Maggie Takes Pix: Blog https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog en-us Margaret McCanna (Maggie Takes Pix) Sun, 17 Oct 2021 17:11:00 GMT Sun, 17 Oct 2021 17:11:00 GMT https://www.maggietakespix.com/img/s/v-12/u173230224-o1063903939-50.jpg Maggie Takes Pix: Blog https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog 80 120 Logos, not logos: The Logical Brain https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/10/logos-not-logos-the-logical-brain Next up in our overview of Aristotle: in addition to appealing to your Pathos clients and your Ethos audience, there are also Logos - logical/technical - buyers. These are the folks who want to know “all the things” about your products or services. Let’s get them some answers!

In your marketing, be sure to list the features of your business and show how your client benefits. As a super-quick example, I take flattering branding photographs of you doing your job, working with your clients… and you benefit from having custom images to use in your posts about your features that show how you benefit them!

Show and define your planning process and set their expectations about working with you. For the public, I provide an introduction on my website and in pamphlet form (also available as a pdf) that shares an overview of what I do and how. For my clients, I provide a guide to help them prepare for their session that also speaks to the process. I’ve shared detailed branding photography info on my website and in a special guide for those audiences.

Are there technical aspects that need to be tied in? Do people want to know about the equipment you use (Canon, Lightroom…) or how you use it? Show them!

Show your authority and knowledge of your job, your industry, and their needs! I try to do this with blog posts like these. Want to know more about industries I’m familiar with? Connect with me on LinkedIn and ask about my work with restaurateurs, human services nonprofits, wedding industry professionals (from event planners to calligraphers), realtors, and more! Are you working in an industry I haven’t worked in? I’d love to learn more about it!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…) and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365 and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/10/logos-not-logos-the-logical-brain Fri, 22 Oct 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Dinner for Two and other Date Night ideas https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/10/dinner-for-two-and-other-date-night-ideas Sometimes our busy life becomes routine, and you look up to realize that some spark or connection seems to be missing in your relationship. Get it back – or keep it – with regular date nights. Focus on just the two of you and remember what you love about each other. Let go of the everyday for a little while, and talk about what lights you up… and really listen to your partner when they share their passions.

Date night doesn’t have to be expensive… nor does it have to be at night.

  • cook dinner together
  • take a walk together
  • have a picnic together
  • work on a puzzle together
  • try something new together

Hang out. Hold hands.

Make it a photoshoot! Take a photographer along for “lifestyle” pix of the two of you sharing precious time together. If you want, I’ll even set it up for you.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/10/dinner-for-two-and-other-date-night-ideas Fri, 15 Oct 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Top 3 Ways to Display Your Boudoir Photos – Really! https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/10/top-3-ways-to-display-your-boudoir-photos-really “What will I do with these pix?” Put ‘em on display!

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Framed 8x10 on the bedside table. Sweet and pretty safe way to see your gorgeous pix regularly. Bonus: keep a luxurious folio box on the dresser that hold more images from your session so you can switch out the photo as often as you wish.
  2. Press-printed photo album of your favorites can sit fairly discreetly anywhere in the room (although I’m not sure that’s really a “display”).
  3. Large gallery-wrapped canvas (or grouping) on the wall above your headboard. Talk about an epic reminder of just how amazingly beautiful and sexy you are just before you crawl into bed at night… and every time you walk into the room! Besides… just how many people are walking into that room? It’s not like everyone journeys in there. But if you’ve allowed them to explore that far into your home, you are likely comfortable enough to share some tasteful pix. Know where else you could hang your wall art? In your bathroom… or even in your closet!

Where do you want to show off your pictures?

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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Photographers that Inspire https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/10/photographers-that-inspire Question: What photographers are your biggest inspiration, and what about their work speaks to you?

Answer: Thanks to the WWW, I’ve been inspired by – and continue to learn from – many photographers. Here are a few, in roughly the order I found them…

  1. Jasmine Star – SoCal wedding photographer turned social media maven – creates beautiful, bright images that have inspired my style of clean, authentic photographs.
  2. Jerry Ghionis – international wedding photographer – who makes beautiful imagery happen in the most unlikely places in a short amount of time… and is just a master of light and posing.
  3. Sue Bryce – international portrait photographer and probably my biggest mentor – taught me posing and lighting to flatter women… and that specializing in women’s portraits was actually a viable business model. I had my photo taken by her as part of a week-long class she held in Seattle in 2012. While her style has shifted over the last decade, her underlying “rules” remain. 
  4. Lindsay Adler – NY fashion photographer – is the whole package: lighting, posing, retouching… from simple to creative, her work is always clean and very engaging.
  5. Jen Rozenbaum – NY-based boudoir photographer – has such an empowering message for every woman to embrace whatever makes her feel feminine… and she’s a pose master!

Photo by Sue BryceShot by SueI was photographed by master portrait photographer Sue Bryce as part of one of her classes in 2012.

There are quite a few others I follow for a variety of reasons, from inspiration to education, including Stacie Frazier (boudoir), Peter Hurley (headshots), Gary Hughes (headshots), Sal Cincotta (weddings), Vanessa Joy (weddings), and Joy Vertz (portraits), among others.

All create beautiful work that inspires me to work harder for you.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

 

(photo of the photographer by Sue Bryce, 2012)

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/10/photographers-that-inspire Fri, 01 Oct 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Ethos: The Ethical Brain https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/9/ethos-the-ethical-brain People may buy with their emotional Pathos brain and justify it with their logical Logos brain, but they also want to make that purchase with someone that appeals to what Aristotle called their Ethos, or ethical, brain – balancing economies to make sure they are buying from a trustworthy source that aligns with their personal values.

As an example, you really like those killer shoes in that ad (emotion) and decide that your old ones are worn out enough to replace them and they fit your budget (logic)… but you may still have questions about the seller, depending on what’s important to you. Is that advertiser going to deliver a good or authentic product? Do they work with sustainable materials? Are their human resource practices in line with your principles?

To become better known in a way that appeals to this part of the brain, use your social media, website, and marketing materials to build your know/like/trust factor. Share your credentials and experience. Be an authority on your subject matter and in your industry. Drive differentiators (what makes you different?) in your interactions – both in person and online.

Brand photography can help you show your story. I can help.

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Miss the intro post? Find it at https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/7/engaging-the-heart-and-mind-with-your-story

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/9/ethos-the-ethical-brain Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Candid Moments https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/9/candid-moments I like so many things about photographing weddings. One of those is the reception, once everyone is relaxing and having fun… in between the traditional first dances, bouquet toss, and other activities. Of course, I’ll capture those photographs, and family photos, and wedding party pictures, and all the things. I’ll even play photobooth for a little while, as everyone wants pix with the wedding couple… but only for a little while. Then I will steal you away for a mini couple’s session to give you a chance to just be together for a moment, take a breather from the attention, and perhaps have a moment to eat.

Back to what I like: when folks start visiting with each other at the reception, I get to go into ninja mode! I’m looking for the candid moments, where two brothers are laughing at a shared memory, the bride’s grandmother is getting a kiss from her great-granddaughter, or the groom’s parents are leaning their heads together and smiling wistfully. I’m also secretly “following” the newly married couple as they interact with each other and their guests, so glad that Aunt Janie and Uncle Bill could make it from three states away. I’m watching the flower girl and the ring bearer as they run around in circles, hyped up on all the attention and a second piece of cake… and again once they’ve crashed and landed in the corner chair. I’m grabbing a shot of the cell phone screen of a guest who is taking pix of the bridesmaids for them to post on social media.

A candid moment of a bride hugging her flower girl at the wedding reception.bride flower girlA candid moment of a bride hugging her flower girl at the wedding reception.

These candid moments help tell your story. These are the people you know and love, and who know and love you. They are the ones who shaped who you are, and I want to make sure they are all included in your wedding album. And I want to show who you are as a couple, and individuals, in this new stage of your relationship.

Yes, I want to photograph epic sunset pix with you… but what I really want to capture is love.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/9/candid-moments Fri, 17 Sep 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Express Yourself https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/9/express-yourself One of the concerns I’ve heard from those curious about boudoir photography is, “I don’t know how to look ‘sexy.’” That’s okay – I will guide you!

