Leslie Katter: "My friends and family are as thrilled with the results as I am."

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"This was my first time working with Valentina, and I was extremely impressed. She was flexible with her schedule, friendly and inviting, and most of all, very talented. I am a professional opera singer, and she knew exactly what kind of aesthetic I was going for with my headshots without me explaining a thing. She gave great direction during the shoot and asked just the right questions to help me put more intention behind my expressions and poses. My friends and family are as thrilled with the results as I am. I highly recommend Valentina!"

Leslie Katter - Opera Singer

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Alexandra Sessler: "Working with Valentina is truly a joy!"

“Working with Valentina is truly a joy! I get camera-shy and lose confidence easily during photo shoots, and she always manages to make me feel comfortable and help me take photos that I feel really proud of. I’ve worked with Valentina twice, and know that I will again!”

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Alexandra Sessler - Opera Singer

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Sara Duchovnay: "Valentina is an absolute genius when it comes to headshot and portrait photography!"

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"Valentina is an absolute genius when it comes to headshot and portrait photography! As a professional opera singer, my headshots, portraiture, and publicity photos are extremely important for my image and my business, which is why I return again and again to Valentina's studio every time I need new images. Valentina has a sparkling personality that immediately puts you at ease, and her attention to detail and fantastic eye makes every session super easy and fun. I'm always amazed at the beauty and compositional excellence in all of her work and the ease with which she gets incredible results. She knows exactly how to coach her clients to look better in front of the camera than they ever imagined they could. The hardest part of the process is narrowing down all the great shots and choosing favorites!"

Sara Duchovnay - Opera Singer

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Albina Ileeva: "I have always considered myself to be not very photogenic, but let me tell you, those days are over."

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© 2017 Valentina Sadiul Photography

"Valentina is AMAZING. She has a way of making you feel comfortable and welcoming. I have always considered myself to be not very photogenic, but let me tell you, those days are over. She had great energy, really listened to what I wanted, and had great ideas. These shots are true to who you are and what you really look like! and they will get you noticed, which ultimately makes you money! The return on investment is never ending! I am more than thankful for the work Valentina provided me with and I am hoping to work with her again in the near future."

Albina Ileeva - Arbonne Independent Consultant

Professional Headshots for LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one the of most used networking tools for professionals found in today’s social media world. It allows individuals from all ends of the globe to connect. In fact, it can be the best way to network, look for potential new hires, or to get your foot in the door at that firm you have always dreamed of working for. All you must do is start connecting. 

When you meet someone for the first time, what is it that helps you remember them? Generally, the face is the first thing we see. Like the old adage, put a face with a name – it is how we remember people. Why wouldn’t you want this for your professional LinkedIn connections, as well? You want to be viewed as the professional you are – not just another face. 

The good news is that you have that ability by making sure that you have a professional headshot for LinkedIn. You represent yourself and the company you own, manage, or work for. In the world of LinkedIn – you are the face of the company. When a connection views your page, they will see you before they see anything else. These connections could be your next big client. 

If you are currently seeking employment or are always on the lookout to move up in the corporate world, then having a professional LinkedIn headshot can benefit you significantly. Think about it – the connections you make could be in the line of business where you have been seeking employment. Because of this, you will want to look your best and appear as professional as possible. 

Headshots for LinkedIn is your moment to state who you are as a person, how professional you carry yourself, and how seriously you take your career. Yes, professional headshots can say all these things. It is your headshot that will determine if the connection is made, whether your resume will be reviewed, and whether a deeper networking relationship will be sought. 

If you still aren’t sure about the importance of professional headshots, take a moment and think about this: You have two connections on LinkedIn – one has a professional headshot, the other is resting with her cat in a hammock. You have a tough position, requiring a dedicated professional, that you need to fill with one of these two candidates. Who would you choose? 


Seek a professional headshot for LinkedIn. It matters! Visit BOOK NOW page to schedule your Headshot Session with Valentina Sadiul Photography. For more information contact at ValentinaSadiul@gmail.com or call 415.400.9212

Make Up for Business Headshot Session

Make Up for Business Headshots Session - As a Pro Make Up Artist, having your make-up done professionally is very important for many reasons. Looking from an artist view, we can see what colors to use based on complexion. Using products to help enhance beauty and features, not adding layers. Keeping the make up soft, natural yet glamorous in a professional way. The key is balance and less is more. 

