Werkit Photo: Blog https://werkitphoto.com/blog en-us (C)WerkitPhoto lia@werkitphoto.com (Werkit Photo) Tue, 28 Jul 2020 04:46:00 GMT Tue, 28 Jul 2020 04:46:00 GMT https://werkitphoto.com/img/s/v-12/u573579532-o69951784-50.jpg Werkit Photo: Blog https://werkitphoto.com/blog 120 80 Classic (Car) Portrait Session https://werkitphoto.com/blog/2020/7/classic-car-portrait-session Ok.  It's the middle of a pandemic and I cannot blog about new client events, but I certainly can catch up on some of my clients from 2019.  Last summer Alicia Martinez had an amazing birthday party for her friends and family at Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach.  Alicia decided to have her party themed to the roaring 20's (1920's that is) and everyone dressed for the occasion.  

We started the party at Alicia's beautiful house in Laguna where guests took turns taking photos in their roaring 20's costumes with a classic 1920's era Dodge Brothers Touring Sedan. 

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After taking some classic portraits with the car, Alicia and her guests proceeded to Broadway in Laguna Beach for cocktails, dinner, and themed music and dancing.  

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Werkit Photo also set up a "Gatsby" styled photo booth photo shoot for themed photos for all the guests in their 1920's costumes.  

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Werkit Photo is an Orange County, California based Photography Studio.  We specialize in Corporate Headshots, Event Photography, Classic Portraits, and Photo Booths.  We are open during COVID-19 and available for your private party or classic portrait sessions.  God Bless! 

 

 

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lia@werkitphoto.com (Werkit Photo) Classic Portraits Event Photography Irvine Laguna Beach Photographer Newport Beach Photographer Photo Booth https://werkitphoto.com/blog/2020/7/classic-car-portrait-session Tue, 28 Jul 2020 04:18:14 GMT
DIY ALERT: How to Take a Headshot https://werkitphoto.com/blog/2020/7/diy-alert-how-to-take-a-headshot A professional Headshot from Werkit Photo costs $150.  If you are unemployed and living off unemployment insurance you are probably struggling just to pay your rent in Orange County, California.  This blog will help you figure out how to take a decent headshot while you are struggling with the Pandemic induced shutdown that cost you your job.  

Normally, I would never suggest taking a selfie for your headshot.  If you have time and if done properly you will probably look better than that photo you grabbed that currently occupies your LinkedIn resume page...  

Here is some advice that I found on Hubspot (CRM) with a few added pieces of advice from Werkit Photo.  

 

What Makes a Good Headshot?

There is a reason photographers can charge so much for headshots: There's an art to taking good ones. So before I get into the step-by-step, let's quickly go through the elements of a good headshot. These'll help put some of the steps in a better context. 

A good headshot ...

  • Is framed from the chest up.
  • Captures you looking directly at the camera. Eye contact is one of the most important elements of a great headshot.
  • Has good lighting on your face. Beware of weird shadowing.
  • Showcases the personality and aura you want to give off. This is what makes it memorable.
  • Is easy to see and notice even when it's small.

 

How to DIY your Headshot:

  • Grab a friend or a tripod. Most people don't have a tripod, but there are plenty of friends or family members you can probably recruit. 
  • Location: here's where I differ from the Hubspot article.  I do NOT recommend taking your headshot indoors.  I suggest going outside, but you must control the situation. 
  • Do not pick a location that has a nice view behind you.  This isn't your vacation photo.  A pretty bush. An industrial wall. Solid and consistent backgrounds will look good while not distracting from the subject = YOU. 
  • Don't look towards the sun.  Use your phone's flash to lighten your face.
  • Never take your photo in the middle of the day unless it is cloudy outside.  The clouds actually simulate professional lighting techniques somewhat by diffusing the harsh sunlight while providing enough even light to highlight you.  You still need to make certain that you use your phone's flash for your face. 
  • Equip your phone with an application that will provide some level of skin repair (softening, ironing out, blemish hiding, etc...). 
  • Publish your DIY photo on your other social media and/or share it with friends and family and ask for candid feedback.  Black and White is fine also.  It masks the fact that you used your phone as opposed to visiting a professional headshot photographer like Werkit Photo. 

 

If you live in Orange County, California and would like to discuss your headshot with us.  Please reach out lia@werkitphoto.com


 

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lia@werkitphoto.com (Werkit Photo) Anaheim Costa Mesa Free Headshot Irvine Laguna Beach Newport Beach Orange County Professional Headshot https://werkitphoto.com/blog/2020/7/diy-alert-how-to-take-a-headshot Thu, 16 Jul 2020 16:52:32 GMT
Why you need a Professional Headshot https://werkitphoto.com/blog/2020/7/why-you-need-a-professional-headshot Courtesy of Nancy at Marshall PR ... 

Investing in a high-quality, professionally taken headshot is an investment in your personal brand. It shows you at your best, the way you want prospective clients to see you. Many of us are not naturally photogenic. As a result, amateur photography can actually end up making you look nothing like you do in person…and definitely not your best. A professional photographer that specializes in headshots knows how to position you, how to choose the best backdrop and how to use lighting to get the best shot possible.

