Online dating has become an almost two billion dollar industry since the creation of the first online match site in 1995. Today there are over 49 million users on various sites. If you are serious about making a genuine connection, it would make sense that you pull out all the stops when optimizing your profile.
Your photo is an initial attractor as potential matches scroll their search results. It may not matter so much how attractive you are, but the quality of your photo makes a difference. No bathroom mirror selfies, please!
Headshots within the photography industry are not new. They have been used for everything from websites to business cards. Recently, individuals have been seeking professional services for dating profile photos.
Professional photographers are adept at capturing an individual's personality - fun, flirty, relaxed, and natural. Many photographers are also skilled in giving advice for posing, clothing choices, accessories, makeup, and settings. Similar to capturing the emotion and authenticity of a couple on their wedding day, or the raw joy of parents with a newborn. Photographers don’t change what they are photographing, they just capture their subject in the best possible way.
While professional photos can make you stand out in the online dating game, it’s important to also use a mixture of quality snapshot photos of yourself as well - celebrating with friends, enjoying a vacation, relaxing at home, or enjoying a hobby. These lifestyle photos are necessary in showing that you are a real person with real experiences, and not a curated series of professional images.
If you are serious about the quality of matches you hope to attract through your dating profile, your photos will be a factor. Consider critiquing your current photo array and revising it with a combination of professional lifestyle photos and quality real-life images. Both are important and necessary, and differ in the story they tell and the tone they portray. The balance will show those viewing your profile you are genuine and sincere.
There is a distinct difference in the style of photography used for corporate headshots and online dating sites. Make sure you hire a professional who knows both! Make sure to get in touch! For most vivid photography contact Eli Zaturanski Photography today!
You may ask yourself why a professional photographer would be necessary at a corporate event these days. Everyone has a smartphone and are constantly snapping images and posting them places that are available to view. This is true! However, these images will not be the quality images that a professional would be capable of capturing. They will not bring your corporate event or conferences to life with still images the way a professional would. They are likely to be more social documentation of an event than professional as well.
Professional images are important for a business because they show a more polished version of the business image and promote a more professional promotional output. These are images that can be used to represent a company on their website, in their internal business magazines, brochures, press releases and more. They will showcase what the business does beyond the product of service. They could be used to showcase a high profile keynotes speaker. They may also be a great way to evidence the way a company treats its employees and the way they value and reward them for their hard work.
It is important to impress a professional image of the company upon viewers of the images. This is difficult to do without the proper professional doing the documentation. In fact it is vital to the longevity of a business for the public to view it in a positive manner with the right visual impacts. A professional photographer at your event can ensure high quality images that make for quick, easy and identifiable visuals of your company’s brand and image.
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Weddings are often one of the most exciting days in life for couples. It's a grand event celebrating the next big step in your relationship, and a lifelong commitment to this journey through time together. The end result is wonderful, but the planning and execution to get there can be quite overwhelming. I recently photographed the beautiful wedding of Liliya and George, and Liliya shared some of her wedding planning hurdles leading up to the big day.
"Everyone talks about the ring, the perfect dress, and the date when they hear you're planning a wedding. "When's the big day?" they all ask in earnest. "Can I see the ring?" "Have you picked your dress?!" What they don't prepare you for is all the other little details that come along with planning a wedding.
Don't get me wrong, I was excited for cake tasting and shoe shopping, but what I wasn't ready for was the plethora of decisions thrown my way. Think of going to the grocery store to grab ketchup and being hit with 8 shelves full of different brands of tomato sauce. Now take into account the varying sizes. And don't forget to choose if you want a classic pour bottle, a squeeze top, a twist cap, or flip lid. Now multiply that by a hundred and you'll have an idea of what it's like to wedding plan. So. Many. Choices!
From table linens to silverware, table numbers to floral arrangements, guest books to wedding favors, I'm now convinced that wedding planning is the thing nightmares are made of. Big Pinterest board nightmares with ghosts cloaked in wedding veils and topiary monsters. By the time I got down to revising the guest list, I was ready to just elope. By this point, the good news is you've already snagged the venue, narrowed down the catering menu, and booked your flights out for the honeymoon. The end is near and there's no going back now!
All in all, there were definitely some hurdles and planning our wedding was pretty time consuming to say the least. But even though it sounds cliché, it's totally worth it in the end. You get to enjoy a beautiful day with the love of your life, surrounded by friends and family wishing you well. It may not always be a piece of cake, but those cake choices sure paid off, and I would do it again in a heartbeat."
