Realtor Headshots: 5 Tips to Getting Good Ones

Let’s try to imagine a real estate world without the realtor headshot. Beside each realtor’s name and contact info would be one of those gray, generic avatars indicating only whether the realtor was a women or man. Of course, the all important marketing tool called “word of mouth,” would account for a good deal of new business, but without a headshot, how would a potential buyer or seller chose?

There are few professions where instilling a sense of trust and knowledge is vital to success. Doctors, lawyers and real estate agents have to look like the experts that they are.  A professional, real estate agent headshot with good lighting and the right pose can go a long way to getting you business. Here are a few tips according to Zillow on how a professional real estate photograph can make you more memorable.

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1) Make sure your photograph is current. There’s nothing more shocking than meeting someone who looks years older than their photo. Remember, you want to instill trust!

2) Do you have a specialty? Farm properties, lake properties or historic homes? Shoot your headshot on location.  If not, use a solid color background.

3) Get electronic versions in .jpg, .gif or .png format.  That way you can upload them to your blog, your LinkedIn page or anywhere on the web. Also ask for hi-resolution versions so you’ll have quality images for printing brochures and other marketing materials.

4) Don’t use props like “For Sale” signs or cell phones. And don’t include anyone else in your photograph unless they’re your realtor partner. No family members, friends, or pets!

5) Take it easy on the retouching! Blemishes are ok to remove, but totally eliminating any age lines or whittling away the waistline can appear to be dishonest.

Happy Selling!

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How a Professional Business Portrait Can Help Your Career

Let's face it, at some point in your career, you're going to need a professional business headshot.  Whether you work in hi-tech, real estate, law, science, finance or the arts, it's impossible to succeed without “marketing” yourself. If you want to develop new contacts and strengthen established relationships, your audience wants to see what you look like. Are you confident, trustworthy, approachable? But you say you already have a business headshot on your website, your Facebook page, your LinkedIn page, your Twitter account and your blog. Are you using the snapshot your office mate took with her cell phone?  Hmmm. Let's try to overlook the poor lighting and distracting background. The question is, “does it convey your confidence, trustworthiness and approachability"?  Probably not. But that's what a good business portrait should do!

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So, you've put this off because you don't like having your picture taken or you think having a professional photo of yourself suggests vanity. Not at all!  Don't think you look as polished as you could? We can work together to determine the best clothing for you and your profession. Need some assistance with makeup and hair styling? No problem. I work with several great  makeup/hair stylists. Don't worry. We won't be doing any major makeovers. Your new business portrait will still be “you” only better! I guarantee you're going to enjoy having your picture taken and love your new business headshot. If not, we'll shoot as many images as necessary until you're satisfied!

Give me a call at 443.840.0484 or to book your session, click here and we can get started on the new professional you!

The Social Media Headshot Session

If you’ve got 30 minutes, you’ve got a new headshot!

Did you just launch a new company, get a promotion or are you embarking on a new career? Don't forget to update your social media profile photo! You can do it quickly and affordably with this social media headshot session. Arrive at my studio in your best business attire and I'll provide the following:

  • 30 minute session

  • light or dark background

  • online proof gallery

  • 1 retouched high resolution image (standard retouching includes removing stray hairs, brightening eyes, teeth whitening and reducing age lines).

  • image delivered via download

  • Final image is typically delivered electronically within 48 hours after your selection.

  • Additional retouches are $45 each

Check here and book your session online today or call me at 443.840.0484.

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  • A non-refundable deposit of $85 is required to book your session.

  • Your deposit is applied to your fee. The remainder, due at the time of your session, can be paid by personal check, money order, credit card or cash. A 5% Maryland sales tax will be applied to all orders.

What to Wear for Your Business Portrait

Everyone has questions about what to wear for their business portrait. While there's no one-size-fits-all answer on what to wear, there are a few tips and considerations to keep in mind when choosing an outfit. Above all, it's important to wear something that you're comfortable in and that captures your personality and business. Your business portrait is part of your brand. If your brand involves wearing bold clothing, than by all means, wear that in the headshot. It'll make the headshot eye-catching and will cement your brand in a potential client's mind. Just keep in mind that certain bright colors, such as pink and yellow, may be very distracting to a client. Dark colors and earth tones are advisable, as they do not distract the eye from your face.

