Just over a year ago Trinity Design Photography created editorial headshots and story images for Durham Region and Whitby’s one in a million Rebecca Munn (East of the City magazine). Rebecca, a master seamstress, has been an entrepreneur since she was 16 and was a perfect choice for our test model for our upcoming headshots team photos for companies who work within the 1855 Whitby Innovation Accelerator.
1855 Whitby is housed in a non-descript building that completely wows you when you walk inside. The concrete floors and walls made of bricks dating back to the 1800 and 1900s mixed with glass, steel, and colourful plastics makes for a fresh and creative space.
Rebecca’s brand is clean, modern, fresh and youthful. We kept her outfits simple, in the right portrait she is even wearing one of her own sewing creations. In headshot photography we do not want the main focus to be the clothing but rather it compliments the wearer and moves focus to their face, their personal brand.
This portrait is again proof positive a portrait of a strong, capable and talented woman does not have to feature her smiling. Rebecca’s “blue steel” gaze is just what this portrait needed to make it next level awesome.
The 1800 and 1900s brick background is gently lit with light fall off and the subject is perfectly lit with a one light/reflector combination. Our end product is a strong professional look for this entreprenuer in the building that is now growing some of the latest technological innovators in North America. Long live the entrepreneur.
The link from your email will bring you to a gallery cover page.
NOTE: Images should never be saved to a phone – download only to a desktop and then cloud the images as hard drives fail. Storage options such as Dropbox and Google Drive offer free cloud options up to a specific size of storage.
In the top right hand corner is a circle icon with a person inside. This will allow you to move from viewing the gallery to entering as a client. Click that icon to access the sign in panel which will slide out from the right.
Enter the user name and password cited in your email. (if applicable)
Now that you are signed in you will have access to download in two ways. Click on a single image’s download cloud icon to initiate the download of one image or click on the DOWNLOAD icon at the top right to initiate the enter gallery download.
The next screen tells you your images will be emailed to you. Note the preparation of that email typically takes 10-15 minutes and there are still steps ahead to complete the process so you are not finished yet.
The next step is to click the link in the email the gallery sends you to download the images to your desktop.
NOTE: Again, do not complete this on your phone, use your desktop.
The link will bring you back to a page where the download of a .zip file will commence after clicking the button below named in this case Download Part 1 of 1. The zip file will download to the specified area you have decided for downloads so be aware of that location.
Load all your content to a server that is NOT your hard drive or an external hard drive. One copy should be on a cloud such as iCloud, Dropbox or Google Drive for safe keeping.
Enjoy your files and thanks for using this tutorial blog to learn about our new system!
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During the summer months, with more outside portraits, it is always lovely to come home to some studio work. Kelsey has been working in the Public Relations field for 5 years. She wanted to add some strong portraits to her social media touch points (Facebook, Linked In, etc).
We worked in the studio to create this sleek look for Kelsey. The grey has just a touch of Navy from her outfit and add contrast to her hair and eyes. We used a medium grey paper to create the foundation before adding in some navy in post.
For this experience Kelsey booked a professional stylist and makeup artist. The effects speak for themselves and when you feel your best our job is always easier.
Kesley nailed this image first frame she was so relaxed in front of the camera. We created the other shots by working through a series poses and outfits to get the look and style that works for this Public Relations professional.
A headshot session is an opportunity to create a portrait that connect clients, colleagues and more with the subject. Matthew is an “accomplished municipal leader who possesses the ability to envision and implement strategic changes to service delivery and deliver mission-critical results.” His portrait needed to align with his career.
For Matthew’s portrait we used a familiar location and paired it with key wardrobe choices to create a strong, professional and approachable look. Using both a suit and a more casual jacket/vest combination to create variety in his options (our The Professional Experience sessions give you three headshot images).
Looking to create a fresh new headshot for your profile? We can help.
Natural Light v. Studio Light v. Off Camera Flash – is there one that is better?
When I started photographing professionally I was a committed natural light photographer. I would defend my choices with a staunch love for golden hour light, the gleam it gives eyes and the feeling you get when the light is just right. Spoiler alert – I was wrong.
Fast forward 6.5 years to current day and my art uses the best light for the situation at hand. Natural light is amazing and I still love it. I still love to shoot family sessions in the golden hour but the reality is the majority of the work I do does not occur in ideal lighting settings. Dark restaurants, moody event halls and locations with different light situations in different rooms (always a fun challenge).
I read recently in a workshop description that a client was thrilled that they had learned how to shoot without a flash. They were quoted as this being the reason their photos now “look(ed) different”.
I respectfully beg to differ.
I believe studio light, off camera flash and the ability to see natural light in new, exciting ways is what makes a business stand out. Conversely what makes a professional photographer a stronger artist, more capable of delivering the services your brand, business or publication will need.
Instagram is flooded with natural light look alike photography – this style is a trend and it’s a trend new influencers/businesses are rejecting. Gone are the days of white walls, carefully picked accessories and that over exposed styling as businesses embrace images with strong storytelling that align with their business goals and brand.
The reality is each brand needs photography that aligns with it’s look and feel. To create content for a business that is the same as everyone else defeats the purpose of creating unique, custom and branded content.
The more important question when hiring someone to assist you with your professional photography needs is can they use all forms of light? Studio light for headshots with catch lights, hair lights and light that wraps around the subject to create a portrait. Off camera flash which will add definition when shooting a dish at a restaurant. Knowing where to pose clients in natural light to use it to it’s fullest potential.
Interested in working with us to enhance your brand with a full range of skills in light from natural light, studio light and off camera flash? Connect with us via our website form: CONNECT
Jennifer Santos has a 15 year career working at the Durham Region currently working in Digital Marketing and Community Relations department as a Manager, Communications (Social Media, Web, Engagement and Special Projects). She came to us to refresh her personal brand head shots for LinkedIn and other social media tools.
We used a favourite Whitby location, the new, modern and hip coffee shop Brock St. Espresso on the main street in Whitby. Owned by David and Lorena Purchase this new hot spot has a clean, modern look, lots of historical and modern touches and most importantly espresso. Inside and out this space has lots of great places to tell a modern, professional story.
Using the lively colours of the downtown storefront’s in Whitby in tandem with this green dress we created a fresh look for Jennifer. In our discussions Jennifer wanted to use the urban setting of downtown to capture her story. We used the brighter colours to compliment her personal brand which is strong and welcoming.
What this portrait does not tell you is as we captured this a local who lives in the apartment in front of where Jennifer was standing walked out. Jennifer never blinked an eye!