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Creating a Personal Brand Shoot

A few months ago Brenda of Annie Ruffles Vintage Creations asked me to create some new business headshots for her. During her pre-session appointment we chatted about personal brands, her band values & brand personality and decided to shoot at a location that reflected her brand personality, classical, vintage, designer, relaxed… We also talked about wardrobe, creating a Pinterest board to attach ideas to and Brenda even snapped and sent some of her chosen items before the shoot.

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On the day of the shoot, Brenda had her hair & makeup done at our studio by Marian of Wedding Heaven. Marian listened to Brenda’s ideas as well as bringing her expertise. An hour and half of pampering and chatting we were ready to head to our stunning location… No 1 Pery Square.

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We had pre-ordered the delicious afternoon tea to mirror the her brand with it being served on vintage tableware. We both found it nearly impossible not to eat the “props”… nearly!

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During the shoot we chatted about business, family, tea, cake… not only helping Brenda to relax but also to get to know her more. We got through a series of images quiet quickly and when we finished shooting, we devoured the afternoon tea. Yum!

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The results were just perfect, a series of images that reflected Brenda’s brand that will serve her and her business well. Click here to check out some more of Brenda’s images from her shoot.

Finding the Light

I adore the quality of natural light and i am so fortunate to have stunning light in our studio. We begin all Couture Sessions using the light form our windows, bouncing and bending it to get the desired effect.

Being inspired by Irish artists such as John Lavery or the Dutch Masters like Vermeer natural light is a perfect (& free) resource to light our subjects. Yes there are days I curse the brightness of it as I adjust my settings to compensate or days when there isn’t enough and I ask my client to sit as still as possible, however my ideal day being an overcast one like today.

I am preparing a new back drop today similar to the style I shoot to create a painterly feel to our Couture Portraits, and I am so excited to think of the possibilities we can create.

Here are some of my favourite painterly inspired emotive portraits using natural light:

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I adore Couture portraits, timeless <3

Martina & Damien’s Winter Wedding

Oh i love weddings! I am an utter romantic and can’t help getting swept away by the emotions of the day and shedding a happy tear for the couple. Martina & Damien’s wedding was no different. A beautiful couple with lovely family, delighted being together to celebrate this day. Capturing their moments was such a privilege. Here are a few of those moments…

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Huge thank you to Martina & Damien for allowing me to share this with you, and yes i fell in love with her Dad’s restored vintage Beetle.

Eva x

Creating Your Personal Brand

A New Year is all about redefining you, not reinventing. Are you looking for a promotion, a new job or to market your business to a wider audience? If so you need to think about the image you put forward. Think of yourself as a brand, how do people feel when they hear your name? Do they know who you are and what you do?

Follow these steps to help you build your personal brand:

What do you stand for?

Are you funny, trustworthy, creative, an expert in your field? What are your passions? What makes you you? What ever you stand for you need to define it and communicate it. Make a list of “key words” that describes you, what you are about and then use these to help you be more strategic in your communication.

Your Domain

Using your own name is important to build your personal brand, therefore branding your business with your name is recommended. Try and secure your domain name for your website or even a blog and make sure you use it across all social media platforms.

Your Personal Style

Create a style that makes you stand out from the crowd or create a signature look that communicates your “key words”, e.g. are you a creative designer  or a confident business woman. Make sure you wear your signature look at meetings and in your business profile. If you are unsure where to start, I would recommend finding a wardrobe consultant that specialises in working with executives. Check out Gaye Moore on Twitter 

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Personal Brand Kit

Your personal brand toolkit consists of many elements, make sure they represent you & communicate your personal brand key words effectively.

  • business cards
  • websites/blogs
  • social media profiles
  • professional headshots
  • email addresses

Communicate your Personal Brand

Now you have created a personal brand it’s time to communicate it to your audience. Be active online, create original content,  join a network group, speak at public events and ask for introductions.

Best of luck with redefining your brand in 2016, if you need any help please feel free to contact me 🙂

Eva

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Women in Business Headshot

So you have decided you need a new business headshot as the one you have just isn’t professional enough. Fantastic! Next thing to think about… what to wear for your shoot?

Keep it Simple! No, really simple. A headshot should be all about you, not your accessories.

Avoid anything high fashion as it will date your image quickly and you want to get a few years out of your investment.

What suits your body shape? Are you pear shapped, apple or even triangle.. (didn’t know this was a shape) .Try on different necklines as you may be surprised at what suits you.

Opt for solid colours and please do avoid patterns and the viewers eye will be drawn to your body rather than your face.