Recently engaged? Congrats! I would love to chat about your wedding photography needs. Make sure to get in touch! For most vivid photography contact Eli Zaturanski Photography today!
It is important to document our heritage and traditions, especially those important religious celebrations. Rosh Hashanah is a great opportunity to celebrate culture and coming together as a community. Rosh Hashanah is a beautiful celebration of the Jewish New Year. On this day we commemorate the birthday of the universe and God’s creation of Adam and Eve with candle lighting, feasting on traditional dishes day and night, and the sounding of the shofar (ram’s horn). All of these elements of the celebration are opportunities for documentation. It is a wonderful opportunity to have beautiful images to look back on, celebrating the culture and sweetness of the holiday.
There are so many opportunities throughout Rosh Hashanah to document the beauty of the celebration and coming together as a family. Having a professional photographer at your disposal to document the sweetness and beauty of welcoming the Jewish New Year is a wonderful way for you to have keepsakes and memories of the experience over the years without having to break away from the moment yourself. Having someone else there to capture the event allows you to remain focused and engaged on the moment. Especially with it being a religious tradition and celebration, your attention should be on the present, engaging with one another, focusing on the prayers and the symbolism of the celebration.
Making the next year as sweet as possible - contact Eli Zaturanski Photography today! email@example.com
When you meet someone for the first time, you likely form some opinions about them. Are they friendly? Do they seem dependable? Could I envision myself working with this person? First impressions are important, and you only get one chance to make a first impression- so it's best to make it count.
In this age of technology and social media, first impressions are more important than ever. With sites such as LinkedIn and other professional networking sites, our initial meeting with potential employers or clients often comes in the form of a thumbnail sized picture and a bullet point summary of qualifications. With literally hundreds of candidates at their fingertips, how do you stand out?
One of the first things you need to do in order to build your online presence is to have some professional headshots done. When scrolling through pages and pages of applicants, you don't want a dimly lit selfie representing who you are. Think of how you want to be portrayed to potential employers or clients when they come across your picture. Entrepreneurs, actors, musicians, and executives alike benefit from displaying headshots.
In this fast paced world of ever evolving technology, it's your best shot at getting noticed, so that you can then expand on the ever important first impression. Contact me to take the first step in building your professional brand, and let's get creative on how to get you noticed with some headshots that market just how great you are.
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Growing up, there are different ways people mark the coming of age. You may consider adulthood by whatever coincides with the law, or you may have cultural or religious traditions that dictate when a child crosses over into adulthood. In the Jewish community, Bnei Mitzvahs are celebrated at the age of 13, which signifies the beginning of a young child's own responsibility for their actions. It is always such a wonderful time capturing Bat Mitzvah photography and Bar Mitzvah photography for the Bay Area Berkeley Jewish community.
No longer are the parents accountable for upholding the traditions, morals, and ethics for their young son or daughter; the Bnei Mitzvah is now able to participate in all areas of the Jewish community as an equal.
Adam and Jack recently celebrated becoming Bar Mitzvahs within their community. They began the ceremony at their synagogue, where their family, Rabbi, and leaders witnessed their hard work in preparation for this day. They each read from the Torah, where they showcased their knowledge of the Hebrew language.
Their family was incredibly proud of the young men and their transition into adulthood. Later that evening, there was a party for Adam and Jack. Friends and loved ones piled into the reception hall for a night of games, dancing, and celebration.
Even though they became adults within their community, the party was all about having fun and being carefree. There wasn't a single person sitting on the sidelines when it came time to dance.
It was a full on festival marking the Bnei Mitzvah and their hard work and dedication to their community. As the chairs were lifted above the crowd of dancing partygoers, and the boys' faces beamed with pride, it was truly an honor to capture the joy in the room that night. Mazel Tov!
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Real life. Real life is messy. Real life is fun. Real life is triumphs and struggles and celebration and sadness. Real life is all over the place. Real life is chaos. Real life is anything but posed. And that's exactly why real life is one of my absolute favorite things to capture.
I had the pleasure of photographing Yakov and Chen's family recently for an outdoor family photo shoot. We headed out to a big open field where the kids could run around and play and be their happy and silly little selves.
This family is so energetic and fun! Dad laid right down in the grass and tossed his little girl up in the air like an airplane. He was all smiles as his son happily blew on a harmonica while the others danced in tune. Mom knelt down and threw grass in the air in a mini celebration with her daughter. There were genuine smiles.