Stick with clothes that fit you. Squeezing into a dress or suit that fit you a few sizes ago is not only uncomfortable for you, it'll make the headshots look stiff and uncomfortable too. The same can be said for clothes that are too big.  Lost a significant amount of weight recently? Have your favorite jacket or pants tailored. It's money well spent when you look and feel great. Focus on the shirt more than the pants or skirt. Most business portraits are of the upper body only. That being said, try not to wear a low cut top or a strapless shirt if you are a woman. Depending on the angle of the photo, it may look as though you are topless, which is probably not the image you want put out there.

Even if you don't wear makeup in everyday life, it's best to put some on for the photo shoot. Professionally done makeup evens out your skin and hides any imperfections. It also prevents you from looking washed out.

Read more about why you need professional business portraits or call me at 443.840.0484!

Cheers,

Bonnie

Why wearing makeup will make your business headshots so much better!

The idea of wearing makeup in Western culture, especially in the United States, is fraught with emotion and much debate. I did a quick, unscientific search on Google to see what I would find.  "Whether to wear makeup or not" resulted in more than fifteen pages of results and a ton of other, related topics.

There were lots of articles like Should You Wear Makeup at Work? published in the January 2017 issue of Scientific American, and a recent article in the New York Times Style Magazine, To Wear Makeup or Not to Wear Makeup, with a before and after photo illustration of singer Alicia Keys. What's a professional women to do about whether to wear makeup when it comes to her business headshots?

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I've decided to make the decision for you. Well, not really. Actually you've made the decision for yourself. If you're thinking of working with me, or any other professional business headshot photographer, you'll need to dig deep and think what your end game is. Why do you need these business headshots anyway? Do you want more clients? A promotion or advancement in your career? Maybe you want to make more money. Nothing wrong with any of those goals. I’m right there with you! However, I nor any other photographer can guarantee any of these wonderful aspirations happening for you, but I do know putting your best foot (in this case face) forward in your business headshots will go along way.

Maybe you're a staunch feminist and think that wearing makeup objectifies women. I totally get that. I came of age in the 70’s when not wearing a bra, much less makeup, was a right of passage. I understand that going bra-less is back into vogue. Thank god I’m too old for that!

I’ve also had clients tell me that wearing makeup makes them look phony or not who really you are since they rarely if ever wear makeup. That makes total sense. If you don’t wear makeup and start with full on foundation, contouring, blush, eyeshadow and fake eyelashes, I’m pretty sure you’re not going to know who that women is in the mirror, and, maybe no one else will either. But you still want to look your very best in your professional headshots. Here are some suggestions to quell the makeup vs. no makeup debate.

5 reasons why I'm all about you wearing even a little makeup for your business headshot session

You want you to look your very best! We all suffer from blotchy skin, bags under our eyes and thinning eyebrows. A little cover stick and brow pencil can go a long way. And don’t forget the mascara and lip gloss. It just makes for a more polished look.

Digital cameras pick up EVERY LITTLE THING. Modern photography cameras see it all. Porous skin, tiny blemishes and every little scar you've probably forgotten how you got. A small amount of accurately matched foundation carefully applied will tale care of that.

Stage actors wear makeup for a reason. Bright lights in theatrical productions can overwhelm features, making them and you virtually unnoticeable. That goes for photo studio light too. Eyes in particular, the gateway to the soul, can look small and lifeless in digital images. A little eyeshadow and again, mascara can help you stand out and be noticed.

A professional makeup and hair experts know how to make you look like your NOT wearing makeup! Forget about your wedding day when you had your makeup done by a professional makeup artist. She/he did your makeup like you've never worn it before. You looked like something out a glamour magazine. Woo-hoo! But wedding day makeup is not what you'd wear to your office, so why would your business headshot makeup look like your wedding day makeup? It shouldn’t. My makeup and hair professionals know that our photo session is about creating professional business images for Linkedin and your corporate or business website, etc. My Power Session includes light, even makeup coverage, that enhances your looks by NOT changing your looks. When looking at your business headshots photos, no one will ever know that you worked with a professional makeup artist.

Professional photographs ain't cheap! If you're going to go to the expense of spending a few hundred dollars on a professional headshot, why not look you're very best? You've already made up your mind as to why you need those business headshots. Why not take it a small step further by having professional makeup done. You’ll look great. You'll feel great. You’ll exude confidence that will show in your images.

I've never had a client regret having her makeup done. But I have had clients who were super critical of their images when they didn't hire a pro makeup artist. I truly want you to look amazing and I want you to love your photographs!