***If in doubt…. wear a solid colour, semi fitted v-neck top.

(high v-neck for smaller bust, a deeper but not too deep v-neck for a larger bust)

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Have a look at some of our clients images here.

 

Feeling Fabulous at 40+

What a great event we had in the studio today for Feeling Fabulous at 40+. Not only did we learn how to pose in front of a camera and what to wear but also a few new tricks when it comes to makeup and skin care.

A huge thank you to everyone who was able to make it, a big squeezy hug to our Model Yvonne, Brenda from Annie Ruffles for the tea service and of course Alison & Marian for the makeup demonstration (The people we will blame for having no money left).

There are a few products I would love to remind you of… the Mac 24hour Prep & Prime for under the eyeshadow! Inglot Under Eye Concealer (see below), Puff Off from Benefit, these products will make a huge difference to your eyes, making sure they are bright and beautiful.

If you have any questions about today please feel free to contact me by dropping me a line here

You can find Annie Ruffles on Facebook here for hiring of stunning props and Tea Servcie

You can find Alison & Marian here to chat about there new Showcase Brand or ask questions about the Skincare & Makeup.

Again, thank you for making it such a lovely morning.

Eva x

Irish Portrait

You may know by now, I adore emotive portraits and I love creating images that look like paintings. Niamh won a Couture Session competition and during the pre-session appointment I soon realised the style of shoot we would be creating.

She adores Irish fashion from the 20’s & 30’s and she loves medieval architecture, literature and art. But we didn’t want to create something that looked like a costume but rather influenced by all these elements.

The artist that came to mind was Lavery, his women were always emotive but also very strong. So with this in mind we created a selection of images that were in my opinion an “Irish Portrait”.

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Please if you are looking for a portrait, ask me to shoot you like this. I would be in heaven!

Eva x

Business Headshot for a New Job

I have been shooting a lot of headshots recently for various business people & artists. Normally i get a call by someone needing a portrait quickly, something has cropped up and they need one asap. But i utterly recommend not leaving it until the last minute, go look at your profile today and make the decision does this image represent you, your business or the potential job you want.

Yesterday I was photographing Bobby O Connor, Chief Executive of Unijobs, and we discussed the importance of having a good headshot, not just for the self employed but also those who are looking for work. Here is what he told me:

The importance of a clear and professional image on social media sites such as Linked-in is not to be underestimated , particularly in the world of recruitment.  Recruiters all too often make snap judgements on candidates with the old saying that a picture tells a thousand words coming into play more often that one might expect.  Research has evidenced that society buys from the people it ‘likes’, hires the people we ‘like’, trusts the people we ‘like’ and in general makes the ‘like’ decision within seconds of seeing/meeting someone.  Getting your picture right to present yourself in the most appropriate manner is critical to achieving that first impression.  I personally was extremely pleased with my 30 minutes with  Eva Birdthistle Photography – it was simple and quick and the pictures she produced were excellent.

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Get in touch as soon as you can to make sure you get the images the best represent you.

Eva

First Wedding Trade Fair

Phew, what a weekend. I am catching up after my first Wedding Fair, it was an Ultimate Weddings Live event. It was very well organised fair with very helpful staff. I know the first year will always be a little more quieter than normal but i did have some wonderful couples, families and friends pop over to check out my work. The real test is how many of these will turn into clients, fingers crossed.

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I didn’t want to go with just a table which is what was on offer with the stand. So instead we up-cycled some old furniture from home (thanks Shona for letting me “borrow” your book case) a little black paint and a stunning purple chair, in love! And that little table with the Queen Ann legs… that was in my Mums bedroom when i was a child, love having her with me 🙂

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I wanted fresh flowers for the stand and Patricia from Ring O Roses supplied us with the perfect flowers that matched our red & purple highlights, so pretty.

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My favourite item is the gold frame with our beautiful Bride getting ready, I know not a typical framed image but i love the light and grace in this portrait.

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On Saturday a lucky lady called Ciara was randomly chosen to experience a Couture Session Photoshoot live at the wedding fair. She was whisked away and treated to a makeup application by Alison & Marian and then a photoshoot to capture a gorgeous Couture image.

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Now its time to catch up with other work, but already planning my next event, can’t wait 🙂

Eva x

Leeyan’s Boudoir Couture Session

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We did a recent Boudoir Couture Session for this beautiful woman Leeyan. What makes her session a little different was her choice of beautiful Lingerie, some very unique pieces. I always advise my clients to choose at least one piece that would normally be out of their comfort zone, so you get that “WOW! Is that really me” feeling when you see your images.

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Check out the rest of Leeyan’s images in our Boudoir Gallery