I'll help you "look sexy"!expressionfacial expressions help make or break a photograph “We know what we look like when we look in a mirror. In a selfie. In a standard photo. What we don’t know is what we look like when we look at someone we love.” – Ang McCabe

One of the ways I coax your countenance is to have you think about someone you love. Other emotions get different prompts. We’ll go through a range of facial expressions in your portrait session, mostly depending on the look(s) you tell me you’d like to capture, and some that I think might work, too.

And I’ll show you lots of options at your image reveal. What I might perceive as strong “come get me” in your photo, you might think of as “resting b*tch face.”

Even if you are after serious smolder, there will, at some point, be laughter… and those are usually the best pictures of them all.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir glamour posing tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/9/express-yourself Fri, 10 Sep 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Shopping Assistance https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/9/shopping-assistance As part of my Signature Portrait Session creative fee, not only do I send you guidance on how to prepare and what to wear, I’m happy to help you “shop” for your photoshoot! The more effort you put into what to wear, the better our outcome, so I ask that you bring several outfits, and we’ll generally pick them once you’re here… but if you need help choosing what to bring or just want something fresh, I’m here for you.

One of the best things about portrait sittings and wardrobe is that it doesn’t need to fit perfectly! We can leave the back unzipped, if it’s too small, or clamp it, if it’s too big, because no one is going to see it! Too short or too long? I’ll crop the photo so no one can tell.

We’ll start in your closet. What do you already have? What are your go-to outfits? What makes you feel good? What’s hiding in the back that never sees the light of day (and should it? or nah?)?

Then, if you have a stylish friend whose wardrobe you admire, let’s “shop” your friend’s closet, maybe borrowing something from them for the special occasion this is. Oh… and I’m your friend, too, with a number of beautiful dresses and accessories in my studio available for you to wear. 

Studio closet client wardrobestudio wardrobeBorrow something from my studio wardrobe closet We could also look at options for renting a fabulous outfit (online, like Rent the Runway, or in person at Hearts & Kisses, locally owned here in Lynchburg).

If you’re sure you want to purchase something new, I’ll even accompany you to shop in store to provide my assistance.

We can set up a Skype or Zoom call and do wardrobe selection together, regardless of location, if I can’t physically make it to you.

Let me know!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/9/shopping-assistance Fri, 03 Sep 2021 13:00:44 GMT
Pathos: The Emotional Brain https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/8/pathos-the-emotional-brain Way back when Aristotle was studying and teaching, he understood that people tend to make decisions with their emotions first, which he called pathos. Current studies show that approximately 90% of decisions are made based on emotion, then rationalized (which I’ll touch on in another post).

This is something to keep in mind when reaching out to your emotional buyers with your branding photo session: we want to stir the imagination and emotion (I like “hope” best), and establish common ground and empathy with their problems. Help your potential clients with this process! Start with your “why,” then back it up with features and benefits.

If you look back on my posts, whether on social media or here on the blog, you’ll find I’m always trying to serve with some emotion, share a silver lining, and show that I can help with a variety of problems (from hiding an extra ten pounds to building your personal brand).

Let's work together to tell your brand story in pictures that reflect your mission and vision, as well as your “how.” Imagine what it would be like to have a bank of images that you can use to emotionally reach your audience, sharing the reasons behind your business and creating in them a desire to sign up for your services or purchase your products, because they feel connected to you. 

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Miss the intro post? Find it at https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/7/engaging-the-heart-and-mind-with-your-story
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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/8/pathos-the-emotional-brain Fri, 27 Aug 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Detail Shots: For Weddings... and Branding! https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/8/detail-shots-for-weddings-and-branding One of the highlights of photographing weddings is celebrating in pictures all the details you’ve selected to share with your guests. Most brides have put a great deal of thought into their selections of their accessories, flowers, paper suite, and so on. Photographs of these will help tell your wedding story when the time comes to put your album together.

Details are also quite useful to tell business brand stories! Showcase items in your brand colors, tools you use to do your job and serve your customers, your space, your products, etc. These detail pix can stop the scroll of someone looking for more information about you and your business.

There are several angles that photographers use to capture these images, and I try to use all of them, because one might work better than another in your design (whether that be for a wedding album or marketing plan). Some of pictures can’t be re-created, so let’s try to get it right the first time.

  • angle: flatlay – this is what they call those “overhead” shots.
  • angle: 45 degrees – close to your usual viewpoint.
  • angle: straight on – eye-level shots that can offer a unique perspective.

flatlay wedding paper suite details branding for calligrapher and plannerWedding DetailsFlatlay detail shots can work for branding, not just weddings. All your details will be shot on their own, but many of them may be photographed to include a human element, too. What does that mean? Some part or whole of a person will be in the image with the item. The most common example of this is your hands (human element) showing something off (detail), like a bouquet... or your favorite coffee cup, your wedding veil... or your pen taking notes.

What detail items help tell your story? Let’s talk about them!

Important note: the techniques may be the same, but the thought process behind them differs. While a wedding photographer can beautifully style and capture details for your business, they are generally working with what you’ve given them and a few pieces of their own. A branding photographer who has taken the time to learn about your business can help you select what those details might be. For example, does the current trend of an old-fashioned wood spool of frayed-edge silk ribbon in a muted tone really portray your business story? Or does your collection of turquoise office supplies help paint a more accurate picture?
 

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/8/detail-shots-for-weddings-and-branding Fri, 20 Aug 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Body Image https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/8/body-image During a recent session my client and I had a brief discussion about how the version of you that shows up on my camera doesn’t always match the “you” that shows up in your mirror every morning… or in your mind.

I’ve had this conversation before. I’m sure I’ll have it again.

“Look in a mirror and one thing’s sure; what we see is not who we are.” – Richard Bach

Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. It’s a combination of the thoughts and feelings that you have about your body, and may range between positive and negative experiences, and one person may feel at different times positive or negative or a combination of both.

My hope is that you’ll see what I see when you look at the photographs I’ve captured of you: the truly stunning person you are. What I find sometimes, however, is that some people are resistant and push back with, “that doesn’t look like me”… and then they start picking themselves apart. It breaks my heart when this happens. My goal is for you to love what you see; these photos are not to provide fodder for self-criticism.

“We look into mirrors but we only see the effects of our times on us – not our effects on others.” – Pearl Bailey

You and your body are amazing! Let’s celebrate it, instead of tearing it town. Are you still breathing? Fantastic! Can you still laugh? Oh, joy! Are you still dreaming? Wonderful! Even if they rest of you isn’t quite what you hoped, I want you to find the positive in your pictures.

I want you to feel good about yourself… and I want to showcase your beauty in timeless images. You know where your beauty is? It’s in your smile, your eyes, and your confident attitude. It’s in the love you exude so brightly that we can’t help but see it. It’s your inner beauty showing itself on the outside.

So you may have a few extra pounds or stretch marks or saggy arms, but that is not where your true beauty is! Your true beauty is in you -  your heart and soul - and the way you love your children and your family and your friends. And those flabby arms? They hug and comfort and bring joy to those you share them with. Let it shine outwardly, and let me save that image for you as a reminder.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) glamour style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/8/body-image Fri, 06 Aug 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Behind the Scenes: Retouching https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/7/behind-the-scenes-retouching While every photograph is checked and edited for correct exposure, color, and crop, not every photo is retouched. I do, however, retouch all beauty, boudoir, and headshot images purchased. What do I retouch? Glad you asked!

I will remove temporary blemishes (acne, cuts/scrapes/bruises), but you’ll keep your freckles and scars. I’ll take care of stray hairs that fall across your face or clothing. I will brighten up your eyes and teeth just a little bit (we don’t want radioactive-glowing pearly whites or eyes) and perhaps soften your smile lines (but not totally remove them – you earned those!). Just Say No to overly-processed (plastic-looking) skin! I might nudge a bulge created by your under-garments, but I will not reshape your body. If you ask me nicely, I’ll remove a crooked necklace or errant bra strap.

If it’s a boudoir session and I’m going to make your picture anonymous for sharing, I’ll take out anything identifiable, like tattoos or statement jewelry that someone might recognize as yours and yours alone. I’ll even remove a few freckles, moles, and scars to make doubly-sure no one but you knows it’s you.