Alicia Lau - MakeUp Artist

Alicia Lau - MakeUp Artist

I am an on location Hair and Make Up Artist located in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been an artist for the past 12 years. My education began in 2005 with a Cosmetology background. After my education, I was offered to work for fashion shows and photo shoots which I feel in love with. Shortly after I established my wedding business also with Hair and Make Up. I truly love the transformation and reactions from my clients! Enhancing their beauty and reminding them they are beautiful inside and out, I feel their confidence grow and that makes my day! To see them smile as they glance in the mirror smile tells me I did my part. 

To schedule a make-up appointment for business headshot session with Alicia Lau visit her website www.leecestylz.com or call (415) 420-1390

 

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Dana Putnam Fonteneau: "I not only had a great time but left her studio feeling gorgeous and fabulous."

"Valentina is a very gifted photographer and fabulous person. I got some new professional headshots done. It's a major testament to her that I, who hate being photographed, not only had a great time but left her studio feeling gorgeous and fabulous. Check out her mastery!"

Dana Putnam Fonteneau - Cellist, Psychotherapist, and Creator of the WholeHearted Music

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7 Reasons Why You Need a Professional Headshot


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1. Personal Brand. You are your own personal brand and your headshot is your sign/label/logo. It needs to look good, well put together, and professional. 

2. Professional online presence. With so much networking taking place online these days, a handshake isn’t always viable. Having a professional headshot gives the impression that you are professional, you are dedicated, and you are confident in your ability to get the job done. 

3. First impressions matter. Your headshot may be the first thing people see regarding your business – whether online or on a business card. You need to look qualified and confident.

4. Stand out from the crowd. You are not the only one who does what you do. No matter what type of work you do – there is always someone else who does so, as well. That is why it is so important that you stand out from the crowd. Be original. Be professional. Be the difference.

5. High standards. Who wants to show themselves professionally with a selfie? What does this photo state to your potential clients or employers? Selfie photos are for personal social media sites – not the workplace. A professional headshot speaks volumes about your high standards. It shows that you go above and beyond to get the perfect picture and speak the perfect image. You were willing to take the time to do things right, rather than grabbing an old photo on your phone of you at the concert you went to last week. You took the time to create an appointment, attend it punctually, and purchased the professional headshot so that you can brand yourself in the proper, confident, competent manner.

6. Get that job interview or audition. A professional headshot can give you a chance to prove your capabilities just by the poise displayed in the photo. You will exhibit strength and sureness of yourself and your abilities. This gives you a better chance at grabbing the attention you need to get your foot in the door for that interview or audition. Don’t be just another number!

7. Get a self-esteem boost! We all need to feel good about who we are and what we do. Having a headshot photo session will make you look your best which will, in turn, make you feel your best. And what happens then? Your confidence and self-esteem will soar. 

Now that you know why you need one – schedule your professional headshot photo session today!

Professional Headshots for Financial Advisors

Financial Advisors usually spend much time at the office handling the monetary needs of their clients. Whether it is stocks and bonds, insurance decisions, tax laws, or virtually any type of investment, a Financial Advisor must look at the situation in whole to make the best decision for the long-term financial success of his or her client. In other words, you need to make sure that your client can trust you. 

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When you meet someone in a business relationship online, what can you use as your firm handshake – the one that says, “I’m confident and can take care of your investments as if they were my own?” - Your headshot! 

Your headshot can either draw in clients or send them running. Therefore, having a professional headshot is so important. After all, who would you trust more with your financial assets – the one with the selfie photo on a surfboard? Or the one with the professional headshot? 

Your headshot is your key to branding. It appears on your business cards, your social media profiles, the very important networking site LinkedIn, etc. When it comes to Financial Advisors, trust is a must. Many in this position receive referrals from others within their network. If you present yourself well and do your job with confidence, you will go far. 

