Friendly and Fun Pet Portraits

Taking photographs of pets can sometimes be a bit difficult. But with a few simple tricks and camera settings to keep in mind, it is not impossible to capture amazing, professional photos of these important family members.

Photographing pets in places where they feel comfortable produces the best images. At Capitol Photo Interactive, we work with all ages, breeds and obedience levels in our studio and can travel to your location upon request. We will create a beautiful piece of art for you to always remember your special fur friend.

When working on pet portraits it is important for us to learn more about you and your furry family member. We want to ensure that we capture the essence and personality of your pet through amazingly real pictures. Our focus is to catch every fleeting, unexpected candid moment for you to have and enjoy forever. We get in tune with each individual dog, and create a portrait that truly shows your dog’s unique personality. We create emotional portraits that speak to you. Continue reading…

How to Prepare for Your Session

Preparing for a portrait session can take a lot of work and I often receive questions from clients about what to wear and bring to their session. At Capitol Photo Interactive, it is very important to that you look your best in your photos and that the photos articulate your style and personality. To make preparing for your portrait session a little less stressful, I have compiled a list of recommendations below.

Wardrobe
Creating image variety is essential for a successful portrait session. A great way to do this is by making simple wardrobe changes. Consider bringing additional outfits to your session to switch things up. I suggest having options such as a dressy look, a casual look and maybe something in between.

Accessories
Wearing jewelry is great way to insert your personal style into your portraits. Remember that any jewelry you choose to wear should be simplistic and to a minimal. My clients that wear glasses tend to remove them when it is time to be photographed. If people would not recognize you without glasses, you want to wear glasses in your shoot. Continue reading…

The Transition From Traditional to Modern Headshots

You never want to make a bad first impression. Unfortunately, people will make judgement about you just by looking at your photo. It only takes about one-tenth of a second for someone to assess your photo and decide whether they trust you and want to work with you.

Your online appearance is critical. Potential clients are greeted with your online profile before they meet you. LinkedIn found that having a profile picture makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed by others, so it is for your benefit if you have a solid profile picture that accurately portrays who you are and lines well with your core competencies. Continue reading…

Creative Corporate Portraits

When we hear corporate photography most of us think of a white background, studio lighting, plain dark suit and a serious expression. That is the old way people did corporate photography. But a business portrait does not have to be dull or boring anymore. Just because you are in a professional job, such as real estate, insurance or law, does not mean you have to look professional in a boring, corporate sense. Corporate culture is changing and individuals want to do business that they feel comfortable with. There are easy ways to make sure that the face of your business matches your corporate portrait.

How To Keep Corporate Shots Engaging

Color – Traditionally when we think of corporate photos we think of gray, black and white. By adding some pops of color it is easy to create eye catching portraits while still remaining professional. Continue reading…

Headshots and Personal Branding

2016-08-15-1471290908-6091875-aaeaaqaaaaaaaav9aaaajdzln2e4yjviltkzm2utndvkny1hnmq2lti4odqwotqyntg1zgWhether you are taking a call on Skype, creating a LinkedIn profile, networking on Facebook, or putting your best face forward on your own website, your online brand is often people’s first contact with you. A professional image, that represents you authentically, is more important than ever. So hiring the right photographer is crucial, as well as having a plan for how you are going to tell your story visually. The next time you are preparing to have new headshots taken, here are some things to keep in mind.

Find The Right Photographer
Your headshots should be taken in the same style as the rest of your brand. Whether your brand is playful and colorful, or minimal, serious, and stark, you should take the time to find a photographer who can shoot in this style. Take the time to go through each photographer’s online portfolio carefully, and take note. Does their work really shine mostly working with natural light or in-studio? Are they able to capture motion well? Do they make use of the subject’s surroundings and incorporate them into the magic of the photos, or are their photos more one-dimensional? Continue reading…

The Benefits of a Professional Headshot for LinkedIn

headshotLinkedIn has emerged as one of the most valuable tools for transitioning professionals. Yet the value of a professional headshot for one’s account has been one of the most overlooked details of the professional profile. When promoting your professional self online, be sure to show a serious representation of who you are in your professional profiles in order to accurately represent your brand.

Your LinkedIn profile picture should be a reflection of your personal brand. Would you ever show up to a job interview not looking your best? Well, that kind of what happens when you have a boring LinkedIn profile picture. Keep in mind that your profile will often be the first impression you make with a recruiter, hiring manager, or potential networking prospect. It is your 24/7 online introduction to anyone who views your profile. Continue reading…

Why Your Company Needs Business Headshots

business-headshotSeeing a picture is a vital step in building an enduring relationship, whether a client or customer is considering a first time meeting, or maintaining a long-term relationship with you. People like to know who they are doing business with. Today, the internet allows anyone to research before they buy. A great headshot strategically placed on your website is a way to introduce yourself to a potential customer. It is the modern equivalent of a warm, friendly greeting extended as someone walks through your door. Conversely, poor headshots of you or your staff is a quick turn off. It shows lack of care about how you present your business to the world. This is your chance to make a great first impression.

Give Recognition
Every company gives recognition to their employees at one time or another. This is a perfect time to use headshots, put the photo of the employee of the month on the wall or send it out to the team via email. Put it in your corporate newsletter or send a beautifully framed print to the family with a letter recognizing their accomplishments. The uses of a great headshot are endless when recognizing employees. Continue reading…

Tips on Getting a Perfect LinkedIn Headshot

linkedin-headshotYour LinkedIn page is often your first impression on potential employers or companies you want to do business with. No matter what your industry or whether you are freelance, employed or looking for work, a professional headshot on your LinkedIn page will increase your chance of success. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. If you are not on it, you are missing out. And if you do not have a good profile photo, you are still missing out.

Why Your Headshot Needs An Update
If you do not have a good headshot, then you are not leaving a good first impression with potential clients, business partners, employers, employees, etc. These people need to know that you are three things, friendly, trustworthy, and professional. What better way to demonstrate that then through an amazing profile photo? It does not matter what you write in your profile, no one is going to take you seriously if your photo is amateur. So what makes a good headshot? Continue reading…

The Importance of a Great Website

websiteConsumers make decisions based on their online experience, the appearance, usability, and accessibility of your website is more important than ever, especially if you are in a competitive market. In a world where people stay online for most of the day, a standard website will not cut it. Depending on the product, up to 83 percent of consumers visit a company’s or service provider’s website before making a purchase. Having a right understanding of your website’s role can greatly benefit your business.

Evaluating Your Website
Every two-three years you should consider updating the design of your website. But, you should also be making tweaks to the website throughout the year, offer new information, update pictures, and add any new products, services, or staff members. This is simple, routine maintenance. Below are a few things to look at when evaluating your website. Continue reading…

Tips for Planning a Website Redesign

website redesignA properly designed website can do a host of things for your company as it will keep customers on your site, leading to higher conversion rates and better click-through. Higher conversion rates mean better sales and better sales mean a better business overall. Taking the time and investing more money into an effective web design is worth the rewards you will reap. Redesign your business website with these tips to improve your profits and customer base.

Look At Your Current Site
Before you start thinking about what features and design elements you want in your new website, take a look at your current site. What do you like and what do not you like about your website? Does the navigation make sense and can the content be easily viewed on a mobile device? When you take a closer look at what you already have, it can help narrow down what you are looking for in a new site design. Continue reading…