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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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Creative People in Business: Kaylee Whitworth

 

I have always been a minimalist who enjoys organizing my surrounded environment to create balanced, functional and sophisticated space. I know that my lifestyle, neatness, and need for everything to be well organized played a strong role in my growing success as a headshot photographer.

When I first moved to the US, I was in a culture shock from how much stuff people had (especially clothes!). I witnessed closets breaking apart, garages that were filled from floor to ceiling without any room for a car,  and hundreds of pillows on couches and beds...

I met Kaylee at a Wealth Entrepreneurs Event and learned that she is a professional organizer and owner of CLOSETED. I was very interested to find out how she transformed her lifestyle into an exciting business. We live in a heavily consumerist era. It is so easy to become a slave of materialism, and to get trapped in the disorganization of everything that you didn’t need in first place.

Here’s what Kaylee says in her bio:

“I was interested in interior design because I loved the idea of curating an inviting environment for a family to come home to.  But after being in dozens of beautiful homes and seeing inside their messy private areas it felt like a sham.  How could an individual feel relaxed when their closet, home office or bathroom cupboards were in complete disarray?"  

Kaylee’s business philosophy resonates with my lifestyle and I can’t wait to share this interview so you can benefit from having less clutter and more room for creativity.  I’m thankful that Kaylee found time to stop by my portrait studio for my Creative People in Business project and share her knowledge of organizing.

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© 2016 Valentina Sadiul Photography

Time you wake up: Between 5-6 A.M. 

Morning routine: Shower, make-up, cook breakfast while I empty the dishwasher, eat, brush teeth, style hair, get dressed. 

Best habit: Meal planning.  I always recipe search, shop and cook ahead of time so when it comes time to make breakfast or pack lunch I always have options to choose from.  I make healthy food choices and never skip a meal which allows me to stay on my A game.

Worst habit: Worrying.  On some level I know my clients appreciate that I worry about things so they don't have to but spending time worrying doesn't change an outcome.  I know I'm capable of handling problems big and small so someday I'd like to evolve out of the worry-about-it step.

Personal philosophy: Be kind, do the right thing.  Being nice to people is free AND easy.  People who choose to have a bad attitude waste a lot of time and energy and that is not a way that I want to spend those precious resources.  I find that I can diffuse difficult situations with a vendor or installer by staying calm, respectful and friendly.

Book you are reading now: I just started The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan.  I like to switch between novels and informative literature rooted in subjects like organizing, nutrition and personal growth.

Most used apps: I am not a big app downloader but I use Uber and Lyft a fair amount as well as Pandora and Whole Foods.

What you do before going to bed: Wash my face, brush my teeth and pack any items I will use the next day at work.
Time you go to sleep: 10 P.M.

How and why did you decide to pursue a career as a professional organizer?

My degree is in interior design and I was working for a designer (turned friend/mentor) who handed me my first organizing job because he noticed I was good at it.  I organized as a side job for several years and then my husband pushed me to make it a full time business.

From your experience, what areas of people’s homes most need help with decluttering?

It's really different for every home but I like to start with smaller areas because usually once a client sees how much we can accomplish together they feel excited about moving on to larger areas. 

Whether it’s donating, gifting, or trashing, how do you help your client let go of their clutter? 

Some clients are extremely mentally ready to purge their homes, they just need a little hand holding and someone to validate that their instincts are correct, for these people my advice is to trust yourself.  Others need to really talk through each item, with these clients I ask them a lot of questions about why they feel the need to hold onto specific items or an excessive amount of stuff in general.  I never make anyone give anything up but I will make strong suggestions.  If we are sorting a lot of sentimental items I ask clients to share their memories with me, sometimes re-living a memory about an object is enough to make you feel ready to set it free.  My clients see that I am passionate about what I do so they learn to trust that I have their best interested at heart.

What is your advice for shopping while avoiding becoming trapped in a heavily consumerist society?

We are already trapped in a heavily consumerist society.  I try to remind people that shopping is fun but it becomes not fun when you have no where to put the things you buy and/or you can't find things you know you purchased.  That's a sure sign you have a problem.  I think being more aware of what you are buying (online and in stores) is part of the process, the other part is to always be thinking of what you don't need anymore.  I have a "donation box" in all of my clients homes, as soon as you realize you don't need something you throw it in the donation box, when the donation box is full you seal it up, put it in your car and take it to be donated, then you start another donation box.  

In a shared environment, how do you compromise and maximize space for roommates or a whole family?

I try to use wall space as much as possible to get things off the floor and I also like using furniture that can double as storage.

Very often, highly organized people marry partners who are okay living in an overwhelming mess. How would you approach the conversation about decluttering and inspire a “messy” person to see the benefits of being organized? 

Sometimes couples use me as a wedge, they want me to help gang up on their spouse and shame them into an organized lifestyle, I don't go in for that type of thing.  Itry to develop a bond with each family member and that means asking everyone about their goals for the space.  Knowing that I have multiple interests at heart makes clients more amenable to hearing my ideas and doing the work to clear their space and make room for a plan that encompasses everyone's goals. 

What storage solution is “a must” to stay organized in the long run?

Files are a non-negotiable.  If you are an adult person you need a way to manage your paperwork (I created my personal filing system at age 11.)  Some of my clients run a business out of their residence, they are probably going to need a tall file cabinet or a chest of drawers dedicated to files. For clients like home makers I can get away with smaller solutions but when you consider the paperwork you need to run a house (insurance, taxes, each family member's medical/school records just to start) it adds up fast and if you want an organized home you need a system for paperwork.

