We photographed this totally cute mid-cetury modern farmhouse in Plymouth, Michigan last week. The property is backed to a wooded area that provides privacy to the yard. The interior had plenty of updates including a shiplap accent wall, a sliding barn door, and double sliding glass patio doors that lead to the back patio.
A professional headshot is a vital component to your professional life. Say goodbye to your selfie stick and hello to a photographer in your area. Our Director of Marketing previously had a headshot that was taken by her little brother on her iPhone in the hallway at their house. Once she joined the Starloft team, she had her first professional headshot taken and the difference is outstanding.
Comparing the two photos, it’s safe to say that nothing can compete with a professional photograph. With the proper lighting, editing, camera, and equipment, you’re in good hands. The SmartPhone photo on the left appears grainy compared to the professional photo on the right, and there has been no editing done to take away from the shine of the flash on her face.
A professional photo of yourself to display on LinkedIn (and elsewhere) is beneficial in showing people what you look like. It’s nice to put a face to a name and makes you far more personable. Any time you make any drastic changes to your appearance, it’s time for a new headshot. If you meet with a potential employer and they don’t recognize you from your photo, that is a problem. It’s almost like you lied without intentionally doing so. Keep your headshot recent and updated.
Your headshot makes an instant first impression. It’s up to you what that will be. Your headshot is your business card of the web. Present yourself as professional, above all else. Each of us has different wants for our headshots. Some want to look approachable, strong, or confident. Some people just want a genuine smile. We work with you to do what we can to capture you in the way you’d like.
Headshots show the world that you are investing in your own personal brand. You care about your professional self. Your career is something you take seriously. You have taken the time to acquire something not everyone has. Call us today to schedule your own headshot session.
What would you say if we told you that you could invite people inside your business virtually? With Google Business View (GBV), you can! GBV allows people to move around your business from the comfort of their own home with the click of their mouse. With a series of 360-degree panoramas stitched together to create a virtual reality-esque experience, customers can explore your business as if they’re really there.
Customers Love It
Customers can be wary about trying new places, especially if they aren’t sure what to expect. A Google Business View (GBV) tour welcomes current and potential customers into your world to explore before deciding on physically coming by. A GBV tour is like an open invitation to come on by and check you out. It establishes trust, comfortability, and a connection that wouldn’t otherwise be possible! People tend to judge a book by it’s cover, and the point of GBV is to welcome everyone into your story regardless of what your cover looks like.
Google Loves It
Having a GBV likely helps you appear higher in Google searches and increases your presence on the page when your company is searched. Rather than having just text representing your company, visitors can see your business space right online with the visuals of the tour.
Marketing Strategies Love it
GBV is yet another way to brand your company and let customers become familiar with who you are and what you offer. This is arguably the most personal and welcoming form of marketing out there. Customers want to trust you and your brand, and marketing is the only way to achieve this. Take your efforts to the next level with a Google Business Tour.
After your shoot with us, you’ll receive an email with a link to download your edited images. You’ll notice that the photos will be cropped and sized differently and you may wonder why. The answer: we do this to make your life easier (I know, can you believe it?!). Different social media platforms request varying dimensions for photos so we work to make sure you have what you need. We shoot our headshot and portrait photos landscape style because this ensures the subject will be completely in the photo and won’t have cut-off shoulders. From there, we deliver the landscape version along with a cropped vertical version and a square. Depending on which platform you’re using your photo on, we can resize it accordingly. You’ll be given three versions of each photo. We can also do custom sizing if you know the dimensions. If you would like us to extract you from your photo and edit you onto another photo, we can do this for an additional fee. Realtors like extracting themselves from their headshot and being placed in front of a house. Take a look at Rick Tabor’s headshots below to see what we’re talking about!
Your house or condo is up for sale and your Realtor suggested you have nice, professional photos taken to entice buyers to check it out. After all, in this day and age people seem to do more research online than anywhere else. Now what? It’s important to attract people with quality photos, but first, your house needs to be made camera-ready. It’s all about the first impression and making it count. Houses that are empty are obviously easier to get ready, but there are some easy ways to make furnished houses shoot-ready. Keep in mind that the photographer and camera are there to capture things as is – we are NOT interior decorators. Here are six simple ways to get your house camera-ready:
Say goodbye to the piles of “stuff” around your house. Everything has a place and it needs to be there. The camera will catch even a minimal amount of clutter. That stack of old newspapers needs to be recycled. The empty cans on the kitchen counter need to be thrown away. Let’s not forget about the pile of shoes by the front door. In simple terms: anything that is sitting out, put it away.
