Tagged: Portraits

New Year, New You Headshots

2015 is fast approaching. While it’s always a good time to reinvent yourself, the New Year is a particularly poignant occasion to do so. Perhaps you’re planning to look for a new job or pursue a new career in 2015. Maybe you’re hoping for a promotion at your current company in the New Year. Is 2015 the year you monetize your hobby into a serious side project? Have you been considering launching a blog? There are numerous reasons to think about renewal as a New Year draws near.

A portrait session is the perfect way to jump-start a new you for the New Year.

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There was a time when portraits were primarily reserved for special occasions – think yearbook photos or family Christmas cards. No more! Anyone with some disposable income (or, hey, some Christmas cash) can afford a professional portrait and present a more polished image.

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We live in a time when social media has given almost everyone a public persona, and sometimes it’s tough to say where personal ends and where professional begins. A social media photo is often the first impression you make, and more and more it seems an iPhone and an outstretched arm won’t suffice. Don’t you want an image that makes people stop and say, “maybe I want to look a bit closer,”?

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If you’re ready to kick off the New Year with a new you, join Angie Webb of Angie Webb Creative for a Headshot Mini Sessions Event from 10:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, January 10. Each session lasts 20 minutes, and you’ll get the opportunity to shoot with up to two different backdrops. Afterward, you’ll be able to view your proofs online and select two images to be fully retouched by Angie. This exclusive event is limited to eight slots, and space is filling up fast – register now!


BONUS – Complimentary Styling Consultation from Yours Truly

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As a bonus, I’m offering complimentary styling consultations for those participating in the event. Once you register with Angie, connect with me to arrange an in-person or online styling consultation free of charge!


FAQ

Who needs a headshot?

Anyone and everyone! Business professionals, small business owners, entrepreneurs, event planners, photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists, models, actors, students, fellow bloggers – people from all walks of life can benefit from a high-quality headshot.

Where can I use my headshot?

Again, the possibilities are endless – personal or professional social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, and so on), personal or professional websites (digital portfolios, personal blogs, your company’s website, etc.), job applications… believe me, you’ll get good use out of your headshot! I know I have!

Why would I need styling assistance for my headshot?

When you look good, you feel good – dressing well boosts your confidence. Many people feel they can’t afford to be stylish, but you can show your personal style without overspending (or spending at all). Sometimes all it takes is looking at your wardrobe with a fresh perspective – it can be as simple as accessorizing.


About Angie Webb Creative

Angie Webb is a brand designer and consultant who assists businesses and individuals in creating a visual look and feel for their brand. Angie’s services go beyond that of a typical designer with her holistic branding approach. First, Angie walks each and every one of her clients through an in-depth process of discovery to find out who they really are and how they want to portray themselves to the world. From there, Angie helps them create a visual identity and other supporting elements, including but not limited to photography, website design, and print materials. Her work doesn’t stop there! Angie then assists her clients in implementing their new identity and moving forward with their renovated brand. Through a clear and thorough process, comprehensive strategy, and coaching, Angie helps businesses and individuals succeed and thrive for the long term. 

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Styling for Portraits

There are numerous reasons to get portraits throughout your lifetime: graduation, engagement, pregnancy, holiday cards, or maybe just a new image for your website or LinkedIn profile. Portraits are an investment for your family and your business, so it’s important to style yourself accordingly. 

rachel zoe quote 2Rachel Zoe couldn’t have said it better. Whether you consider yourself a fashion fanatic or not, what you wear says something about you. When it comes to styling for portraits, there are three key things to consider: simplicity, timelessness, and individuality. 

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I partnered with a recent graduate to style three looks illustrating the three basic components of styling for portraits.


1. SIMPLICITY

No matter what your size, shape, color, or age, it’s always best to keep your style simple in a portrait. Busy prints and over-accessorizing are too distracting for portraits, particularly if you’re taking a family or office portrait with multiple people.

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Simplicity is embodied in your favorite jeans and a basic white tee. Pairing these go-to items in your closet is sure to make you feel good and look good in any portrait. Make the look your own with a simple, statement accessory like a fedora!

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS:

Denim: Aero Boyfriend Jean (similar)

Top: American Rag (similar)

Fedora: Charlotte Russe (similar)


2. TIMELESSNESS

Because portraits are an investment, you want them to stand the test of time. Avoid trendy apparel and accessories when styling an outfit for a portrait. You don’t want to look back at your photo in a year and feel it’s outdated!

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What’s more timeless than the little black dress? The LBD is perfect for any portrait. Pair it with pumps for a corporate look or a bold accessory for an artistic aesthetic. No matter how you style the LBD, it’s sure to make a portrait that will stand the test of time.

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS:

LBD: Forever 21 (exact)

Shoes: Alfani (exact)


3. INDIVIDUALITY

Simple and timeless doesn’t mean bland and boring. It’s important to let your individual style shine through in your portrait. Think back to Rachel Zoe’s quote and ask yourself what you want your style to say about you. If you’re taking a milestone portrait, choose an outfit that’s age appropriate and fun. If you’re getting a professional portrait, dress for the industry and job you want, such as business attire for corporate settings or artistic apparel for a more creative field.

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When styling the third and final outfit for this recent graduate, I wanted a playful look to reflect her youthful spirit. Since the first two looks are very clean, crisp, and neutral, incorporating a pop of color was key. We completed the look with a classic camel cowboy boot to add a touch of personality and contrast the first two ensembles.

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Dress: Flying Tomato (similar)

Boots: Wet Seal (similar)

Photographed by Meghann Miller of Memories by Meghann