pull it off but, far too often, things go wrong especially when it comes to wedding photography. They end up missing some of the most significant moments of the day, either because they’re getting ready to perform, performing, or were too nervous to pay much attention to anything else!

There’s also the fact that asking a friend or relative to perform or work (whether for free or pay) could be unfair to them because they will be working when they could be enjoying themselves at your wedding!

WARNING

If you decide to hire an amateur or a talented friend to provide a service for your wedding day, make sure you adjust your expectations. If a less-than-perfect performance in that area is going to make you unhappy, don’t ask them.

MISTAKE #3 – Planning the Ceremony LAST.

Here’s a true story: Jill and Kevin found the perfect wedding location at a rustic winery on the hilltop near the couple’s home. They plunked down a big deposit, booked the photographer and the band, and THEN they started looking at churches.

None of the Catholic churches in the area would agree to marry them because they weren’t members, and the nearby beautiful Methodist Church was unavailable on their date. The only church available was in a run-down schoolhouse with no heat or air conditioning.

Their parents were outraged that Jill and Kevin weren’t getting married in a Catholic church. The couple faced the difficult issue of dealing with angry parents, an unacceptable church, and lost deposits.

If you are planning a ceremony in a location different from your reception, make sure you can find an available (and acceptable) church or space BEFORE you book your reception venue. And, when booking venues, keep in mind your wedding photography!

If you have your heart set on a particular church or minister, make sure they are available before you put down a deposit. Otherwise, you can find yourself facing some tough decisions like Jill and Kevin.

MISTAKE #4 – Not Considering the Weather.

If you don’t carefully consider the weather for your wedding day, particularly as it might affect your specific venue, you can end up with a wedding day disaster.

True story: Sara and Bob planned to get married at the beautiful Mills Mansion on the banks of a river. There were beautiful views, a gorgeous mansion, and amazing gardens nearby. Of course, they envisioned their wedding day on a perfect June afternoon. Instead, they ended up with a monsoon!

They didn’t have sides for the tent, so the guests were drenched. The DJ moved onto the tiny dance floor to protect his equipment, which meant there was no room for dancing. Everyone slogged through the mud for five miserable hours.

Before you choose your location, consider the worst case scenario for the weather. What if it rains? What if it is blisteringly hot? What if it snows?

Make sure you consider every possible weather scenario for your ceremony and reception location and what can be done in each case to deal with the weather. Make sure your dream wedding will still hold up under the worst weather possible. That way you know you will be prepared for the worst, just in case, and your day will be amazing no matter what!
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MISTAKE #5 – Having an Unrealistic Day-Of Timeline – or No Timeline at All1

Everything takes more time than you think. Even some of the smartest brides, the ones who are always on time for everything, end up rushed and panicked on their wedding day because they didn’t allow extra time.

If you fall behind schedule on your wedding day, there is no catching up. You can’t get those minutes and hours back. Your party ends at the contracted time. And there is nothing more painful than watching a bride who doesn’t relax and enjoy her day.

Get realistic estimates for the time it takes to do something, then add on some extra time for good measure!

MISTAKE #6 – Trying to Please Everyone

Wedding websites and wedding planning books seem to know just how to plan the perfect wedding. Your family and friends also are more than happy to tell you what THEY think you should do. Everyone has a tip for you on what they think is best! But, trying to make everyone happy or trying to follow all of the advice is exhausting. Plus, it’s an effort that’s doomed to failure.

Choose your battles. If something is very important to you, stick to your guns. You won’t be able to make everyone happy anyway. It’s crucial that you, the bridal couple, are happiest because, after all, it’s YOUR wedding!

Bonus Tip: Be Prepared

Finally, being prepared is the best way to avoid these and other common mistakes. If you’ve already committed some of these mistakes, never fear. Do the best you can to address them and move forward.

Have fun planning your wedding, and decide to make it your best day ever, no matter what. Our years as a wedding photographer in the Potomac Falls, VA area have taught us that, in the end, the most important thing about your wedding is marrying your beloved!
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Family and Engagement Photographer

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located in Sterling, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits.
 
Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

 
Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!
 
Professional Photographer

Which session style is best for my Senior Session? | Northern VA Senior Photographer

Which session style is best for my Senior Session? | Northern VA Senior Photographer

Portrait photographers can do Senior Portraits in a variety of portrait session styles. The most important one, however, is the one you and your parents select for YOU. Not only are there several style directions, being in the Sterling, VA area means we also have many location options as well!

Let’s take a look at four of the portrait session styles we offer to our Seniors.

Park Setting, Our Outdoor Portrait Park

Are you the outdoorsy-type who loves to be in park-like settings? Do you love your beautiful backyard or other tree-filled parks? We can offer you our private, outdoor portrait park for your Senior Portraits. It’s the perfect location of 2.5 acres and is custom designed as the ideal outdoor portrait venue.

You’ll be out among trees and can make use of any one of our props – including our two ponds, wooden bridge, wildflower meadow, barnwood, and farm fence!
 

 

Indoor Studio

Our Indoor Studio is fully equipped with a variety of backdrops to make your session your very own.
How about a vintage and super-glam sofa for your portraits for a unique look?
 

 

City Slickers

Being in the suburbs of Virginia doesn’t mean we can’t take things into the city for a more contemporary urban look! If you want an edgier, more modern look, then an urban setting might be the best way to go.

Keep in mind that a city-styled session can still give you a timeless look. Think of some classic films shot in a city where glamour and elegance defined the look. We can replicate that look for you in our nation’s capital!
 

 

Country Living

For a more rustic style, you can choose our outdoor portrait park or some other local rural location. We are blessed in Virginia with rolling hills and beautiful countryside which are ideally suited for portrait photography. We can take advantage of sunrise or sunset for a dramatic portrait further enhancing the landscape! Do you love horses or a particular farm? Those can be another great location for your pictures.
 

 

Whatever style you select, we work with you to customize your portrait session to be the best reflection of who you are and what you love! We are fortunate to have worked with many seniors on their portrait photography in and around Sterling, VA. We know we can produce Senior Portraits you will fall in love with and cherish for many years!
 

Family Portrait Photographer

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located in Sterling, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits.
 
Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

 
Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!
 
Professional Photographer

Senior Girls, What to Wear Do’s and Don’ts for your Session| Northern VA Senior Photographer

Senior Girls, What to Wear Do’s and Don’ts for your Session| Northern VA Senior Photographer

High school graduation is a significant milestone! Selecting fine art photography is a poignant and beautiful way to commemorate this important event. The first question we often hear as Sterling, VA photographers is “What do I wear?!”
As a professional photographer, we know what translates well from real life to photographs, so we thought we’d offer you young ladies some tips for your Senior Portrait Session.
We tell our seniors that they may not be too excited right now about doing Senior Portraits, but they will be thrilled when they see the results. Plus, someday they will genuinely appreciate their mother’s encouragement to do senior portraits!

Lastly, keep in mind that senior portraits are meant to be a visual commemoration of your final year of high school and graduation. They can be fun and reflect your personality while being tasteful and beautiful.
 

 

What NOT to wear for Senior Portraits

• Don’t wear anything wrinkled – even if it’s meant to look wrinkled. Sometimes, what looks good in person, won’t look good in pictures. Wrinkles are a case in point. Generally, we advise you to stay away from them for your portraits.
• No busy patterns because they also don’t look good in photographs and will distract from YOU.
• We suggest you stay away from bold stripes. They aren’t always flattering in portraits.
• Avoid short skirts as well. They too will distract from your beautiful face. Try the old and trusty rule of thumb to know if the length is acceptable: Your hemline should reach no higher than your fingertips when you hold your arms straight down at your sides. You most likely will not be standing during your entire portrait session; so make sure that when you are sitting, everything that should be is covered! (Let’s not shock Dad and show him something he doesn’t want to see, all right?!)
• Avoid revealing tops. Not only might they appear inappropriate but they can distract the viewer. You don’t want to constantly be pulling on your clothing during the session, either.
• Mismatched or visible undergarments are not a good idea for portraits as significant as Senior Portraits. Sheer tops or thin straps where your undergarments are visible aren’t advisable.
• Sneakers or athletic shoes are trendy these days, so we won’t discourage you too actively from wearing them. However, we would urge you to make sure they’re spotless and are appropriate to the outfit!
• Flip flops are usually a big no-no. Save them for the beach!
 

