Personal Branding Images

https://www.candeecaldwell.net/Meet Denise Watson

Business Performance Coach, Trainer, and PR Professional.

I had met Denise a few times through the years (she can often be found at New Milford High School watching and photographing a soccer game) but we had chance to talk and get to know each other recently and she told me about her love of business coaching. That of course led to a conversation on personal branding images, online first impressions, websites and before you know it she was in my studio!

personal branding images

In Denise’s own words:

Put Your Best Face Forward!

“As a business performance coach and public relations professional, I am quite discerning with my choice of collaborators – whether they are photographers, business partners, or patrons. 

When you become your own business, it is imperative to have a personal and professional brand that complements the work you do – your vision, your mission, and your values. Quality images that portray your true and authentic self are an absolute necessity to that brand. 

I knew immediately that I was in the right hands to help create the images for my brand when Janet asked, “Who is your ideal client?” 

And, then she went on to talk about how to attract the ideal clients with a span of styles and poses.  Essentially, her ideas of depicting how your true and authentic self goes into your brand dovetails perfectly with my own ideals.

Most importantly, Janet and I agreed that you must love what you see, or you simply won’t share it. Sharing the real you is essential to your success. For many, like myself, to face forward confidently for photos and then share them with the world is a daunting task. Photos are forever, right?  

I can say wholeheartedly, “I love what I see! I am excited to share!”

Thanks to Janet, even my camera-shy self is devising what my future photo sessions will look like.

Janet Taub of Planet Photo is officially my photographer of choice. Her personal touch, astute awareness, and depth of talent supports the focus of her clients – personally and professionally.”

Denise Ann Watson | Ardent Image Designs, LLC.

personal branding images

MUA: Candee Caldwell

Studio Portraits Bella

Planet Photo Tribe Studio Portraits

Bella

I was walking through my gym and as usual I checked out the magazine rack as I walked by, do you do that? I like to read books but there is something frivolous and special about a good quality fashion magazine. I am talking about Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar with the luxurious glossy paper and the bold cover images. I love the slightly over-the-top poses with really over-the-top styling that you wouldn’t necessarily wear every day, but they sure are show stoppers. I decided then that we needed a series of these magazine cover styled studio portraits shoots with the Planet Photo Tribe. Kinsley was the first one last year and I loved her images, then I shot Samantha in January and I loved those too, so I wanted to expand on that studio magic that we had going on!

Bella rocked her posing and got just the right fashion model serious face.

Planet Photo is available for studio and location portrait sessions for teens and seniors, personal branding, editorial modern glamour, family portraits in New Milford, New Fairfield, Danbury, Newtown, Brookfield, Kent, Washington, Litchfield, Redding, Ridgefield, Wilton, and surrounding towns.

Studio Portraits Taylor

Studio Portraits with The Planet Photo Tribe

Taylor

You know sometimes one item is all you need to figure out your whole outfit. It might be a certain pair of shoes. You know when you get that feeling that you HAVE to wear those shoes today so you build your entire look around them. Can you guess the focal point of Taylor’s styling (apart from already knowing that we were continuing with the studio portraits theme we had been creating with black and white bold outfits…..) If you guessed the white boots you were close, it was actually the black and white striped tights! I have had these stripy tights in my mind for a shoot for ages and I was SO excited to put them to good use so we started with those and built Taylor’s outfit around them. Because….

Stripes go with everything

And I could not agree more!!!!

Studio Portraits Madison

Planet Photo Tribe Studio Portraits

Madison

You must have noticed the latest craze for Doc Martens? When I was growing up in the UK they were hugely popular with punks and the scooter riding subcultures, we called them DMs. Now it seems as if every girl in high school has a pair of “Docs” but not everyone has a pair of white leather ones and I was super excited when Madison pulled those out of her bag for our black and white magazine style studio portraits.

IT’S BEEN SIX DECADES
AND ONE HELL OF A JOURNEY
FROM FACTORIES TO FESTIVALS
STREETS TO STAGES
WHEN TOWNSHEND DESTROYED HIS GUITAR
WE WERE WITH HIM
AND WHEN PUNK BLEW UP
SO DID WE
AND WE’VE STOOD WITH YOU
THROUGH IT ALL
KICKED THE AIR WITH YOU IN JOY
AND KICKED WALLS WITH YOU IN FRUSTRATION
WHEN LIFE KNOCKS YOU DOWN
WE’LL BOUNCE BACK WITH YOU
NO MATTER WHAT. WE ARE
TOUGH AS YOU

Dr Marten’s TOUGH as YOU

Sam Studio Portraits

Planet Photo Tribe Studio Portraits

Sam

Winter in Connecticut is the perfect time to schedule some studio time, we don’t need to worry about the weather and studio portraits give us the opportunity to have a little fun playing and experimenting with some gels and studio lights. I wanted her in black and white on a white background so we could definitely play up her beautiful eyes and make her features pop. With the emphasis to be on Sam we created a slightly more editorial feel with bolder make up and sharper posing angles. It’s fun to play supermodel for the day!

