Why Investing in Business Branding and Headshot Photography Results in Major Growth

Why Investing in Business Branding and Headshot Photography Results in Major Growth

Now we have the opportunity to build a relationship with your dream client before they even talk with you. How!? Through business branding photography. 

Your portrait headshot and stock photography work to help your business get up-and-running, but if you’re serious about growing your business to the next level; then it’s time to consider branding photography!

Your headshot is just one of the images that tell your brand’s story.  You invest in your laptop, equipment, people, and more. Learn why investing in branding photography is more than a headshot and how this investment grows your business in more ways than one.

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How Branding Photography Grows Your Business

These are just four of the ways that personal and business branding will help you grow your business to new heights. 

Boosts Your Brand Online – Use your branded photos across your online presence to create a cohesive look and feel. If your audience finds you on social media, search, or lands on your website, having the same brand photography elevates your entire presence. 

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Tells Your Story – Branded photography is an opportunity to tell your story through images. Think about how you help your clients and what problems you solve. Maybe your client will feel relieved that you’re helping them with your business finances. Your images can invoke those feelings in a way that draws your dream clients in. 

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Master Your Marketing Strategy – It’s all about content, right? But what content should you create!? It’s tough constantly coming up with content for social media, your blog, and even your email marketing. Having a treasure trove of branded images provides so much great content. 

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Creates Your Personal Invitation (AKA boosts sales!) – Each branded image creates an opportunity to connect and invite your dream client to work with you. Ever notice how people buy from people? Even major brands like North Face showcase people with their products.

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Finding the Right Branding Photographer 

Trust a branding and headshot photographer who understands how to tell the story of you, and your business. Learn more about Personal and Business Branding Sessions through a conversation with White Wave Photography, contact me today to set up a FREE Phone Consultation! No matter what,  I would love to learn more about your business.

Be sure to check out Steiner Family Chiropractic pictured above.  Dr. Marc & Dr. Randi Jo are truly amazing with kids, expectant mamas, and the whole family. 

5 Things to Look for When Hiring a Newborn Photographer

5 Things to Look for When Hiring a Newborn Photographer

Preparing for your baby is such a fun and exciting time. It’s the fastest and slowest 9 months of your life while you research the best baby items, plan your baby shower, and read all the books! Another item on your list is booking your newborn photographer. Finding the right photographer to capture your precious newborn should be a fun experience! Here are 5 things to look for when hiring your newborn photographer!

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How to Hire the Right Newborn Photographer 

  1. Newborn Portrait Style 

Are you looking for lifestyle newborn portraits of posed newborn portraits?  Neither style is wrong or right, and you can find a photographer who offers a blend, but it’s very important to understand how each style is different! Let me break it down for you.

Lifestyle Newborn Portraits – This style is less about providing direction and more about capturing those candid moments with your baby. The newborn photographer may come to your home and simply use settings in your home to capture the photos. For example, you might see photos of the parents holding their newborn in the nursery or on their bed. If your dream is to have these candid moments, you might be interested in lifestyle portrait photography. 

Posed Newborn Portraits – This style provides more direction and posing to capture your baby in different dreamlike scenes. These images can be more custom and can be done in a studio setting or your home. For example, if you see a baby girl swaddled in a floral blanket with matching flowers and her hands tucked under her chin, that’s a posed portrait. If you’re dreaming of your newborn in a dreamlike setting, you might be interested in posed portrait photography.

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  1. Experience with Newborns 

Hey, every photographer needs her start! But, if you’re looking for a photographer that you can trust with the entire newborn experience, look for one with experience in this area. Browse her portfolio or reach out and ask for more samples of her work. Going back to the first thing to look for, if you like a photographer but realize she focused on posed newborn photography and your dream is a lifestyle session, that’s something to consider!

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  1. Portrait Experience 

Look for a photographer who has you in mind throughout the entire process. I don’t just mean the actual shoot! Your photographer should make your life easier before, during, and after the session. You need someone who offers a seamless experience that you can count on. Look for a photographer with a newborn package that starts with getting to know you and ends with your portraits on the wall!