Lastly, I’ll clean up the background/set.

Photo retouchretouching exampleSome retouching is included with beauty, boudoir, and headshot photographs. This is all included in your purchase, of course. If you want more extensive retouching (like a “head swap” because you liked your expression better in this picture, but your partner’s expression better in that one), there is an additional fee.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/7/behind-the-scenes-retouching Sat, 31 Jul 2021 00:00:06 GMT
Engaging the Heart and Mind with Your Story https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/7/engaging-the-heart-and-mind-with-your-story “The human mind is a story processor, not a logic processor.” – Jonathan Heidt, social psychologist

People are 22x more likely to remember something if it’s in the form of a story. I should probably tell one here!

Once upon a time, there was a small business owner struggling to figure out what to post on social media, which she knew was a free form of advertising that could help her business if leveraged properly. She really didn’t want the struggle of coming up with a picture every day, spending 30 minutes deciding the right subject, with the right background, with the right lighting, then taking 35 selfies so she could be in the photo, too (because studies show that engagement goes up by 38% if there’s a face in the photo… and people want to know who they’re doing business with), then editing the picture… and on and on. All that time adds up! Posting daily? That’s 3.5 hours a week… 182 hours a year… wait… that’s a month! Certainly there were better things she could do with that time. So she found herself a photographer to help her, but not just any photographer: one well-versed in branding photography, that took the time to get to know her business and what she wanted to share about it. In one afternoon together, they created an entire bank of images she could pull from to show and tell about her business for the next quarter. So much easier and more professional, clearly representing her mission, and allowing her to brand to maintain a cohesive look across all platforms, both online and off. And she lived happily ever after. The End.

I’ll have to work on this, and try again after we go through the next few posts about storytelling to engage pathos, ethos, and logos – telling your story to appeal to the emotional, ethical, and logical brains of your audience.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/7/engaging-the-heart-and-mind-with-your-story Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Building Your Wedding Day Timeline https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/7/building-your-wedding-day-timeline A full formal wedding is an all-day affair! Here’s a sample of how it might go for your photographer:

2:00 arrive - get the “lay of the land” and set up off-camera lighting

2:30-3:15 bridal details: dress, shoes, rings, stationery, etc.

3:15-3:40 getting ready: makeup, hair, dress

3:45-4:10 Bride & Bridesmaids

4:15-4:30 First Look

4:35-4:55 Groom & Groomsmen + groom details

5:00-5:20 Reception details

5:30-6:00 Ceremony

6:10-6:40 Family formals

6:45-7:05 Full bridal party formals

7:10-7:30 Couple

7:30 Reception

10:00 Special Exit

Adjustments to the schedule happen, of course, to fit the day and the couple. Your photographer may ask for a shift in schedule to make sure you get those epic sunset pix, or not be squinting in the harsh mid-day sun for your ceremony. Please take their advice to heart because they’ve likely done this before. To make sure, however, ask them if they can handle situations that might be tricky (e.g., “Have you successfully photographed a late-night sparkler exit? Can I see examples?”).

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At this point I only photograph small weddings of fewer than 100 people (preferring a backyard gathering of less than 50) lasting only a few hours (as opposed to the 8-hour day in the example) using natural light. And, of course, all the related Engagement and Bridal pix! 

Please note: this is only the wedding day itself! Your photographer is spending several hours before the event to make sure all their equipment is in proper working order, batteries are charged, digital file cards are formatted, etc. Then they are spending hours after the day processing the photos, culling through them for the best, editing as necessary to make sure horizons are straight, color and lighting are correct, and more. Then after you've selected the images you like best, they'll spend hours designing your keepsake albums and wall prints and whatever else you've requested,  checking your order when it arrives to make sure the professional lab has processed everything correctly before delivering it to you. 

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/7/building-your-wedding-day-timeline Fri, 09 Jul 2021 12:00:00 GMT
The Top Reason to Get Professional Photographs https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/7/the-top-reason-to-get-professional-photographs My mother-in-law, Eleanor, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021. She was a lovely lady of 86.

One of the things the funeral home asks for is a recent photo for styling and for the obituary.

Probably more importantly, however, is that family will start looking for recent photographs that show the person they remember best.

The most recent snapshot of Eleanor was at her husband’s funeral a year and a half ago… but her hair was a bit disheveled. The one before that? The family photo I made them take together six years ago at a local restaurant. In that one, she was looking “herself” and smiling. Can I find a clear print anywhere? No. We had a canvas print made for our wall… and I had posted it to Facebook. For whatever reason, the original digital file is missing. I downloaded one from Facebook. Knowing I didn’t have time to extract her image from the group, I sent it off to my preferred professional retouch company, who were not happy with the low resolution of the file but made it happen!

In the meantime, we started sorting through pix for display at the funeral. We have quite a few from the late 1950s… but then she became the family photographer and therefore did not appear in front of the camera except in a few studio family portraits. She clearly liked to take pix of a couple of her passions: flowers and quilts. We were hoping to create a collage that covered every decade of her life. We weren’t able to do that, especially after her 50s.

We had just brought Eleanor from her home in Pennsylvania to an assisted living facility near us in Virginia, as her health was declining, and we wanted to make sure she was better cared for. We expected that once her nutrition improved, and her levels of activity and socialization increased, her overall health would improve, too. I was planning to include her in my “50 Over 50” project. There was no way to predict that 48 hours after move-in she would be in the hospital, and 56 hours after that, she would pass.

There was no more time to get pix. No more time to celebrate her life while she was still with us.

Please get your photograph taken professionally at least every couple of years. Please exist in photos for those you leave behind… and do it now, because you never know how long you have left.

I’m heading to my mother-in-law’s funeral today. I’ll be in touch later.

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/7/the-top-reason-to-get-professional-photographs Fri, 02 Jul 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Multi-sensory experience: Music! https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/6/multi-sensory-experience-music I’m the first to admit that I forget to turn on the music during our shoot, but it can make a difference, especially if you’re feeling nervous.

Pandora has a playlist based on “Now That’s What I Call Music: Respect” that’s rather empowering. Or I’ll tune it to the 80s Pop Radio station… or The Pussycat Dolls Radio (great for boudoir)… or whatever genre you prefer!

You can also put together your own music playlist in iTunes, Spotify or YouTube to play during your photoshoot. Play it as you’re getting ready for the shoot, too.

Music will help set the mood, relax you and keep the energy positive and upbeat. That, in turn, affects your mood and expression, which will reflect in your pix. 

So if things are too quiet, because I’ve gotten caught up in the visuals, please let me know!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/6/multi-sensory-experience-music Fri, 18 Jun 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Session: Generations https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/6/session-generations Most family photographs happen when the kids are young or at special occasions, like graduations and weddings. There might be some snapshots at family reunions (where everyone is dressed in their most comfortable matching T-shirt).

Once the kids are grown, however, formal family photos drop to nearly non-existent. I get it: it’s hard to get everyone together.

But I suggest you do. Mom isn’t going to be around forever, and I bet – deep down – she’d love to be celebrated in photographs again, especially if her “babies” are involved. Grandbabies and great-grandbabies are bonus!

I know as I get older, pix with my daughter are just as special as they were when she was a young child. I want that for you, too. I want that for your mother.

Find out more about family photo sessions here and here.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) family session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/6/session-generations Fri, 11 Jun 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Branding Session Planning: from Inspiration to Creative Direction https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/6/branding-session-planning-from-inspiration-to-creative-direction As part of the planning process for your photoshoot, regardless of type, I always ask, “how do you want to be photographed?” You may have seen that question before….

Generally, especially for basic business/headshot sessions, we’ll talk about some concepts, discuss ideas you might want to try, and I’ll share some tips on how to prepare. There’s a plan, but it’s fairly loose.

With a full branding shoot, there’s more direction, but I’ve sometimes felt like something was missing. Planning has centered on where and how you’ll use your images: social media profile crops and content pillars, potential marketing needs, upcoming promotions, blog images, etc. We talk about brand colors, props, locations… and while these things are all important, we haven’t necessarily explored your brand identity in full.

