Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:20PM
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The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words. As a professional photographer, I will definitely have to say that I don't completely agree with this saying. 

In today's world, all pictures are not worth a penny with a hole in it. Let alone a thousand words. Maybe 20 words, if that, and that's me being nice. What happens when you pay a significant amount of money for professional photography services and your photo says "nothing"?

Here are a few tips on making sure you get your money's worth: 

Style: All photographers have specific shooting style. There is a look that all of these have. Decide if you like. 

Samples: If they sell it, you should see it. Always ask to see their sample or portfolios. You want to make sure they can reproduce the style and that they're consistent. You want to make sure you're getting your money's worth. 

Communication: If you aren't the one asking questions, your photographer should. They should ask questions pertaining to the photo shoot ie style or dress, inside or outside, individual or family portraits, what is the photo needed for, digitals or physical prints. 

Reviews: Reviews are like referrals or testimonies. You want to see testimonies from previous clients. You want to make sure that person is good at what they say they're good at.

Comfort: Make sure whomever is involved is comfortable with the photographer. It's always best to make sure you and the photographer vibe well. 

Flexibility: You want a photographer who's willing and able to work under any conditions and who works well under pressure. It would be amazing to have a photographer who has lots of patience. 

 

All in all, as I mentioned above, you want your photographer to possess all of these qualities. You're photos should be created, and not taken. In the end, you should be left with a photograph of legacy. 

 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:11PM
By Nikkia Redd
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      I recently did a photo session with some of the most stylish men that I know. From suits to amazing coats and casual pieces, these men looked amazing enough to go inside GQ magazine. Then, I started realizing that I should write a post about what makes a stylish man, stylish. 

Men are completely different from women. As a woman, our style is made up of many bells and whistles and tend to change often. Men are completely different. They find a style that works for them and they stick with it. 

The questions I pose for today are:

  • What are the makings of a stylish man?
  • What are HIS habits?

In my personal opinion, attitude, lifestyle, surroundings, and personality traits make up a stylish man. All four components, if viewed in a positive light, can make him look the best!

A stylish man's habits would be:

  • Investment pieces. Stylish men invest in expensive, timeless pieces that are interchangeable. Pieces that will last you for a lifetime. 
  • Amazing shoes. He will invest in shoes that wouldn't have to be replaced every 3-6 months.
  • Tailors. A stylish man will have a tailor on call. His suits would be customized and altered to fit his body size and style. 
  • Taking pride in HIS appearance. He will be well groomed from top to bottom. 
  • Knowing that quality vs quantity is impoprtant. A stylisth man may have just enough pieces in his closet that will last forever vs having a cheap sweater in various colors. If he's a casual man, his quality pieces could be dressed up or down. If he's the tailored suit kind of guy, his quality pieces would be for work and then off to happy hour afterwards. 

My challenge for you is to take a look in your closet and ask yourself this: What does my clothes say about my lifestyle? What are the makings of my style?

 
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 1:36PM
By Nikkia Redd
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As a professional photographer, I've always wondered why women don't find themselves attractive enough to be photographed. Why don't women value themselves enough to take sexy photos regardless if they have a partner or not?

Being sexy is not a look. It's an attitude!

Think about the things that make you beautiful. Could it be your personality? Your style? Your snazzy attitude?

So, ask yourself. Are you beautiful enough? Are you daring enough to be photographed? 

Take the challenge in 2015 and let us show you how sexy you are.

 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 9:26PM
By Nikkia Redd
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So, I've finally opened a photography studio! I'm out on my own, working for myself and I'm so excited!!! The only problem is that I'm scared to death of failing by not attracting the clients that I need. I brought a bunch of marketing, creative live, Sara Petty and Sue B. Zimmerman stuff. I've joined business networking groups and started networking with other photographers in the area, in which none of this gives me dollars. 

I've started blog posting and trying to draw in my audience. Honestly, starting a business is a lot more work than just working for someone. I have so many goals and dreams; so many things that I want to make happen. 

Where do I start?

Now that I've achieved getting my studio, the next step is:

  • Schedule at least three paid sessions a week. 
  • Becoming an amazing teacher like so many of my professional photography friends.
  • Establish a style and brand. 

Wish me luck on my journey!