There was authentic laughter. This is what family photo shoots are made of! This is what love is all about. Families are unique and chaotic, especially when you throw kids in the mix! But amidst that chaos is a deep and stark beauty. Families are authentic and real, and it's truly a treat when you're able to convey that behind the lens. Families are anything but posed, and capturing the love that flows between them is such an incredible honor.
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It is no secret that people judge each other based on first impressions. Its the same when an employer checks into someone's digital profile or meets them in person. You are making an impression. This makes it very important to have a strong professional profile that casts a person's Personal Brand in the most favorable light.
As you know, LinkedIn is the primary place employers go to vet their candidates. When creating a profile, you want to standout from you competition. You can do this by incorporating unique elements that separate you from your competition. San Francisco is a market that has a lot of opportunity as well as a lot of qualified and driven individuals. Give the employer an idea of who you are as a person as well as your accomplishments with visual brand appeal.
Personal branding in San Francisco is critical. It is important to include personal branding with photos on your profile that gives the employer a positive perception of you. Your image is just as important as your accomplishments. Because this photo makes such an impression on the employer it is important to get a quality photo. Make sure to use a photographer that understands what you need and can capture your personality and project the image of you that reflects your personal brand.
Being a professional comes with a lot of responsibilities. Not only do you have to perform well at your job, but it is important that you look the part. Do your clients see you as a professional? Do they see you as the best at your position? Getting the perfect Bay Area artistic headshots is something that can make you stand out in your workplace, and ensures that you get the most out of every business move that you make. Here are a few tips that will help you get the perfect artistic head shot.
1. First Impression: The first thing people see on your profile or email signature is your photo. You want to make sure that this first impression is a positive one!
A. You need a differentiation factor. You need something to stand out in the crowd. This could be as simple as an eye appealing wardrobe or a smile that brings out your true personality!
B. Being trustworthy is something that all clients or co-workers appreciate. Be sure to show your true self in your photo! This will enable everyone to feel as if they can trust you in any circumstance.
C. Another admirable trait is confidence. Sitting up straight with your chin slightly tilted upwards will show future clients that you are a confident person that can get the job done. People want to know that you are the person for the job at hand.
2. Independent Contractors: If you are an independent contractor or service person, it is crucial that you look great to your prospective customers. Be sure to look sharp.
A. Ladies, make-up can look absolutely stunning, but keep it simple! Too much make-up can make you look unprofessional.
B. Making your the photos on your professional social media artistic can be very beneficial. Artistic headshots tell your audience that you have class and personality. Yet another way to stand out from the crowd.
3. Career Change: If you are making a career change, you want to make sure your head shot is on point.
A. Revamping your image is never a bad idea. Changing between careers is a huge change, and your look should compliment that! Changing up your wardrobe, hairstyle, or the lighting of your head shot could make a huge difference.
B. Be sure to look fresh. Make sure you are classy, but current. Look up the current professional trends and implement that into your head shot.
C. Looking hireable is a huge factor in getting the perfect head shot. Having a warm smile paired with a professional look will ensure that you get the perfect job that you are looking for.
The job market is very competitive right now, both in startups to established tech companies. San Francisco is no exception. You need all the help you can get to compete in the job market in San Francisco. Use these techniques to land your dream SF Job.
1. Jobs in tech come in a lot of flavors, but most follow along the lines of sales, marketing, design and programming - especially for startups. When going after a job, be really specific about the job. Learn as much as you possibly can about the position.
a. Marketing- Be able to build chemistry between a company and consumer. Have a strong ability to research, strategize and build effective campaigns. Are you a master of psychology and crossing off to-do lists...then this is the right option for you.
b. Sales- Sales is the backbone of revenue generation for most Silicon Valley companies. Learn some good sales techniques like SPIN selling and you will be off to the races. Knowing the skills and having a track record of success makes you highly sought after.
c. Design- Be able to empathize with your client and deliver a quality product. Get to know them, their problems and how to design your products effectively to meet their precise needs.
d. Programming- Analytical mindsets are extremely helpful with this one. Engineering is the core of any tech business, so if you can deliver, people will call you for work. Get ready to be hunted by recruiters.
e. Get really specific about the sub skill set you want to master
After you know the major category, then specialize deeply into the sub category of skills. Early stage companies love generalists. The older a company gets and more sophisticated it becomes, the more they are going to want you to specialize. So make a few guesses about the sub categories you want to go after, then go on LinkedIn to find people who do those jobs and get to know them. You will learn all you need from these people. After that, get out there and practice. Nothing says hirability like experience.
