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Why Personal Branding Photography is a Must for Entrepreneurs

Visuals play a crucial role in how you portray your personal brand to your customers and clients. It’s important to remember that customers shop with their eyes and will often make decisions based on their first impression of someone. Personal branding involves influencing the way potential customers see you and view your products or services,…

Ithaca, NY, Cornell, Ithaca College, Headshot Photographer

Featured Headshot Session: Cornell Researcher/Dancer Leila

Leila is a Post Doctoral Associate in Music and Islam in the Contemporary World. at Cornell University. She contacted me because she needed a professional headshot for her personal “about me” web page where she directs her potential employers. Her previous headshot, like so many others who contact me, was the best photograph of herself…

world traveling personal branding photographer

Top 3 Reasons You Need a Personal Branding Portrait Session.

Creating a unique personal brand and identity for your business involves a lot of thought, time, and ingenuity. Your brand is what communicates who you are to your audience and what sets you apart from the competition. So every detail counts, from your website to your logo to your photos. It’s crucial to put your…

Ithaca, NY, Cornell, Ithaca College, Headshot Photographer

Featured Headshot Session: Cornell Actress Sabrina

I received an inquiry from Sabrina with the request for “some serious and some smiley headshots”. She needed some new acting headshots to apply for her MFA Graduate School Theatre Arts Program application at Cornell. When you’re applying for such a program, no simple headshot will do. In order to stand out from the pool…

Ithaca, NY, Cornell, Ithaca College, Headshot Photographer

Featured Headshot Session: The Aspiring Actor

Gregg contacted me because he was looking to update his current headshot which was incredibly outdated (about 10 yrs old I believe he said!?) He is currently an English Professor who in his off time loves acting in the local Shakespeare plays. He was also thinking to take a stab at some other roles through…

Best Ithaca NY Senior Portrait Photographer

Featured Senior Portrait Session: Spencer Van Ettens’ Triathlete Queen.

“My daughter is for lack of a better word is a complete badass…..and I want an epic portrait session that shows her the queen that she truly is.” Not every senior portrait inquiry starts out like that, but when it does, I know its going to be a stellar one! I set up an in…

Band Photographer, Ithaca, NY, Sage Chapel

Featured Personal Branding Session: Cozmic Theo

Nothing makes the fine artist in me happier than when I get a phone call from a musician with some key words to build upon a concept for their upcoming album art work. Creating concept art is what I would consider my inner calling. While I also love doing typical studio headshot for my clients…

Corporate Headshots, Ithaca, NY

Featured Headshot Session: Advantage Fitness

I received a call from the marketing director of Advantage Fitness, based out of Ithaca, NY. Their request for new company headshots all started with one brilliant headshot; the one that Larry Zinger (pictured below) had taken by a professional. When the marketing director saw his image, they realized the importance and impact of a…

Maya Made, Personal Branding Photographer, Ithaca, NY, Fingerlakes

Featured Personal Branding Session: MayaMade

What I love about doing Personal Branding photography is how ‘personal’ the portrait sessions become when I’m tuned into my clients and their needs/vibe. Being an empath and somewhat of a chameleon; this comes naturally to me. Some sessions are fun, vibrant, bold, alive and LOUD. Others, require a more subtle, gentle, divinely guided presence.…

Personal Branding Photographer, Upstate NY, Worldwide, Destination Photographer, Ithaca, NY

Featured Personal Branding Session: Unity Mountain Herbs

Tucked away on the top of a mountain in Unity, New Hampshire is a magical place where a magical woman named Jonah lives. Unity Mountain Herbs was born out of a deep passion for building a strong herbal medicine and earth based spirituality community. Unity Mountain Herbs offers a variety of services from teaching, herbal…

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Light-writing, its what photography is all about.

Here’s a little photo history tid-bit for you: The word photo-graphy in latin translates to mean to write/draw with light. How we as photographers learn to master the way we shape and control light is everything!  Light and shadow can tell very different stories and translate different moods and emotions. For example, in these two…


Walking in the footsteps of Amelie… A bit about my personal time in Paris.

After booking my trip to Paris to attend the 3 day senior portrait conference with the Twelfth Year that I was invited to, I noticed something rather amazing. I had four entire afternoons in Paris all to my lonesome, four afternoons in which I could explore the city to my hearts content (sans children!!!!) Um…wowzas,…

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Featured Personal Branding Session with Klockwise.

Aniiyah and I have had a Facebook crush on one another’s work for well over two years. It was about darn tooting time we connected to create some updated imagery for her home based business, Klockwise. We connected over the phone and via email a few times prior to her session to discuss the scope…

Senior portrait photographer, ithaca, ny upstate NY

Featured Senior Session: ballet, sunflowers and goldenrod glow with Ms Anya

I’ve known Anya since I moved to the Ithaca area about 8yrs ago. Her mother and I are both homeschooling mamas with similarly age spaced children. Her youngest is the same age as my oldest, and so she’s a bit further along the homeschooling road than I am. When she contacted me to photograph her…

Cornell Graduation Photographer, Ithaca, NY

Featured Senior Session: Autumn’s Cornell University Graduation

“Do you photograph college graduating seniors too, because I really love your work!” Um…ABSOLUTELY, I’d love to!!! and there began Autumns Cornell Graduating Senior Portrait session. In addition to being photographed in many of the iconic Cornell locations like the Clocktower, Arts Quad and A.D. White Library, Autumn being the creative soul she is had…

Senior Portraits upstate NY, Ithaca

Featured Senior Session: Magnolias, Flower Crowns and Waterfalls oh my!

What I love about creating senior portrait sessions for my clients is learning about their personal achievements, hobbies, interests and personal style. This past weeks senior portrait session with Ms. Kathleen, was an absolutely JOYFUL experience. Kathleen, like my own children, is homeschooled. What is amazing to me is that she not only graduated with…


Lets talk about headshot quality~

Can we talk about photo quality for a minute? With the advent of digital photography and the rise of many people starting out photography businesses without having had any formal photography training, I’ve got to say that my biggest pet peeve when scoping their work is noticing that their images are not in sharp focus.…

magic, Fingerlakes NY photographer

Getting to where the magic happens~

Perhaps you’ve come across this photo before while scrolling through your Facebook or Instagram feed. Maybe it was from your Aunt Sally who just got back from an all inclusive yoga retreat, or that spiritual friend you have who is always posting quotes about how to live your best life. Maybe you just came back…


Senior Portrait Yearbook Deadlines: What you need to know to be prepared.

If you are an upcoming class of 2020 high school senior, as in current high school junior, here’s what you need to know about booking your senior portrait session. I know, I know, you’re thinking…but i’m only a junior!? Why do I need to be thinking about senior portraits in April of my junior year?…

Group Styled Senior Portrait Session, Ithaca, NY senior portrait photographer

Featured Senior Portrait Session: The Model Network National Vogue Hollywood Glam Styled Group Shoot

Here we are! (I’m front and second to the right bottom row) This is a small portion of the Class of 2019 senior model team with their respective photographers for The Model Network National. About half of the studio owners were able to attend the Vogue Hollywood Glam Styled Group Shoot this year in Las…