I have always asked a couple of key questions that help lead to understanding your brand’s foundational level, but in the past I’ve let it slide if you haven’t done that examination or just opted to skip that part. What that gets us, however, are photos that are “fine” – good for tactics more than strategy. And at the end of the day, a professional branding shoot saves you time, but without deeply knowing your brand, it can’t necessarily help you grow your business.

“Help me help you!” – Jerry Maguire

Our planning sessions now involve more homework… for both of us.

You no longer get to skip those crucial questions from my discovery questionnaire (but don’t worry; I’m here to help you walk through them to articulate the answers, if you want/need assistance).

I will then take your responses to create an inspiration board for our session and share it with you. While this has always been an option, no one has taken me up on it. It’s no longer optional.

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We’ll discuss what I’ve put together, refine it to make sure it’s the perfect fit for you and your brand, develop a more-complete shoot plan from there, and bring it to life.

By being more strategic in our planning together, you can be confident that your imagery will help tell your brand story in a cohesive way that connects with your ideal audience.

I’m so excited for where this can take you!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/6/branding-session-planning-from-inspiration-to-creative-direction Fri, 04 Jun 2021 15:35:27 GMT
First Looks and Other Wedding Day Moments https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/5/first-looks-and-other-wedding-day-moments When devising your wedding day timeline, in addition to leaving plenty of time for all the family pix your parents want, I’ll ask if you will build in time for a First Look or other moment for portraits of you.

A “First Look” is an opportunity for you and your partner to connect privately before the ceremony… and these are usually the most romantic photos taken of the day, as you relax together, knowing you’re about to commit yourselves to each other. You may choose to actually be together… or you can have a “no look” first look: close enough to talk but keeping the tradition of not seeing one another ahead of that walk down the aisle.

private first lookprivate momentsfirst look or no look, take some private time together on your wedding day

After the ceremony, I’d love to whisk you away for more portraits of just you two. Beaming smiles tend to shine in these images… and you’ll have an opportunity to reflect on the ceremony you’ve shared.

Know that I’ll also be watching out for you during dinner. Should I notice guests continually coming up to greet you – and you not getting a chance to eat – I will step in. You have to replenish to keep your strength up! People tend to not interrupt the photographer asking the couple to pose for dining pix (and insisting they take bites between photographs in the process).

Your wedding day will be extraordinarily busy, with lots of people vying for your attention. I try to make these private moments a respite in your day, not only taking pictures, but also giving space for you to just be with each other on your Best Day Ever.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/5/first-looks-and-other-wedding-day-moments Fri, 28 May 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Ten Best Stores for Lingerie https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/5/ten-best-stores-for-lingerie A frequently asked question among women looking to have a boudoir session is what to wear. Most don’t usually have fancy lingerie, and don’t know where to start.

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When you book a session, I’ll send you a link to my lingerie guide, which is a quick primer on all the different styles and tips on what might work best for you. There are also some tips on my blog.

Once you have an idea of what you might want, it’s time to shop! Where? That all depends on your budget….

To shop from the privacy of home, open up an “Incognito” or “InPrivate” browser window, and shop online at one of these:

  • victoriassecret.com
  • honeybirdette.com
  • hipsandcurves.com
  • adoreme.com
  • bellabellaboutique.com
  • agentprovocateur.com
  • kikidm.com
  • yandy.com
  • laperla.com
  • fredericks.com

Prefer to try something on in person? That seems to be a little harder. Obviously, VS is a good choice… and you might find something pretty at a department store… but I haven’t found much in the way of specialty lingerie shops here in the central Virginia area. If you know of some, please comment and share; I’d love to find them!

If you can't find something you like that's in your budget or in your size, please don't worry. Remember: I have some things in my studio closet

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/5/ten-best-stores-for-lingerie Fri, 21 May 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Product: Contact Sheet https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/5/product-contact-sheet “The contact sheet (also called contract proof) is a positive print of all the negative images from a roll of 35mm film or medium format film. Contact sheets are typically made to allow the photographer to view a mini-preview of all the film to determine which photographs are best to print.” – Guide to Film Photography

bridal portrait contact sheetContact SheetContact Sheet for Abby's bridal shoot.

A really fun way to display a collection of 24 of your favorite images from our session is in an enlarged contact sheet! It’s like a 16x24” photo wall all in one frame, with a cool “retro” look.

Imagine having couples photos with your partner hanging in your office, or your daughter’s senior pix hanging in your living room, or your boudoir images in your boudoir. What a statement piece that would be!

Let me know if this is something you’re interested in, and I’ll be sure to shoot for it during our session.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/5/product-contact-sheet Fri, 14 May 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Product: Business Magazines https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/5/product-business-magazines Your website is by far the best place to showcase your business images, but sometimes you can’t always show it off… or your new connection might not be able to access it. This is where a great printed piece works well.

Business cards, postcards, and rack cards… or even single-page tri-fold brochures... are generally your first thought when it comes to printed pieces. If you have several buying options, or an involved method, however, consider printing a magazine or even a photo album that shows each choice or process... kind of like those created to show off new cars.

magazine-style brochureclient magazineShow off your product or service like a new car - with a magazine!

Available anytime and anywhere, a multi-page magazine-style brochure covers more ground and cohesively shows what you offer in a professional manner. Your potential client can learn more about you and your business at their leisure and review that information whenever they’d like. If you want something more permanent and high-end, order an album to carry to meetings and/or leave in your reception area.

You can even get a PDF version hosted on your website or to send via email. 

Another idea to consider: regularly-updated magazines, perhaps revised twice-yearly or quarterly with the seasons.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/5/product-business-magazines Fri, 07 May 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Behind the Scenes: Selection Session https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/4/behind-the-scenes-selection-session About a week after our photo session together, we’ll meet up to show you your edited images and select which you’d like to keep. While I might cull down the number for your review (e.g., removing duds like the half-blinks I’m semi-famous for) you pick your final pix. 

I do this “old school.”

I’ll pull up your proofs in Microsoft Photos on my laptop, and show you an example of what the final fully-retouched image might look like. Then I turn over control to you to look through them. For any you like I’ll write down the image number on a pad of paper with my pen (yep – “old school”). 

If we need to shorten the list (for a folio box rather than an album, for instance… or a wall art cluster), I’ll pull those photographs out to a separate file, and we’ll go through them again… as many times as necessary so you get exactly what you want. I do not send you an overwhelming gallery and leave you to pick these out by yourself. If you're stuck choosing, I will help you; I'll let you know which I like better and why. 

When we have your final list, you’ll pay your invoice and I’ll start the final retouching process and get your products ordered!

Please note: once products are requested from my professional lab and/or digital files are delivered, the order cannot be canceled.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/4/behind-the-scenes-selection-session Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Pre-Wedding Photography Sessions https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/4/pre-wedding-photography-sessions When you are hiring your wedding photographer, please consider the opportunity to have a pre-wedding session with them. Your photographer will be spending literally hours with you on what is arguably one of the most important days of your life. Get to know them, and let them get to know you, before that Big Day!

Take the opportunity to get comfortable with them and how they operate when working. Are they very directive? Or more hands-off? Learn what to expect while posing and/or interacting in front of their camera shutter, especially if being photographed is not an activity you are looking forward to.

What kinds of shoots might you have before the wedding? The most obvious is a traditional engagement session, featuring you and your partner. Make it personal to you! Some ideas to get you thinking are on this previous post about couples’ sessions

You might also consider a solo bridal session, featuring you in your gown ahead of time… or even after the wedding. I’ve shared several options at this previous post on bridal photography.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/4/pre-wedding-photography-sessions Fri, 23 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT
What’s Available in My Closet: Boudoir Edition https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/4/what-s-available-in-my-closet-boudoir-edition While most clients wish to bring their own lingerie or other clothing items to a boudoir session, I do keep some things available in the studio.

Fishnet stockingsShe's got legs!fishnets? yes! What’s available?

*  Silky chemises (in red, black, ivory, and white) and camisoles (teal, royal blue….)

*  Corsets (in black, light pink, white, lime green, and turquoise)

*  Cute short PJ sets

*  Ivory lace gown

*  Men’s button-down shirts (white and gray)

*  And more, including a variety of accessories, such as fishnet stockings (black and multiple other colors) and super-sexy undies (for emergency use only, and yours for the keeping when we’re through).

