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Alrighty.  I am a power-packed blonde who grew up as a teen in the 80’s and wished my hair would do the Farrah Fawcett feather.  Lord knows I used enough Aqua Net that would make Trump look like an amateur, but still, no great 80’s hair.  Didn’t stop me from trying, though!

Today, I am a grand total of 5’5″ and absolutely not petite.  (smile)  I cut my hair short and dye it pink because it turns out I don’t have a good head of hair.  (Thanks Dad!) I figure it’s more fun to have fun with it than try to make it something it’s not.  Besides;  pink suits me.  A lot.

<Steps up on soap box, taps microphone>

I am not, never was, and never will be your classically beautiful, blonde bombshell.  Oh, I can hear you  now;  “Awww, don’t say that!”  I hear it all the time.  I’d rather say what’s on my mind than cower to popular belief.

What’s on my mind is you.

You, who looks at your portrait and expect to see flaws.

You, who is surprised to see your reflection captured in a photograph.

The dear heart who sees first the bags under her eyes, the laugh lines and rounder face and overlooks the beautifully stunning woman before her with a heart-warming smile and sparkling eyes.

I have a bit of a shock for you; for us all.   We do not know what we look like.  WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT WE LOOK LIKE.  Everyone else, every single other person on this planet who sees you, sees ALL of you.  They get the 360 degree view and know exactly what you look like.  Unless they’re an insecure bully, they’re going to see the best in you and love you for it.  They accept you as you are, all of you.

Mentally chew on this one;  when your friend shows you a portrait of them, what do you point out?  What do you tell them?  Would you speak to them as you do yourself? Look at those bags under your eyes!  Oh my gosh, look at those WRINKLES!  You look like a GRANDMOTHER!  Need I go on?   Even the most blunt wouldn’t be one tenth as nasty as we are with ourselves.  Why?  If you wouldn’t say it to someone else, why on God’s creation would you say it to yourself?

The enemy of your soul wants to steal, kill and destroy not just you personally, but anything about you, your influence on others and legacy you would leave in those on this planet.  Why?  Because we are created in the image of God Almighty and that makes our enemy angry.  “Don’t you dare,” he says, “reflect any glory or show any beauty.”

I say look that fear in the eye,  stare it down with the surety of Dirty Harry and go ahead and shine.  Shine.  SHINE!

I leave you with a powerful quote.

 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.  -Marianne Williamson.

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Business coaching website videos.  How do you, as a business coach, explain certain things without giving away the farm?  With short videos, of course, that whet the appetite and get your potential clients wanting to click for more.

More could be more videos, more information or more of whatever it is they saw first.  Something you said through your website video made them connect with you personally or your message and want to hear more of that.  Show them!

 

 

When you’re using business coaching website videos on your social media, it not only gets people engaged with you but involved in your message.  Your potential clients get to meet you, hear your voice, see your mannerisms and hopefully, connect with you on a personal level.  This is a huge thing for business coaches.  Having a personal connection to your potential business coach is a decisive factor, to be sure.  Being yourself and presenting valuable ideas on your website video is a low-cost, high-yield way to start making that connection.

I love how Arlene Moss of Kimberlite Coaching seems to reach out through her business coaching website videos and give those introverts a big, uncomfortable hug and lets them be themselves.  Being an extrovert myself, I was in awe of her ability to identify with and comfort those introverts in her field and help them get some good coaching to better do their business networking.

You, lovely business coach, who is thinking of doing your own business coaching website videos, take a few notes.  Be yourself.  Let your light shine.  Fly your flag.  Every moment you are being your unique self, you are either attracting your ideal client or repelling those who are not.  So, next time you find yourself in front of the camera to make some business coaching website videos, remember to take a deep breath and just be you.

 

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Natural smiles in business headshots;  is it possible?  It is certainly made much easier with a little helper!

NSI Partners, an amazing local marketing company sent their staff in to get headshots for their website recently.  When the owners, a husband and wife team came in, they had their little man in tow.  He was sitting about a foot away from them off to camera’s left.  Once I got the light set up and happy, little dude jumped in and “helped” show mom had to smile really big.  She was doing just fine on her own, but don’t you just believe his help gave us so many natural, laughing smiles!

When it was dad’s turn in front of the camera, he was a little stiff, as 99% of people are the moment the big eyed monster camera comes out and stares you down.  I asked little dude to come tickle dad and don’t you know;  the BEST natural smile!  Of course, I sat him down right next to dad and had him still tickling just right out of the camera’s frame and just look at that gorgeous natural smile!  Now, THAT’S a GREAT business headshot!

So keep this little story or another one of your own in mind next time you find yourself a bit intimidated in front of the camera at your next business headshot sitting.  Laughing makes the BEST natural smiles and of course, you want your potential clients to see your best self.  Don’t worry about being perfect;  it’s unattainable.  The faster you come to that conclusion, the faster you can relax.  Instead, to get the best natural smiles in your business headshots, focus on something funny.  Take a deep breath,  think of your little kiddos being goofy and adorable and let the laugh come!  It will reach all the way to your eyes!  Sure, your eyes may close a bit, but don’t worry;  the expression on your face says a million dollars!

Natural smiles in business headshots;  not so hard!

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Gray background headshots;  why not outside?

I get asked all the time if I have multiple pretty backgrounds, green screen or where I meet outdoors to photograph business headshots.  Simple answer;  I don’t!

In my research, I have found that the best looking, most adaptive business headshots have been photographed in studio with a solid background.  We aesthetically love our beautiful Colorado Springs, and without doubt; it’s gorgeous.  However, when I see photographs stand in for business headshots that have been taken out of the studio or green screened a pretty background, it doesn’t ever seem to fit.  There’s something class and timeless about a studio lit portrait that makes the subject stand out from the background and just shine.

In my many years photographing slews of families and different portraits, I have done my fair share of business headshots out of doors.  I didn’t think much of it.  The setting is gorgeous and surely this won’t make much difference.  However, the more I see, the more I see, if you get my drift.  One of my thoughts of working out of a studio is to capture the very best gray background business headshots I could.  Yes indeed, I can make that gray wall go dark black or bright white with lighting but a gray background is that one color that is the best supporting actor; never the bride, but always the bridesmaid.  There to make YOU look good.

So, I photograph business headshots on a solid gray background.  It’s beautiful, classic and timeless.  The background will blend in with virtually anything you put it on and not be obtrusive.  It’s the quiet neighbor that never makes a fuss and always mows their lawn.  The gray background business headshot will serve you faithfully for years to come and never go out of style.  Trends and seasons come and go, but the gray background business headshot will always be there for you and keep you looking fresh and new for years and years!

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Joe’s manager gave me a call the other day;  said she wanted to give him a gift along with his promotion and I personally thought she was on a brilliance streak deciding to invest in some great business headshots.

He came in saying he was a bit camera shy, but I assured him it wouldn’t matter.  I have a way of getting folks loosened up and showing their best self;  their real self when capturing business headshots.  We spent a bit of time in wardrobe change so he would have a good change between business, business casual and casual.

When doing business headshots this way, you have a great deal of flexibility to change out your social media profile photos on a regular basis.  In my book, the only thing more horrible than an old, doesn’t-look-like-you profile photo is the same. boring. photo. for year after year.

I really enjoyed having Joe in the studio and capturing his business and casual headshots.  There’s such a great variety of images that he can use them for a while until he gets the itch to have new headshots taken.

 

 

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