Some of you may have heard, I recently spent some time in the hospital.  While I was at my sickest, my brother asked me, “aren’t you totally stressed out about your photography business?”  My answer actually surprised even me. I said no.  


  1.  I felt so sick, my priority was recovering my health.  If I had to have forced downtime, I was going to focus on getting better (after spending time in Mexico, I got Sepsis from an bad intestinal infection.  By the time I actually went to the hospital, I was extremely sick).
  2. I have surrounded myself with an amazing team.   Brittany, my studio manager, and Lily, my second photographer and editor, stepped up and took over my sessions.  I am eternally grateful to both of these wonderful women!

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3.  Being sick puts everything into perspective.  You know, don’t sweat the small stuff! Everyone was so understanding and supportive about their orders and having Lily be their photographer that I just felt well taken care of.

I am grateful to report I am feeling much better and so excited to get back behind the camera.  To celebrate my “come back” I am bringing back “Model for a Day” Sessions.  These sessions are perfect for Professional headshots/ business headshots sessions or for high school senior pics.

Headshot/ senior session promotion includes:

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Session fee: $249 (regular price $548)

  • Professional Makeup and Hair styling
  • 3-4 looks during the session (outfit or locations changes)
  • Matted fine art print ($249 value)
  • 1-2 hour session
  • Personalized reveal session 7-10 days after your photo shoot
  • Great for professional headshots or senior portraits

We only have 10 of these sessions available.  The sessions need to be booked by March 31 and shot by April 30.  To book your session now or to get more information click the link it button

I wish all of you good health and happiness!

What to wear to a Corporate Headshots

Now that you have booked your OC corporate headshot, what are you going to wear?  It is really important to put some thought into what you wear, and how it will fit with your brand.  The general clothing guidelines apply to anyone having their executive headshot taken by a professional photographer.

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Photoshoot guidelines:

  • Get plenty of rest the night before your session.  You will want to look fresh and rested in your images.
  • Drink a lot of water the day before the session.  This will make your skin look healthy and hydrated.
  • Bring two or three outfits, so that the professional photographer can go through each look and confirm that it will look great in portraits.
  • Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early.  Corporate headshots can feel a little intimidating.  To help you feel less stressed, schedule a little extra time so you are not rushing.
  • Make sure you hire an experienced headshot photographer.  The photographer should be able to give you a lot of posing guidance, check that your clothing looks perfect and shoot a variety of images, so you can choose the images that you love the most.  Since this is going to be used in a multitude of locations, and it will be used to help you connect with your clients, you want it to be an image or a set of images that you are proud of.
  • Consider bringing some additional looks to your session to start a complete library of personal branding images.  In today’s social media environment, it is important to have lots of images to share on social media, to use for articles about you and your business and to help develop a relationship with your ideal client.
  • For men and women- make sure you eyebrows are groomed.  The focus of any headshot is your eyes. The eyebrows frame the eyes, and should therefore be well groomed.
  • Come with clean, moisturized skin.
  • For women- I highly recommend investing in a professional makeup artist that has experience with portrait photography.  The makeup artist will ensure you look and feel your best and that the makeup is tastefully done for a professional headshot.
  • For men- your hair should be well groomed, however it is best to have a haircut no more than two weeks prior to your session.  
  • The best outfit  for any professional headshot is to dress like you are going to meet your ideal client!  

For Women Executives:

  • All clothing should fit well and be tailored to your figure. A tapered jacket, with a simple blouse works great.
  • For a very corporate look, black, grey and navy always looks great in a corporate headshot.  For the blouse, light, solid colors are always flattering. The blouse fabric should be light, such as silk, so that the overall look is flattering and not bulky.
  • For any corporate photography session, plain colors are your best choice. Patterns or prints distract and date your photo. Choose mid- tone colours in blue, green, wine and purple because they are universally flattering. Avoid wearing tops in flesh tones (cream, beige, pastels, peach or yellow) as they will blend your face into your clothes.
  • For accessories, less is more.  A simple strand of pearls or necklace with small earrings.  For a corporate photoshoot, lots of jewelry is distracting and should be avoided.
  • For shoes, make sure they are simple and not too distracting.  The shoes should finish off the total look of your outfit.

Corporate headshots in the studio

For more casual branding sessions

  • Consider wearing a fitted or wrap dress.  These are timeless and flattering on any figure.
  • Layering looks always adds interest to the clothing and works well with denim or with a dress.
  • For accessories, you can dress a casual look up a little more with hoop earrings or a gold necklace.  Add some personality to the session, but don’t overdo the jewelry. The focus should still be on you as the subject.
  • The casual look also works great with a hat or a scarf.  These accessories add some personality to the session.

