Personal Branding

WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS?

 
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What really happens when you put yourself out there…

I was chatting with a team member last week about 'putting yourself out there' - and specifically what happens when you do...

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I posted an image of myself last week, plus a few sentences asking people to join my newsletter.

Here's the thing though... I felt totally out of my comfort zone! There I was posting a photo of myself AND asking people to sign up for my list? Gasp!

I think a lot of us feel this way.

You think, who am I to post photos of myself and offer insights on _________ topic.

(If this isn't you, feel free to skip to the bottom of this email where I reveal the outcome + measurable results from the IG posting.)

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TWO things you should know

If you're feeling apprehensive posting about yourself remember:

  1. People want see you, so they feel like they know you, when deciding if you're the right person to get them from problem to solution.

  2. Contrary to what you may be thinking, when people see photos of you, they aren't thinking, "Who does she think she is..." Instead they're feeling like they're getting to know you better!

In this digital world, a headshot hidden on your website's about page isn't going to make anyone feel like they know, like and trust you.

But a well thought out visual personal brand will attract the right people and repel the wrong ones. (Good Riddance!!)

So what happened with the social media post of myself + text?

Well, my daily average newsletter sign-up rate increased by approx. 200% every day for 4 days after the post. Pretty good!

If you're nervous about putting yourself out there - listen I'm right there with you.

You can start with less intense professional style photos. For example, you could be looking away from the camera. Or you could be interacting with the product you design or create.

Be courageous - every little bit counts!

You've got this, I have faith in you!

Let me know me know in the comments what you’re going to do to put yourself out there. Scroll down!

P.S. Shhhh.... I'm excited to announce my new website will be launching soon! (It matches my studio and office.)

What’s new

This redesigned website will be stocked with both new + current products and resources including:

  • The much requested "Personal Branding Photo Shoot Planner" now in Photoshop TEMPLATE format, so you can customize it and send it out to your clients!

  • Motivating business audio trainings

  • Downloadable stock photos for your social media

  • Courses

  • Updated Blogs (including the last 3 months of newsletter topics)

As an HD insider, you'll be the first to know about any updates and promos.

Wishing you a fulfilling and productive week!

Warmly,

 
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What's in my Camera bag?

So I finally put together a comprehensive list of what’s in my camera bag! Thanks to everyone who ever emailed me asking me about my equipment. This is what I currently use for every shoot.

Each image is clickable so you can get all of the tech specs!

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

 

CAMERA BODY

 

Lenses + best lens caps

Lighting + Trigger

(All battery no cords + choose Nikon or Canon trigger)

Constant Lighting

 
 

FREE Personal Branding Giveaway

Free Photographer Resource Personal Branding

Update: The consultation kit is now available in my store here.

Download period ends today, Wednesday, August 31st at 5PM EST.

I have a special surprise FREE GIVEAWAY I’ll only be sharing with those who are on my mailing list!

This is will be my biggest and most valuable giveaway ever! ($50 value)

I've spent 2 months creating this product - and I'll be giving it away for FREE (one time only):

You still have time to get on the list! And be sure to check your email and click the link to confirm your list request! If don't confirm your request, I can't add you to the list.

If you want to incorporate a profitable Personal Branding strategy into your studio, you won’t want to miss this.

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My biggest No-No's when photographing Personal Branding or Corporate Headshots

Biggest No-No's when photographing Personal Branding
 

My Biggest
No-No's when photographing Personal Branding or Corporate Headshots

A a couple months ago, I added my Personal Branding Photoshop Template to my online store.

The idea to create the template, came after I did an interview with Sue Bryce, and we spoke about how I market & sell corporate headshots  (a.k.a personal branding shoots).

This led me to writing today’s article - to share with you all the things I wish photographers knew before shooting corporate headshots/personal branding.

All the things I wasted a lot of time learning - the hard way!

Here we go...

1. You shouldn’t...
shoot before having a consultation

Because every client and every business is unique and needs to stand out from the competition, it's imperative you chat (in-person, or on the phone) with your personal branding clients before photographing them.