 

Now that you see how important a professional headshot is, let’s look at a few tips that will help you achieve the image you desire to portray:

  • Dress with confidence. For men, dressing in a solid, classic, dark-colored business suit tends to work best. For women, solid, dark colors in a shirt or suit-coat will work well. 
  • Avoid bright colors. Unless your company is known for a particular bright color, try to keep your headshot more mellow. For example, you can never go wrong with blacks, browns, grays, etc. 
  • Avoid big jewelry. It is definitely ok to wear jewelry, but keep it to one large piece. When in front of the camera, a little goes a long way. 
  • Avoid big patterns. While they may look great in person, they don’t do so well for the camera. Stick with solids. 
  • Plan. Make sure you do any prep work in advance of the headshot photoshoot. For example, sunless tanning, waxing, shaving, hair dying, etc. 

In short, it is the way you present yourself that is going to help you succeed in your career. People are attracted to those who are poised, confident, charismatic, and bold. Let your corporate headshot show off your top qualities!


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Audrey Pouligny: "Valentina is quite simply the best! I knew the minute I met her that I would want to be working with her."

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"Valentina is quite simply the best! I knew the minute I met her that I would want to be working with her. Valentina is an amazing artist and has the - almost magical - ability to make you feel at ease. Valentina - Thank you so much! It truly was a unique experience."

Audrey Pouligny - Legal Translator | English - French

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Backdrop Colors for Headshots

As a headshot photographer, I prefer three major colors for headshot backdrop: white, black and gray. And, a few other colors in special circumstances. Choosing the right backdrop for your headshots sometimes is a subjective preference. Before a photoshoot, determine how your headshots will be used: on your website? LinkedIn profile and other social media channels? Business cards and other marketing print materials?


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White backdrop - The headshot on a white backdrop looks crisp, vivid, and appears to be modern and professional. Most of the corporate companies prefer the white backdrop for the clean and smooth look. Likewise, the doctors and other people involved in the medical industry choose the use of white backdrops for their headshots for the same reason.


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Dark backdrop – A black backdrop gives a headshot an empowering and sophisticated look. Many CEOs, young entrepreneurs, financial advisors and classical musicians prefer their headshots on the black backdrop, which looks great as their profile pictures on their websites. In fact, my success in headshot photography started from creating my signature look of portraits on dark backdrop.


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Gray backdrop – A gray backdrop provides a highly professional look. Headshots on gray backdrop are timeless and very practical. Gray backdrops may never go out of style.


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Brown backdrop – Brown is regarded as a warm earth color that communicates about stability and sincerity to the audience. The headshots taken against a brown backdrop appear reliable, mainly in cases of family therapists, psychologist, and life coaches, who widely prefer this backdrop in their headshots.


Other colors in backdrop – Use of other backdrop color is as a special request by art directors and graphic designers who want headshots to be part of the branding colors. 

Your headshot is your personal brand. It is always a good idea, before booking a professional photoshoot to consult with a professional photographer, art director or graphic designer, regarding the selection of the ideal backdrop color to get the best headshots. 


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4 Tips for Looking and Feeling Relaxed in Front of the Camera

Posing for the camera can be an awkward moment for many people. It is important to feel relaxed and confident in front of the camera for your photographer to deliver the best of you. Surprisingly, even the most photogenic people can easily become stiff and nervous on the camera.

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Here are 4 tips on how to feel comfortable, relaxed and confident in front of the camera:

Dress impeccably and comfortably

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It is best to dress in clothes and footwear that make you feel powerful and elegant. Your shoes, make-up, jewelry, and clothes choice should complement what you stand for without detracting you from your brand. Wearing clothing that makes you comfortable and confident will alleviate any stress or anxiety when posing for the camera. Remember, your dressing style reflects your real personality. 

Body Language

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It is essential to have the good posture, natural movement, and a smile in front of the camera. It is worth remembering that your body language tells a lot about you. For your own convenience, find a highly experienced, knowledgeable, and trustworthy professional photographer to work with. A reputable headshot photographer will guide you on the right angles. You don’t have to have modeling skill when you have a skillful headshot photographer. 

