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Breakfast, Life & Dinner | Confidence in the Kitchen

I met my friend Adam a couple years ago at a networking event where I was doing free headshots. We bumped into each other a couple times after that and have built a great working relationship. Adam is the owner of Breakfast, Life & Dinner where he teaches “confidence in the kitchen.” He offers cooking classes for kids through adults, and also does meal planning and prep. He can come to your house and create a full week’s worth of dinners, lunches, snacks, and fresh bread, AND he will leave your kitchen cleaner than he found it! (I speak from experience because following our 2nd food shoot, he cleaned my stovetop better than I ever did!)

Our first shoot took place at the James Room demo kitchen in the Phillips Recreation Center in Urbana. We quickly figured out that we’d need more time than that first morning, so we planned to do a 2nd day a couple weeks later in my family’s kitchen. In exchange for my photos, Adam made some food for my family, including a special treat of stuffed lobster tails for my husband and me — a little nod to my business logo (and possibly slight obsession). ;)

Adam is very good at balancing meals, and making sure there is always something green. In addition to this being good for you, it also makes for great, colorful, mouth-watering images! I really enjoyed our collaboration, and we will be sad to see him move to Austin, Texas in a few weeks. You will be sorely missed in our creative and cooking communities, Adam! Best of luck with your upcoming move and business transition! ATX will be luck to have you. <3

Heaven's Storm Photography | Personal Brand Photo Session

With the impact of social media on businesses these days, it’s so important for business owners to have quality content to use to promote themselves and their work. That’s where the niche of Personal Brand Photography comes in! We walk together through the process of creating images that help tell your story. I often meet with clients for ahead of time to talk through what you want and need from the session, and I have a comprehensive questionnaire that helps me know what to shoot, where to shoot, and what to have you bring and wear. I also have a formula that I use to determine how many photos of various things to get — photos of you, detail shots, products shots, etc.

My friend Sarah of Heaven’s Storm Photography was my latest personal brand client, and she is a fellow photographer based out of Decatur. Her website and brand include lots of light and airy images and a color palette of pink, green, and white. Her favorite things include dancing, the color pink, Pepsi, her camera, cupcakes, and her family. We worked hard to incorporate all those things, and I can’t wait to see how she uses her final images in her online presence!

The Time Rich | Brand Photography Shoot

I started out 2019 with a new niche in my photography business — personal brand photography!! The Time Rich is a joint venture by my friend Maghan and my new friend Summer! They are creating an online course to help you hire a Virtual Assistant (VA).. The process starts with evaluating how you currently spend your time, and determining in what ways you could use a VA. I’m so excited to see this come together for them, and I can’t wait to take the course myself!

We brainstormed their session prior to our shoot, and they told me that the golden yellow color that you see predominantly in these photos is their main color, along with black. I kept seeing shade of blue too though, so we picked up on that a bit as we maneuvered through the session. We started out with the brilliant natural light and bright white tables of Hopscotch Cakes in Champaign, and then continued the second part at Maghan’s condo. That included a stop off at Summer’s van which she lives in full time while she tours the nation’s national parks system! I was also privileged to meet both of their dogs — Rocky (Summer’s) and Gabe (Maghan & Kyle’s).

I’m really happy with how this session turned out, and I think we truly were able to hone in on both of their personalities and their brand. With brand photography, it is especially important for things to look cohesive, while also telling a story and keeping within a theme or color scheme. I like to tell my brand clients that my main goal is to give them a few photos of themselves (ideally 1-2 out of 10 should be of YOU!), and also a solid stockpile of stock photos that are personalized for your business or brand. I think we definitely accomplished that!

To schedule your own FREE 15-minute brand photography consultation, shoot me an email!