Here are selections from two Professional Portrait sessions, which show an interesting juxtaposition between a sales and marketing executive and a Berlin fashion model. When shooting a Professional Portrait or Visual Branding session there are so many things to consider, from the individual's personality, to the message they want to convey, and of course their profession. If you'd like to have some professional portraits taken, or update your images, reach out to me to book a session.
Mia Moss creates handmade pottery and ceramics in her Berlin studio Moss Keramik. An eco-friendly artist, who never lets a scrap of clay go to waste (see the photo depicting how she recycles leftover pottery shards into new clay), Mia makes hand-forged pieces -- each with its own personality. She believes that art should be something we live among, that is not only functional, but also enhances our homes and our lives. Each of the artist's pieces is infused with her own humor and love for life. With their slight imperfections and fanciful forms, she considers them friends, especially her funny little creatures that pep up a space with a pop of personality wherever they go.
I took photos of Mia at work in her studio for a Social Media Content Creation photography session, where I captured an array of images for the artist to use on her social media outlets (See @mosskeramik on Instagram). During the one-hour session, I photographed her work, as well as the artist in action -- kneading clay, trimming at the potter's wheel, and brushing on ceramic glaze.
My Social Media Content Creation service is a monthly subscription service where I spend one hour with you each month, photographing you doing what you do so you'll never be lacking in content for your social media outlets.
I'll be adding new photos to the Moss Keramik gallery as I take them, so check back next month to see the new images.
It's not just cookies at Cookies & Co. -- though Mira does bake up delicious fresh batches daily. At this inviting restaurant near Helmholtzplatz in Berlin, Mira and her husband Ori prepare an assortment of breakfast and lunch options in addition to unusual desserts like a wedge of watermelon topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a brownie drizzled with pine honey.
I had a fun morning photographing Mira making a hearty breakfast plate of slow cooked eggs on homemade bread with tons of fresh veggies, while Ori prepared an exquisite cappuccino with locally brewed coffee. The shoot was part of my social media content subscription service, where I take a series of photos that you can pull from for your various social media sites, like Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter (Here's a link to Cookies & Co's Instagram, which I'm drooling over daily). Do you need photos to populate your own social media sites? Let's work together!
Elmi Amran is a mobile massage therapist based in Berlin, who specializes in the wellness of new parents and mothers-to-be. When Elmi became a mother herself, she realized how important it is for mothers to learn how to prioritize their own self care, and how emotionally and physically beneficial massage therapy can be in that process. She started Bliss Mama Massage as a way to bring her massage services to mothers (and fathers); to give them a chance to restore their inner calm in the comfort of their own home. I had the chance to accompany Elmi on a client visit and document her story as she carries her portable massage table down to the U-Bahn, sets up a comfortable oasis in her client's home, and lets the rejuvenating process begin.
Eva Molnar is a Berlin-based social media manager for musicians. The city's colorful indoor and outdoor spaces provided the perfect backdrops for our visual branding session.
There are so many different aspects of a personality that come out during a Professional Portrait Session. The slightest alteration in an expression can convey an entirely different mood. It's a good idea to have a range of different photos to choose from when you're presenting yourself to the public -- on your website, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. My Professional Portrait Sessions give my clients an array of images to choose from, so they always have just the right kind of look for the message they want to convey. Here are a batch of photographs from some recent Professional Portrait Sessions. Have a look!
I was commissioned by The Wild Word to do a book publicity shoot for Mike Hembury's new book: New Clone City
Mike Hembury is an Anglo-Berliner originally from Portland, England. He’s a writer, translator, musician, coder, sailor, environmentalist, and guitar nerd in no particular order. He is the SOAPBOX columnist at The Wild Word magazine. You can follow Mike on Twitter here: twitter.com/schnappz
I was asked by The Wild Word to do a few advertising portraits for the upcoming CRAW Arts & Alternative Irish Music Festival here in Berlin. I always love being a part of the creative economy and I quickly accepted to travel to Tempelhofer Feld to meet the CRAW crew with some amazingly crafted crow masks. If you're interested in the concept of the festival, check out the wonderful piece on The Wild Word, here.
Day Two of Laura Lloyd's Visual Branding shoot was more focused on her courses of Mindful Eating and a Fussy Eaters an online course she's developing for parents! So these "characters of herself and her brand" are less Frida Kahlo, but still encompassing the full range of quirky wonderfulness of Laura Lloyd.
Laura Lloyd is a certified eating psychology coach. She and I have a done a few shoots together for her growing business, however this most recent shoot was EPIC. It was a full overhaul for her websites -- yep multiple websites. She also does online courses and downloadable guides.