2. Take a course on Udacity to get a nano degree in the field you want to work in.
These courses are often quite affordable. Having a nano-degree will allow you to shine above people in similar seniority levels as you. Getting extra skills helps you fill in gaps in your skillset.
3. Create profiles on the major sites. You will want to include photos, a head shot, a list of accomplishments, past positions and experience and references on each site. Each one has their own idiosyncrasies. Learn what each site requires and get to work. If you lay the ground work with good SEO in your site, you will have recruiters knocking down your door to find you and recruit you. Companies are always starving for "talent."
4. Write your accomplishments and the techniques you used to achieve them in your profiles in an organized way.
The easier it is for your potential employers to read your profiles, the more likely they are to have a conversation with you.
5. Have an excellent headshot that portrays you and your personal brand.
This isn't a small step. Your Facebook photo or Instagram pic isn't going to cut it here. Your photo needs to tell a story. It needs to tell the story of you. There is a reason Tinder is so popular. In this case, you can judge a book by its cover. You want that story to say: I am confident, have personality, am trustworthy and get stuff done. You can count on me. Does your photo say that? If not, you need to upgrade your professional headshot and make a good impression.
6. Find a mentor and offer to do a free or low paid internship under them to gain experience.
This will give you much needed experience for your resume. How does a person start their career? Often by doing free work. Yeah, it sucks, but it pads your resume and makes you look like you can do the job that you want to get into. People are often willing to give internships to helpful candidates. Then they often hire their interns... Added bonus don't you think?
7. Cold email 50 people in your field on LinkedIn for advice.
Now that your profiles look good and your skills are up to date, its time to go build your network with people that can help you throughout your career. In this case one of the easiest ways to do this is to reach out to people more senior to you and ask for their advice. These are relationships you will have for the rest of your career. People love to help. So get them to help you. It makes them feel good and helps you get on your feet. Its not just advice. Its connections, its filling in skill gaps, it them straight up hiring you. Sounds easy right? It is.
a. Reach back out to those people after applying their advice and tell them. They will really respect you after you do this.
b. Write a resume and ask for their advice on it
c. Show off what you did in an internship
8. Ask for a job!
Some of these mentors will know people who are hiring, they may even be hiring themselves. Ask them if they know anybody that is hiring for "this kind of work." They will often say "you know what, I am, would you like to come interview?"
That's how you get a job in San Francisco.
Getting professional headshots taken can open up many opportunities. It is vitally important that your headshots reflect what you look like in reality, because consistency equals trust. People want to make sure that your profile picture looks like you in real life. Headshots are useful for networking, getting promotions, obtaining new clients, and creating the best impression of yourself.
It is crucial that you keep your headshots up to date and relevant. As you get older, gain/lose weight, change your hair color, etc. it is time to take new headshots. As you grow as a person, we want to ensure that your unique personality is captured. You always want your audience to have a clear vision of who you are today that way they can trust you whenever they meet you face to face. They will be reassured that you are not trying to hide anything from them.
In order to stay professional, you must always keep your headshots relevant to what you want to achieve. For example, if you use headshots for a job opportunity, then your attire would be much different than if you were using them for a dating website. Eli Z Photography can help you with the goals that you want to achieve while making a great first impression on anyone who views your headshots.
So you are in the startup world and want to know the attire to fit in and make the best impression. Its important to get the best headshots for startups in the bay area specifically. The dress code is different at different sized startups from seed/early stage, mid-stage, and late stage/pre-ipo. When making a first impression on someone based off a headshot, it is vitally important that your clothing convey that right message. Each stage is unique in its own way, and it will prepare you for picking out the perfect clothes for your headshots.
If you are still in the early stages, then I would suggest mirroring someone such as Morgan Brown – casual, cool, and even a bit punky. You want to look definable and like you know how to think way outside of the box. This is going to reel the audience by showing off your potential. This is how you make the perfect headshot for an early stage startup.
The mid-stage is corporate casual with a dash of hipster. You want to keep it professional, while not taking yourself too seriously. A plaid button up shirt with leather shoes or sneakers will do just the trick! Make your mid-stage startup photo look perfect.
