Turn Around Twice…

DSC-12…and this is what happens. She’s 12 this month. TWELVE. Lord have mercy…where did the time go??

We decided to ring in the last of her tween years with a little photo shoot and oh my gosh you guys…I had the time of my life. I chose her 3 outfits, which I did damn good and am usually never allowed that privilege. But I kept it 100% her style, which I’m sure added to my success. Truth be told I had a blast coming up with these 3 outfits and they really are just so her.

She was the perfect muse (after having been whipped into shape all these years. That’s what happens when you’re the child of photographers) and I’m so happy to say that she really is so incredibly photogenic.

I’m going to tell you that she is just so sweet, so compassionate, so kind and so intelligent and these things are true. I am so grateful for all of these traits in this little woman, but what I am most entertained by with Ella is her sense of humor. Holy smokes does this girl keep us laughing.

To my wee babe: thanks for all the tears of joy and looking forward to a lifetime of tears of laughter with you.

This is one proud mama. Next up: teens.DSC-3DSC-2DSC-1DSC-5DSC-4DSC-7DSC-10DSC-8DSC-9DSC-13DSC-16DSC-14

Is 2018 YOUR Year? | Personal Branding | Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Personal Branding Head Shot Photographer-5Wow have I gotten a lot of questions about personal branding since that ball dropped down. This is really exciting and here’s why: you’re all starting to realize the difference between head shots and actual, real branding for your businesses. Cuz, you know…there is a HUGE difference. Your brand isn’t just what you’re selling; your brand is an extension of who you are, what you stand for and believe in, your style, your aesthetic, your look and your feel. It’s all of you, in one glance.

And this is YOUR year to show 2018 who’s boss.Pittsburgh Personal Branding-3

If you are as excited as I am about the clean slate and promise of something new that New Year’s Eve brings, then you should be just as excited about amping up your brand, or even giving your brand an entire makeover. Ahem…and that’s where I come in….

Women are becoming entrepreneurs faster than any other time. This is both so incredible and so heavy. We are making history, ladies, and that just makes me want to dance a jig. But…this also means you have a lot of competition and you have to do whatever it is you have to do to make potential clients connect with you emotionally, and feel a sense of trust and comfort, with one glance at your site, blog, social media and your photographs. And you need to make this happen before it happens with your closest competitor. Nothing like a little pressure to get your day moving, right?Pittsburgh Personal Branding Head Shot Photographer-4

If this seems like a daunting task, it shouldn’t. Revamping your brand is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to reach your audience faster, more productively and with the most amount of bang for your buck. Wanna know why? Because it’s visual. You’ve been on those websites that are almost all words, right? With some teeny, tiny little photograph of either an older than dirt photo of the owner, or worse, a photo of some kind of cartoon of what they are selling. Raise your hand if you’re willing to dig through mounds and piles of wordy text to get the simple info you’re looking for: the service/product and price? *crickets* *crickets* Yep. That’s what I thought.Pittsburgh Personal Branding Head Shot Photographer-3

When a potential client clicks on your site or social media, most of what they should see are photographs. Photographs of you, what you’re selling, details of your brand. These photographs should have a consistent and lovely look with a clean and consistent palette that represents your brand and personality. These photos and visuals should make your potential clients want to see more. Just type in “social media styling” and you will see that there are entire businesses dedicated to styling just your social media! There is a reason for this, folks. It’s because we’re starting to learn how important visual aesthetics are in terms of selling. I can’t tell you how many times I clicked on a site and right back off because it was messy, cluttered, too wordy and just not visually appealing. That one look tells me if you’ve got style, a bit about your personality, if you’re focused, and most importantly, if I connect with you and trust that you know whatever it is you’re selling better than the next gal, and you know what you’re talking about. That’s just one glance.Pittsburgh Personal Branding Head Shot Photographer-1

So, 2018 is here. It has just begun, and with alllllll the excitement and promises of a new beginning. This is your chance to really make this year your year. If you’re thinking to yourself, “I have enough gorgeous and awesome photographs of myself and my products/services to display on my completely up-to-date and current website.” Then move on. You don’t need me. If that statement does not describe your current branding situation, and you’re still questioning whether you need a personal branding session, I have one question for you: How’s that working out for you?

