Headshot Session in Whitby: Kiron

Headshot Session in Whitby: Kiron

Needing a newly refreshed headshot was top of mind when I was first approached about this headshot session in my studio in Whitby. Kiron came to me he was job hunting and needed a refresh not only for the search but for his Linked In Profile and all social media image touch points. 

Headshot sessions start with the key question we ask on all our business cards:

What story do you want to tell?

We spent some time reviewing how the images would be used – mainly for social media touch points such as Linked In. Picked a solid blue backdrop so his portraits are modern and kept away from mottled backgrounds which shout Sears Portrait studio from the turn of the century and my own childhood portraits.

 Kiron is tall, over 6 feet, so posing is key to showcase his height. We even pushed the rules aside to allow him to mix patterns with a favourite shirt and his checked suit. No need for a tie for that one – I like that it shows his personality in balance with more corporate styling in the other two images.

Our studio carries some dress shirts in sizes M to 3XL but we always suggest bringing in a few options for suits, sports jackets and casual wear when attending a headshot session. As Kiron shows one suit can do it all but we are happy to help you figure out which choices will highlight you best from a wider range of wardrobe selections. There is no right way but your session fee includes our consultation so feel free to send us options.

Are you looking to refresh your headshot in 2024? The investment is essential in this post pandemic world as we continue to Zoom, frequent social media and connect often in digital form before we get to meet in person.

What story would YOU like to tell? Connect to us using our CONNECT form to start the process: Connect Form

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller

The Business of Connecting to Life

The Business of Connecting to Life

Last summer we created some new content for local Brooklin chiropractor Dr. du Quensay. Her clinic is located at 134 Baldwin St. N. with ample parking in site for patients.

Our initial consultation we discussed what her business content would be used for. In her case a website was being recreated and she had very specific visions for how and what content she wanted to see in the new site.

We knew we wanted to feature the clinic from the street so patients who are new to the practice could find the building from the road. In addition, to show the gardens near the parking area which ties into the overall brand.

Not to be left out Dr. du Quensay’s story are her two dogs who she and her husband walk throughout the downtown every day. We found some time during the session to walk downtown and capture them on a local bench.

Website: https://www.connecttolife.ca/

We had such a great time working with Dr. du Quensay and her team. To see more see our video on Tik Tok from our backyard shoot : https://www.tiktok.com/@trinitydesign/video/7112121440387878150

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

Team Experience: IG Wealth Management Oshawa

Team Experience: IG Wealth Management Oshawa

Team photos in studio complete the look opf individual teams.

This past November we worked with Sean Aune and his team to update their individual and team headshots. They had recently done images that they felt did not represent their team and wanted a modern, fresh look in keeping with the IG Wealth Management brand.

We picked a solid navy background which already modernized the look. Then with some coaching we helped the team pick their outfits and with posing in the studio. Posing sometimes can come naturally but we are there to make you at ease, shoot a few images tethered to show you the way you are smiling, holding your head and the impact of a few changes to your posture.

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When blogging a session we love to show you how the image is being used by the client. Each team member now has this on the website making them look cohesive, professional and current.

Below you can see the various team members 5×5 crops which we provide alongside each full sized image – ready to be popped into social media – Linked In, your website, Facebook and Zoom feeds. The world may be back to some of the pre 2020 habits but we are still making first contact online most of the time and the right look can mean the difference between a lead passing you by and engaging.

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The team is hoping to expand the content in 2023 with some in office images and we cannot wait to see them all again. 

Need content for your social media and websites for your team?

Connect with us: https://trinitydesign.ca/connect-2/

 

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

A Fresh New Look: Whitby Town Council

A Fresh New Look: Whitby Town Council

In November we were tasked with updating the portraits for the newly elected Town Council for the Town of Whitby. 

Over the past ten years we have worked with organizations to create images that support their overall brand strategy. What is a brand? It is not something tangible – you cannot reach out and touch it – but it forms for an organization a dialogue between it and the people it serves. It is made of logos, missions and its voice – alongside the visuals such as graphics, illustrations and photography. 