We collaborated to build out all the images she might need for a while, because she was moving away from Berlin and back to the U.K. She has started updating her main website - so now I thought I would decompress about the experience and the wonderful joy-filled two days my team and Laura had with each other.
SO here's a behind the scene of what went into this shoot. We first met with just each other to discuss her needs for the new online courses and revamp of her branding. She also followed some inspiring branding advice from Jenna Soard off a Teachable course. She filled out an questionnaire that really helped us begin to define key terms, moods, concepts and colors.
Here's some a few key thoughts off of that questionnaire -
Core Message: I help sassy, ambitious, creative women feel sane, relaxed and self-trusting with food and body image, so their spiritual & creative energy is unleashed for their bigger game, with my coaching & my online courses.
Theme/story of the lauralloyd.co brand: Deep red, coral pink, fruit, foliage, flowers & birds, sky blue? painting, punk rock, frida kahlo, eastern yogic spa spirituality, fearless, natural, inner, playfully irreverent
Taglines: Abundant self-love, and rock-hard self-belief | Self-transformation is an act of radical creativity
What are your brand adjectives?: fearless, heart-opening, irreverent, sassy, creative, rock-hard, deep, sensual, bodily, explosive, natural, inner
That really kicked off building the mood boards on Pinterest.
Then once I could tell we need a bit more styling help to get the right moods down, we brought in Lucia Jess. Lucia is an wonderful stylist that works with me often and has a great ability to work out what clients are trying to achieve with their wardrobes. THIS was the best part/key of the whole collaboration! Once Lucia was brought - we amp-ed it up a lot.
We also knew that these "characters", these "themed versions of Laura" would also need great hair and make-up. We got the super talented and fun to work with Alana Holmes.
This shoot was planned for a two day shoot (an indoor location day and an outdoor location day). See....big big shoot! I excel well with organization and planning. It makes my heart flutter. So when Lucia Jess arrived with all the outfits completely organized and ready to go and Alana ready with her whole kit and sushi themed jokes, I remembered why I love working with other fantastic creatives!
OKAY...Let's see some of the key photos from DAY ONE! Come back soon for DAY TWO of the shoot!
Expath is a fantastic company that makes it's mission to make Expat life in Berlin easier. They offer German language courses, but sooo much more. I have photographed this business three times now. The very first time was 5 years ago on a random trip to Germany. They had just open their doors then and now they have a new location in Mitte!
We love our Visual Branding photos! Before shooting, Nina really helped us put into words what we needed out of the photos in terms of our image, message and style. She really listened to us, understood what we wanted to say, and gave us lots of practical tips on what would work best for our photos. Nina did every kind of shot - inside, outside, live workshops and classes, 1-on-1 meetings, staff portraits, our office space - and they all turned out great. In particular, we love her really informal and natural style - the shots didn't feel staged or too posed. Nina really shows Expath just how we want to be seen. We highly recommend her to help with your visual branding.
-Tia Robinson, Managing Director of Expath
Visual Branding | Vinyasa Yoga with Kristin Tovson
Kristin Tovson is starting out 2018 with a new website for her Yoga classes! Berlin has numerous English speaking Expats, so having found an fantastic English speaking Yoga teacher that well skilled and trained, accepting of all body shapes, and a genuine caring person...is like GOLD. I am pleased that she reached out to me for a Visual Branding session to set up her new website. It was fantastic two day shoot! I can't wait to see the new website. It brings me such joy to be able to provide a piece of the puzzle to Kristin entrepreneurial success!
Joynes Kitchen | Modern French Cuisine in Berlin (Charlottenburg) | a place for truly special occasions...
Anthony & Lucia Joynes opened a beautiful restaurant, Joynes Kitchen, last year. They are a husband and wife team of two running the whole show. Anthony is a world traveled/trained chef from Auckland, New Zealand and Lucia is a trained pâtissière that works the front of the house. They wrote to me about their desire of some new advertising and social media content photographs. I suggested that we work together to create a Visual Branding campaign that showcased what makes Joynes Kitchen special. We had meetings to discuss their advertising needs, ideal customers, and a bit further into their dreams for the restaurant. When I do these campaigns, I always push my clients by asking them to daydream about what they want to goals they want to achieve in the short term and long term. I want my Visual Branding campaigns to be about to get my clients closer to those goals and not just be filler content.
