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

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

Portrait of the Month, Frozen-Inspired Session | Northern VA Family Photographer

Portrait of the Month, Frozen-Inspired Session | Northern VA Family Photographer

Portrait of the Month, Frozen-Inspired Session | Northern VA Family Photographer

We are just weeks away from our very exciting Frozen-Inspired Limited Edition Session created for the princess in your life! Held this year on Saturday, December 2, 2017, it takes place in our indoor studio near Vienna, VA. Being a family photographer, the goal of these portraits is to bring your family a lifetime of smiles! You and your little princess will marvel at the portrait experience and the creative images.

What is a Limited Edition Session?

Our Limited Edition Sessions are scheduled just once a year and are themed. There are limited slots available, so please don’t wait too long to reserve your time slot! These Limited Edition Sessions are ideal for the imaginative little girl in your life ages 3 to 9. The portraits make great gifts for friends and family. These themed sessions are a great way to capture your child’s imagination and create high-quality fine art portraits!

What Do You Need To Do?

You only need to do two things: First, please call soon to reserve your time slot. And second, provide the princess! We take care of everything else including the costume, background, props and a professional photographer. If you have any questions about this or any of our Limited Edition Sessions, feel free to call our studio.

We have no doubt that these portraits will be cherished well into your daughter’s lifetime. As a Vienna, VA area family photographer, with almost two decades experience working with Northern Virginia families, it is such a joy to watch children grow through our work!

 

Family Photographer

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located near Vienna, 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

Winter is Around the Corner – Best Time for an In-Studio Family Portrait Session! | Northern VA Family Photographer

Winter is Around the Corner – Best Time for an In-Studio Family Portrait Session! | Northern VA Family Photographer

Winter is Around the Corner – Best Time for an In-Studio Family Portrait Session! | Northern VA Family Photographer

Winter is an ideal time to take things inside to our indoor family photography studio in the Vienna, VA region. If you prefer to do your portraits outside, we can do that too! Whatever the season, we can create compelling family portraits – indoors or outdoors – that you will treasure for decades to come!

Outdoors:

Most clients choose to do their winter sessions inside for obvious reasons: It’s cold outside! The weather from December through to early spring can be fickle in the Northern Virginia area. Even so, as long as the weather permits, we can shoot your portraits in our private, outdoor portrait park. The vibrant colors of fall will have given way to the stark but bold lines of winter’s landscape. The contrasts between light (skies) and dark (trees) create drama, intrigue, and depth to winter outdoor portraits. Trust us when we say that as a professional photographer, we can exploit the monochromatic colors of winter to create a compelling backdrop for your portraits.

There is beauty in winter, and we know just how to capture and reflect that beauty in our fine art photography.

Indoors:

Inside the studio, we have far more control over the lighting and other equipment, the backdrop and, most especially, the temperature! We will have everything set up and ready to go when you arrive for your indoor winter session. It’s a quiet time of the year for many photographers and the perfect opportunity to do those indoor family portraits you have been putting off.

Studio portraits don’t have to be stiff and formal! Have a look at our Today’s Classics to see what we mean.

If you prefer a more traditional look, our Fine Art Black and White Sessions might be just what you want.

You can contact our Vienna, VA area studios to book your family photography winter session this year. If you aren’t certain whether you’d like to do your portraits inside or outdoors, we’re happy to discuss that with you! It often takes a short conversation to establish a plan for a client’s portraits.
 

 

Family Photographer, Family Photography

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located near Vienna, 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

What do I look for to find a great photographer?!  | Northern VA Family Photographer

What do I look for to find a great photographer?! | Northern VA Family Photographer

What do I look for to find a great photographer?! | Northern VA Family Photographer

As a professional portrait photographer in Northern VA, in Sterling, VA, we used to think a lot about what constitutes bad photography or a bad portrait photographer. Let’s just say that we have had personal experience with both. At some point in their career, every photographer has been too familiar with it! However, like most portrait photographers, we have grown a lot since our early years, and we have learned from our mistakes. We have also heard from colleagues about their mistakes and made it a point to learn from them, too.

Defining Photography

Simply put, photography documents or captures imagery. So, how can you get that wrong? How can it be “bad”? Well, there are many ways in which photography can go wrong or be considered bad. (We can say the same when it comes to bad portrait photographers!)

What Makes Photography Good or Bad?

We know that to produce good photography, we have to invest ourselves in the subject and the portrait. Without that investment, the photograph is likely to lack a certain level of depth and dimension which makes photography transcend ordinary to become good or even great. Without these, you’re likely looking at only average photography.

But, there’s more:

• A technically perfect picture (composition, balance, etc.) doesn’t always equal a good picture. There are several reasons why that is.

• We learned early on that there’s a lot more to good (or bad) photography than perfect composition.

• Bad photography falls flat (remember we mentioned the need for depth and dimension?). It doesn’t evoke emotion or capture depth – whatever its subject.

• A bad portrait doesn’t reflect its subject’s personality. There’s no authenticity about the subject, and it’s especially evident to those who know the subject but, in some cases, to the average viewer as well.

• Whether a portrait is of a building or a baby, a photograph should draw the viewer into the picture – an invitation to step closer and look more intently. It should feel as if there’s a connection of some sort – one that draws you in for a closer look. (Bad photographers don’t do a good job with this.)

• A good photograph should pull at you either emotionally or intellectually.

• A good photograph stops you in your tracks like a great piece of art.

• The subject doesn’t have to be looking at the camera for the shot to be good. Sometimes the best portraits are the more candid ones, without anyone looking right at the camera. That offers a certain level of intrigue or interest, and a good portrait photographer can accomplish this well.

• Good photography is a piece of art and could be and should be displayed prominently in your home. What better art than images of your family?
 

 

How to Choose a Great Portrait Photographer and Avoid Bad Photography

If you’d like to avoid bad photography, you need to start with the right photographer. There are some things to keep in mind when selecting a professional portrait photographer and portrait photography studio:

• A good portrait photographer should want to know at least a little bit about you before you arrive for your session. The more invested the photographer is with their client, the better the outcome. They should ask you some questions – including what your vision or goal is with the portraits you are commissioning from them; where will you display them; are there specific products or sizes you want; and even if there is a budget in mind. A good portrait photographer cares about their client and will want to connect with you at some level before you arrive for your portrait session, not only at the session.

• You should select a portrait photographer with which you are comfortable. You’ll be more relaxed, and your portraits will come out looking more natural and candid. If, when you call to schedule your session, you don’t feel at ease with the person on the phone representing the photographer, or don’t feel comfortable with the photographer (you can ask to speak with them), you might want to search elsewhere for a photographer.

• Experience, reputation, and style matter significantly when working with a portrait photographer. Feel free to ask them plenty of questions such as how long they’ve been in business. Review their website to ensure you like their style. Ask for references, if you have any doubts or questions. Just as they should ask you questions, you should feel free to ask their studio questions as well.

• Lastly, there should be full transparency with any photographer. If you feel they’re not forthright with you, consider going elsewhere. (We are as transparent as we can be with prospective and current clients. We believe communication is key to a successful client relationship, no matter what the business) Fine art photography is an investment and clients deserve answers to any questions.

Portrait Photographer, Northern Virginia

We enjoy working with new and past clients, and we’re always happy to answer any questions you might have before your portrait session. Great photography and a great portrait photographer are about more than just skill producing a product. It’s about creating family fine art through building relationships with clients.

If you’d like to work with a reputable and experienced professional portrait photographer in the Sterling, VA and surrounding Northern VA area, contact our studios for some great photography!
 

 

Family Photographer, Professional 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

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