 

What you should WEAR:

• Nude-colored undergarments are always recommended for photographs – even more than white which will be more visible under tops.
• Classic outfits which fit you well but don’t appear as skin tight.
• Tasteful layers, regardless of the outfit, are a good idea, especially for outdoor portraits. For women, that can mean sweaters, vests, or light jackets. Layering is an easy way to create various looks. Keep layers light and simple. You shouldn’t wear parkas, heavy coats or bulky sweaters because they can make you look larger.
• If you wear jewelry, we strongly recommend keeping it simple and tasteful. If you have an heirloom piece from your mother or grandmother, wearing it can be a beautiful tribute to them.
• Coordinating your colors is key to a polished look which translates very well into photographs. That means coordinating (doesn’t have to be a perfect match) the color of your accessories. Tops and bottoms should definitely corridinate with each other, and nothing should clash.

Check out our Pinterest board full of clothing suggestions for the Senior Girl!
 

 

If you would like to do fine art senior photography in the Sterling, VA, call our studio. We’d be happy to work with you to commemorate this significant life milestone in a way you’ll love!

Family Photographer, Senior Photography

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located in Sterling, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits.
 
Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

 
Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!
 
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Why Should I Hire A Professional to Take My Headshot? | Northern VA Photographer

Why Should I Hire A Professional to Take My Headshot? | Northern VA Photographer

Have you put your best face forward in your professional headshot? January is Headshot Month and an excellent time to get a professional portrait taken! At our portrait photography studio in Sterling, VA, we know just how to help you convey professionalism in a high-quality headshot (also known as a branding or business photo).

If you are a professional of any kind, then chances are you will need a professional portrait at some point, if you haven’t already. Don’t underestimate the value of a quality headshot!

The Value of Headshots:

The Internet has changed how we all do business. It’s often the first place you do business when someone looks you up before hiring, calling, seeing, or interviewing you. Image matters. If the picture you have put out into cyberspace is poorly taken, under-exposed, or not conveying a smart, polished look, it might cost you.

So, what does your headshot say about you? As a professional photographer, we know what your professional headshot should say about you.

Here are four things it should convey:

* You are a polished professional.
* You invest in your career (because you’ve invested in quality photography).
* You will represent your company well.
* You take yourself and your career seriously.

Types of Headshot Sessions:

We offer different types of headshot sessions: Headshot One Session and Signature Personal Branding Session. Both will produce quality professional portraits, but the Signature Branding Session provides a more comprehensive session and service.

Headshot One: This is a straightforward headshot session. You will arrive in your chosen outfit, ready to be photographed. We will photograph you on one background, suitable for the outfit you’ve chosen to wear.

Signature Personal Branding Session: This is a highly-customized headshot portrait session and includes extra services. You will receive a portrait session prep package, including a simple questionnaire, in advance of your session. There will be a visual branding strategy session so we can understand your needs, clients, and goals for your headshot. We will assist you with styling for your shoot including the selection of wardrobe, location, and props. Multiple clothing changes are included, as well.

There’s no need to wait for January to arrive – We encourage you to call today to reserve your time slot! Our portrait photography studio near Vienna, VA is ready to help you represent your best self!

For some examples of headshots we’ve done, click here to visit our Headshot and Branding Gallery.

Other posts you might find of interest:

What’s a Headshot, and Who Really Needs One?

Preparing for Your Professional Headshot

Family Photographer, Portrait Photography Studio

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located in Sterling, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits.

Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

Best,

Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

Professional Photographer