Want more info on how to get great business headshots? Check these out!

How a Professional Business Headshot Can Help Your Career

Prepping for Your Headshot Session

FAQ's About Your Headshot Session

How do I book a headshot session with you?

You can do this a couple of ways. The easiest is to click here. It will take you to an online scheduler where you can easily select the service, date and time convenient for you.  You’ll also be asked to make a deposit. The deposit is refundable—if you cancel 48 hours before your session.

If you’re not quite ready to book your session and have additional questions, please call or text me at 443.840.0484. I’d love to chat with you!

What should I wear? Of course it depends on whether you’re getting actor headshots, business headshots or online dating portraits but here are some suggestions to cover it all.

Ladies: A simple boat or v-neck style looks elegant and casual on just about everyone, no matter your size or shape. For a business headshot be sure to bring a nice fitting jacket and any understated jewelry you might like to wear. Even if you don't wear makeup in your everyday life, it's best to put a little on for the photo shoot. Without makeup, you will look tired and worn out.

Gentleman: I suggest jeans/casual pants and crew or turtleneck shirts in muted colors like gray, navy or brown. Long-sleeved goes without saying unless you're really buff!  Also, a knit sweater with no pattern in small knit will also look good. And if you have a nice suit or outdoor or dress jacket, bring it along too.

Everyone Please avoid loud patterns, stripes, logos or “messages”, wrinkled and ill-fitting clothing. If you're still not sure what to wear call me and check my Pinterest page for some examples.

How long does a typical photo session take? A two to three outfit shoot should take about an hour. While you're changing into your different outfits I'll change lighting set-ups and/or backgrounds. This will give you a variety of images to choose from.

What exactly do I get for your fee? Depending on your package and service we’ll be taking anywhere from 20 to 100 images or even more. I'll then post your proofs anywhere from 5 to 40 images on-line in your own personal gallery to review within 48 hours of our session, usually sooner. Choose your favorite(s) to retouch and after they are complete you can download your hi-resolution digital images to your computer or flash drive.

Where are you located? My home studio is located in Columbia, Maryland, not far from the Route 32 and I-95.

I am so looking forward to working with you!

Cheers,

Bonnie

Prepping for your headshot session

Prepping for your headshot session

Connie Tsang, makeup and hairstylist extraordinaire works with models, actors and brides. She's an expert in high-definition makeup application and technique.

Here are a few of her recommendations on prepping your skin and hair for you headshot session.

Hair Prep: Wash your hair the night before with shampoo and conditioner (If your hair is ultra-fine and oil prone, wash in the morning of your headshot session. Apply conditioner from midshaft of the hair to the ends (this helps with tangles). If possible, apply a mousse or smoothing cream in the hair when blowing drying.

Skin Prep: Please exfoliate face with a gentle facial scrub once every day until your session to smooth the “canvas” for makeup application. Focus on areas with noticeable pores, oil, around the nose, mouth and on the lips. After cleaning your face, apply toner and/or moisturizer. Please come with your face clean with no makeup.

Do check my "What to Wear" page for additional info and tips and here for more information about makeup and hair for your headshot session.

So Your Kid Wants to Be An Actor!

After the new year, I decided to take a closer look at my customers over for the last several years. I was astonished to find that almost 60% of my actor headshot clients are kids! I guess I hadn’t realized this before since most of them are between the ages of 14 and 21. And because they're usually a bit more confident and outgoing, I never felt that I was really photographing a child. Don’t get me wrong! Children are not bad to work with. I have two of my own, who I love dearly and pretty much forced them to pose for me so that I could practice my photography long ago. They’re all grown up now and assure me that they are not damaged psychologically!

I ’ve worked closely with their parents too. Every parent I’ve met and most of the kids realize that acting is a business endeavor and take their work pretty seriously.

Does this sound like you and your child? Is your family committed to the rigors of auditioning and performing and confident in their ability to weather the ups and downs?

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Here are a few resources that might give you some answers:

If you haven't been on the Backstage website Check it out. It's a great place to find a plethora of articles on child acting. Look specifically at the section called “bkids.

And just as important as learning about the business of acting, there are also classes and workshops in the area to learn how to act!

The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

Drama Learning Center

Imagination Stage

Good Luck and hope the babies "break a leg!"

Cheers,

Bonnie

How to Get Great Kid's Acting Headshots!