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They can also advise you on the best type of clothing and colors to wear. I believe you should dress as you would in your work environment. If you are a business executive, wear a suit. If you are a doctor or nurse, wear your lab coat. If you are a fishing guide, wear what you would wear if you were on the water. If you do work in the business world and have a bit more flexibility with your “work uniform,” choose colors that are flattering to your skin tone and hair color. In general, solid colors are better than patterns. For men, a brightly colored (but not too bold) tie paired with a classic white shirt and dark-toned suit is a nice choice.

Now that social media has taken on such an important role in promoting our professional abilities, having an impact-making headshot is more important than ever. Since every social media platform requires a profile image, your headshot will have a far-reaching web presence in addition to more traditional uses like the staff page of your organization’s website and publication in conference or speaking engagement–related materials.

So, are you still wondering if you need to invest in a professionally taken headshot? Here are six reasons why you should:

  1. It conveys your professionalism. If you look professional, potential clients, investors, collaborators, etc. that don’t know you personally are going to be more likely to agree to that first meeting.
  2. A good headshot gives people an idea of your personality before they meet you. A smile portrays approachability. A serious look portrays determination. Make your expression match your personality. I choose to smile in mine!
  3. It reminds business contacts who you are if they met you in passing at a conference or business function. This little cue makes it more likely they will accept your “friend” or “follow” request.
  4. A current headshot gives people an idea of what you look like now. I recently went to a CEO breakfast and two of the presenters’ headshots were taken years ago. There was an immediate disconnect. It’s not good to surprise people in this way. It sends a message of inauthenticity.
  5. It supports and enhances the skills and experience on your LinkedIn profile, making you stand out from the rest. One hint specific to LinkedIn is to look to the left so you are literally looking at your profile.
  6. It makes you feel good to look your best. Having a quality image of yourself to share with your professional peers boosts your self-confidence, and it can even inspire you to share more of yourself with others, take a few risks, and overcome work-related challenges.

Professional headshots aren’t just for top executives anymore. Everybody needs one. If you don’t have one already, I encourage you to seek out a skilled headshot photographer and check it off your “to do” list. With a great headshot, your professionalism and unique personality will shine through, opening the doors to new opportunity and new business.

 

Get your Professional Headshot from Werkit Photo today 949-829-3755 or Lia@WerkitPhoto.com

 

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2020 Illumination Foundation - OC Chef's Table https://werkitphoto.com/blog/2020/7/2020-illumination-foundation---oc-chefs-table Every now and then I get the chance to read through the local news looking at their reporting on events (OC Register, Locale, Modern Luxury, etc...).  Today I found an article on the OC Chef's Table in Locale Magazine.  This was the last event Werkit performed before the COVID-19 shutdown.  For the past five years I have been doing events pretty much nonstop and to have March 1st, 2020 be the last event perhaps for the entirety of 2020.  So many of my clients have cancelled or postponed their events out of an abundance of caution to keep safe.  Many others are doing their events virtually over Zoom just to keep the connections going strong.  The entire gallery for the OC Chef's Table event can be found here. www.werkitphoto.com-2028www.werkitphoto.com-2028

 

Through it all, we (Werkit Photo) are surviving and doing some reinvention and shifting our focus to growing our studio work.  This will result in an always-open photography studio approach that will have us doing many headshots to help the millions of Americans who find themselves out of work right now. 

For the month of July we are offering a $50 discount on our Professional Headshots.  $149 will get you either a studio headshot or an environmental headshot within 20 miles of our studio in Irvine.  

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Modern Luxury | Newport Beach Dermatology & Plastic Surgery https://werkitphoto.com/blog/2018/7/modern-luxury-newport-beach-dermatology-plastic-surgery Newport Beach Dermatology and Plastic Surgery had Werkit Photo perform at their open house recently and were kind enough to promote the event and our images to Modern Luxury Magazine!  We met the Newport Beach Dermatology and Plastic Surgery team at CASA's Black and White Gala this year and are so grateful for the continuing support they give us.  Newport Beach Dermatology and Plastic Surgery is an amazing high energy practice that is full of love and warmth and we cannot recommend them enough to all of our clients! 

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Mission Hospital | Holiday Gala 2017 https://werkitphoto.com/blog/2018/7/mission-hospital-holiday-gala-2017 Each year the Mission Hospital Holiday Gala is an enormous success. Last year the event raised more than $1 million - thanks to the engagement of hundreds of inspired community members.

This year the evening will take guests on A Journey Through Wine Country and consist of a multi-course dinner paired with premier wines.

This year proceeds from Fund a Need will support the establishment of the Mission Cancer Institute. This innovative and comprehensive institute will provide our community with best-in-class access to the highest quality cancer care focusing on the most prevalent forms of cancer in our community including: brain/central nervous system, breast, colorectal, gynecologic, head and neck, lung, melanoma, thoracic and urologic.

Werkit Photo entertained guests at the after party with a sensational holiday themed luxury photo booth experience.  All of the images can be found here

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lia@werkitphoto.com (Werkit Photo) Event Photography Gala Mission Hospital https://werkitphoto.com/blog/2018/7/mission-hospital-holiday-gala-2017 Thu, 05 Jul 2018 22:51:01 GMT