Recently, I had the honor of working with clients, Dan, a forensic accountant; and Robert, a real estate agent. Long ago, Dan had entrusted me to take his professional head shots and we were newly able to feature the photos on promotional brochures that were mailed out to potential customers (one of the original head shots, above left; part of the end product, above right).
Robert and I have been working together on various writing projects, including editing his upcoming book and a monthly press release to market his various businesses. These projects are making a tremendous impact in the lives of my clients and theirs, and that is what keeps me trekking onward. (PS: The bottom-most image is a stock photo representing my ongoing work with Robert, which tends to be more written than visual.)
Can I be super transparent for a moment? The struggle has certainly been real for this full-time freelancer/full-time mom to a brilliant toddler. I get to live my wildest dream as an entrepreneur and I'm definitely not complaining, but this adventure has been a challenging one. As a result, I often struggle with doubting my own success. While writing this entry, I searched for a quote that would speak to your heart (and mine) regarding the struggle you are facing--whatever it may be. I hope that you are left encouraged.
OK, the title might initially worry you, but have no fear (I got this!). I opted out of paying 15ish dollars and a ton of waiting to take my daughter's headshots, with high hopes that one could potentially serve as her passport photo. I've done hundreds of headshots professionally, but I admit getting a toddler to sit still, look straight ahead, and not violate the super strict requirements of a U.S. passport was not previously my area of expertise.
I mainly chose this route, because of the challenge, and also because I expected my energetic child to produce less photogenic and possible blurry photos at CVS, Walgreens, or wherever. No offense to those folks, but I've had my passport done on location a few times and it always looks like a mug shot. I figured I would end up with better results at home, and I believe my assumption was correct.
Be honest, how was my first attempt at this photography niche?
After roughly a dozen snaps, these two shots ended up as my favorites. The last one was already sent off with the passport application (after receiving the government's required formatting, of course).
Edit: The photo was accepted and the passport sent back completed just after this post was written.
Welcome back, faithful ones! I wanted to share a fun little session that I got to take part in. My beautiful niece and her boyfriend attended (his) senior prom a couple of weeks ago, and I was asked to shoot the photos. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the time and natural lighting was limited beyond what was planned, but I made do and ended up with these gems.
Also, check out the aspiring MUA I met there, she is a teenager herself and super talented.
The day certainly came with its challenges... namely an uncharacteristically whiny toddler that clung to me between these shots and losing my voice the day of. Most importantly, I can say that I was there for all of the memories, which more than made up for everything!
Like my author overview hints at, I've been journaling and a writer/blogger since I can remember. My slight issue is sitting down at my laptop long enough to actually type anything personal that can really help people, because if it's not helpful, then why write?
My biggest hope is to use my blog page as a platform. Since transitioning from part-time to full-time freelancer in the past few months, I've kept productive and can justify sharing with the world.
Below are some snippets from my most recent project, shot about 3 weeks ago. I got to connect with my client, an aspiring musician and model–stage name Baby Eddy Teddy–and put together a few fun shoots.
What are your thoughts?
We were certainly feelin' the beachy, summer vibe seen here.