So me and this guy I know were testing out a new backdrop. He is short and I can never understand a word he says. I think he is Irish.
A couple of other photographers and myself had some fun the other day just taking a quick 2 minute portrait of each other. We have all been on a mentoring program together and it was our way of closing the loop of a years long journey together learning a lot of business and marketing.
Not a bad way to start the New Year ;)
Once a year, men around the world erupt into hairy well groomed gentlemen to support the great cause of Movember.
A while back I decided to have a little fun and make my own Movember video.
Turns out having a kid slows down the personal projects I had planned but I finally hit export on this and can say goodbye to my manly beardy beard.
From the HUB in Sydney's lunch and learn series.
Any great photo will tell a story and why shouldn’t your head shot?
It is the way you as a small business will have the first interaction with you client these days. Your online presence is just as important as how you present yourself in real life and that first digital hands can really set the tone for how your client will perceive you when they do finally shake hands with you. You need to groom that digital persona just as much as you do yourself.
These days pretty much everyone will look up the person they are thinking of doing business with online, so your portrait should let them know who you are. Not just what you look like. It should show a bit of your personality and even what you do.
A genuine headshot in you place of work that is up to date will make your next meeting a great experience because the person you are meeting will already feel like they know you.
If your business has you working outdoors or in an interesting location, use that as a place to ground your photo. Use the location to tell a story about you. Its a subtle thing that can be out of focus but it really makes a difference and shows you as a real person.
People do business with people they Know, Like and Trust.
A recent survey from LinkedIn showed that 61% of people see an employee
as more trustworthy than the business they work in. That includes sole traders!
In the HUB lunch and learn we chatted about how body language and where the photo is taken can alter peoples perception about you.
Some common sense things to remember are:
- Smile! Everyone is attracted to someone that is both confident and approachable and a genuine smile is always attracting.
- Try to not cross your arms in photos. It closes yourself off.
- Move between shots. If you pose you tend to look stiff. Try different poses each time a pic is taken and it will loosen you up.
- Have your photo taken when you feel best. Some people are morning people and others feel best after a good workout at the gym. Know yourself and have your photo taken when you feel great.
- Ask a friend to help you choose your profile photo. We all have biases and things we dislike about ourselves but that can stop you from picking a truly great photo of yourself. Ask a friend to help and get them to say why they like the photo. It may surprise you.
Thats it! Nice and simple.
Strange shadows on the wall of Australia square
Damn ninjas cutting onions ;)
A dog wearing sunnies sitting in a car. No human in sight. Only in Bondi..
One in a while you meet someone who really inspires you to try be a better person through everything they do and their philosophy in life. Cesar is one of those people. He and some friends have started a charity to raise funds and awareness for the Cancer council in Victoria by running stand up paddle boarding and kite surfing events in Port Philip down in Melbourne. If you are wanting to do something fun and in a beautiful location and at the same time raise some well needed funds for a great cause, check out their website at www.acrossthebay.com.au and sign up.
Here is the promo video we shot and edited for them. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJQgw6mM4is]
Rock chick and stylish wonder girl Veronica from Pop up Powder room and I have been chatting about doing a Forest Goddess style shoot for a while now and we finally kicked off a shoot with the beautiful Sarah Perman a couple of weeks ago.Sara is a part time yogi and full time creative machine (also full time nice gal) who expresses her connection to the environment with yoga and dance. She is one of those people that just needs to be set free with no direction or coaching from us to produce these beautiful shots. I'll be posting more in the coming days.
Thanks to Sarah for her presence and thanks to V for her styling and ability to draw all the blood sucking insects away from me ;)
Dr Crashy (our resident drone and part time coffee barista) goes for a splash in a puddle.Turns out sensitive electronics don't do too well when submerged in saltwater.
A huge thanks to all those involved!
Model: Dannie Jackson Stylist: Veronica Ostro Assistant: Damian Sanchez Photographers: Anton Rehrl & Ceri Foster Cow head: Himself
About 2 years ago I took a portrait of a beautiful friend of mine. I came across the images again and decided to take a look at them again and re-imagine them in photoshop.
Photography: ArtOf2 Designs - www.artof2.com H&MA: Sophie Papoulis From Mobile bridal hair and makeup. Model: Crystal Itskos