11 year old girl photographs little brother for Mother's Day

Not surprisingly, my kids have grown up in front of my camera. Welcome to having a Mommy as a professional photographer right?  Matter of fact, my oldest was crawling on a commercial studio set long before she could take real steps.  That being said, none of my babes has ever shown any real interest in picking up a camera that does not turn your face into a Snapchat puppy or grace you with an instantaneous digital floral crown. Haha.  And then, out of nowhere, my 11 year old daughter lays this one on me:

Ryann: "Mom I want to enter the talent show at school ...can I use your real camera? I don't want to be onstage I just want to make something...a picture maybe"

Me: (Playing it cool) "Um...sure...what are you thinking?"

15 minutes later... the both of them come down the stairs and she's got her brother dressed as a cowboy riding an old wrapping paper tube complete with a horse hat stuffed with t-shirts and a random string for his lasso. He couldn't have been more excited.

We headed out to a nearby field and to be honest, the only reason I even pulled out my iPhone was to capture the "behind the scenes" and show that she did it all... nothing from me. What I actually got was a gift -- a true Mother's Day gift.

After seeing this, you know my fingers are crossed that maybe I'm going to get a little photographer in the family after all!

4 year old dressed as cowboy swinging rope in a field
Cute four year old dressed as a cowboy swinging a rope and dancing in a field
Four year old little cowboy riding toy horse down the road

Formal Family Portraits with your small boys? Absolutely.

Who says that just because you are the parents of small boys that you don't want to get dolled up and dapper?  The Weller Family brought their sweet babes in their formal best and we had the most fun creating these modern family portraits in the studio.  As we come up on Mother's Day can we just pause for a second and give a huge shout out here to this beautiful Mommy... Brooke you look amazing!

Formal family portraits with chandelier at Studio B Portraits

One of my very favorite from the entire shoot is Mom and Dad looking oh-so-fabulous and looking like they belong in a magazine (right before the kids photo bombed of course - ha!)

Beautiful couple photographed with children for formal family portraits

Did you see us in the new 425 Magazine "Best of" Edition?

Did you see us in 425 Magazine? Beyond excited to share a first look of the new May issue on stands now.  The "Best of 425" edition features our Class of 2018 Brand Ambassador Shelby in a gorgeous Old Hollywood inspired lace dress from Free People. 

425 Magazine Edition featuring Studio B Portraits

Who says you should only wear that extra special dress once for Prom or Homecoming? Um, not us, that's for sure. This senior season we are loving that guys and gals will be putting on the ritz, rocking their best formals and dressy best for one of their senior pictures wardrobe changes.

Special shout out to our style partner Sorella Salon for Shelby's gorgeous camera ready hair and make-up

Chic Real Estate Headshots | Bellevue Realtor Neda Vassey

Experienced real estate professional Neda Vassey needed her personal branding images to reflect the warmth and confidence that optimizes her luxury Bellevue brand. 

Neda Vassey_Realtor Headshot_Bellevue Photographer Studio B

We photographed Neda's portfolio session to include a range of contemporary headshots and candid lifestyle images, 3/4 and full length portraits. Neda was clever to include a chic shawl in some of the images (below) to effortlessly offer variety to her grey sheath dress.  We loved these outdoor images and her in-studio looks were equally amazing.  Here's a quick link to see those professional looks.

Chic real estate headshot with Neda Vassey from Bellevue WA

Milestone Portrait- Celebrating Thirteen

As my daughter reminded me with almost daily excitement that she was about to be 13 years-old the gravity of the moment was not lost on me.  Of course all birthdays are wonderful for kids but this one just seemed to be one that needed a special portrait. Earlier this year we started photographing "Vanity Fair" inspired sessions for our high school seniors and it seemed only natural that we would do one for my girl too. Happy Birthday, Love.

Botched! How to avoid Headshot fails and bad Corporate Photos when building your team's new website

Would you be surprised to learn that more than half of the corporate headshot clients that we photograph come to us because the they had a poor experience with their last photographer?  It's true. The premise is a lot like that show "Botched" on E!... those doctors fix your bad plastic surgery... we're the photography equivalent but we're repairing your botched branding (heehee.)

Corporate Headshots and website branding for your team of employees is really important -- everyone knows they need to do it but the "how to get it done" trips up a lot of very competent professionals. Why is that? There are several reasons, but the two biggies look something like the following.  Either you are busy building and running your own business (obviously) or someone told you that they have a guy that can do it for cheap and engaging him/her is proving to be a rabbit hole of mediocrity on way too many levels.  In either case, you are effectively ending up in the same circumstance - underwhelming images that don't properly represent you and your great company. 

Since photography remains a niche expertise (meaning their is no premium name player a la Amazon, Nordstrom and Starbucks) most companies are forced to locally source photography talent and that is where the fun begins (just kidding... we know it's painful.) Our studio is based here in the Seattle market but honestly the steps for finding an experienced photographer are the same almost everywhere so we thought it might be helpful to share what it takes beyond just a standard Google search to really be successful.

Invest in Experience. Seems obvious but you should know that the strong photography talent in any market are experienced. They will educate you about things that you may never have considered and in doing so save you both time and money in the long run.  For example, most modern web designs require long banner-style images that are responsive on all screens and mobile devices... shooting too tight can render images unusable without expensive graphic manipulation. Professional photographers that regularly shoot corporate branding images know all of the in's and outs for delivering the proper look, feel, and format for your brand. 

Key Takeaway: You'll know you have the right corporate branding photographer when they ask you detailed questions about your messaging and final use of the images and then take it a step further by guiding you with helpful information beyond what you didn't even know to ask. (The classic, under promise over deliver!)

Plan For the Future. This is key for growing firms and is easily overlooked. Be sure that there is a plan in place for maintaining image continuity as your company adds employees.  We were recently commissioned by Benjamin Healy Palmer to create corporate headshots and location images for the Tacoma based law firm and an essential piece of the project was planning for the future.  When the firm adds to their team, we will be able to photograph the new hires with a comparable look and feel that matches what we shot months ago.  Seems easy in theory but when we photographed the firm originally it was sunny and bright, the ability to make that happen in Seattle even when it's raining is a pretty impressive trick actually.  We use our modern studio and digital expertise to deliver consistent quality. so that their new website images integrate seamlessly with the originals.

Key Takeaway: When you are interviewing your photographer, be sure to ask them how they will create images that compliment your current website and marketing materials on an ongoing basis.  To that end, you'll also want to double check how long they have been doing business. The answer will be very telling for checking their reviews and reputation online as well as giving you piece of mind that they will be invested in your long term success together.