Branded Images for a Realtor — Katy Houston Business Photographer

Quality portraits and headshots are so very important to the branding process for any business professional. They  create a first impression that can  make or break a deal before negotiation even begins.  If you were selling your home, would you call a Realtor whose profile image was out of focus or had restaurant dishes in the background?  Probably not.  You’d want to choose someone who obviously understands polished presentation — start to finish.

 

So …What’s a  Realtor to do when one or two  traditional headshots simply won’t do?  When one Gary Greene Realtor Alicia Jammer wanted a series of branded images in lieu of traditional basic  headshots, she called to discuss ways that we could showcase her smile and personality in a vibrant and consistent manner.

Alicia knew that she wanted something special.  She had a vision in mind. She wanted a series of unique images that were bright,  fresh, and contemporary.  She wanted a variety, yet she also wanted the images to work together so that they could be combined in different marketing materials.

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So, that’s what we did.  We used two different outfits and a single bright white evenly lit background.

 Her smiling face  will appear on her property flyers, business cards, online, on printed stationery, and  on the personalized notecards that she sends out to her clients and vendors.

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Alicia grew up in Houston, so she knows the area very well and has watched it grow over time.  She offices in Sugar Land, but has current properties listed from Spring all the way to Rosharon.

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The images are fresh, fun, and breezy — and there will be no mistaking Alicia for another Realtor.  Her clients and colleagues will recognize her immediately — even from a tiny thumbnail reference photograph, and they will know that she is  an energetic, lively and professional  who will guide them through the processes of buying, selling, or leasing their next home or investment property.

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Thank you for choosing SPCcreative Photography to showcase your beautiful personal brand. It was a such pleasure working with you.

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Flavia’s Flavors – Houston Small Business Photographer

Flavia’s Flavors – Houston Small Business Photographer

Meet Flavia,  you’re going to love what she’s been  cooking up for you.Flavia 5

Some readers may be familiar with the blog she began writing back in 2009.   Flavia’s Flavors   was chock full of her yummy cooking and pretty pictures– and let me tell you, Flavia knows her way around the kitchen.

Throughout those years of writing and traveling, Flavia kept coming back to her true passion, the Italian food that she grew up with.  So after much soul searching and research to develop a style that is truly her own, she took the last few months to completely re-brand and re-style the blog.  She took down all of her old recipes and kitchen secrets and has started fresh with a bold crisp clean style and a razor-sharp focus on purely Italian cuisine.

In the new blog, we’ll dive deep  into her Italian Kitchen and  cuisine.  We’ll be alongside Flavia as she is — cooking — writing — and soon TEACHING cooking classes in her GORGEOUS kitchen or in yours.   Her  hands-on classes will include specific regional home-style recipes and techniques  as well as classic traditional favorites.  YUM!  I can hardly wait to gather up a few of my close friends for a Flavia’s Flavors class.

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When she told me about her rebranding plan and her classes, I thought it was a great idea, and couldn’t wait to see her thrive. THEN . . .she asked me to photograph her so that she would have fresh bright images to populate her blog.  Ummmm yes thank you.  I was THRILLED.  We spent a delightful  morning together  creating a few bright and cheery portraits — and THEN she started chopping tomatoes, garlic, and basil to create a tray of bruschetta toast.

I believe I INHALED more than my share.  Soooo very very delicioso!

Check out HER post where she talks about our shoot HERE! 

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I first met Flavia a couple of years ago along with several AMAZING bloggers and social media masterminds who live in the Katy area, and I liked her from the beginning.  What’s not to like?  She is gorgeous, poised, sweet, kind, talented  and oh so very nice.
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Once when I needed some help  figuring out how to integrate my own social media workflow, Flavia was the one who invited me to sit down with her and learn how she does it. Seriously saved my sanity — or what little there was left of it.

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Thank you, Flavia, for allowing me into your beautiful Italian home. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us as this blog and class takes off.  Please count me among your biggest fans.

Be sure to check out her blog and subscribe to it.  You’ll find her at www.flaviasflavors.com

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Meet the beautiful ladies at Sweet Three Nail Lounge – Katy Business Photographer

 

These ladies make people look fantastic – hands down — every single day.  But not long ago I got to be the one who captured their personalities and made THEM look fabulous too.  Turnabout’s fair play, and it’s FUN!

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Confession time!  I’ve never been one of those women who gets a regular manicure or pedicure.

I used to make an effort to get my annual spring pedicure every three or four years, and I might have sprung for a luscious bottle of lacquer at the grocery store if I thought  I needed a treat, but it might have been a month or more before I ever opened it up and slapped it onto my nails.  Yep — that’s just how it shook out.

