Headshots | Metro Detroit Headshot Photographer

I recently hosted a charity event at a local hotel and had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people who came out to support our charitable mission.  As a gift for their generosity and time, I provided a free headshot.  During the event I enjoyed talking with our attendees and getting to learn more about them.  I was not surprised to hear many of them say to me,  “I hate having my picture taken” or “I’ve never had a headshot I liked”.  As you can guess, my goal was to change all that and to prove to them that even in a situation like this, where they are not being photographed in my studio with a full light setup and all the usual equipment, etc…a great headshot isn’t about all of that.  To make a great portrait of someone it involves a lot of things. 

First, it’s about taking the time to talk with them, ask them questions and get to know something about who they are and what they do.  If you can’t connect with someone, even for a few minutes, then you won’t be able to bring out their genuine personality.  This business is all about relationships.  Having a good time and connecting with my customers is the main reason that I love what I do.  Second, shooting a quality portrait involves knowledge of the craft; lighting, posing, managing your surroundings and of course, how to use that very expensive camera that you own!  Lastly, it takes a willingness to fail and to keep trying new things.  If you take a shot and it isn’t working, then try something else (example: Some people are just more comfortable standing for their portraits rather than sitting.  Once you make that adjustment, the difference can be immediately apparent.

Many people don’t put much stock in updating their headshots and some, well…they just don’t bother.  However, I can tell you that you should have a professional headshot taken and you should update it every couple of years so it provides a proper reflection of you, as you change and evolve over time.  In my “other life” I am a professional Recruiter/HR Business Partner.  I am amazed at how many professionals I see on LinkedIn without a photo at all!  Statistics have proven that people are very leery of connecting with someone who does not have a photo on their profile, be it LinkedIn or any other social media platform.  However, with LinkedIn, if you don’t have one, it’s almost a glaring statement to announce “I’m hiding” or “I really don’t want to talk to/connect with anyone”.  So, if that’s the case, then why did you create a profile in the first place?  It’s especially critical if you’re job-searching, either passively or actively. LinkedIn is the #1 resource for recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers to peruse when sourcing for talent.  If they run a keyword search for a position and your profile comes up, along with 200+ others, odds are they will pass on all the profiles without photos to help narrow the search field.  We want to know who we’re potentially reaching out to.  Same goes for anyone who may be trying to connect with you for professional networking purposes.

There are so many uses for a great headshot: Social media profile pics, company website, company newsletters, marketing materials, branding materials, business cards, resume/CV, newspaper articles, media, your own personal website (business-owner), school (college applications), election campaigns, etc…

If you’re in need of a new or updated  headshot call  me today!  Let’s talk about your needs and create a plan to help you put your best face forward!

*Learn more about our professional headshot and branding sessions HERE.

Headshots for Humanity 2019 | Timeless Images by Susan

We are so very excited to announce the date for our 2nd annual “Headshots for Humanity” fundraiser for Operation Smile! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm and will be hosted by the Holiday Inn Express in Belleville.

100% of the event proceeds will benefit Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the world, thanks to thousands of volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists and specialized health care professionals.

Every three minutes a child is born somewhere in the world with a facial deformity. One in ten will not survive to see their 1st birthday. Those who do often live in isolation and pain. More than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity each year in Operation Smile’s 26 partner countries. Tens of thousands remain untreated. It takes as little as $240 to repair one smile and change a child’s life forever!

In our efforts to raise awareness and raise funds to help these children and their families live a better life “Headshots for Humanity” was born!

Everyone could use an updated headshot! Maybe you need one for your social media profiles (are you one of those people who doesn’t have a photo on your Linkedin profile?) We’ve got you covered! Use it for your Facebook page, work website/newsletter or college graduation or promo/marketing materials for work. All the while, you’ll be helping us to make a BIG difference in the lives of children in need. Bring your teenagers or college-aged kids and show them the meaning of giving. They can have a professional portrait taken as well! Together, we can do something great!

All participants must be registered. Upon arrival you will receive a special gift bag and be entered into a free raffle for a spectacular prize basket! Enjoy refreshments, great conversation and networking with other local professionals. We will also be providing job search resources and tips for making better use of social media tools including Linkedin.

And as a new, special addition this year for all veterans and military personnel: Your $24.00 donation will be paid for by our friends at Moving the Mitten Real Estate Group as our co-sponsor! In our efforts to support transitioning military personnel and veterans in search of jobs, we want to assist you by providing free headshots, job search resources, resume-writing services, continuing education sources and more. These resources will be available to you at the event.