Or you can skip outfits altogether and wrap yourself in sheets: white, gray, or black!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. 

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/4/what-s-available-in-my-closet-boudoir-edition Fri, 16 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT
When All You Have Left Are Pix: Part 2 https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/4/when-all-you-have-left-are-pix-part-2 Are you in photographs for your great grandchildren?GrandmotherMy Mamaw, Annie Annie Partin Seabolt was my paternal grandmother. Where we only have a few surviving photographs of my maternal grandmother, we have lots of pix of my father’s mother… at least from the time she married my grandfather forward.

It’s really sweet to be able to look back through the photographs from the Partin/Seabolt clan and watch her with her children growing up… and then with her grown children and her grandchildren as they grew up.

Whole group (and sub-group) family photos were her favorite, so we all always brought our cameras. Hopefully, someone brought a girlfriend or boyfriend to snap the pix; once we were all “married off,” we made sure someone had a camera with a timer or a remote release. Can’t leave anyone out!

I do wish, however, that there were more candid pictures of those times when there wasn’t a big family gathering. I wish there was a photo of the two of us making jam from the raspberries we picked from her garden to go with the one of me and Papaw sitting on the front porch swing. Those little moments become the biggest memories… but then, we didn’t think about picking up a camera for candids; we were just doing our thing.

Is there an activity you do with your children (or grandchildren) that is special? Consider appearing in photographs with them – fully engaged - too. I’d love to capture those candid moments of memory-making for you with an in-home lifestyle session. You do your thing, I shoot, and everyone has pictures to go with this memory of time with you.

 

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) beauty Flashback Friday legacy https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/4/when-all-you-have-left-are-pix-part-2 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Batching Your Content https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/4/batching-your-content A common concern with showing up online regularly is the time it takes to create individual pieces of content. Choosing topics, what to say about them (without sounding super repetitive), and what pix to put with each post can be overwhelming… but it doesn’t have to be!

If you think you need to sit down each day or each week to create individual pieces, and you’re just not sure you can commit to that, then batching is the way to go for you.

business planning calendarApril calendarBatch your content creation by writing out several blog and social media posts in one sitting.

Here’s how I do it:

  • Think of broad categories you want to work in. For me, I’ve got five categories for blog posts this year, and one for each day of the week on Instagram.
  • Consider topics within those categories, and roughly plan where they will line up with each other.
  • Sit down and write as many blog / caption posts as you can at one time. I tend to do this roughly once a month, and can write out at least enough to post throughout the month (sometimes more). Remember, some of those social media posts can be repurposed from longer blog content.
  • Select your images to go with each post. Now that they’re written, you have a better idea of what the visuals are that need to go with them… and can better see if you are re-using an image too often in the same place. If you have a bank of images to choose from (perhaps from your branding session with me), this job will be much easier.
  • Schedule your posts. My website allows me to pre-schedule my blog posts. Facebook allows you to pre-schedule to your business page (a feature I wish they would add to personal accounts). Instagram doesn’t (unless you have it linked to your Facebook business page and are posting the same thing at the same time… which I don’t care for), so my current workaround is to have captions where I can get to them on my phone (I use Dropbox to transfer). Consider one of the numerous scheduling apps/software out there, like Buffer, Hootsuite, Meet Edgar, or Later, to see if one might work for you.

If you schedule a branding session with me, we’ll create a list together of what types of images you need and where you want to use them so as we are shooting, I can make sure we’re creating a useful image bank for you. As we choose those images after the session, I’ll make notes for you on where you chose to use each one, so you don’t have to remember! Become a recurring branding client, and I’ll help you set up a system for you to track all your images from all your sessions.

Are you ready to become visible?

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding business https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/4/batching-your-content Fri, 02 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Wedding Shot Lists https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/3/wedding-shot-lists Most lists included in all the bridal magazines cover basics that every photographer already plans to shoot. What we really need to do is create a custom list together.

Yes, we’re going to take pictures of ceremony, the rings (being exchanged, on and off your hands), your first kiss, your first dance, the flowers (and the bouquet toss), the cake (and its cutting), etc. But please let us know about special or sentimental details, though, that we might not otherwise know about (like a special jewelry piece) so we don’t miss them.

We’re going to take every conceivable family photo. What we need, however, are some details: who are the key people (so we can call them by name) and whether there any special shots (e.g., the bride with her great grandmother) we shouldn’t miss.

We also would love a warning about any special traditions or events that will take place, like a sparkler exit.

Magazine lists are a great start, but know that we already know that part. We need the part that is special just for you!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/3/wedding-shot-lists Fri, 26 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Lingerie Guide https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/3/lingerie-guide Booking a boudoir session, but haven’t got a clue about lingerie? That’s okay; I can help! I’ll send you my lingerie guide, which introduces all the common types. It also includes suggestions for which pieces may work best for you, should you have any parts you want to show off more than others. There’s also a packing list so you can have a somewhat organized plan.

Want a peek? See it at www.maggietakespix.com/lingerie-guide.pdf.

This guide supplements my standard client preparation guide, which you can find at www.maggietakespix.com/client-guide.pdf.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/3/lingerie-guide Fri, 19 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT
When All You Have Left Are Pix: Part 1 https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/3/when-all-you-have-left-are-pix-part-1 My mother's mother in the only photo we have of her.maternal grandmother motherMy maternal grandmother

Flora Rose was my grandmother on my mother’s side... and this is the only photograph I have of her. My mother has three more. My aunt may have a handful. Born Apr 1, 1919, she was just 55 when she passed - the same age I'll be this year. I wish we had more pictures of her throughout her short time on this planet....

When someone important in your life passes, where is the first place you turn? Pictures and stories. Some of her pix were lost in a fire, but I also know there weren't a lot taken. I've heard some stories; I wish I had photographs to go with them. 

You’ll be looking for a printed 8x10 to frame and display at the service… and printed pix to share among family and friends (or in the instance of a global pandemic, to share online).

Because of instances like fire or pandemics, or just deterioration because we didn’t know how to keep our prints safe, I am thankful for (and offer) digital options… even though nothing beats a quality print.

What legacy are you leaving behind for those who love you? Do you exist in photos? You really should - as you are, right this moment. 

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

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(Maggie Takes Pix) beauty Flashback Friday legacy https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/3/when-all-you-have-left-are-pix-part-1 Fri, 12 Mar 2021 13:00:00 GMT
Four Ways to Reuse Posts Across Platforms https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/3/four-ways-to-reuse-posts-across-platforms You’re getting your online presence together but wondering about content creation and what to do with “all those pix” you have from your branding session. Here’s a plan for you.

Start with a blog post, ideally on your website, but if that’s not an option, link your site in it to drive traffic. There are lots of differing points of view on blog length – some recommend 300-500 words, while others say 2000! - so just “do you” on that. I tend to keep mine rather short, because, frankly, I don’t like to read long pieces online. Use a picture with your post.

Now that your base information is done, can you break it down into several smaller pieces? That would allow sharing over several posts. Take a snippet of your blog post and send it – with a link to the full piece – to your email list. Use a different, but similar, photograph.

 

Blank calendar with social media icons for Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedInsocial media calendarFill your calendar!

Share a snippet to your favorite social media site, whether that’s Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram… or all of the above! Use a slightly different image, but related/similar to the one posted with the blog and shared via email.

Now share another related photo to Pinterest, one of the biggest “search engines” out there, with a link to the blog post.

Why am I suggesting different images for each one? Fatigue. People will want to know they are in the right place with similar images from the same setup, but they don’t want to see the exact same photograph everywhere; they’ll scroll on by, even if they haven’t actually clicked through. Something similar will have them actually reading the caption and considering that there might be something more/different to read. And when they get there, they’ll know they’re in the right place because of a "familiar" (but not tired) picture.

There you go: four places to share the same content without having to reinvent the wheel.

Now… do you need pix to go with your content? Let’s chat about the best way to make this happen.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding business https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/3/four-ways-to-reuse-posts-across-platforms Fri, 05 Mar 2021 13:00:00 GMT
When to Book Your Wedding Photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/2/when-to-book-your-wedding-photographer Choosing your wedding photographer is pretty important, since they are creating critical keepsakes of your day. Making sure you get the photographer whose style matches yours means you should probably book them as soon as you have a date and venue!