Be punctual

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Punctuality matters a lot regarding boosting your confidence in front of the camera. Every business-minded person knows the essence of being punctual. Arriving late for your headshot photography session can easily trigger anxiety or stress. 

Get excited and have fun! 

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You are more likely to have a successful headshot session if you allow yourself to have fun throughout the whole experience. Looking forward to your forthcoming headshot photography session can effectively boost your confidence.

In addition to the above tips, sipping water/other beverages in between the takes, complying with the crew’s request, looking at the camera confidently, limiting all distractions and breathing easy can lead to a successful headshot photography session.


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Not Only Smart, But Very Organized Business Owners Finish Rich

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One of my favorite authors on financial education is David Bach. I have read all his books and I am a faithful follower of his blog. Several years ago, after reading one of his books, Smart Women Finish Rich, I took a close look at my financial goals and struggles. One of the main suggestions of David Bach is a file system for your financial life. I created this system not only for my personal finance, but also implemented the key elements for my business filing system. 

As a Headshot Photographer, I work a lot with small business owners and freelancers, sharing my experience and knowledge with them. Today, I am inviting all Smart Business Women / Business Men to a filing system that I am using to keep my business documents tidy. 

I keep two filing systems: Paper and Paperless. In this article, I am concentrating on the Paper filing system. It’s always a good idea to have all your printed documents handy to work with should your power source, Wi-Fi, or mobile data fail. I use the Paperless filing system daily. My paperless filing system runs on my computer’s hard drive and I have an extra copy in cloud storage. This allows me to access my documents and business information anytime and anywhere. Also, it is an extra protection in case if my physical folders are lost or damaged in a disaster. 

1. File Name: BUSINESS PLAN

Subfolders:

  • Business Plan

  • Workflow of customer service: from first email to image delivery

  • Marketing Plan

2. File Name: GET LEGAL

Subfolders:

  • Business Documents - This folder contains all state and federal documents related to my business: DBA, EIN, EFTPS, State Board of Equalization, Tax Collector and other documents, as well as all licenses related to the registration of my business. Make sure you are running business or freelance practice following all federal and state law. Decide what identity works best for you: Sole Proprietorship, LLC or Corporation. Take care of all licenses that is required by law for your business. Also, in this folder, I keep a list of all important dates for license renewal, since many are required to be renewed annually. 
     
  • Intellectual Property - Documents related to trademark, copyright or patent registrations. 

3. File Name: TAXES

Business taxes are much different than your personal taxes. For example, your folders will be filled with the payroll tax, sales tax, and income tax. 

Subfolders:

  • 2014

  • 2015
     
  • 2016 - label each tax return subfolder by year. The law requires to keep your tax documents for the last 3 years, though I usually extend that back to 7 years. 
     
  • Bookkeeping

4. File Name: BANKS

This folder should contain all your bank documents, contracts, checks, and statements. You will want to create separate subfolders for documents of each financial institution your business is connected to: business checking account, saving account, credit cards, loans, credit card processing companies, etc. 

Subfolders:

  • SBB - Small Business Bank checking account. 
     
  • Chase Ink - Business Credit Card that I use exclusively for all expenses. It easier this way to keep up with bookkeeping. My credit card expenses are even synced to Quickbooks (bookkeeping online service) which automatically divides my expenses by category. 
     
  • EMS+ - My studio accepts credit cards, so I needed a card reader. I am naturally drawn to beautiful details and Square credit card processing device’s design is very sophisticated, but when it comes to saving money on transaction fee, EMS+ won my attention. The Square swipe rate is 2.75% and EMS+ only 2.25%. I made a quick decision to choose EMS+ low swipe rates over Square’s reader luxurious design.  
     
  • Loans

5. File Name: INSURANCE

When you run a business, it is necessary to protect your business and family from the unexpected. This folder contains your business insurance certificates. As a headshot photographer, I have two. However, depending on what industry you are in, your business may require more or less.

Subfolders:

  • Liability Insurance

  • Gear Insurance - In this folder I also keep a list of all my photography gear. The list includes picture of all equipment, name, date purchased and value.