Casual headshots

For Men Executives

  • A well fitted tailored suit in a darker color such as black, navy or grey works best.
  • For the shirt, select a light color such as white, cream, light blue, or even pink.  Consider your brand colors when selecting the outfitt. The colors should look great with your brand colors.
  • You can go with or without a tie depending on your profession.  If you opt for a tie, you should consider bringing several choices and have the photographer help you select the best one.  Red, blue or even purple tone ties work great.
  • If it fits your personal style, you can also add a pocket square or layer the look with a fitted vest.
  • Avoid any fabric with a very busy print as it can be distracting.  The tie should a
  • lso be subtle and not have a very busy print.

Men's professional headshots

For Men’s Business Casual

  • A collared shirt or even a polo in a color that looks great on you is always a good choice.
  • To dress up a casual look a little, you can layer a casual shirt with a blazer.
  • A nice, fitted sweater in a solid color layered over a collared shirt is a timeless look for a casual corporate headshot.
  • You can pair a dressier shirt with a nice pair of dark denim jeans to dress down your clothing.
  • Avoid plaid shirts or complex patterns.  These do not photograph well.

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If it is time to update your headshots or even create a whole library of personal branding images, I would love to book a session with you.  Click here to send me your information.

You don’t have to have a corporate job to benefit from a personal branding photography session.  In fact, creative jobs typically need a wide variety of images for self promotion.  Professions such as artist, musicians and dancers are the perfect candidates for a branding photography session.

Here is a recent branding session I did with the beautiful Saya, she is a musician and a marketing professional.  Her session was about having fun and showing all the sides to her unique personality.   Here are just a few of my favorites from her session.

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Let me help tell your brand story!

The Top 10 Reasons to Book your Personal Branding Session with Blue Sky’s Studio

When you personalize your business with brand photographs, you create trust.  Personal Branding photographs also helps tell the story of your business, your brand and your unique value proposition.  This according to an article in the Huffpost.

In today’s visual world, you shop first with your eyes, and potential clients make purchasing decisions based on the first impression our images make online.   You personal brand should influence the way your ideal client thinks about your business or brand. Your personal brand images can have a huge impact on your business and on the bottom line.

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Your custom photography library is an asset, so how do you best use that asset?

  1. Create a library of images to pull from based on categories to make images easy to locate.
  2. Place images throughout your website, and rotate these images often (this will also improve your SEO)
  3. Use them in posts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest or any other platform that you use.
  4. Place them in your newsletters and email blasts
  5. Use them in Press Releases about an even or new offering your business has.
  6. Refresh your profile pictures every few months so that people see a new image of you.
  7. Use these images to submit to magazines when they do articles on you or about your company (that way you can decide on which are the best images of you and you are not at the mercy of their photographers).
  8. Submit images along with your bio when you have a speaking engagement
  9. Put an image of yourself in your email signature line
  10. Put images on yourself and your brand in your printing marketing material.

Let me give you a quick example of a personal branding session for a CEO of a large home design company.

Corporate Headshot CEO

My friend and client, Shirin was featured on the cover of a Franchising magazine.  She was disappointed with the images the staff photographer took of her. Her main issue, was she did not feel comfortable with the magazine’s photographer.  He did not give her any posing direction or help her get the best expressions.  

I suggested we schedule a Blue Sky’s personal branding session for her, so in the future, she would have an entire library of images to present her Public Relations firm.  We ended up scheduling the session with her, her executive team and a videographer for an entire day. The result was 150 amazing images that she could use throughout the year to promote herself and her company.  In addition, Shirin was able to select the images that she liked the best and give me direction for retouching to make sure she was happy with every image. Finally, because we did the session in one day, instead of several different sessions, she saved time by only having to have professional makeup and hair done one time. 

Here are just a few images from her session.

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We have several new collections available for a personal branding session.    We have one hours sessions, full day sessions or a annual membership.

Here are some additional posts on Personal Brand Sessions:

Is personal Branding photography right for you?

Creating a Personal Branding Library

Is A Personal Branding Session right for you?

To book a consultation with us, click here.

Personal Branding photography

How would you determine if a personal branding session is right for you?  Are you a professional speaker, a wealth management consultant, a doctor, a lawyer, a personal trainer, a chef, real estate broker or any other business?  Are you an Orange County business that needs to update your headshots and marketing material?  Almost any business will benefit by having a library of images that helps them tell their brand story online.

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Who needs a Personal branding session.

If you own or run a business that could benefit from showing up online on a regular basis, you are the perfect candidate for a personal branding session.  When creating an online presence and driving traffic to your business, you need images that help your ideal client get to know you and connect with you on a deeper level.  

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“Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories you tell.” Seth Godin

What should personal branding marketing do for you?

Your marketing should be about turning strangers into friends and friends into clients.  The best way for you to do this online, is with images of you and your staff and people interacting with your product or service.

Here is a recent branding session that I did with Align Wealth Management company.  The objective was to share their new office space and a little personality (Nick is not only the CEO, but he is also a very talented musician who uses his talent to connect with his clients).

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Information on personal branding sessions.

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