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  1. Personal Connection 

This actually goes for every type of session, but find a photographer with who you feel a personal connection. I’m not saying you have to become best friends (but that’s certainly an added bonus!), but one that you feel understands you and that you feel comfortable spending time with. You should feel cared for throughout the entire process!

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  1. Availability

This one is key! If the newborn photographer you’re considering is booked, then it’s a huge bummer! Many newborn photographers only schedule a certain number of sessions each month to accommodate birthdays. It’s extremely important to have a photographer that has a backup! Reach out as soon as you’re interested to get on the books. 

I would love to be your newborn photographer! Nothing would give me more joy than to capture those first precious moments with your new baby. Send me a note to schedule your free consultation. 

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6 Tips to Survive a Ski Trip with Your Kids

6 Tips to Survive a Ski Trip with Your Kids

Now that SNOW finally arrived last week, it’s time to play! One of my family’s favorite winter activities is to hit the slopes and spend the day skiing. Sharing this winter past time with my kiddos is such a joy. I’ve learned some tips and tricks to going skiing with the whole family, so I’m sharing them with you! I have tips from helping your kids get started with skiing to how to help the non-skiers in your family have fun during a day on the slopes.

My Best Tips for Skiing with Children Near the Seacoast

1. FIND A GREAT SKI SCHOOL
To be totally honest, even though you may be the best skier out there, teaching your own child to ski can be frustrating.  I recommend paying for ski school to get your child skiing on their own faster and to ditch the frustration.  There are some great local programs for kids to learn to ski as well as some of the bigger mountains offer day lessons. 

Here are a few of my favorite:

    • MCINTYRE SKI AREA – Located in Manchester, NH – they have great seasonal programs and are just a short 35-minute drive from the Seacoast (all of my kids did their ski programs)
    • SUGARLOAF – Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME – WORTH THE DRIVE – Sugarloaf is MY FAVORITE!  After working there for 4 years, I fell in love and so have my kids.  Their Perfect Turn Programs are great for all ages and each year we spend at least a long weekend skiing this amazing mountain.  The kids’ programs are in my opinion the best on the east coast.
    • Pats Peak – Located in Henniker, NH – This is where we have had our season passes for the last 3 years.  Just a short 1 hour from the Seacoast – it makes for great day trips.  My daughter who is just 5 loves being able to ski from the top with me using her Ski Harness (a MUST HAVE to save your back).

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2. FIND PROPER SKI GEAR
Having your kids dressed and ready to go in the RIGHT gear is key!  You want them warm and comfortable.  Besides the obvious, skis & ski boots, you will need the proper gloves, base layers, socks, and a HELMET.  Not to mention, hand/feet warmers are a must-have when they are little.  They will help to keep them warm all day.  Always pack extra gloves as they are sure to get wet when your little one falls in the snow.

My favorite local shops for ski gear for kids (and adults) are:

    • Fire on the Mountain in Dover, NH – they have a wonderful boot program where you can get your kids the next size up year after year without investing in new boots every year.  Last year my boys even went in the middle of the year to exchange their boots after a growth spurt.
    • Golf & Ski in Greenland, NH – the $99 junior lease program can’t be beaten when you have kids just starting out.

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3. TEACH THEM TO CARRY THEIR OWN GEAR
Even at a young age, I made a rule that we don’t ski unless you carry your own gear.  There is a LOT of stuff to carry and, as a mom of 3 who has done solo skiing with the kids A LOT, I needed them to learn this early on.

Here are a few must-haves to help:

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4. HAVE FUN AND BUILD IN BREAKS
Remember that skiing is about having fun, BUT it is physically demanding. Your kids will need lots of breaks. Try to build in some breaks throughout the day so everyone rests and refuels before heading back out.  Playing games like pizza/french fries (use an
Edgie Wedgie to help with the pizza) and Red Light/ Green Light will help to keep your toddler/child engaged.  If you notice your kiddo getting tired, take a break, get some hot chocolate, and make a snowman. A day on the slopes is all about making fun memories! 