6. File Name: CONTRACTS

I cancel a photoshoot reservation if my clients don’t sign a Headshot Session Agreement before booking. All businesses should operate on providing clear policies to customers. To make this process simple and organized, all my contracts between customers, companies or contractors are signed digitally using SignNow.com and kept in this folder. I also keep printed copies of my all contract templates. Contact a lawyer who specializes in business policies to create a bundle of contracts for your business needs. Protect your business and yourself. 

Subfolder:

  • Templates

  • Signed Contracts

7. File Name: RENT

In this folder keep copies of rent agreements related to your business. Include statements of the payments and receipts. 

Subfolder:

  • Studio Rental Agreement

  • USPS P.O. Box Rental Agreement

  • Equipment Rental Agreement

8. File Name: VENDORS

Create Subfolders for each vendor or contractor you have business with. Keep all agreements, checks, and documents in this folder. 

Subfolders:

  • Design & Logos

  • Advertising

  • Website

  • Vendors - List of vendors and contact information I have business with.

9. File Name: EMPLOYEE

Subfolders:

  • Employee Information will include resumes, personal details, tax/pension forms etc.
     
  • Payroll will contain the management reports for salary of your employees.

10. File Name: MEMBERSHIPS

  • PPA

  • BNI

Stay organized and finish rich! Share your business filing system and leave comments below. 

Tips on Choosing Accessories for Your Headshot Session

Professional headshots are very important for highlighting the profiles of the career-oriented people. Because of this, it is important to give these photos the best shot – by dressing carefully with the right attire and, though they are often overlooked, the proper accessories. Together, these can make their personalities more impressive for the viewers. 

Here are a few tips on those important accessories that you may otherwise overlook:

Right headshot accessories for men

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  • Tie – Lots of company executives or businessmen prefer to wear ties in an attempt to appear formal. They present with a polished look, often seen among professionals such as lawyers, financial advisors, and real estate agents. But headshots without a tie are also welcomed by people who want their professional portraits to look a bit informal or portray themselves as easily approachable. This are common among new businessmen owning startup companies. 
  • Bow tie – A bow tie is a more informal form of neck accessory for men. Musicians, politicians, actors, and some businessmen seem to prefer the use of the bow tie as a mark of their style.
  • Pocket square – This is a traditional fashion of men, creating squares or stylish designs with hankies placed visibly in the suit coat pocket. 
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Most suitable headshot accessories for women

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  • Jewelry – When it comes to jewelry, minimalism is key. For example, a pair of small ear studs, instead of large earrings or a simple chain can be used instead of a broad necklace. However, if the woman is a jewelry designer, she can wear some selected sleek jewelry pieces that are designed by her.

Suitable headshot accessory for both men and women

  • Glasses – The glasses are recommended to be used by both men and women who wear glasses on a generally. It is preferable for the glasses to have anti-glare coating to avoid the reflection of the light. If you wear glasses, make sure you take all the pairs you own to your headshot session to see which work best. 

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Solution for Office Group Portrait

As a headshot photographer, I work with companies and offices with multiple team members. One of the challenges in production of a Group Headshot Session is to get everyone together on schedule in the same place. Usually, during business hours, offices schedules are busy and not everyone has availability to join group portrait. Scheduling become even more complicated if the office has many employees. Someone has an important meeting, someone is out of town, someone stack in traffic, etc. 

So, when a company’s goal is to get a successful team photo, but scheduling is tough, there is a great solution.

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This first team photo represents an office of 5 professionals. Each of team member was shot individually, digitally extracted from the background, and composed to group photo in Photoshop.

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Individual headshots can be rearranged in any order you like. It is very helpful in a situation when someone leaves the company or a new hire joins the team. Instead of investing in a new group headshot photoshoot, the person who left company can be easily removed digitally. If company or office has a new hire, he/she can schedule an individual session. Once in studio, he/she will be photographed in the same style to match your group photo, extracted from background and added to the group photo with help of Photoshop.

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This technique not only allows you to have the freedom to remove or add new team members, it also allows you to change background of your company's group photo, depending on your branding needs. 


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