Getting great headshots for your young star

I love working with actors and really enjoy working with kids who want to be actors too! And when it comes to getting noticed, publicity headshots are just as important for children as they are for adults. So here are a few tips on getting great kid headshots for your young star.

Do I really need professional headshots for my child?

Yes. Headshots are a great investment if you and your kid are serious about acting or print work. As adorable as dad's cell phone image of little Madison is, it may not get you a call back from a manager. Professional headshots show your dedication to your child's career. And, expect your kid's experienced competition did not submit a headshot taken by dad. Bottom line: Don't skimp. To that end, I'd recommend that children under the age of 18 get a new headshot every six months. “Every six months to 12 months” I hear you moaning “this is going to cost me a fortune?” No, not really. I offer a substantial discount when your child returns for headshot updates within a specified time. My offer: a 40% discount. That's not so bad now, is it?

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What should my kid wear to a photo session?

Your child's wardrobe should include a variety of shirts, pants, skirts, and dresses in solid colors only. No busy prints, stripes or patterns of any kind. Outfits should be free of advertisements or logos for The Avengers or Frozen or anything else. The idea behind the headshot is to emphasize your child's adorable face and sparkling personality, not to endorse multimillion corporations—at least not until your kid gets paid to do so! Also, leave the frilly dresses and little boy suits at home. Managers and agents just want to see a kid looking like a kid! If you need some wardrobe ideas check out my Pinterest page here.

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How long does a headshot session take and how do we prepare?

A typical session lasts from one hour to 90 minutes, depending on the child's age and the number of outfits to be worn during the shoot. As to be expected, children under five can only be animated and perky for so long (come to think of it, that's true of my 22-year-old!) I schedule headshot sessions between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily. So, if you know your 5-year-old shuts down after lunch, schedule your session in the morning. Bring a little snack and water too. But please, no, no, NO sugar before your session! We all remember Jake after having three Mountain Dews at the Renaissance Festival. It's was not pretty. And since teenagers need more sleep than anyone it is critical that they GO TO BED EARLY the night before the session. See my emphasis? I have a teenager who keeps the hours of a bat, especially in the summer! And no one likes a crabby teen.

How do I even choose a photographer?

The answer is easy! Pick me, pick me, pick me! Seriously. It's important to find someone who actually likes kids and specializes in headshots. When you're going down your list of professionals just ask if they like working with children. If they hesitate, move on. You'll want a photographer who is patient, able to give gentle direction and who'll help your child feel at ease. Your photographer needs to know the difference between a “theatrical” headshot and a“commercial” one and what images work best. Don't wait until you are in the studio to ask these important questions. You'll be wasting money when you could have hired a pro from the start. Remember, if you and your child are serious about the business, you'll want to establish a good, lasting relationship with your photographer. You just never know. Your little darling really could get to Hollywood or Broadway. They'll need new headshots wherever they go. My bags are already packed!

Want to read more about kid's acting?  Check out these other posts:

Headshots for Performance Arts Majors

Kid's Acting Headshots: Makeup or Not?

Ready to schedule a session? Click here! Or just want to chat? Call me at 443.840.0484 or email me.

Headshots for Performance Arts Majors

Headshots for Performing Arts Majors 

If your teen is applying to college and interested in theater or a performance arts program, chances are they'll need a headshot. Nowadays colleges and universities not only expect their potential performance arts majors to audition, but they also want to see a good headshot along with their application. College theater programs like Pace University, University of Michigan,  or locally Catholic University and Tisch School of the Arts, NYU are extremely competitive. Why not get a leg up on that competition by making sure your performing arts major headshot and college application meets those guidelines?

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The standard industry size for an actor headshot is 8x10 inches. Modern digital cameras size images at 8x12. So as you can see, a little must be taken off the top and bottom of the image for correct sizing. After you've made your selection I provide minor retouches and size your image at 8x10 for printing. Be sure to check your headshot submission guidelines. Not all colleges and universities have the same digital image requirements.

If you need to have printed headshots you can upload the digital image (.jpg) to a printer who specializes in actor headshot reproduction. Here are a few clients have used and recommended:

To find out more about the college auditions process check out Matthew Edwards' The College Audition Blog. And read more about the college application headshot read Matthew's article here

Now go "break a leg!"

Ready to schedule a session? 

Call or text me at 443.840.0484 or book your session online here.
I can't wait to hear from you!

