How Not to have A Mental Breakdown During Your Session!
Family Pictures; when you hear these two words what emotions come up? For some it may be excitement and yet for others it can be overwhelming and stressful. Having your family portrait taken is a great experience that you'll never forget. Family pictures help you create and remember fond memories of your loving family at each stage. However, many parents, especially Moms have stated this day can get very stressful and overwhelming. I want to ensure this feeling doesn't happen to you.
Did you know, If you’re stressed it will be on display in your portraits. I want your portrait experience to be filled with fun and your portraits to be carefree and full of fun. Here are some tips you can use during your family's portrait experience to help you relax and enjoy the moment:
How to Look Your Best for A Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture
Your LinkedIn profile picture plays an important role in determining how many visits your profile receives. Profiles with professional headshots normally receive 14 times more profile views. They are also 36 times more likely to get a message from other professionals as well. The type of picture you upload on your profile is one of the deciding factors for profile visits and views. Therefore, it is extremely crucial for you to look approachable and professional.
If you’re wondering what makes a good LinkedIn picture, you’ve come to the right place. Since LinkedIn is a professional recruitment platform, you should upload a picture that has a professional tone to it. For that, even if your headshot taken by a professional photographer, you must not think twice.
In this article, we share with you some tips that will help you look your best for a professional profile picture on LinkedIn.
Makeup Tips for Headshots
There are so many things that go into preparing for professional headshots; posing, lighting, clothing, and even the location for your headshot. However, did you know makeup plays a pivotal role in your headshot? Yes, it does. So I have written this post to ensure you have the best makeup tips possible so your headshot is far from boring. You want a headshot that's a freaking rocking portrait.
Before someone hires you or your company, more times than not, your prospective client will look for a portrait of you; either by looking at your website or social media. What will you client see if they discover a portrait of you? You want your headshot to be the best image of yourself; as your face is your name – right. First impressions are crucial! That why it’s important to ensure you have the very best makeup tips and photographer when taking your professional headshots.
When preparing for your headshot, you want to ensure you start with a clean slate. Yes, having a freshly washed face is the thing to do.
Questions To Ask Your Potential Professional Photographer
Our families are important! When it comes to having family pictures taken most Moms (including myself) look for a professional photographer who will be patient and kind to our children. Taking pictures can be nerve racking (will your children cooperate, will my husband smile, etc).
That’s why I have compiled a list of questions to help hire the photographer that will be a great match for your family.
Things to do for Spring Break
We made it to Friday...spring break is here!! Many families and children are excited about spring break next week in Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding area. Living so close to Washington DC offers a lot of different activities and places for our children to visit during this break from school. If you decide to avoid the beaches next week and looking for things close to home to keep your children entertained this is the blog for you. For this week’s Friday Fives, here is a list of five possibilities for spring break destinations for families in NOVA and how to keep your family entertained.
Tips to Look Thinner and Confident in Pictures
Having your portrait taken can be overwhelming. After considering what to wear this spring for your family portrait, the next thought is how will I look? I’ve have had many clients express to tell me “I look fat” in pictures.
Before, we get started, I must confess, I’m not always a huge fan of my pictures. In addition, I’m always looking for ways to look best and hide the flaws I don’t like. As a woman and professional photographer, I know many of us women are self-conscious about the way we look and want to look thinner and beautiful in our pictures especially the pictures with our family. I thought it would be helpful for you ladies to share a few helpful tips for your next portrait.
1. THE RIGHT CLOTHES.
This isn’t a posing tip, but it’s so necessary to include in this post! The clothing you choose makes a huge difference. Avoid bulky or sheer fabrics and choose fitted items (not too tight or loose). Ladies please avoid strapless and sleeveless tops — although they might look great in real life, they probably won’t translate well to the camera.
Tips For Visiting The Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.
We’re getting closer to the peak bloom of Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia. Which means there will be an influx of visitors and an increase in traffic in the surrounding area for the Cherry Blossom festival. Seeing photos online of the pictures of the Cherry Blossoms doesn’t give the beauty of these flowers’ true justice; they must be seen in person. After several years of visiting the Cherry Blossoms in D.C., I want to share my experience with those traveling into the city. Below you’ll see some helpful tips to see the D.C. Cherry Blossoms as well as how to schedule your 2019 Cherry Blossom family pictures.
Updated: November 9, 2020
Venues for Military Ceremonies
Who would have thought we would be in the middle of a pandemic and need to look for alternatives to hold a military ceremony. Once military members return to work, many will be looking for new places to have their military ceremony. Many members wanted to have their promotion or retirement ceremonies at the National Archives Museum in Washington D.C. Now many are wondering what other locations can be used for their military ceremony. This week’s Friday Fives list is a helpful list to give you some ideas and possibilities.
Being in Washington D.C. there are so many wonderful locations to have as a military ceremony. This is a quick list of five different possibilities if you are not able to schedule your promotion or retirement ceremony at the National Archives Museum.
You’ve scheduled your family's fall portraits with your favorite Northern Virginia Family Photographer, Tamieka Smith, and now it’s time to determine what everyone will wear for your pictures. I totally understand this is hard work and there are a lot of things to consider when selecting the best outfits. However, this should be one of the most fun parts of scheduling your family’s pictures.
Do you remember the 90s, when everyone was matchy-matchy? Yes, those are the days of the past. Your family pictures are a great way to show off your individual personality and family’s unity. This blog post will highlight some tips on how to select your family’s clothing for this fall portraits.
It’s summertime and that means many families are amid family vacations. Whether you’re at Walt Disney World or San Francisco, you’ll want to take pictures of every possible moment. To look back at your vacation memories, you’ll want to ensure you have the best tips to photograph the adventures. As a professional photographer, I have an extensive amount of camera equipment to photograph a lot, however when I’m on vacation, I’m like you. I don’t want to take a lot of cameras or lens. The most important camera I have on vacation is my cell phone and my Canon Powershot ELPH 190.
This list of tips will help you improve your family vacation pictures while on your next family vacation.
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.