When you’re ready, I’m right here.
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Shining a Light on the New Year

Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer-11What is it about the New Year that brings out so much hope in all of us? For me, I love looking over the previous year and (hopefully) seeing success, then planning for even more of that in the future. And I don’t just mean in the business. First and foremost it’s with my family, then my clients, then my business. I kinda feel like if the home base is strong, I’m doing right by my clients, then the business will just keeps chugging along like it should. That’s the system I’ve used since the beginning, so I suppose if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

But I’m so excited to share that not only do I have a few things in the cupboard under lock and key just for a while, but I’m also doing a whole studio makeover. Once I get it done I’ll share it, but let me just say, ladies, if you’re considering some fun in the studio this year is the year.

To my clients of this past year: Thank You for filling my days with so much love, laughter and doggone good fun. Thank You for continuing to help me to keep my studio the safe, supportive, and nurturing bubble I know it to be and for continuing to fill it with your positive energy. I’ve been in this space for 7 years and it just keeps getting better and that’s because of all of you. My deepest bows of gratitude to each and every one of you for trusting me and believing in me.

To my clients of this next year: Thank You for choosing me out of all of the super talented photographers in this great city. I have so many wonderful and beautiful things in store for you, and this goes to the clients that haven’t even booked me yet this year too. My heart and mind is just bursting with ideas and I’m so excited to share all of them with you! We are going to have one hell of a fine year that will continue the message I’ve shared since the very beginning of my business: love, empowerment, courage, strength, support and confidence…with a ginormous dose of power, sexy and just plain kicking ass.

Thank you to this past year for all of the learning, growing, mistakes, fun and successes. Thank you to this next year for all of the future learning, growing, mistakes, fun and successes. May this year outshine the last one in love and light.

#gratitude

 

Makeover by At Home Beauty.

White Lace & Prada Shoes: Memoirs of a Bride

Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-1Sounds like a pretty cool title for a book, right? Well, I don’t have a book for you to read (you’re welcome), but I do have a story to tell. However, what I LOVE about this story is that it’s told in photographs.

That’s what I loved about this styled shoot; ¬†you can watch the story unfold as you go from one photo to the next. She goes from wedding, to the boudoir, to the honeymoon and all in a few photographs. I can just imagine her day as she pours herself into her wedding dress, then smiles to herself thinking about the outfit she’ll be putting on later that night, and then waking up to excitedly peruse the Honeymoon Itinerary and take it all in.

For this shoot I didn’t want the usual ethereal and romantic. I wanted to go for a bit more outside the box a tiny bit, so that’s why you see these absolutely stunning wardrobe¬†pieces paired with black shoes and accessories. I loved the contrast of it all.

Thank you thank you thank you going out to Luna Boutique for allowing me to borrow the gown and the cape, At Home Beauty for the gorgeous hmua, Daisy for being my lovely muse for the day, Old Souls Vintage Rentals for the stunning couch and chair, Karrie Hlista Designs for the mostest perfect and gorgeous floral designs, and Hip at the Flashlight Factory for allowing us to take over your incredible space (which is for rent for your next event). Thank you for allowing me to have some damn good fun!Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-3Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-2Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-4-2Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-5-2Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-6-2Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-7Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-8Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-9Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-10Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-1-2Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-12Pittsburgh Bridal Boudoir Photographer-13Wedding dress: Yolan Cris
Black booties paired with wedding dress: Badly Mischka
Bracelet: Chan Luu
Lace wedding cape: Yolan Cris
Black heels paired with wedding cape: Prada
Earrings: Tory Burch
Bracelet: Alexander McQueen
White lace jumper: studio wardrobe/vintage
White heels: Guiseppe Zanotti