Here is what Sam’s Mom Jennifer said when she saw the latest images:

Over the past few months Samantha’s confidence has grown. Part of that is due to joining the Planet Photo Tribe. She has made new friendships, and strengthen a few old ones.  Janet is a wonderful photographer, and gives these girls a place to express themselves in a way they didn’t know was possible before.

If you are interested in joining the Tribe then you better keep checking the blog because I am putting together the materials for the 2K21 Planet Photo Tribe! There will be group shoots, collaborations, studio shoots, a destination shoot to an AMAZING location and also the opportunity for service hours. Do you love fashion, social media and being a positive role model in your community? I can guide you through the process of being a social media influencer.

Kinsley Studio Portraits

Planet Photo Tribe Studio Portraits

Kinsley

Kinsley has great style. Whenever or wherever we meet or walk down the street people literally stop and tell her that they love her outfit or that they really appreciate her style. I wanted to shoot images of Kinsley for her application to this year’s model competition in San Diego. SPOILER ALERT – you probably already saw that she WON!!!! You’ll have to check out those images in the next blog post!

We used some of these fabulous studio images to show Kinsley’s great range as a model for the Society12 model competition. She is a natural in front of the camera and I can only imagine what the future will bring for her but I will have the great pride in saying that it all started with The Planet Photo Tribe!

People will stare. Make it worth their while

Tom Ford

Can you guess what we used to get the dreamy cloud effect on the last one?

Bubblewrap!

Emily’s Journey in Portraits

Roxbury Photographer Portraits

Roxbury, CT

Emily got her cancer diagnosis in December 2019 and her oncologist wanted to waste no time in starting her chemo treatment. Emily is a talented local wedding and family photographer and I follow her on social media so I had read her post about her diagnosis. She reached out to me in January to take a couple of portraits. She knew that the chemo would probably result in hair loss but she wanted to control that timeline. She wanted portraits of her with her long hair before any treatments started. That same day she shaved her head. She has chosen to control that aspect of her cancer journey.

Photographer Portraits

I was touched by Emily’s story. She is a young beautiful woman with a young family and she is facing a tough battle with grace, humility and incredible honesty. She is lucky to have a loving family and an amazing support system but I wanted to do something special for her. I reached out to Karen at Joes Salon and Spa and Stacey from Skin and Tonic and they both agreed that we needed to make Emily feel relaxed, pampered and beautiful for her portraits. She started with a blow out at Joes and Stacey gave her some natural make up. We laughed and had fun before she left the studio to meet her new oncologist and the next chapter of her life.

We decided to document her journey in portraits. Chemo is scheduled every three weeks and our plan is to update her head shot before each treatment.

Photographer Portraits
Photographer Portraits
Photographer Portraits
Photographer Portraits

Treatment 2 – January 30, 2020

Emily’s hair is gone. Not everyone can rock a bald head but she can!

Photographer Portraits
Photographer Portraits

Treatment 3 – February 20, 2020

Emily was in great spirits but understandably a little nervous about her next treatment. It went pretty well so she came back with her family a few days later.

Boho Festival Roxbury CT Shoot

Planet Photo Tribe Location Shoot

Roxbury CT Photo Shoot

When a group shoot starts with a styling meeting at a local boutique then you know it is going to be a good one. That is exactly how our latest group shoot began.

Roxbury CT Photo

The Traveling Chic Boutique opened last year near Four Corners in Brookfield, CT and it has an amazing selection of boho, casual-chic clothing. One by one the girls arrived at the shore, and like kids in a candy store, they tried on clothes and we narrowed down the choices for our Roxbury CT photo shoot. Our theme was originally centered around a light and bright festival look but a rainy weather forecast sent us to Plan B. We were invited to shoot at a local farm and the outcome was better than I ever could have hoped! We still got that boho festival vibe just without light and airy blue skies.

Roxbury CT Photo

Twilight Dreams Farm is located in Roxbury, CT and it is the most incredible property. The blue barns are the best backdrop to shoot against and we were able to dodge the rain and still get the shot. It has become one of my new favorite locations and the current owners are the sweetest airbnb hosts so if you are traveling to the area then you have to check them out.

Bella chose a brown teddy bear fur jacket and a super cute Free People body suit.

Roxbury CT Photo

Kinsley looked AMAZING in these bell bottom jeans and Free People blouse and the pink drop necklace finished off the outfit.

Roxbury CT Photo

Olivia was styled in a flowery dress and paired it with a leather jacket.

Roxbury CT Photo

Taylor wore a pink floral Free People dress that looked so cute on her

Roxbury CT Photo

Sam looked STUNNING in a Free People bias cut dress and a cozy but glam fur jacket.