Please register today! Registration is simple and takes just 5-10 minutes (One registration per person) Simply click HERE to be taken to the Operation Smile campaign page to make your donation! Once your donation is made you will then complete your registration page. Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email with further event details.

Your registration will guarantee your spot at the event. Once registered, you can arrive on May 18th any time between 10am and 2pm. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for updates, wardrobe tips and stories about the children of Operation smile!

*If you are a local business and would like to donate to the raffle prizes or door gifts, please contact Susan Richardson at the studio: 734-391-8662, as we would like to include as many local businesses in the raffle prizes and gift bags, as possible!

Some images from last year’s event:

For additional questions surrounding this event, please call: 734-391-8662. We thank you and look forward to seeing you and photographing you! Regards, Susan Richardson | Member, PPA

Courthouse Grille – A Fond Farewell Party

Over 300 people came out to celebrate the historic site in Plymouth, MI where over 120 years of family memories have been made, in this very special farmhouse restaurant. The Courthouse Grille, currently owned by Sam Messina, has been host to so many people from Plymouth and the surrounding areas, for over 35 years, since he purchased it from the Stremich family in 1983. What originally began as a farmhouse eatery in the 1890’s soon became known as the “Hillside Inn in the mid 1930’s, making it’s reputation as a specialty restaurant serving such delicacies as African lion. The Hillside Inn stood the test of time until shortly after Sam acquired the building, when he brought master chef “Ernie DeMichelle into the restaurant and renamed it “Ernesto’s~An Italian Country Inn”. Alas, the time has come for Sam to retire and begin enjoying more time with his family and grandchildren. While an exciting, new chapter begins for Sam a sad chapter closes for the Courthouse Grille. The farewell party was filled with a host of memories including a window-ledge full of old memorabilia including menus, photos, matchbooks, wine glasses and more. Numerous ex-employees attended the event for one last chance to pay their respects to the wonderful man who gave them a job; who they respected and appreciated the opportunity to work for.

The evening’s proceeds went to support the Village Arts Factory project in Canton. This incredible facility sits on the corner of Cherry Hill and Ridge Road in Canton’s historic district and is Henry Ford’s last Village Industry. It was a dormitory and factory that provided training and rehabilitation to returning war veterans and supplied parts for the Willow Run Bomber plant. This property was acquired by the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities in 2012. Since that time the Partnership has been working tirelessly to obtain the necessary funding to rehabilitate the grounds and main building, in preparation for the grand opening of the project. If you have not heard about or read about this project please visit the Partnership website HERE to learn more!

The event was sponsored by several local businesses and vendors and included food sampling, wine tasting and live music. It was a truly magical evening and it was wonderful to see so many people come out and show their support for a spectacular landmark and some very special owners who have taken great care of their guests throughout the years. To view the Hometown Life article covering the event, click HERE.

The photo gallery from this event is available HERE or by clicking on CLIENT at the top of the website. The customary password has been removed for this gallery and low resolution images may be downloaded, as our gift, to the attendees. *An email address will be required, as a security measure only. Prints may be ordered using the “cart” function. Gallery expires on 2/17/19.

Brenna, Class of 2019 | Livonia Senior Portrait Photographer

When I tell you that Brenna is a bit of a spitfire, I am not exaggerating.  This girl is wild and funny yet interesting and beautiful and fun.  Brenna is a lover of animals but especially dogs.  She enjoys glamming it up occasionally but doesn’t take herself too seriously.  She loves spending time with friends, traveling to Vegas, dogs of any kind, learning in her pre-med classes and watching Shane Dawson on You-Tube.  She has an affliction for pretzels and water.  She is a member of the yearbook committee and a contributing photographer with an emphasis on sports programs.  As far as a career? She hopes to become a trauma surgeon. No doubt she will accomplish whatever she sets her mind to!
If you’re a teen or soon to be a high school senior in need of senior pictures and you’d like to have pictures like this, give us a call!  Timeless Images by Susan is a contemporary portrait studio,specializing in senior portraiture, located in Belleville, Michigan.  We serve the cities of Belleville, Canton, Plymouth, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Livonia, Northville and Novi. Contact Susan at 734.391.8662 to schedule your free in-studio consultation!!

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