“Every day we are selling our most important asset: ourselves.” - Fredrick Eklund

Use your consultation time to do two important things: 

  1. Ask specific questions about your client, her business and where she wants to use her photos.

  2. Suggest new ideas of where she can use her photos (i.e social media, magazine features, etc)

Be sure to take notes and use those notes to plan out your photo shoot (see #5). (Having trouble making suggestions on new places where your client can use their photos? Check out the Photoshop Price-list Template for ideas).

SUMMARY:

Your consultation will:

  • tell you what your client wants

  • suggest new places/strategies your client can use her photos

  • help you collect information on how to approach her shoot

“The personal branding consultation is both a gathering of information and a creator used to fulfill your client’s photography needs and elevate her success.” - Heike Delmore

2. You shouldn’t...
consult with your client before doing your research

Similar to point number one, do your leg work before the consultation. 

Why you ask? Because it’s important you be specific and take a personal interest in your client.

With personal branding one size does not fit all. If you have a consultation before doing any initial research, you won’t be prepared and your suggestions, if any, will sound very generic. Show your client that you're taking an interest in them personally.

When researching your client you are looking for the following:

    1.    Is she currently using any personal branding photos?
    2.    If yes, where is she currently using her photos?
    3.    Where might she be looking to update them?
    4.    Where could she be using them - but is currently not?
    5.    Think of completely new strategies she could impliment

SUMMARY:

  • Gather as much information on where your client is currently using her photos and note where she could be using them in the future.

  • This information will prepare you for a finely tailored consult

3. You shouldn’t...  
have an inconsistent price-list

What's an inconsistent price-list? 

An inconsistent price-list is a price-list where the same product is priced differently across different genres.

Let’s say you sell 7x10s. And you price a 7x10 for family portraits higher than a 7x10 for corporate headshots. Why are they priced differently? Is one 7x10 better than the other? 

This is why consistency is important: let me tell you a story where this became a big problem for me. 

When I started out in this genre, I was charging really low prices for my corporate headshots. Lower than my glamour portraits. I told myself I was getting clients in the door. The problem arose when my headshot clients would bring in a couple of gowns to shoot at the end of the session... "just for fun". The photos with the gowns would usually qualify as a portrait or glamour photo. When the client came in to select and purchase their photos, it seemed ridiculous to charge one amount for the corporate headshots and another for the glammed up photos. Having a consistent price-list across the board solved this problem.

SUMMARY:

  • Using a consistent price-list will streamline your business

  • Repeat clients will not longer be confused (and you’ll feel clearer - trust me)

  • Now, I’m not saying have 1 generic pricing brochure for all genres. No! Absolutely design them differently target each market you shoot. But keep your pricing the same.

4. You shouldn’t...  
shoot personal branding without a checklist

What kind of checklist you ask? 

If you’ve you’ve done your pre-consultation research and had your in-person or telephone consultation, you can easily put together a shooting checklist.

Your checklist should consist of:

  1. Shots your client says they want or need

  2. It should also indicate the photographic style

  3. Where your client plans on using the images

  4. Where your client may try using their photos in the future based on your suggestions.

For example, if you client is going to open a Facebook business page, you check off vertical/square profile image and horizontal image for the cover image. And shoot to fulfill those requirements. 

SUMMARY:

  • Your checklist will act as a photo shoot planner.

5. You shouldn’t...  
shoot to fit IN

Many of us were taught that to be in business we nee to fit a certain look or mold. 

When shooting personal branding photos, I suggest getting a few safe photos at the beginning. 

But be sure to branch out and capture your client’s authentic self. From your pre-consultation to your in-person or telephone consultation, you should have a good idea who your client is and what they’re trying to express to the world. 

Aim to capture all of this your shoot.

“You are your brand. Failure to share yourself in an open, honest way is a costly miscalculation. Who doesn’t want to be around someone who’s comfy in their own skin? On the contrary, who likes hanging around phonies?... Who were you as a carefree six year old, before the world taught you to play it safe and blend in with everyone else? Find yourself; be yourself; sell yourself.”
- Fredrik Eklund

SUMMARY:

  • When shooting personal branding start with a few safe photos

  • Then branch out and get creative to capture your client’s true self.

I hope you found this helpful. Leave me a comment below.

With love and gratitude and wishing you all the happiness and success,

 

 

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