August 5, 2022
A personal branding photoshoot is an exciting event but can also seem a little daunting if you don’t know what to expect. Here is an article from one of my clients, Karen Phillips from Blossom and Grow, describing her experience and letting you know what to expect at your personal branding photoshoot.
Hi, I’m Karen. I had a personal branding photoshoot in August with Olessia, and I’d like to tell you all about it, so you’ll know what to expect when you book your photoshoot.
I decided on the photoshoot as I was in the process of building my new website, and I wanted some really good images to use on the new website and on social media – not the 10-year-old professional ones I’d been using, and definitely not the selfies I’d accumulated on my iPhone!
I was a bit apprehensive – and yes, even nervous, not quite knowing what to expect. Olessia was brilliant and took the time to put me at ease, keeping me reassured every step of the way.
The date was agreed on, the contract was signed – I’m really doing this!
The first step was to complete a questionnaire about what I wanted out of the photoshoot and how I was planning to use the images. Olessia created a mood board on Pinterest and encouraged me to add examples of profile and lifestyle shots that appealed to me, which was challenging at first and then became quite addictive. She advised me to start thinking about outfits in my brand colours, jewellery, and props – OMG what am I going to wear? I don’t have anything in my brand colours. Shopping here I come!
A few days before the photoshoot I had a face-to-face consultation with Olessia, taking along a variety of outfits I thought might be suitable. This was so valuable. I tried everything on, we came up with 4 outfits to use, and talked about shoes, accessories, and how to prepare beforehand – hydration and sleep being the two most important things. Olessia also showed me some poses to practice so that I would feel natural and relaxed on the day.
Finally, the big day arrived! I had an early appointment with my hairdresser to blow-dry my hair and arrived at Olessia’s home-based studio at 9.30 am for the appointment with the hair and make up specialist Dyan Acuesta. I was feeling a bit nervous, but Olessia and Dyan soon made me feel comfortable and I relaxed into being pampered. The makeup artist did a great job, and I have to say – I looked pretty damn good when she finished.
And then came the photoshoot! Olessia made it so much fun, making me laugh and calling out instructions and words of encouragement as I posed away, tossing my hair and smiling for the camera. The time just flew by.
Three outfit changes, two videos and hundreds of shots later, it was time for a location change. We headed off to a local café with a beautiful white peacock chair for some lifestyle shots, and then to a nearby beach for some outdoor shots. I didn’t feel at all self-conscious or inhibited – I put my trust in Olessia and just did as she asked. It was a wonderful day, and I enjoyed every moment.
A consummate professional, Olessia knows exactly what to do and say to ensure the person being photographed feels comfortable and relaxed, able to show their authentic self and let their personality shine through
A week after the shoot was the final consultation with Olessia – viewing the photos and selecting the ones I wanted. I was completely blown away by the images, they were so good. It was hard to narrow them down to just 20. Luckily Olessia keeps the images for a year, meaning I do have the opportunity to purchase some more.
I absolutely love the way Olessia made me look and feel that day, and the beautiful images have brought a whole new energy to my business. It was a brilliant experience, and I will definitely do it again in a couple of years.
Thank you Olessia, you are an artist 😊