Generally in the 12-month countdown checklists found in bridal guides, deciding on a photographer ideally happens at least nine months before your ceremony date. You’ll want to schedule your engagement photo session around the same time, as you’ll want pix for your announcement (and it’s a good way to get more comfortable with your photographer and their camera).

There are other weddng-related photo sessions available, and booking early ensures there is time to fit them all in.

You’ll also find that your photographer is a great resource for other vendors you might need or want. We’re happy to help create your vision; just ask!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/2/when-to-book-your-wedding-photographer Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT
Best Locations for Boudoir https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/2/best-locations-for-boudoir As the name suggests (boudoir is old French for a woman’s private “pouting” room), boudoir photography generally takes place in a bedroom or other private location.

Good news: I have equipment that travels, so we can create your custom session in your bedroom (super personal) or a hotel room.

Better news: I have an inflatable bed for use in the studio… or I’ve been known to strip down and depersonalize our master bedroom to shoot in there.

Truly, though, a bed is not a requirement for your intimate session. I've photographed boudoir on front porches and back decks, in yards and living rooms, in hallways, in bathrooms and on beaches.... We can travel to any location that is special to you, and there are several pretty pockets of nature on our property we can use for outdoor sessions. 

Curious about how we can create beauty in any location? Let’s chat.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

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(Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/2/best-locations-for-boudoir Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT
What’s Available in My Closet https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/2/what-s-available-in-my-closet One of the frequent comments I get is “I don’t know what to wear.”

That’s okay; I’ve got you! Not only will I direct you to my Client Guide, I am more than happy to help you shop your closet… or in store. Or you can borrow something from my closet.

What’s in it? Lots!

I’ve got a variety of formal and semi-formal dresses in sizes XS to XXL. Short, long, pastel, bold, slinky, fluffy, vintage, modern….

I’ve got a variety of lingerie pieces that can also be worn as part of your beauty shoot, including slips, corsets, button-down shirts….

Then there are the creative pieces: tulle “skirts” and throws, sashes to build you a custom outfit… even a parachute that can act as dress or skirt!

What’s really fun about wardrobe in the studio is that it doesn’t have to fit! No one will see the back, so if it’s too tight, we’ll leave it unzipped; if it’s too loose, we’ll clamp it.

Ready to get creative? Let’s chat!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

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(Maggie Takes Pix) style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/2/what-s-available-in-my-closet Fri, 12 Feb 2021 14:30:05 GMT
Top 10 Social Media Post Ideas https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/2/top-10-social-media-post-ideas My Personal Branding Photography packages are designed to provide you with a bank of pictures to draw from as needed to grow your business online. One of the questions I get asked is, “What would I do with that many images? I don’t even know what to post about!” Here are ten ideas!        

  1. Repurpose multiple related blog topics, or break down a longer piece (like a white paper) into smaller parts, to create a series. Use a related, but different, image for each post.
  2. Run a contest or giveaway. Use a different image for the teaser, the opening announcement of the contest, a reminder, announcing the end, and declaring your winner. You’ll need:
    1. Something to give away. Ideally, the prize for your contest should somehow be related to your brand (think: free products or a membership).
    2. Terms and conditions. To cover yourself legally, terms and conditions are a must for your contest.
    3. A point of contact. On your terms and conditions page, make sure to leave an email address where people can get in touch with questions or concerns.
    4. A creative way to enter. Whether it’s through user-generated content or a hashtag, asking followers to post about your brand is the best way to encourage entries. After all, the purpose of a giveaway is brand awareness, not just to give away free stuff. Oh, and hashtags are by far the simplest means of keeping track of who entered your contest for free.
  3. Host an AMA (Ask Me Anything). Announce it with a special image of you for the occasion. Consider how an AMA ticks the following boxes for brands:
    1. You get to show off the personal side of your business
    2. You raise awareness for your brand without being pushy or salesy
    3. You learn more about the concerns and interests of your audience
  4. Create a How-To or tutorial. We’ll photograph each step.
  5. Make a meme from an outtake image.
  6. If social media has taught us anything, it’s that people love to share their opinions. Poll your audience: A or B (or C or D)? Pix for each!
  7. Go behind the scenes. Giving your followers a “behind the scenes” look at your company signals authenticity. Brands represent people; share that personal element.
  8. Share your milestones. Telling your brand’s story and showing what you’re worth based on your accomplishments can truly cement your company’s status in the eyes of your audience.
  9. Answer FAQs in list form: “Top 10 Social Media Posts” What images can you use with your list?
  10.  Trending topics. What’s coming up that we can plan for? Think: holidays, business anniversary, wedding season….

People love to see you in your posts; faces drive engagement, and sharing your personal brand helps your audience get to know, like, and trust you.

You’ll want pictures for each of these, then use different ones as you change it up and repurpose your content to other platforms.

Photographer Maggie McCanna photographing another photographer.tipping I'm trying to get better about adding photos to my blog posts, too.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/2/top-10-social-media-post-ideas Fri, 05 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT
Behind the Scenes: Cull/Edit https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/1/behind-the-scenes-cull/edit cull

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  1. select from a large quantity

 

After our session together, I’ll download your image files off the camera card to my laptop. I use a software program called Lightroom to cull through and select the best pix from our time together and perform some initial edits.

I will look at each image and eliminate any that have blinks, unflattering expressions, missed focus, or anything that does not reflect you at your best.

I’ll then perform some standard edits: level out horizons (I tend to have a 1-2 degree list), balance out lighting, and make sure the color is correct.

Once I’ve gone through this process, I’ll select one image to fully retouch as a sample before we get together and choose which photographs make you happiest.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/1/behind-the-scenes-cull/edit Fri, 29 Jan 2021 13:00:00 GMT
Micro Weddings https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/1/micro-weddings In simple terms, micro weddings are small wedding ceremonies, with maybe 25-50 guests. Many of the details of these petite weddings are just as important as a larger event, but there are fewer of them and the event is generally shorter. Elopements tend to have even fewer people – generally, just the couple and officiant, and maybe a handful of family members – and are more spontaneous.

This is my jam! I specialize in these smaller events. The limited guest list means the people that attend are those most special to you, and I focus on interactions with every one of them.

Originally posted in October 2017, this article from The Knot was updated in September 2020 to reference the COVID-19 pandemic, and introduces the concept of the minimony – a small ceremony with just a few people, like a planned elopement – that may be followed by a sequel wedding with your full guest-count.

I’ve photographed micro weddings, an elopement (held on my back porch - I was one of the five people), and a minimony (nothing like getting a call on Thursday that the ceremony will be on Tuesday evening in the pastor’s yard)… and, of course, several larger events.

At this point in my life, if you’ve got over 100 guests, I will graciously decline and provide referrals to other photographers. I know my limits

If you are having an intimate wedding, however, I’d love to share your day with you, and document your love story. 

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/1/micro-weddings Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:00:00 GMT
BONUS Boudoir Look: “Shower Scene” https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/1/bonus-boudoir-look-shower-scene I posted several Boudoir Looks over the past months. You can catch the roundup here. This session request happened afterward.... Bonus!

When she suggested it, I honestly had to figure out how to make it work. This is not something I had done before, but I’m willing to answer special requests whenever I can.

Most of my boudoir sessions are super tame, generally not showing private parts that cannot be displayed on social media… and I have only photographed a handful of nude sessions. I’d never shot a shower (or bathtub) session before, but with a willing “model” for collaboration, I feel confident that future sessions will only get better!

We pulled out fluffy white towels, and photographed the full story, from checking the water temperature, through the “shower,” and drying off. Your session can be shorter or longer, as you wish; actually, you don’t even have to get wet! Props for this look can include a silky bathrobe, scrubby/loofah, washcloth, bottle of bodywash….

My master bath is spa-like, and there is room, angled properly, for a shower session, if it’s something you’re interested in. It has a full-length, low-rise large shower with glass door, so splashes are contained and add to the look. Feel free to bring shower shoes, if you prefer, for sanitary purposes; I won’t be offended. Unfortunately, I don’t have an awesome bathtub…. Do you? Alternatively, “accessible” hotel rooms generally have the space in their bathrooms, too.

