I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful, sweet girl when she signed up to be the makeup artist at our Headshots for Humanity event, earlier this year. I was instantly taken by her sweet personality and stunning features. She took exceptional care of my clients that day and demonstrated her impeccable artistry skills. Each of my clients that had the privilege of sitting in her chair, told me how happy they were with their completed makeup look. During setup I asked Pavlova to help me out with my lighting test but it was really a ploy just to get her in front of my camera! She was a natural and as a result, I got some amazing headshots of her that day. When I meet someone like this I can’t ignore the opportunity to invite them into the studio for a full shoot…luckily she was very excited and agreed to book a date! We had a fabulous and super fun time shooting and I was blown away by her bubbly personality and confident, sexy attitude. Can’t wait to do this again!
Beauty and Headshot Portraits | Timeless Images by Susan
Attention class of 2020! It’s time to start thinking about your senior pictures! I’m booking senior portrait sessions NOW for class of 2020! Dates begin 8/3/19, end October 5th and are limited in availability. Don’t wait until the last minute!
Act now to take advantage of our limited time only SPECIAL DEAL: *Book your session by August 31st and receive 10 additional digital files with your session!
Click HERE to learn more about this year’s session offerings, which include even more “goodies” than before! Or call me today to schedule your personal consultation and tour the studio: 734.391.8662
*Digital files are low resolution. Session must be booked, with deposit paid, by 8/3/19. See studio for further details.
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.
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