Guest blog by Rachel Strabley
When it comes to dressing for a photoshoot there are no definitive dress rules to follow as it is more about feeling right in your look, yet here are some thoughts to keep in mind when choosing your outfit.
1. What is my goal?
2. Am I being me?
Wearing a style that you have never worn before will not make you feel great which will show in your photographs. Such as wearing tailored clothing when your style has always been rocker chic will not provide the best outcome. Yet wearing a style that you know looks great and is your personality will give you confidence and that will be conveyed in the final photo’s. Always be true to yourself!
3. Am I comfortable?
4. Am I complimenting my complexion?
Do not stay completely in your comfort zone when it comes to deciding what to wear, you want to make the most of this photo shoot after all. Yet always choose colors that compliment your skin tone and hair color and make you stand out from the image in the background.
5. Color is key.
Even If you are opting for black and white photographs it is still important to wear color as this will add depth, contrast and harmony to the end result.
6. Get the right second opinion.
Rachel is a personal stylist to residents in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, she has been dabbling in the industry for many many years before making it official two years ago. She does complete makeovers and wardrobe consultations, personal shopping for her busy clients as well as online consultations when clients need a specific outfit for an event.
Of course, I think your business needs professional photography, but these tips come from another business expert. Today's guest blogger is Kate Elfatah, owner of HOM consulting, where she helps businesses expand through digital marketing. She assists businesses in planning a custom digital marketing strategy which puts them on the path to increase market and customer awareness for revenue growth and visibility. I have worked with Kate before and she is great so I hope you enjoy her tips!
We have all stumbled upon that website or marketing campaign on social media with some pretty awful photography. I’m here to talk you about the importance of professional photography for your business and why it’s so important to make sure you have some good shots to represent your business. I’m all about the selfie and the right now when it comes to social media, but there is a place and need for a professional photographer when it comes to your business. I don’t care what size business you are.
The biggest reason you should consider professional shots for your business is exactly that, you want a professional look and feel to your business, service or product. If you’re selling products, you want to highlight and create a look and feel that mirrors your brand. Having one-of-a-kind photographs that are unique to your business, meaning no stock photos, will assist you in establishing a cohesive brand identity. It makes it more personal for your potential customers. With stock photography you have the risk of having those images being used by your competitors or someone else. Be unique.
Tips when considering professional photography:
We are in the world where visual is everything. We all like pretty pictures and things that look appealing and inviting. It’s no different for your business.
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The Holidays and Depression
The Holidays can be a jolly time but for some people it can be stressful and lonely. Today's guest blog is Gina Medvedz of Wellness Transformations. She has some action steps you can take this holiday season to keep depression away.
Depression isn’t the first word that comes to mind when people think of the holidays. Sadly, the holiday season stirs up memories of loved ones who are no longer here, loneliness is exacerbated, and financial stress can cause the cheeriest among us to feel blue. I’m Rev. Gina Medvedz and I spend my days working with spirit guides in order to help my clients heal, find their purpose and move forward. We all know someone who is affected by depression, and I want to let you know what spirit has to say about this epidemic.
You can’t allow your thoughts to dwell on the past. In my years of doing hundreds of akashic readings, spirit is always very stern about this. Even by focusing on our good memories, we are stealing time and attention from the opportunity that we have right now to create new experiences. Your purpose here is to experience, create and love, and none of those things can occur if you are focusing on the past. Here are some action steps you can take this holiday season to keep depression away. Be sure to share them with your friends and family who may be suffering in silence.
Make a list of things you love about the holidays
1. Write as many things as you can. From holiday foods to favorite movies, include friends and family members you love to spend time with, and traditions you enjoy. Intentionally schedule these things into your calendar. I love to drive around looking at Christmas lights. Make sure you spend time doing what you love!
Make a list of things that make you crazy during the holidays
2. You are the director of your life and if you hate sending holiday cards then don’t do it! Can’t stand your Aunt Mable and don’t want to see her this year? Don’t go! Can’t afford expensive gifts and know you shouldn’t charge them? Don’t buy them! If you want to live an authentic life then you must be true to yourself first. If you struggle with saying no, your spirit guides can fix you up in a flash…you need to have a chat with them.
For this blog I bring you a great guest blogger! Her name is Krista and she is the owner of
Magick & Miracles Healing Sanctuary. She will tell you more about her business and what she does! I hope you enjoy her tips on how to relieve stress!
As a small business owner myself, I understand the unique demands it has, not only on one's body, but mind as well. We wear many many hats, which can get quite weighty by day's end. Then add on any that we wear for our families and communities, and you have the makings for a very stressed out individual. Luckily, I am in the business of helping with just that!
My name is Rev. Krista McKeon, RM, LMT, CACRTM, MM and I am the hands and heart behind Magick & Miracles Healing Sanctuary, which is a private healing arts practice. I offer a range of different types of services to help relieve the mind and body of the stresses it accumulates throughout this journey we call life.
In my practice, I work with each client one on one to help them achieve their personal goals of well- being. Whether they come to see me to ease their body's aches and pains, seek emotional comfort and resolution, mental clarity and perspective, or to find a deeper meaning within it all, each person receives a customized approach and not only leaves feeling lighter, but also with a few tips to help them between sessions. After all... well-being is everything we do, say, see, and think, because there is a lot of life happening between visits.
A Solid Foundation
So first I find out if they have their basics covered:
If not, then we start there. But if they seem to have a solid foundation, I will then begin looking into other areas to see where any imbalances may be. As I talk with each client, it usually becomes quite apparent what aspects could use a little tweaking, and more often times than not, the biggest challenge for small business owners is their TIME!
We all only have 24 hours in a day, so we need to be very protective of that time. Prioritizing activities to not only get things done, but leave you feeling accomplished and energized is key.
Suggestions for Relieving Stress
Headshots don't have to be stiff and in a studio, they can be outdoors and fun! Ania really wanted to show her personality and have some fun of course! We decided to go to Steel Stacks to have a beautiful background for her photos.
Remember for business photos you want to show your personality and portray the image that you want your business to have. For your photos even details such as outfits, backgrounds, and facial expressions are considered to help portray your business.
Rachel Amelio Photography