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Our new town brand “features a unique, modern logo, created by a single flowing line that forms a subtle handwritten “W” for “Whitby.” The line graphic begins as a gold upward curve, giving a nod to Whitby’s heritage. The line turns to green to represent the community’s growth, and active and green spaces, before finishing in cyan (a bright blue) to represent the Town’s waterfront and friendly nature. The palette also includes the navy from the Town’s previous brand representing stability. Collectively, the colours signal a community that is welcoming, growing and transforming.”

Each headshot for our councillors knits together each individual ward and regional councillor with a recognizable look and feel. We moved away from department store and school photo textured backgrounds which read as outdated and instead used a modern, solid colour background. 

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The new website images are a full page width and feature a gradient background – the Savage solid colour papers create a modern look. A gradient overlay ties in the overall look so it remains consistent between staff members.

We are looking forward to the new planning and strategies to come under Mayor Elizabeth Roy and council. We wish them all the best in their new terms and enjoyed the creation of images that align with this refreshed council team.

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller 

The Visual Story of Susan Kay-Dunn

The Visual Story of Susan Kay-Dunn

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Above a simple black jacket paired with a scoop tank top and a meaningful jewelry piece creates a modern look for her.

The world during the pandemic has changed the landscape of how we work and as a result having a headshot that represents you is essential. First impressions are still the most important thing when meeting new colleagues and clients – so by using a professional headshot artist you are literally putting your best “face” forward. 

Our brains can absorb a lot from a photo – is this person trust worthy? is this person someone I would like? like to work with? is this someone who is good at their job. Professional imagery done well creates a strong first impression versus a cellphone shot or worse, a cropped shot from the last wedding you attended.

In Susan’s office there is no office. They work virtually and have as a new team formed during the pandemic. While face to face is not out of the question the norm for her is Zoom and other online meeting zones. So with this in mind we started looking at how to create her headshots to reflect who she is. In her world chances are 100% of the people spend time with her photo – not her in person.

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When dressing for headshots much like any portrait we ask bring solid shirts and jacket that will allow the focus to stay on your face in your headshot. We levelled up this studio jacket Susan borrowed by changing it from an olive green to a purple that suited her hair and her personality. As a purple lover myself I was all in on that change. It also provided a more modern colour story with the navy background.

Susan is a modern, fun and educated woman. We wanted her portraits to show this immediately and reinforce her position as a Chief Pension Officer. These options give her room to change it up from time to time – the main reason we offer a 3 image package is the flexibility it gives clients.

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This use of a paper lined surface to create a faux desk is one of my new favourite ways to stage a headshot. It creates a lovely modern “desk” and allows for the client to sit forward, elongating the body through the neck and shoulders for that perfect pose an modern headshot.

If you need to update your professional headshots we would love to chat. In a world that seems to still be embracing Zoom it’s not a nice to have, it’s a must have.

Investment: https://trinitydesign.ca/investment/

Connect: https://trinitydesign.ca/connect-2/ 

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography

Senior Kindergarten Photos for your Graduate

Senior Kindergarten Photos for your Graduate

The world for a Senior Kindergarten student has not been easy in Durham Region or across the world. School has been online, masked and unlike anything we experienced whether we grew up in the early 1900s or the late 1900s (yeah I feel old just writing it). Kids have gotten a rough start to their education and if there is something we can do with our services to make that a little easier we would be delighted to be a part of their journey.

One thing we did during the pandemic was invest in new gowns with the idea that when we opened up we could again offer studio mini sessions for SK gradates. Our two newest gowns are gorgeous matte navy and red with matching hats and tassels. We work with a solid backdrop in our mini sessions to capture three images of your child. 

When dressing for your graduate photos it helps to have either a shirt with a collar for under the gown or a rounded neck shirt or sweater. This will allow for the things you are wearing to exist comfortably under the gown.

We create a safe space for kids to be kids. We do short sessions that will not overwhelm them. The connection comes from 9+ years working with kids, years before that running a home daycare and wrangling three of my own spirited boy humans.

To book a spot simply connect with us for more information on the packages and booking dates (the event was cancelled due to our own bookings overflowing in May and June 2022). We still have room later in June and into July for your little ones.

 

Images do not have to come with the SK text – we love to play with the images when we test them out. But we provide our images as you would like them – plain for with the fun underlay text.

For more information connect: https://trinitydesign.ca/connect-2/ 

Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | Trinity Design Photography