Kid and Teen Headshots: What to Wear

Kid and Teen Headshots: What to Wear

If your child or teen is interested in acting, they've probably been bugging you, Mom or Dad, for some headshots. Headshots can be pricey and you want to get them right, the first time. After all, both you and your little darling need this investment to pay off! Am I right? One way to make sure that your kid's headshots get noticed is to be sure clothing choices complement your child's hair, complexion, and unique personality. Here are a few guidelines:

Stay away from patterns, stripes, slogans, and logos. It's very hard to find clothes (especially for the little ones!) that don't have some crazy, bold flower print, movie character or pithy saying. So if you must do a non-solid color, here's the right way.

I love bright colors and they work so well on littler kids. Target and Walmart are great places to find inexpensive, solid colored shirts. However, if you're not finding tops without stripes or patterns, try layering. Morgan is rock'in her bold, pink and white blouse with a matching, solid colored sweater. It's not at all distracting from her beautiful smile!

Carly looks fresh and pretty in her aquamarine top. If your child has blue or green eyes, they'll look best in colors that complement and/or match their eyes. Think of the colors of the sea. By the way, the color plum looks great on just about everyone!

Derek has light brown eyes and reddish hair. He looks great in dark gray, don't you think? A quick way to find out your child's (or your own) skin tone, is to look at the veins on the underside of your wrist. If they look blue or purple you are a "cool tone." If the veins are green or yellowish, then you are a "warm tone." I didn't check Derek's wrist for a clue, but we decided that he was indeed "cool" and colors like grey and navy, as well as black and white look great on him.

So, if you're still in doubt, check my Pinterest page here for more ideas and bring lots of clothing choices to your child's headshot session! We'll figure it when you get here:))

Cheers,

Bonnie

Getting Your Best Actor Headshot Ever!

Few things seem to strike more fear into an actor than the dreaded headshot. If you have been acting for some time, you've probably been less than satisfied with at least one set of headshots or the photographer who took them. Perhaps the lighting was a bit too dramatic. Maybe your makeup was too heavy or too light or your outfit just wasn't right for the types of roles you'd like.  Maybe the images were OK back when only black-and-white headshots were acceptable. But now they look really dated. Maybe you continue to use them anyway because you had 500 printed. "Oh, well, they'll just have to do,” you tell yourself. Sound familiar? Or, you're just starting your career and you've heard all the headshot horror stories from friends in your acting class. You've been told the only way to get a professional headshot is to go to New York and spend a small fortune. You don't have a small fortune. So you decide you'll have your sister's boyfriend take your “professional” headshot. After all, he took some really good pictures of the family's Grand Canyon trip last year. How hard could it be? The pictures will be fine, you say. Guess what? They probably won't.

Here are a few tips for getting your actor headshot right the first time and feeling good about the experience.

Find the right photographer for you. One of the best ways to research a headshot photographer is—you guessed it—browsing their website! Answering the following questions before you book your session will easily narrow down your choices.

  • Does the photographer even do headshots? If so, how long has he or she been working with actors?

  • Are there actor headshot examples on the website? Are all the images similar, or is there a variety of poses and styles? Do the actors look comfortable and approachable?

  • What is a typical photo session like? How long does it last? What are the actor's responsibilities?

  • How much is a session and what do you get? Actor headshot costs vary widely, from $200 to over $1,000. The old adage that you get what you pay for certainly applies here. But there's no reason to break the bank either. It's more important to consider what you can afford and your ability to work with the photographer to get exactly what you want.

Assuming all your questions have been answered, it's now time to pick up the phone or send a detailed email. Note how long it takes for the photographer to call back or send a personal email response. You should get your potential photographer's attention within about 24 hours. Now that all your basic questions have been answered, be sure to tell the photographer about yourself and your acting plans. Ideally, they would have already asked you, thus demonstrating interest in your career and knowledge of the industry. Do some soul-searching, if you haven't already, about the kinds of roles you really want and what you've already been cast in.

Ask the photographer how you might portray those characters in your headshots. Does he or she have any thoughts on this? The answer may give you exactly what you'll need to make your determination. OK. The price is right. You've booked your session. Now what?

