What is a family portrait session and why should I have one?
Many families are reluctant to have pictures taken because of anxiety and fear that it won’t be fun. However, having your family picture taken is a great way to showcase your family’s true personality, relax, have fun, and create fond memories together.
Portrait sessions are the perfect time to let your silliness come alive and create beautiful moments with your children. Making silly faces and skipping around is the perfect way to start the session and break the ice.
Memorial Day 2021
In the United States, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. It’s when many families are able to gather together for a BBQ, a deep belly laugh, and family photos. Especially after the last year we had, many families are flocking to spend time together. Covid-19 has taken a toll on several families. So, this year is a great time to plan those family events and special moments that had to be postponed last year.
Congratulations You’re Getting Promoted! Now What? | Washington DC Military Event Photographer
First, congratulations on your military promotion! Regardless of which branch of service you are getting promoted, your success is an amazing achievement and worth being commended. Did you know nearly 50-70 percent of the people qualified for promotion (based on rank) are promoted to the next rank (according to the Balance Careers)?
That means several military officers aren’t able to celebrate the great achieve of obtaining and becoming a Field Grade Officer, no parties, no photographs, and more. However, as a new promotee, you have several things to consider and prepare for your upcoming military promotion.
Family Portraits at Malaga Cove Plaza
Malaga Cove Plaza in Palos Verdes is a majestic location to have your family pictures taken; it has a European feel. So, when Claudia reached out to participate in the family model call I was having in March, Palos Verdes was one of the first locations we discussed for her family's pictures.
As you can see from the portrait above, the scene is amazing!
Accordion Book for Birthday Celebration
Your birthday is a great opportunity to have a portrait session to celebrate your birthday. Earlier this year Blossom contacted me regarding photographing her for her 21st birthday portraits. We discussed the desired location for her portrait session as well as her wardrobe based on her portrait location.
We met at Malaga Cove Plaza for Blossom's portraits. We took many amazing portraits, that Blossom had a difficult time selecting the best portraits for her accordion book.
How to look your best in pictures
As a professional photographer serving the Los Angeles and Northern Virginia/Washington DC area, I hear a lot of clients dreading taking an updated family portrait because of the fear of how they will look. However, it's nothing to be scared or fearful to do. At some point in life, we all go through some sort of hesitance of getting in front of the camera. Unfortunately, we live in a time when cameras are found everywhere; including our phones. With a few pointers, the next time a camera is seen will not need to find the nearest exit or escape the area!
Marketing for Photographers
As a family photographer that moves constantly because I’m a part of a military family, I rely heavily on marketing my business before I move to the new area, especially after moving from Woodbridge, VA to Torrance, CA. So, when I arrive in my new area in Southern California, the marketing I’ve put in before arriving helps to get new clientele for my photography business. I’ve used all of these marketing tips I’m sharing in this blog post, plus many more that are in my Marketing eBook.
Boy, marketing is a hard pill to swollen…there is just so many ways to market your photography business to drawn in your ideal client in your city, but where does one start?
I’m glad you asked. Marketing can be a tricky business especially for photographers. We like to rely solely on social media, but is that were your ideal client is hanging out? You want to get in front of your ideal client, but where are they?
Carrigan and Caramel Military Album
I'm obsessed with this album. It was designed for a military family that held a promotion ceremony in Arlington, VA. It's a wonderful album mixed with two different premium leather - Carrigan and Caramel. The leathers are a great combination of luxury and classic.
This heirloom album was created and designed for a military promotion ceremony in Northern Virginia.
Headshots About You
As a business owner or entrepreneur in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, you'll need a business portrait also know as headshots. It is your visual calling card and many of your prospective clients will look at your headshot to determine if they would like to hire or work with you.
So what does your business portrait say about you?
They Grow Up Fast
Ok...I'm sitting over here wondering where has the time gone. It seems like yesterday, I was bringing this fellow home from the hospital. Now I'm hearing him talk about what college he wants to attend next year. What happen? Who can relate?
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a family photographer in Torrance, CA and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.