They expressed a strong desire to be known for their fantastic modern French cuisine in a relaxed environment. The biggest take away from our meetings was they want to be the best restaurant in Berlin to bring your family to for a high-end meal on a special occasion without the stress of high-end dining. So therefore, our concept that we created together was to shoot special occasion with multigenerational guests. I went to work finding a "cast." I didn't want just any cast of models. I specifically searched out an actual family so that the interactions between the guests would be authentic. This Visual Advertising story will be used by Joynes Kitchen in various ways and they now have a full story they can tell or stock images for them to use. It was a joy to work with them and I hope you enjoy a view into the life of Joynes Kitchen.
Oh lordy. I had my own portrait done last week by Natalia Smirnova. I was beyond awkward for me. I have all the same issues most of us have with having our photo taken. Isn't amazing that I have all these tips for my clients, but they just *DISAPPEAR* from my head suddenly when I'm on the other side of the camera!
In the beginning, my mind was racing with "should I smile?, should I look there?, how's my hair, should I lean in, should I look away, should I dance on my toes?" Then I stopped...took a break (changed shirts) and thought about what I would do on the other side of the camera. I TALK. I talk the whole time to my clients. We talk about all kinds of random things that have nothing to do with the photo session. We talk about their children, the current video games they are playing, their favorite tv shows, their travel plans, etc. Talking is KEY to my ability to get my clients to relax. So when I changed shirts - I took a deep breath and decided that I would just talk to Natalia and smile in between the fun things we chatted about.
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves when we are getting our portraits taken. It's NOT surgery. It's not dangerous to simply take a bad photo that gets deleted later by the photographer. And honestly, if I as the photographer liked a photo of you and you actually don't like something about it and choose not to show it off...you will NOT hurt my feelings whatsoever. We all have opinions about ourselves. Put forth the ones you like best.
I sincerely wish for my clients to feel relaxed and comfortable in front of my camera. I do my very best to only show photographs of you where your personality and joy shines outwardly.
I want show you more of myself. I'm going to start doing these journal entries. I am very VISUAL so this will be hard for me writing. Maybe, I'll start recording a bit of a vlog...maybe. I do love talking - but can you imagine me staring at myself the whole time recording?! ek. lol.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP currently is hip, it's considered cool but...it's WORK. BUT if you're really in it - It should be an all consuming love fest in your heart. Are you a "jack of all trades" and a rockstar that always finds a solution? Are you an idea person? Are you constantly thinking about how to advance your passion? Is your passion a craft that you are finding ways to improve it?
I absolutely love photography. Photography has been an all consuming (go to bed thinking about and wake up thinking about it) for over 10+ years. I can't tell you the joy of seeing a story be told in a series of images or even better a single image - that's why I consider myself a visual storyteller.
I strongly believe in the idea that our current society is filled with visual consumers.
I also have a sincere heart for entrepreneurs that have the drive, motivation, passion for their craft. I want to see these people succeed. I want to help them succeed. I have started doing Visual Branding sessions to provide consistent cohesive visual images for entrepreneurs. I have seen a great need for this type of photography. Every entrepreneur needs visual images to promote their business on social media, websites, and even printed flyers. Most go to stock images to achieve this quick and push forward. After a while using stock images begins to get confusing to your specific brand. Stock images that are not produced directly for your brand will never promote you correctly.
For most entrepreneurs (these days) your main BRAND is YOU! Your service or product is directly related to you in some way. It feeds out your personality. During these Visual Branding sessions I really get to know my clients because it's the same as getting to know their brands.
So with those few words, I do want to tell you that I will be posting a few blog post with the full break down of the process of a Visual Branding Session with me soon!
Professional Portrait Sessions are my quick refresh sessions to help update your CV photos and social media accounts. A good refresh is invigorating to your self-esteem and helps build intrigue for your clients/followers/prospective employers to see a new photo of you!
How do you visually tell the story of a business consultant? Well, you work hard to know the person and show off them as the brand! Their knowledge and skills are what they sell to help others. Annika is a brilliant multi-talented business consultant. She is a published author within her field, conducts business in multiple languages, has done a TEDx talk, and is also a Mom of awesome two year old. (Family session...soon!)
When Brian Crosby, a composer & multi instrumentalist, contacted me about doing a Visual Branding Session I can honestly say that it was like my two favorite worlds were colliding. I love photography & music. I love the two separately and together (you can see more of my music photography here). Brian was acquainted with my work and understood that I would be entirely interested in his vision of what he needed for his Visual Branding and website update and we would collaborate to create lasting images. If I could photograph musicians every day...I would. So much raw creativity.
*Video not shot by Nina Harwick - but to supply you some beautiful music written and performed by Brian Crosby to accompany your viewing of his Visual Branding session. Please keep scrolling - the music will continue**
Just a few from recent Professional Portrait Sessions! Do you need to update your Linkedin, Facebook or Website Portrait? Just send me a quick message and we can do a short quick session!