Guest Blog by Rebecca Pilkey
I usually am not one to jump at being in front of a camera, so I was extremely nervous at the thought of being front and centre during a personal branding photoshoot. However, I know how important it is to be visible as the face behind a brand, and I was excited to have professional photos for my new website, LinkedIn and social media platforms.
Before the photo shoot, I took some time to pin inspo photos to a Pinterest board to get ideas for hair and makeup, outfits, props and posing. It was a great way to calm some of my nerves and know what to expect before the photoshoot.
Finding a location for the shoot was extremely easy! The Glasshouse Studios has several beautiful rooms that can fit any brand vision. Since I was looking for something bright and airy with more of a contemporary feel, I went with the Amalia studio.
When I arrived at the studio, I was immediately welcomed by the amazing photographer Josie Cipriano. We sat down and chatted for a few minutes while I waited to get the day started with hair and makeup. We took a small tour of the studio space so I had a chance to see where I would be getting my photos taken and to let me know what I should expect during the shoot.
Before getting any photos taken, I was lucky enough to get my hair and makeup done by Valeria Nova. Like I said, I’m not necessarily one that would be in front of the camera, so getting my hair and makeup done wasn’t something I was used to. Val took some time before starting to look at my Pinterest board and see what I had envisioned for my brand.
Once I changed into my first outfit and was ready to go, we started shooting the first set of photos. I knew that I wanted some looks to be more professional for me to use as I start my career in Public Relations and some to be more casual for my website branding.
I started feeling way more comfortable having my picture taken as the shoot went on. I loved having Josie’s advice on what outfits would look best and what poses would look most casual in photos.
Josie exceeded my expectations, and I can’t wait to get the images back! With over 100 photos taken, I easily had content that I could use across all of my social media platforms and website for months. We took some photos with space for text to be included, professional headshots I could use for work and casual shots for Instagram!
– Rebecca Pilkey is a Junior PR Specialist with Pink Palm MarCom