What should I wear? There's only one rule that should never be broken when it comes to your headshot session wardrobe.  You must keep it simple! Your clothing should be understated. For guys, that means jeans or other casual pants, crew-neck tees or turtleneck shirts and a light jacket or sweater. A business suit with dress shirt and tie is also a safe bet. The idea is to keep your wardrobe from competing with your unique look. No stripes, no patterns, and never any logos. (I once turned a client's shirt inside out and backwards, so as to hide the logo of a local brewery!) My approach is to suggest, depending on their complexion, that clients wear muted  colors like gray, navy, or brown. If you're fair, you'll  probably look great in navy or another darker hue. Dark-skinned complexions look vibrant in lighter tones, dissimilar to skin tone and hair color. Unless you're really buff and going for a cop or tough-guy role, stick with long sleeves. For women, simple boatneck or v-neck shirt styles convey a polished look on everyone, no matter your size or shape. Jeans never go out of style; however, bring along a daytime outfit like a business suit or jacket that you'd wear to impress! The idea is to be comfortable with yourself and the way you look.  By bringing 3–5 outfits, you and your photographer will have plenty of looks to choose from. Color rules are the same for women, muted and complementary to your complexion. Again, avoid loud patterns, stripes, logos, or "messages." You are the message, not your outfit!

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Should I hire a makeup artist? That depends. I have many beautiful images of clients that didn't use a makeup artist. I would consider them quite skilled at makeup application. If, however, you're like me and wear what takes under five minutes to apply, know nothing about foundation, and have been wearing the same lipstick color for 15 years, I would recommend a professional!  Men should also consider a makeup pro if plagued with uneven skin tone or dark undereye circles.  A good makeup artist will charge a minimum of $200 per session. For an additional fee, some pros will even assist with hair styling.

Success means always thinking ahead! Throughout your long and successful acting career, you'll need headshots more than once, so establishing a solid, trusting, long-term relationship with a photographer will be an absolute bonus. Your actor headshot is far too important to leave to chance. A great headshot doesn't guarantee that you'll get the part, but it sure gets you in the door. 

Not Using a LinkedIn Photo? Here's Why It's a Bad Idea!

Do we pretty much agree that LinkedIn can open doors to new business opportunities? Of course you do! So it would stand to reason that including a profile photograph could get you more business. According to a recent Forbes article, 8 Mistakes You Should Never Make On LinkedInyou're seven times more likely to have your profile viewed if you include a picture.Since I specialize in publicity headshots, I thought you might be interested in why not including a profile photo and using a less than professional image isn't such a good idea. What are your thoughts? Has including an up-to-date, business profile photograph gotten you more "views"?

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Recent client Dionne Peart is an attorney with the D.C. Office of the Attorney General, serving as General Counsel for one of the District’s agencies. Prior to moving to the District, Dionne was a senior associate with Blackwell Burke P.A., a minority-owned Minneapolis-based law firm, where she represented Fortune 500 clients in a variety of litigation matters.

Born in England to Jamaican parents, Dionne grew up in Canada and later moved to the U.S. to study law.  Her debut novel, Somerset Grove, was inspired by the many stories of Caribbean transplants she grew up with while living in Winnipeg. A story that takes the reader on a journey between Jamaica and Canada, Somerset Grove explores the complicated relationships between Ruby, Angelique and Carmen, a family of three generations of women struggling to find happiness for themselves and with each other.

Dionne is currently working on her second novel. When she isn’t writing, Dionne loves to read stories that explore another time, place and culture.

Cheers,

Bonnie

Ready to schedule your publicity headshot? I can be reached at 703-509-8984.  Visit Bonnie Johnson Photography to see other LinkedIn photographs. Happily serving the Northern Virginia, Maryland and DC area since 2002!

Prepping for your headshot session

Prepping for your headshot session

My friend and colleague Connie Tsang, makeup and hairstylist extraordinaire works with models, actors and brides. She's an expert in high-definition makeup application and technique.

Here are a few of her recommendations on prepping your skin and hair for you headshot session.

Hair Prep: Wash your hair the night before with shampoo and conditioner (If your hair is ultra-fine and oil prone, wash in the morning of your headshot session. Apply conditioner from midshaft of the hair to the ends (this helps with tangles). If possible, apply a mousse or smoothing cream in the hair when blowing drying.

Skin Prep: Please exfoliate face with a gentle facial scrub once every day until your session to smooth the “canvas” for makeup application. Focus on areas with noticeable pores, oil, around the nose, mouth and on the lips. After cleaning your face, apply toner and/or moisturizer. Please come with your face clean with no makeup.

Do check my "What to Wear" page for additional info and tips and here for more information about makeup and hair for your headshot session.

Cheers,

Bonnie