The other thing I do for almost every client is to organize their bathroom products in clear plastic shoe boxes.  I sort like items then I label each box so when you cut yourself all you have to do is grab the first aid box and your band aids will be right there or if you are going on a trip then you pull the box that says travel toiletries and anything you may need is at your fingertips.

What is your best advice for overworked business people trying to stay organized?

Hire me!  Organizing is not a magic bullet, it's work and at some point something's got to give and if you spend so much time working that you have very little time for organization then it might be time to admit to yourself that organizing is not your favorite thing and it's worth it to you to hire someone to help.  For my clients that go through the initial organization process and still have trouble taking time to stay organized I offer "touch-up" sessions which usually happen quarterly.

 I know you love to organize, but I am sure you feel overwhelmed after a work day decluttering for your clients. How do you recharge?

I love to cook.  If I feel too tired to cook an entire meal then I just prep my next meal and when I go to make it the next day my job is much easier.  If I am feeling very overwhelmed I will organize something small like the fridge or my desk.  That small achievement helps me clear my head and prepare myself for the bigger achievements that await me in the near future.

What daily habits allow you to stay organized?

Always unpack as soon as you get home.  If it's your gym bag, purse, groceries, the clothes you bought online and received at work, unpack everything right away.  If you spend a little time picking up after yourself daily you save a lot of time in the long run because you have less picking up to do and you don't spend time trying to find things you failed to put away.

Contact Information:

Website: closeted.net   

E-mail: kaylee@closeted.net    

Phone: 415.235.1253

Professional Headshots for Therapists and Life Coaches

Our lives are full of everyday challenges. When it come to navigating relationship with friends and loved ones, our careers, and the emotional events and feelings that are part of being human, our friends (as wonderful and supportive as they may be), can’t always give us the objective advice and support that we need on a regular basis. Also, sometimes we may not feel comfortable sharing our true feelings with people we know, for fear of being rejected or judged.

Luckily, there is a group of professionals who have the power to help us with compassion, objectivity and honesty. They are psychologist, family therapists and life coaches! 

Any time we search for a  professional, we usually start by using Google or a social media platform. Whether we realize it or not, our decision to contact or not contact a certain professional hinges on the first impression that their headshot makes on us.  

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© 2016 Valentina Sadiul Photography

If you are a mental health care professional, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Does your headshot radiate approachability and friendliness?

We all want to talk to someone who is friendly, approachable, and easy to talk to! While in real life you may be all of those things, if your photo is too serious, too formal, or your body language is closed off, you may be turning off potential clients. Whereas people may respond to a more serious photo when choosing a lawyer or financial advisor, when choosing a mental health professional, a friendly, confident, and kind headshot is the way to go.

  • Is your look current and well put together?

Dated headshots with out of style hair, makeup, and clothing can turn off potential clients as well. It may sound superficial, but clients want to see that you are up to date on the goings on of today’s world. If your headshot is from 5 or more years ago, potential clients may worry that you won’t understand the finer points of their modern lives. Your look shouldn’t be “trendy”, but it should be well fitted, classic, and stylish.

  • Is your headshot taken by a professional photographer?

If your headshot was taken by a friend, family member, or amature photographer, potential clients may subconsciously think of your work as amature as well. Having your headshot taken by a skilled photographer who is experienced with headshot photography for professionals in your field, sends the message that you are a professional who invests time and energy into his or her craft. Remember, a great photographer will be able to capture the essence of who you are and what makes you great at what you do! With a great headshot, potential clients will feel like they know you already.

 

How to prepare for your HEADSHOT SESSION

Hiring a professional photographer for your headshots or portraits is a wise investment, and one that you want to get the most out of! Good preparation will ensure a smooth and efficient experience with images of you looking your absolute best. Here are some of the most frequent questions that clients ask me, and some of my tips for preparing for your next photoshoot:

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What clothing should I bring to my photoshoot?

Bring more options than you need. If you are planning on using 2 looks, bring 4 or 5 choices so you and your photographer can choose the best ones. If you are wearing a suit, bring a few shirt and tie options so you can create a few different looks. 

First and foremost, all outfits should fit you well and make you feel powerful, attractive, and well put together! Avoid outfits that are too baggy or too tight, and make sure that everything is neat, clean, and pressed. Make sure your shoes are shined and match your outfits, as your photographer may take full-length shots. Check your outfits for holes or tears and try on anything that hasn't been worn in a while to make sure it still fits you the way you like.

Choose colors that make you feel your best! If you always get compliments when you wear green because it brings out the green in your eyes, bring green! If wearing a red dress makes you feel powerful and beautiful, bring your red dress! Solid pieces in dark colors or jewel tones generally photograph very well and compliment most skin tones and coloring, but feel free to have fun with bright colors and subtle patterns and textures as well. Large, loud patterns can be distracting, so choose pieces that don't compete with you for attention. Ladies, bring tops, skirts, and dresses with different necklines and different silhouettes. 

Is there anything else I should bring?

Ladies, bring your make-up with you in case you need to do any touch-ups. Have your lipstick, hairbrush, and a few bobbypins close by for fast fixes! If you do not feel confident with your make-up skills, consider hiring a make-up artist. Men, bring hair product and a comb and have them close by as well. 

What questions should I ask myself or others before the shoot?

If you are going to be taking photos for your website, poster, business card, advertisement, or anything else specific, think about what what you want that to look like and what orientations you need. If your website needs landscape oriented shots, you want your photographer to know that so you get the shots you need. What is the color scheme of your website or poster? Do you want a specific colored background to compliment that? If you are working with a website designer, agent, or publicist, ask them to be specific about any preferences or requests that they might have.

Most importantly, make sure you arrive at your shoot well rested and ready to let loose and have fun! 


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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