Your headshot doesn’t have to be stiff or boring

I see a lot of people think the idea of headshots is old and out of date. As a photographer that offers both headshots and branding photoshoots, I can assure you that professional headshots are still very much needed and expected from professionals in their respective industries. ⠀
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But your headshot doesn’t have to be stiff or boring. As a businesswoman, you don’t have to pose in masculine ways to be taken seriously. You can totally wear the clothes, jewellery, and colours that you love and looks good on you and still show up as polished and professional.
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Your headshots are one of the easiest and most effective ways to level up your professional profile online and I want to help you with that!

“But they are just photos”

 

How many times have you thought about this when a photographer talks about their work/photos. Be honest and admit to yourself. And don’t worry you are not the only one.

Even though we live in a digital era where mostly everything is online, so many business owners underestimate the power of the image

I can talk I lot on this topic but for now, here are three facts about why your brand images are not just photos:

👉They are your business/brand window shop. With most businesses online now, your social media accounts become your shop, and our photos are your window shop. Clients will stop and look at your window shop/photos before they decide if they want to enter your store/read your post.

👉They are your visual voice. With your brand photos, you will send your brand’s message faster about what you do. Research shows that your brand photos will reach your clients 60 000 times faster than a written post. But together, photos and words can be your brand’s powerhouse.

👉But, one of the most significant benefits is that they are your confidence buster. When you find the right photographer, even if you are not confident in front of the camera, with their help you will create images that you will love. When you love your photos, you defiantly will post them with confidence and often. The more you share them on social media, the more you will become confident in showing up online for your business. The more you show up, the more you become visible and grow your business.

Those are just a few of the benefits of your Brand photos for you and your business and trust me, they are many, many more.

So, NO they are not just photos. In a nutshell, they are your tool for growing your business.

Should I invest in a Personal Brand Photoshoot?

As small business owners, it can sometimes feel like there’s more money going out than coming into our business! So how do you decide what to invest in, to help you bring more sales in and grow your business?⁠


Ask yourself, is this going to help you connect with new clients, and potentially bring in more sales?
If the answer is yes, then booking a Personal Brand photoshoot, should be on your priority list.

⁠Personal brand photos can help you be visible, attract the right clients, connect with them, and grow your business, which will, in turn, help you make more money.

You will never regret investing in your own business and being proud of the image you project out to the world.

Book a chat with a photographer that you like and admire their work and start working together on growing your business.


And if that’s me, then let’s chat.

 

“I’m too old to start a new business”. Does that sound familiar?

Very often, after we hit our 40s, 50s or 60+, we dream of starting our dream business, but we tell ourselves that we are too old to do that or worse, others tell us that.

Well, let me tell you, you are never too old.

All those negative thoughts are in our own heads. And I know all this because as a Personal Brand Photographer for Women, I have met women of all ages doing their thing and creating their own business reality. And guess what, I’m as well one of these women.

I was 43 when I founded my photography business. My motivation? Being my own boss, creating through photography, helping others achieve their dreams, and the best of all working my hours around my family. Let me tell you honestly, it wasn’t an easy start, as I was so stuck in my own head telling myself that I’m too old to start a new business (again) and in a new country (again). You see, before my photography business, I had a few different, profitable businesses in a different country (not in my home country either but in my husband’s).

Somehow, I picked up my courage and started working very slowly, towered starting my photography business. I was determined, and the desire to have a business that I love was enough to push all the negativity to one side and go for it. I love the fact that I have become a positive role model for my kids too. My business is my passion, which keeps me focused and driven, and with that, I showed my kids that good thing happen if you keep going and not quit when the going gets tough.

After three years of ups and downs and throughout the pandemic when I couldn’t work at all, I can truthfully tell you that right now, I’m on the right path. My business is growing more and more by the day. And no, still, it’s not easy, but I absolutely love what I do, and the hard work is paying off. I’m proud of my story, and I am proud of the brand I am building.

AND the best part? I get to help other talented, amazing women on their business journey.

SO, IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN TOO.
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER, NOTHING MORE.

 

Have you ever thought about what your Personal Brand is?

For some of you, the question might actually be…what even is a Personal Brand?

It’s often not the first thing you think about when you start a service-based business.

Most of you will probably have an idea about what ‘Branding’ is, i.e the process of having your brand brought to life, like colours, logos, marketing strategies, etc.

But do you actually know what a brand is?

In essence, your brand is your PROMISE. It’s what your clients come to expect from you.

And one thing to know about your personal brand is that you already have one! Whether it’s deliberate or not you’re already putting out lots of stories and information about you and your business every day, both online and offline.

This means that your audience will have an opinion about you whether you want them to or not!

So, wouldn’t you rather that opinion of you be one that you’ve curated? A deliberate decision from you? An intentional delivery of your message?

If this is blowing your mind right now how about giving the concept a little experiment?

Go ask 5 people in your audience to describe you in 3 words. If there are any common themes that come out, that’s the core message/feeling that you’re putting out there!

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the details of what YOU want your brand to be. But it’s equally so important to remember that your personal brand is what OTHER PEOPLE SAY about it when you’re not in the room.

So, focus on that.

P.S If you need help creating the curated image/visual message of your brand, feel free to DM me.

 

 

Did you know that we process images 60,000 times faster than words?

Here’s the science bit…

Our brains react faster or more immediately to visuals (photos). Psychologist Albert Mehrabian demonstrated that 93% of communication is nonverbal. Some research shows that we process visuals 60,000 times faster than text. More studies find that the human brain breaks down image elements immediately, while language takes longer to process.

Have you ever wondered why phone numbers are made up of seven digits? It is because words are processed by our short-term memory, retaining only seven bits of information at a time. Hook your words with a stand out the brand image to make your impact and etch your message into the long term memory of your audience.

DID YOU REALISE THAT BY USING STOCK PHOTOS YOU COULD HARM YOUR BUSINESS?

One of the big negative effects of using stock images is that they will portray you, present you to your clients as generic not the unique person and business that you are, and make you bland in not standing out from the crowd. Think for a second about just how many people will use the same image as the one that you like. They are totally impersonal, not on brand and honestly, they can look fake if not used correctly.

By using stock images, you are weakening your brand. The algorithm in all of the platforms will know that you used a stock image and will push down your post. Google and all the social media algorithms prefer and push up an original authentic photo.

WHAT SHALL I POST TODAY?

Ever had that feeling? Sometimes the need to constantly create original content can really make it feel like a chore. But, I have a solution for you.

With a Personal Branding Photo Session, you will come away equipped with a whole set of authentic images that are totally “on brand”. Not only beautiful Images but as well images that represent who you are and what you do. All yours! No more endless scrolling through stock images.

Wouldn’t that feel nice?!⠀

If you don’t have them already let’s chat and see how I can help you promote your business.

 

 

Did you know that they are 5 online places where we appear with our profile photos?

With your profile photo, not only do you appear on our main social media page as in our profile photo, but you also appear in a few more different places online?

Here are five.

1. In The news feed of our followers – every time we change our profile photo it will appear on our follower’s news feeds

2. In the Posts on our page’s Timeline – every time we post something your profile photo will appear next to it

3. Replies in comments on our posts – it will appear every time we reply to a question or comment

4. The Cover photo on our Timeline – it appears next to our cover photo on Facebook and LinkedIn

5. Comments and posts we make on other pages – it will appear every time we comment or post on someone else social media account

Creating a good profile picture will make collaborating with others easier, especially if we haven’t met them yet because.

If you need help creating the right profile photo, that will represent who you are and what you do, feel free to book a chat with me at ema.p.photography@gmail.com and will go from there.