Schedule your boudoir session and receive my lingerie guide to help you choose what to wear!

In the meantime, check out this post.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/1/bonus-boudoir-look-shower-scene Fri, 15 Jan 2021 13:00:00 GMT
Makeup Trends Updated https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/1/makeup-trends-updated I’m a huge fan of fresh, natural makeup looks, and unless we’re doing a concept shoot, we start off Signature Portrait Sessions with our makeup artist creating a “bridal” look for you, even though you may not be a bride.

The Central Virginia Bridal Guide – as most bridal magazines do – offers a column on bridal makeup trends, so I like to pick up each issue. Checking in like this ensures I’m up to date on the industry and will have the jargon to speak with the artist about what we are creating with your look.

Some things change, while some are classic

  • Eyebrows, for instance, are becoming refreshingly more natural again – not overly thinned, but not big and bushy. Style and groom them, as they are framing your eyes (those most important windows to the soul), but keep it simple.
  • Eye makeup can be built from natural to smoky – and I love that winged eyeliner is a classic look that is still en vogue. False eyelashes are also still a great way to enhance your eyes, especially if you are “sticking” with “natural” styles. They add such drama!
  • As for lip color, remember that even neutral colors can enhance your look, but there’s nothing like a bold lip… especially if you go red

Our makeup artist will create a clean-looking foundation for your skin that may seem heavy to you. As much as a satin glow may look really good in person, it doesn’t always work well in camera, as some makeup reflects light poorly. An expert will know exactly what formulas enhance you best.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) glamour style tips wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/1/makeup-trends-updated Fri, 08 Jan 2021 13:00:00 GMT
Branding 101 Roundup https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/1/branding-101-roundup Branding and brand-building applies to people as well as businesses, and I enjoy working with clients to define who they want to be in their online worlds to help create that brand with their images.

From a detailed presentation on building a personal or business brand, I’ve shared my “notes” slide deck over a few posts, with a bit of the information that goes along with them. Here’s a roundup of those slides for Branding 101:

 

Some notes on the presentation itself:

It had been a few “minutes” since I’d built a breakout session, so I basically took notes for attendees with the amount of text on each slide. Future presentations will have significantly fewer words….

Another lesson learned: if your presentation will be projected on a large screen, do not use low-resolution pix.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2021/1/branding-101-roundup Fri, 01 Jan 2021 15:15:00 GMT
Open Model Call https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/12/open-model-call I will always ask: How do you want to be photographed? And if there is time at the end of our session, I may ask you to do something that I want to photograph….

But every now and then, I love to have full creative shoots with people – just for fun or to add a look to my portfolio when clients have elected not to share their images (I ask for a model release, but it’s not required of my clients).

My selected models are not (always) professionals, so if you are interested and willing to sign a model release, please come play! I’m currently looking to photograph:

  • glamour and/or bridal in the snow
  • outdoor boudoir
  • ballet dancer (with old toe shoes you’re willing to wear in the street)
  • intimate at-home session with a couple á la the sessions featured on https://www.instagram.com/dirtybootsandmessyhair/

There is no session fee for model calls with a signed release, and all photographer-selected photos are available to you, too (generally a gallery of 10-20 digital images).

Contact me and let’s set it up!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/12/open-model-call Fri, 25 Dec 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Boudoir Look: What To Wear Roundup https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/12/boudoir-look-what-to-wear-roundup Wardrobe is so personal to each woman. It’s an opportunity to show the different facets of her personality and style. Fit of wardrobe is unbelievably important for flattery. That is why I have each client bring her own wardrobe. That said, I do keep several pieces in the studio, just in case: slips, bustiers, camisoles – all things that can be washed/cleaned. I also have a handful of lacy panties, but if we use those, they are yours to keep; undies just cannot be reused (ew).

When you book a session with me, I will send you a comprehensive guide to help you decide what to wear and where to shop. In addition, I am always happy to help you through the process by giving opinions and/or helping you find the perfect items for your session.

Here are some quick links to give you an idea of looks to consider:

The best look, of course, is your own. Mix and match, or create something entirely new!


There is never a part of the process in which you are alone; I’m here to help every step of the way to help you look your best and the way you want.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

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(Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/12/boudoir-look-what-to-wear-roundup Fri, 18 Dec 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Branding Photography Session Updates https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/12/branding-photography-session-updates Ideally, you will update your branding regularly. What does “regularly” mean? It depends on you!

We’ll sit down together and plan out what your want to feature and how often as part of our session planning meeting. This will give us an idea of how large an image collection you’ll need.

Most small business or personal brands update every season. The most obvious benefit of this is always having a seasonally-appropriate look (so you aren’t wearing short sleeves in winter or a sweater in summer posts). It also allows you to change the stories you want to feature fairly often.

Some people grab a smaller pool of pix with each session, but they have these updated monthly, which is especially useful if you are featuring a product or service.

Many update every six months and fill in their social media image banks on their own.

In any case, if you’ve invested time and money to have a branding session, don’t let your images grow stale. Use them, then refresh them. Share them, and stay top of mind with your audience.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/12/branding-photography-session-updates Fri, 11 Dec 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Looking Good in Photos: Seated https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/12/looking-good-in-photos-seated If you are about to be photographed while seated, the key to looking your best is to sit on the front edge, rather than leaning back or sunk into the chair. 

Perching on the edge of the seat allows you to have good posture. Sitting up straight, even leaning slightly forward, makes you look engaged with your viewer. You may be able to twist to adjust your angle to the camera, as well, which is a little more slimming than being photographed straight on.

Previous posing tips (like bending) still apply!

Check for clothing bunching up before the shot, too! You might need to sit on the back of your jacket or unbutton it to keep it smooth.

Hopefully, your photographer will guide you to the best position, and watch out for all those things.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) posing tips professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/12/looking-good-in-photos-seated Fri, 04 Dec 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Flashback Friday: 2020 – Ten Years and Growing https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/11/flashback-friday-2020-ten-years-and-growing Despite a novel coronavirus pandemic, this year featured several honors for me.

One of my clients was profiled in a local magazine, with one of my photos featured with their article (I love seeing my images “in the wild” – and they’re a great couple). I was selected as the Gold Best of Business Award winner for Commercial Photographer of the Year by the readers of Lynchburg Business magazine! I also had the privilege of presenting a breakout session on Personal Branding to businesswomen at Central Virginia Business Coalition’s Empower seminar.

Best Commercial Photographer - GoldBest of Lynchburg Business - Gold - Best Commercial PhotographerHonored to be selected

 

Photography clients this year included several headshot sessions, couples’ boudoir, personal branding, and portrait shoots. I was again invited to participate in another styled shoot… and even photographed a backyard microwedding, postponed and downsized due to COVID-19.

Thank you for making this crazy tenth year an incredible one!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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Boudoir Look: “Bad Girl” https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/11/boudoir-look-bad-girl Ideas for this naughty look include anything black or red, especially lace. Bring your handcuffs, blindfold, stockings, garter belt, stilettos, thigh-high boots, silk tie, whip or other toys, and a mask. I don’t judge… and I have a few things here in the studio wardrobe, too.

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Schedule your boudoir session and receive my lingerie guide to help you choose what to wear!

In the meantime, check out this post for lingerie selections.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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Branding 101: 4 C’s of Visibility, Part 4 – Be Custom https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/11/branding-101-4-c-s-of-visibility-part-4-be-custom Custom elements make your brand personal.Custom images enhance your brand.Choose elements that reflect you.

In order to better build your visibility, and so your audience gets to know, like and trust you, your media (social or print) should authentically reflect you.

Create images that are custom to match your brand.

You are the ultimate brand element. Share some of the “behind the scenes” of your business and your life to create connection. Consider including family, pets, staff, or even clients. Include locations and props that reflect your business. Add in your specific brand colors.

Including some personal details – especially images of you (at least on occasion) – helps you stand out infinitely better than the stock images that everyone else may be using.

Don't use the same image everyone else is.Create custom images to stand out.How many times have you seen this ponytail?