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5. FIND YOUR SKI TRIBE
Hey, just like anything with parenting, having a tribe is important.  I have a handful of families who we ski with and I am always grateful for them.  Some will take the older boys off on their own and then I have a few who will tough it out on the bunny slopes with me when my 5-year-old is practicing her skills.  My ski tribe is a BLAST! 

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6 tips for skiing with kids

6. BONUS FOR NON-SKIERS
For YEARS my husband was a non-skier (he just learned last year) and we had to find activities for him while the kids and I skied.  Snowshoeing was one of his favorites.  We would also end the day with family tubing – like sledding but WAY BETTER!  Ski resorts have so much to do OTHER than skiing you just need to check out their websites.  Who knows… maybe your non-skier will want to join the fun someday. 😉 

Preparing for Your Safe Newborn Session

Preparing for Your Safe Newborn Session

The first few weeks with your new baby are a whirlwind of love and beautiful chaos! By having newborn photos scheduled, you won’t have to worry about anything in those sleep-deprived days after the birth.  Your sweet babe is only so tiny and new for such a short time. Every time you look at your newborn photos you’ll remember all the love and amazement you felt during those first few weeks. 

Learn how to plan for and prepare for your newborn session along with how I’m keeping my tiny clients safe during this crazy pandemic.

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When to Schedule and Plan Your Newborn Photos 

The best time to reach out to a newborn photographer is well before the birth! I highly recommend reaching out when you are about halfway through your pregnancy. It’s important to give yourself time to find the perfect photographer and get your newborn session on the calendar. Many newborn (and birth) photographers limit how many sessions they schedule per month, so grab your spot as early as you can! 

The ideal time to photograph a newborn is two weeks after the birth, but really, anytime in that first month or two is fine. The photos featured in this post are from when this sweet baby girl is 6 weeks old. The first six weeks or so is when your baby is the most sleepy and snuggly for great posing, BUT whenever you feel ready to have them done is fine!

Worried about how you’ll possibly feel ready for a photography session a mere couple weeks after birth? Let me help!

4 Tips for a Great Newborn Session

I know that thinking about the first two weeks after birth seems like a crazy time to let a photographer into your home to take photographs of your baby and family. Fear not! I bring everything needed for the shoot and here are 4 tips to help you prepare for your newborn session.

tips for a great newborn session

  1. Don’t Stress About the House at All

My friend, I cannot emphasize how little the state of your house bothers me. You just had a baby! I can make any house situation work with no problem. There will be zero judgment at all. In fact, I bet your house will still be more organized than mine!

  1. Try to Feed About a Half Hour Before (but snacks are fine!)

Try to feed your baby about a half-hour before the session is to start. This will hopefully give baby time to eat, burp, and be sleepy in time for the photos! If the baby needs a snack during the session, it’s totally fine! I’m very used to it. 

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  1. Give Yourself Some Time to Glam

If you can, try to give yourself some time to look nice before the session. Take a little extra time in the shower and put on some makeup if that makes you feel good! Trust me, you are so beautiful no matter what, but taking some time for yourself will help you feel relaxed and ready. 

  1. Give Yourself Grace, Mama 

No matter what happens, you will have treasured photos of your baby. Don’t worry about the house or if your newborn will be cooperative. Your baby will be absolutely perfect. I’ve seen it all and worked with all different babies. It’s all good! 

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How I’m Safely Photographing Newborns

The safety of your sweet baby and your entire family is the most important thing to me! I’m always very careful and especially so now. Here are a few ways that I am safely photographing newborn babies. 

First, I am limiting the number of sessions I schedule per week to only two. I do this to limit the number of families I interact with. Second, I always wear my mask during every session. Finally, I make sure to sanitize my hands and any items we may use during the session. 

