Senior Portraits in the Lilacs

This senior is doing a series of mini sessions for her portraits so that we can capture different seasons, hair styles and all of her vibrant personality! She loves fashion and makeup and I can’t wait to see what types of sessions that she styles and the concepts she creates. Of course I have some ideas of my own for her senior photos too! The lilacs are so beautiful right now. Call 612.384.6328 to get on the soon to be full schedule. The Landscape Arboretum will open to professional photographers in mid June.senior photo girl fun_bright_senior_girl_flowers_portrait senior girl photo_flowers_personality

Group Headshots While Social Distancing

When your whole team can not be together for a team photoshoot or you have employees in different locations and would like a group image, we can still create that for you and your company. It also works great for offices that the staff members can change, you will be able to add in or remove people from the photo. Check out this group portrait of business people that were shot separately and merged together. Call 612-384-6328 to see how we can help your business! group composition headshots merged together_720

How to Look Your Best on Virtual Meetings

In this time when we can’t be together in person, virtual meetings are one way that we can still connect for work, family time, and socializing. Whether you’re using Zoom, GoToMeeting, FaceTime, Slack, ReadyTalk, Join.me, Microsoft Teams, or Duo, I’m going to give you some tips for looking your best during those virtual calls.
 
Lighting and Angles
 
Lighting and camera angle are so important! Avoid lights that cast funky shadows. Place your light source behind the camera to give your face a nice even light. This could be a window with diffused light or a lamp with nice soft light, just make sure that it is behind the camera and facing towards you. Adding a reflective surface on the desk or table in front you just outside of camera range is another way to bounce flattering light onto your face. Use a piece of white foam core, poster board or anything you can find around the house. The angle of the camera makes a big difference in flattering you, too. Raise the camera up to be eye level or slightly higher. If you’re using a laptop, you could place it on a stack of books.When the camera is too low, you could have the dreaded double chin. Raising the camera and dropping  your chin, will make your eyes look larger and more awake. 
 
Keep it Simple
 
The background behind you should be simple and tidy. Put the emphasis on you and not your decor or clutter. If you anticipate sharing your screen for any reason during the virtual meeting, close any tabs on your browser with the potential to be embarrassing.
 
Dress for Success
 
Clothing should be simple and avoid busy patterns. Dress for the occasion; keep it professional for work and have a little more fun with friends and family! Keep in mind that microphones can pick up the extra noise from dangling necklaces and clinking bracelets. If you are on a call with a lot of people, consider muting your microphone until you have something to say. 
 
Video conferencing is all about connection; look at the camera when talking to create eye contact.
 
Happy collaborating and connecting!

 

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Fabulous Over 50!

I adore my photographer girlfriends. We always have a great time when we get together. Last time was my house and this is what we created, a Vanity fair Style Photoshoot for some fabulous women who all happen to be over 50!phootbabes copy - Copy Annie Toni Nancy Anita RMP_7033 copy

Natural Light Versus Off Camera Flash for Senior Beach Portraits

Which images do you like best for senior photos on the water? Natural light or added strobe light? I really like the magazine style senior images with the pop, it looks so fashiony! Schedule your high school graduation portraits by calling me at 612-384-6328. Your senior session will be so much fun!seniorlakeminnetonka

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