When you finally get to the late stage startups/pre-IPO you want to be on the verge of corporate attire, but still with a flare. You don’t want to put on that suite and tie quit yet. A great example of this is Sean Ellis or anyone at Salesforce. All of the corporate images from Google of their people. So you are now a corporate professional. You need the corporate professional headshot to make you look like one.
In conclusion. Its vital to look the part. Showing up and looking like you are supposed to be there will win you more opportunities and more deals.
In a city like San Francisco, competition for work is fierce. You really need to stand above the crowd to get noticed. Its important represent yourself well so that you can really be the one the hiring manager notices. Proper corporate headshots in San Francisco can be very productive way to get noticed. Professional headshots are the best way to make a good digital first impression and get the ball rolling on new job opportunities, warming up new sales leads, or raising funding from VCs. So look your best for your opportunities with the best San Francisco headshots.
Make sure that you look the part. You want your future employers to take you seriously from the first time they see your professional headshot. When taking corporate and professional headshots, remember your employers and the environment and dress code they are accustomed to. Get your clothes dry cleaned. They are more likely to respect you when you look like you care and take your potential job seriously. Be sure to fuel your body and be prepared for your session. Have a cup of coffee and eat a light snack or small meal that will keep you full and energized. Avoid a heavy meal that may end up having an adverse effect. The most important part? Make sure you get a good night's sleep before your session, dark bags under your eyes are never attractive!
For Service Based Businesses
It is important to research you competitors within your market and be sure that you are keeping yourself relevant and up to par. Study their approach and match their efforts. Set yourself apart on the job and let the quality of your work send the message that you are the one for the job.
A good first impression is crucial in building rapport with your future clients. When someone looks at your company’s website or your LinkedIn profile, how do you want to be seen? Confident? Professional? Unique? Having a great head shot is the perfect tool to help others see that you are a good fit for the job at hand. Here are a few tips that will help you make the best first impression with your head shot.
Stand out from the crowd: Don’t be afraid to add unique details to your photo. Using a different background, wearing a fun outfit, or simply using a non-traditional pose can help you stand out from your competitors.
Look like you are important: Be sure to dress professionally and act confident. People want to see that you are willing to do what it takes to meet their needs. Tilting your chin slightly upwards can make you appear that you believe in yourself.
Look memorable: Feel free to have fun with your head shot! After all, you want others to remember who you are and what you are all about, that can be done with a great headshot!
Increase trust: Having a sincere smile and soft eyes will help you build trust with your future clients. People hire people, not just skills. A good rule of thumb is just to be yourself in your head-shot, and be somebody you could go have lunch with!
Trying to rent or sub-lease your space can seem daunting (and even seem impossible), especially if you’ve already been looking for renters. One of the most important aspects of advertising that your place is up for rent (or Sublease), is having the right pictures to make your place look inviting.
Not a professional photographer? Can’t hire one? No worries! Anyone can take the right pictures to make a space look good if you follow some simple DIY photography tips (by the way all these pics were shot with iPhone):
1. AESTHETICS -- Make your space look visually appealing. Organize, clean, and tidy things up. If your space is messy, when prospective tenants are visualizing moving in, they will inevitably see themselves in the mess -- no one wants to live in a mess!
2. LIGHTING -- Open your blinds and curtains. Bring in as much natural light into the space as you can. Natural light makes a space look more alive and inviting. This will make your pictures look cheery and pleasant.
3. TIMING -- The best time of day to capture your space is around Sunset. This will make your space look warm and cozy. Not sure when sunset will be? Do a quick Google search! Quick disclaimer these photos were not shot in Sunset just because I had the inspiration in day light...
4. MAXIMIZATION -- Don’t be discouraged by the size of your space. You can make any place look great and larger than it really is if you capture it from the right angles. Bring the camera as close to the wall as possible to get the widest view of the room, this will make it appear larger.
5. ORIENTATION -- As a general rule, take all of your pictures horizontally. This will capture more of the room at one time and is most appealing to the eye.
6. DETAILS -- People love unusual fun accents! Capture some shots of the the interesting architecture, the cool bathroom upgrade, the great counters in the kitchen, or even some of your fun decor. This just shows the great possibilities that your space has!
7. FINALLY -- Don’t stress about it! Put your favorite music on, pour yourself a drink, and have fun. Follow these guidelines, and trust that just the right person will come along!
Following these seven steps should not only get you just the pictures you are looking for, but the perfect tenant you are looking for! Good luck!