Display Your Newborn Session Without Adding to Your To-Do List 

The session isn’t over until you have your newborn photos displayed how you want them without adding an item to your to-do list. All you need to do is tell me how you envision these photos displayed in your home, and I take it from there! Whether you’re looking to create an heirloom album or a gallery wall, your photos will be where you can enjoy them every single day!

I would love to be your newborn photographer! Nothing would give me more joy than to capture those first precious moments with your new baby. Send me a note to schedule your free consultation. 

Your Guide to a Thoughtful and Personal Gift this Year!

Your Guide to a Thoughtful and Personal Gift this Year!

I have a good feeling that this 2020 holiday season will be the most magical yet! As I write this post, I’m gearing up for my Red Truck Holiday Sessions this weekend, making my personal holiday gift list (and checking it twice), and promoting my Black Friday Specials

Actually, I’m already seeing how magical this holiday season will be because folks are purchasing truly thoughtful and personal gifts this year! Best yet? I love seeing how many family and friends are shopping LOCAL this year. 

Today, I wanted to share 3 ideas for a personal and loving gift with your portraits and I highlight my 5 favorite local shops with some gift ideas for you. 

Check ‘em out! 

Three Thoughtful Portrait Gift Ideas 

  1. The Torn Edge Solo & Trio Framed Prints

This is a client favorite! Start with your image, combine it with beautiful fine art watercolor paper with hand-torn edges, and complete it with float framing! This product comes complete with the fine art torn edge print, floated-print feature, double mat, and glass – printed, framed, and ready to hang right away. The featured image above shows you what the trio framed print looks like! You can look at my Art Products page for other great ideas.  

  1. Session Gift Certificate 

Give the gift that will last a lifetime by giving your loved one a gift certificate towards a photography session or product! Depending on what you’d like to do, you could purchase a gift certificate to cover a portion of the session and product or the full session.

Who Would Love This?

  • Newly expecting mama for her birth or newborn session
  • Grandparents who would love a professional family portrait 
  • Your partner 

Even better!? I have amazing Black Friday Specials all this month, so you can give even more to your loved one and book your own portrait session for a great price. I have special deals on my mini sessions, portraits, newborns, and even birth photography. Click here to get the details and to book.

  1. Gift Prints 

These are perfect for your loved ones who would cherish a professional photo of your family! Gift prints are printed on the finest archival paper and mounted on a matte board. The beauty of these prints is that they will stand the test of time and last for many years! 

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5 Gift Ideas From Local Businesses 

Small Business Saturday is November 28th! Below some of my favorite local businesses to support and with a great gift for anyone on your list. 

  1. Vernon Family Farm | Newfields, NH) 

This awesome farm store is open daily, year-round. They offer products sourced from over 30 local farms and small businesses! You can purchase a CSA gift card for the 2021 season for your loved one. How cool is that?

Visit their website

  1. Forest + Ash | Exeter, NH

The  F+A Shop has an incredible selection of hand-picked, one-of-a-kind pieces sourced from trusted vendors! They have furniture, accessories, art, kitchenware, and more! Their online store has lots of great gift ideas.

Visit their website 

  1. Puddlejumpers | Exeter, NH 

Looking for a great gift for a child in your life? Puddlejumpers has clothes, toys, and accessories. There’s something for every personality here! The friendly staff can help you find the right gift for your children, nieces and nephews, or grandchildren. 

Visit their website

  1. Relief Parenting & Respite Center | Hampton, NH

This incredible organization provides comprehensive care and supports parents through each stage of parenting. They offer relevant classes for today’s parents, playgroups for babies, childcare on-site for when parents access practitioners located in-house, rooms to rest in, and so much more. Visit their website to learn more. 

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  1. Trends Gift Gallery | Exeter, NH 

If you haven’t been to this shop, it’s a must! Meet Exeter’s Premiere Gift Shop for 35 years! A gift for everyone on your list from children to grandparents. Great prices and super friendly customer service.

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There are so many other amazing local businesses to support in our area. These are just my top 5 favorites. Where’s your favorite local place to shop?