Roxbury CT Photo

If you happen to be Brookfield, CT then you HAVE to check out the Traveling Chic Boutique. It is so nice to avoid the mall and find some unique clothes and accessories – tell them we sent you and I know they will take extra special care of you!

Make Up Artist: Blush Couture

Styling: The Traveling Chic Boutique, Brookfield

Location: Twilight Dreams Farm

Roxbury CT Photo

Holiday Box Mini Sessions

Inside the Box Mini Session

November 2019 at the Planet Photo Studio

$285

I really wanted to offer something a little different this year for the holidays and these inside the box mini sessions are definitely a little different from a normal portrait shoot!

Let your family show it’s personality, interests, playfulness and humor with a Planet Photo Inside the Box mini session! The session is for up to four people (children AND adults are welcome and encouraged to climb in the box)

For the 9 cube set up I will guide you through poses, combinations and ideas so that everyone is featured and you will be able to choose the final 9 images from an online gallery.

Don’t worry if you are afraid of heights, you don’t have to climb up to the top row….. one box in the studio becomes many in photoshop 😉

Planet Photo Holiday Box Mini Session

I will have a selection of holiday props or you can bring your own for a special personalized experience.

Wear your holiday best, pajamas, dress up costumes or whatever you prefer and yes, I will send you some hints on coordinating but not matching your outfits. Try to avoid wearing a lot of white!

You will receive the edited nine cube collage image PLUS the individual images used in digital format so that you can order your own 5×5 square holiday cards or if you prefer I can design cards for you for an additional charge.

12×12 or 20×20 canvases of your final collage will also be available – what a fun way to show how your family changes through the years!

Mini sessions will only be offered at the Planet Photo studio at 53 Bank Street, New Milford, CT in November and galleries will be made available within seven days of your shoot. The final collage and digital files will be delivered 10-14 days after images selections have been received by Planet Photo.

REGISTRATION:
Follow these three easy steps to book your Holiday Box Mini Session!

Schedule Appointment

1) Pick your date and time for you Holiday Box Mini Session
2) Pay a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot. The balance will be due on the day of the shoot.
3) Complete the booking contract After submitting your deposit, you will receive an email with a link to our booking contract. Please fill this out asap as your session is not considered booked until BOTH the deposit and contract is received. Your spot will not be held without this contract, so please make sure to complete this step!

You will receive a booking confirmation email within 72 hours of submission along with tips on how to style your box session.

Headshots and Personal Branding Washington, CT

Meet Pilar of Pilar BLLaC

The Eyebrow Queen of Litchfield

I invited one of my personal branding clients Pilar to introduce herself on the Planet Photo Blog. We have been talking about doing new headshots for over a year but just like so many others she was nervous to do them. But we got a date on the books after she opened her own store front in our neighboring town of Washington, CT. Needless to say, we laughed and talked and had so much fun shooting her headshots and personal branding images and she left saying that it really wasn’t so bad after all….. YAY!

Wait until you see her favorite shots! And I know you are going to ask where she got that black dress, because it is amazing, so check out Doen after you finish here! I am obsessed with all their dresses.

CT headshots
CT headshots

Let me hand you over to Pilar. In her own words:

Hi Everyone!

What is beauty?

My name is Pilar DeMann and I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend and a new business owner. I have a beauty studio in Washington Depot and I am developing my own line of makeup for an easy, everyday routine.

Since I am in the beauty industry, I meet, touch and work with women every day. Their question, my question and perhaps yours: What is Beauty?

There is so much emphasis on our physicality. What we present to the world. What we are wearing, what our bodies look like, are we on trend- It can be intimidating, overwhelming and deflating for so many of us, from girls as young as 8 to women in their 90’s. The truth is, we all want to look good. It’s part of humanity, it’s part of nature.

I encourage my friends and clients to be their authentic selves. I think everyone is beautiful. We all have to let our unique features, style and personality shine. Happiness helps! Being positive helps. Don’t hide. Put on something that makes you feel good. For me, it’s a gold belt or animal prints and stripes – bold – bright – happy. Look at people who inspire you. Don’t compare your individuality to anyone else – you are YOU. Right now I love the singer Lizzo and I love the blogger Ricky Thompson. They inspire me to put on some lipgloss, curl my lashes and greet each day with a roar.

I can tell you what I am certain of, a little effort goes a long way. When you look your best, you feel better. Don’t hide! If you are feeling down, put on your lipgloss, find your roar – get outside and smile at people – you will see how good that little bit will make you feel.

Remember: YOU are beautiful!

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Pilar DeMann for Pilar BLLaC
Eyebrow Queen of Litchfield
2 Green Hill Washington Depot, CT
860-619-0488
For Bookings:
Http://wantbrows.as.me

Thanks Pilar! Good luck in your new space.

If you are interested in Headshots, Personal Branding and Social Media content then give me a call. It’s really not so scary to be in front of my camera, just ask Pilar!