This should go without saying, but…here we are. Run a vacuum on the carpets, wash the wood or tile floors, do some dusting. To make your house presentable, you must first make it clean. The camera catches every wrinkle and rumple.
This part can be tough. All of the aspects of your house that make it “yours” need to be taken down and put away for the shoot. Family photos, achievements, awards. A photo of your three children in matching Christmas pajamas is cute, but not for a real estate shoot. We want the buyer to picture themselves in the house and imagine the life they can create there. If your personal photos are visible, it will make it hard for the potential buyer to picture themselves in this house.
4. Yard work
Take a look at your house from the outside. Does your grass need to be cut? Is your roof missing shingles? Are there weeds growing up the side of your house? Whatever needs to be done to make the exterior attractive, add it to your to-do list. If people don’t like the outside, they likely won’t make it inside. This can be tough come winter time when snow is covering your yard and the trees are merely standing sticks. It’s important to keep the weather in mind when scheduling your shoot.
We recommend a construction-free house for shoots. Sometimes homeowners like to have renovations completed before they move in order to add value to the house, but wait to schedule your shoot until after it’s finished. The tarps, equipment, and the overall messy “under construction” vibe doesn’t look great on camera.
6. Stage It
Some people choose to stage their houses to make them look homier, bigger, or brighter. You don’t need to hire someone to do this. Some simple online research can give you tons of ideas on what to add to make your house a home. For example, a vase full of flowers is never a bad idea.
When preparing for your headshot session, here are some things to keep in mind:
Most importantly, this session is all about you and your needs. The session will be as long or as short as you need to be satisfied with your experience. Although, the majority of sessions are under thirty minutes. You have the option to come to our studio or we can meet you on location for an additional fee.
We recommend getting to the studio ten to fifteen minutes early in case you need to change into your outfit, touch up your make-up, fix your hair, or anything else to make yourself camera ready. We have a changing area and mirrors for your convenience. If you bring multiple outfits, you’ll be able to comfortably change here.
We recommend bringing more than one outfit so you have more options to choose from. Neutrals and darker tones look best and most professional. Steer away from distracting patterns, heavy make-up, and gaudy jewelry.
We will start the session by taking some shots in each of your outfits. Then we will upload them to the computer right then and there, and take a look. You’ll be able to hand pick your favorite photo to be retouched. You also have the option of purchasing additional images – sometimes one just isn’t enough!
Our studio has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Your only job is to sit up straight and smile! We’ll take care of the rest.
We photographed an older home in Detroit that’s on the market. It was built in the 1930’s and is 1,450 square feet. The single family home has a detached one car garage and a partial basement. The exterior of the home is beautiful with high pointed features and warm brick. The interior of the home has a more modern feel and everything is painted a calming light gray. Let’s take a look inside!
Here is a 360-degree panoramic Google Tour for The Learning Tree – West in Livonia, MI. The Learning Tree is child care facility that works with kids from six weeks to thirteen years old. This tour takes you through the learning center’s classroom spaces and outdoor play areas. Having a Google Streetview Trusted tour allows The Learning Tree – West to show off their facility to potential families, and welcomes them to explore the daycare without having to set foot inside.
Integrity Naturals came out with some new products and labels for their revamped company a few months back, but there are still some stragglers that need to be captured by the camera! Product photography is always essential for any business that wants a successful online presence, but even more so when you undergo a company makeover. New look, new products, new photos. Let’s take a look at these totally natural and 100% good-for-you products!
We stopped by this large industrial building in Romulus for a shoot. Arco built this warehouse, and it’s currently used to store food for grocery stores. It was quite chilly in there! We were going to shoot aerial shots of the building, as well, but because of its proximity to the airport, we weren’t able to fly our drone to take photos legally. If you’re ever interested in aerial photography know that FAA regulations may prohibit it. Some areas are not safe spaces for drones to fly. Now, let’s check out this warehouse!