Nashville’s documentary wedding photographer
and headshot studio.
Though I try my best to make the process of getting professional headshots done as quick, painless, easy, and fun as possible; I understand that the average person doesn’t exactly equate their headshot session with a trip to the amusement park. Some people love the camera and are naturals, which is a gift that you either have or you don’t. Just like I’ve heard another photographer say; models are born, not made. Most people accept that fact that professional headshots are a smart idea and often a necessity for their careers, job searches, updates resumes, etc. Many of my clients who come to the studio just need one look, and they are good to go. For others, multiple look headshots make sense to help keep content fresh and provide variety among the different digital and social media platforms. Therefore giving an extended life to one’s headshot session.
I still recommend new headshots every year or two, at least. Some want to get their one look and be done with it. Sometimes others want to have a few varied looks and pay a little more to make their in between visits fewer. Neither are wrong, but it’s nice to have the option as a consumer. Also it’s nice to offer options to simplify each client’s experience, as a professional Nashville headshot photographer. Make this a good year, and let it start with a new headshot. You never know the opportunities that await,
What a pleasure it was to once again return to the charming riverfront city of Paducah, Kentucky to photograph a wedding in my own native style. Sarah and Rob chose this destination for the location and vibe of the riverfront downtown area and the historic 1857 Hotel; their ceremony and reception venue. The couple found me by searching for a photojournalist wedding photographer; as they preferred to enjoy their day, spending time with loved ones without sore feet from standing in orchestrated groups with forced smiles. This beautiful Paducah documentary wedding started with prep at the hotel-owned brownstone condos. Upon coordinating with the couple and their wedding planner,
It was an unseasonably hot mid September day, though low humidity worked in our favor! For that reason, the outdoor courtyard ceremony was brief, but beautiful. The late afternoon ceremony was followed by an indoor, climate controlled cocktail hour, dinner, and reception where everyone ate, drank, and danced to their heart’s content.
It was time to move it indoors, and get the cocktail time underway. It was encouraging to see people mingling again, something that was not seen in this capacity in prior years due to Covid-19. Following cocktail hour was a delicious dinner, with catering compliments of Artisan Kitchen.
Now the party begins, and it was a great time with Rob and Sarah! Thanks for your hospitality and for choosing me as your documentary wedding photographer / storyteller. Interested in booking me as your Paducah, anywhere, or Nashville documentary wedding photographer? We can talk.
When you’re looking for the best professional headshot photographer, it’s important that they are able / qualified to do the right headshots for your branding. For example, the vibe and vision of your company, how you want the headshots to present, how you want them to convey the people in your organization.Sometimes I help advise on wardrobe, setting (studio, ambient on location, or outdoors for a more casual vibe) and other times the company has that vision and unique branding true to them. One of my return commercial clients started with a common thread with their headshots for their employees and executives; a brick wall being used as the background. Also dark blue suit jackets with a white shirt, for consistency.
When I took over as their headshot photographer, my goal was to preserve that look, but add my own twist to it with lighting and composition, etc. To redo them all at once and start fresh would be difficult for them, as they stay busy and travel for their work. It helps them if we continue that look, and do them as needed. All good for them and it’s good repeat business for me. Is it time for new headshots for you?
Most professionals know it’s a good idea to get a new professional headshot when applying for a new job, switching careers, seeking a promotion, booking an appearance or engagement, and other reasons. It should be a relatively simple and easy process, though what are the main purposes of your headshot? This is where execution is important, and a cell phone snap won’t do the trick. Here are the criteria for what exactly what your headshot should accomplish / convey.
Friendliness / approachability-
If the headshot is correctly composed, the face is the main focal point, so expression counts. It should not be overly animated, unless for an entertainer perhaps, but I’m speaking mainly about business headshots. Looking friendly and approachable is important, and eyes having good engagement with the audience. No one will have success with a photograph that ha an expression like they swallowed a holly bush.
Especially for young professionals, showing confidence without looking smug will stand out better to employers, freelance or independent. Posture, body language, and expression are all key players here.
Always be well groomed and dress the part. Coordinating setting or background is an important task for the headshot photographer to make sure all is coordinated properly. (That is why I went with a gray background for the fellow in the white shirt.)
The fact that you went the extra mile and bothered to invest in a professional headshot shows you’re serious, and invested in the process. It shows a level of care and responsibility. All positive things in the workforce, for the employee or entrepreneur.
I love it when visiting couples want to commemorate their time here in Nashville and choose me for their photography needs. In the event of Nick and Samantha arriving to Nashville, Nick wanted to surprise his lady with a proposal and have me document the milestone moment. This time, I received a kind referral from a professional photographer local to the couple, Justin Falk. I appreciate the trust he placed in me to provide for his clients for this special occasion. Their trip to Nashville was rather impromptu, for this reason, and to adopt a puppy not far from this area. Now, the picture is complete, as they are now an engaged couple! Now, we can enjoy a sweet summer evening proposal in Downtown Nashville.
Their location of choice, upon me providing several options with different vibes, was the pedestrian bridge overlooking the downtown skyline. Nick and Samantha met in an adult kickball league, which is a fun interactive activity! That seems much more spontaneous and interesting than a forced sit down date, and it obviously worked for them! Congratulations guys on a successful proposal and engagement, and best with your future and new furbaby!