Perhaps I never joined the ranks of manicure mavens  because I never had any daughters to share the bonding experience with.  Maybe it’s because I figured my relentless gardening habits would  wreck a new paintjob before the first day was out.   Mostly though, I never took especially good care of my nails and feet because I didn’t have a place where I felt like the staff cared if I was  there or ever came back again.

After all, our city has a nail salon, a donut shop, and a dry-cleaners on every corner.

That’s how it used to be until I discovered Sweet Three Nail Lounge here in Katy.  Owner, Kristina Luong has built a lovely  little welcoming retreat.  She and her staff take the time to get to know their clients, and they don’t cut corners on products or cleanliness either.  No WAY NO HOW!

Sweet Three is a place where you are just as likely to  find yourself sitting next to  a Houston Power Broker  and talking business as you will be to find yourself seated between teenage sisters and  engaging in a lively discussion ranging from rescue dogs to glow-in-the dark polish to tales about the escapades of learning to drive.  You are as likely to seal a contract in the pedicure chair as you are to meet a new friend who thinks just like you do.

Instead of meeting for lunch or coffee, Sweet Three has become the place for networking meetings and business collaborations.

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Don’t think that Sweet Three is just a ladies hangout either.  If a man is man-enough for a pedi, he will soon become a devotee of this place too.

That’s right!  I’ve never been a mani-pedi sort of gal, but now I never leave the lounge without making my next appointment.  I love this place and you will too.

So, as Kristina says, come have a glass of wine and get your nails done.  Tell them that Shelly the photographer sent you — and that you want that glass of wine

– as long as you are old enough to legally partake.  Insert smiley emoticon here!

 

Is it Time to Update Your Headshot? West Houston Corporate Photographer

Welcome to this brand  spankin’ new year! It’s a great time for a fresh clean start.

January  is when we  all step back to look at our brand new blank calendars as we reassess our habits and  goals for the next 12 months.

It’s also a great time to pay attention to the image we present of ourselves, and one place to start is with the profile picture or headshot that we use in business communications and social media.

This is especially important for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

So… what does your headshot say about you?  Is it a five-year-old bathroom selfie?  Are you about three hairstyles beyond the last photograph?    Does your go-to photograph  say who you really are?

Do you even HAVE a go-to photograph?

If not, let’s fix it. NOW.  This month we’re running ONE HECKUVA SPECIAL on business headshots that can also double as your social media profile picture.  

   If you want the full deal with professional hair and makeup on location or in my studio, we’ve got you covered.

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Do you need corporate environmental portraits to portray the essence of your profession?

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Or will a simple traditional portrait  take care of your needs?

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 I firmly believe that the image you present is extremely important.

That’s why we are  offering a New Years Special through the month of January on professional headshots.

A basic business style headshot session in studio typically runs $15o, but if you book before January 31, it will only be $100.  We’ll make it quick and painless as we create several great looks from which to choose.

We are also offering specials this month for  groups and on-location business portraits

So… what are you waiting for? It doesn’t get any better than this!

Pick up your phone and call SPCcreative Photography today  281.773.7465. We’ll answer any questions you have, and we will make sure that YOU put YOUR best face forward in 2015.

PRSA Excalibur Awards 2013 Houston Event Photographer

PRSA Excalibur Awards 2013 Houston Event Photographer

In a world not so long ago and not far away at all, this photographer lived a somewhat different life from the one she lives today.  Rather than telling stories in pictures, I  was a storyteller for several medical and nonprofit organizations.  The world of public relations was a wonderful ride for a while until my geeky love for color and images sent me spinning off into another  professional direction.  Still, I love love love catching up with old friends every year at the Public Relations Society of America Houston  Excalibur Awards Gala.

I’ve been photographing the Excalibur Awards  every year except one since 2008, and this year, co-chairs, Meredith Phillips and Jessica Manning, put together a team that absolutely outdid themselves.    To see more images and details of the evening, head on over to the event gallery on my  web site. 

 

 

Oh, those PR folks!  They’ve gotta keep us on our toes. As happens often in Houston, the evening started with a lively happy hour and silent auction benefiting the Public Relations Foundation of Houston, but a few special guests from the Texas Renaissance Festival  provided an added twist of magic.

More images here!  These are the people who make things happen in Houston.

And after dinner, some of Houston’s finest storytellers received the recognition of their respected colleagues.

Among them this year:

 Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, Gallery Furniture — Communicator of the Year.

Ben Wheatley, ABC, APR — Legacy Award

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Debra Ward Buks, APR, Ward Creative Communications and Eni Petroleum — Grand Excalibur Award.

For additional images and more award winners, just click here. 

 

 

Congratulations to each and every Excalibur Award winner.  Well done and happily ever after … until it’s time to start over and do it again.

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