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/11/branding-101-4-c-s-of-visibility-part-4-be-custom Fri, 13 Nov 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Looking Good in Photos: Accessories https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/11/looking-good-in-photos-accessories Variety is the spice of life.

Bring jewelry to coordinate with each outfit you bring, along with scarves, hats, jackets, or whatever else might coordinate. Adding and changing accessories gives you layers and looks without having an entire clothing change. You may even find a new combination!

I have a number of accessories here in the studio wardrobe, too: hats, jewelry, masks, scarves, wraps, and more… all for your use.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/11/looking-good-in-photos-accessories Fri, 06 Nov 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Behind the Scenes: Shoot https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/10/behind-the-scenes-shoot So, just what goes on at a shoot with me?

When you arrive, I’ll introduce you to our hairstylist and/or makeup artist (HMUA) if you’re using that service, and we’ll go through clothing items you’ve brought and sets we’re thinking of using. The HMUA will create a look for you that works best with what you’ve expressed. Most of my clients choose a more natural, but polished, look – more bridal than dramatic, although we’ll build to that if it fits your session style. I’ll fuss around with the set and lights a little more to adjust for our first look, while you relax and get glammed up.

Once you’re in your outfit (there is a changing room in the studio) I’ll check the light placement and my camera settings again, and we’ll get underway. Generally, I won’t provide a lot of direction in the beginning, because I want to watch how you move, your expressions, your mood, etc. I want to figure out what poses and/or prompts will work best to bring out the best in you! Then the work begins: I’ll introduce you to The Turtle. I will begin to pose you more and ask for particular movements, most of which I will demonstrate, so you can see what it is I’m asking you to do.

At some point, I will knock over a light stand.

It’s inevitable. I may be a glamour photographer, but I am not a glamourous photographer. You will look polished; I will be awkward. We will do some really silly things. Go ahead and laugh! I know I will.

We’ll probably dance… or at least sway.

We will change outfits and sets and lights and poses until we’re sure you’ve been photographed in every way you’ve dreamed… or we’re getting tired (I’m good for about four hours, then my creativity starts to wane).

No matter if it’s just a short headshot session or a Signature Portrait Session, as we come to the end I may throw in “just one more” quick take – 15 minutes or so of an outfit/set/lighting that’s different from the rest. Just because.

And after? You will feel like you’ve had a gentle workout… and I’ll start my workout, going through all the beauty we’ve created (including the outtakes) to find the best of the best to share with you. Give me a week or so, and we’ll get back together to relive our session through your images. More on that in another post!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/10/behind-the-scenes-shoot Fri, 30 Oct 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Flashback Friday: 2019 – Year of the Styled Shoots https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/10/flashback-friday-2019-year-of-the-styled-shoots It seems 2019 was the Year of the Styled Shoot, with four sessions to create branding images for the planners, designers, caterers, bakers, florists, venues… and people (some models; some not). The year started off with an epic multicultural styled shoot with talented designers creating beautiful backdrops for gorgeous portraits based on the national cultures in places like Italy, Greece, Ireland, and more. A later LGBTQ styled shoot was styled with a rainbow of color themes and real couples celebrating real love! Powdered paint pigment and smoke bombs made for a Color War styled shoot – less about the styling; more about the fun. A Gothic styled shoot – just in time for Halloween – featured a previously-abandoned venue that’s now undergone renovation. Have I ever mentioned how much I enjoy photographing abandoned places? I squeeze those in whenever I can.

Dark and moody styled shoot, highlighting some talented vendors.Gothic styled shootSomething a little dark and moody, with the session highlighting some talented vendors.

I’m always ready to learn something new, so I traveled across the state for a Headshot workshop with one of the best in the business, Gary Hughes. Of course, personal branding and headshot sessions were on tap, as well as senior and boudoir sessions… and the sweetest elopement between two 70-somethings.

ElopedWhen you're 75 and in love, you don't wait.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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Boudoir Look: “White Sheet” https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/10/boudoir-look-white-sheet This is the easiest of looks! You swear you have nothing to wear… or we’ve decided to toss in a boudoir look at the last minute, and you wore your everyday bra instead of something “pretty.” I keep a set of white sheets at the ready! We can create the illusion of nude, without you actually being naked. Ideally, you’ll wear nude or lacey undies, but we can work around that, too, as I also have black sheets and gray. Bring any accessories you’d like to highlight, if this is one of your planned looks; I have a bunch available here in the studio wardrobe, too (from strings of pearls to flowers to masks…).

white sheet boudoirwhite sheet boudoirNothing to wear? Got you "covered"!

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Schedule your boudoir session and receive my lingerie guide to help you choose what to wear!

In the meantime, check out this post for lingerie selections.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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Branding 101: 4 C’s of Visibility, Part 3 – Be Cohesive https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/10/branding-101-4-c-s-of-visibility-part-3-be-cohesive What do you want to be known for? Share that.Create your content strategyWhat does your audience want to know from you? Ideally, you’ll create a cohesive strategy for your brand, creating and repurposing content that speaks to your ideal audienceregularly – about topics that build your Know/Like/Trust factor. We all know people do business (or befriend) people they know, like, and trust. Having a plan helps you become visible faster and easier.

Talk about subjects you want to be known for. For instance, I want to be known for my photography expertise, not bookkeeping… even though I know a LOT about bookkeeping. I’ll search my content library for photographs that help me show the story of what it’s like to work with me for pictures, not debits and credits.

Experts recommend that your content should be:

  • 70% Educational – what information does your audience need or want to know from you
  • 20% Results or social proof – what have others shared about working with you
  • 10% Personal – with a tie to your brand: your mission, your values, your experience... and how that benefits them

These are some of the topics we discuss when creating a plan for your branding sessions, so you know you’ll have appropriate images to use as you share your brand online or in print.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/10/branding-101-4-c-s-of-visibility-part-3-be-cohesive Fri, 09 Oct 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Looking Good in Photos: Feet https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/10/looking-good-in-photos-feet Instantly “lose” ten pounds with just your stance! How? Rather than stand facing the camera straight on, angle yourself (45 degrees) to one side, and offset your feet, shoulder width apart. Push your weight to the back foot, and kick that booty back away from the camera. Bend your front knee, and consider bringing your front foot up until just your toe is touching (depending on the look you want, of course). Practice in a mirror to get the amount of kick just right for you… or hire a pro who knows how to pose you.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) posing tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/10/looking-good-in-photos-feet Fri, 02 Oct 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Flashback Friday: 2018 – Central Virginia https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/9/flashback-friday-2018-central-virginia Having finally moved into our new home, my new husband and I renovated the barn-turned-cabin to become my studio! I jumped into the community, joining the Central Virginia Business Coalition (formerly Lynchburg RMA) and the Amherst County Chamber of Commerce.

I also invested in continuing education to improve my business and personal branding photography offerings… and I kicked it off with photoshoots for Sarah of Blooming Heirlooms, and Glo, The Mobile Artist.
Branding session on locationBlooming Heirlooms by Paper GirlPersonal branding photoshoot for Sarah

Dana, Bonnie, and the Morton family all celebrated with me in portrait sessions. There were Styled shoots with some fantastic wedding vendors. A maternity shoot and an elder parent Legacy shoot brought many happy smiles. I traveled back to Virginia Beach for an elopement and beach wedding, and finished out the year with a Matriarch’s birthday gathering.

 

We should elope.Let's get marriedSmall, intimate weddings are my favorite! I love the microwedding trend.

Thank you all for welcoming me to Central Virginia!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) beauty branding Flashback Friday wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/9/flashback-friday-2018-central-virginia Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Boudoir Look: “Sports Fan” https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/9/boudoir-look-sports-fan This is a fun theme! Ideas for this look include a sports jersey or tee, knee socks, lacey panty, cheeky boy short, football/basketball/props, and team hat. Playful or sultry? Or both?

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Schedule your boudoir session and receive my lingerie guide to help you choose what to wear!

In the meantime, check out this post for lingerie selections.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/9/boudoir-look-sports-fan Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Branding 101: 4 C’s of Visibility, Part 2 – Be Consistent https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/9/branding-101-4-c-s-of-visibility-part-2-be-consistent Consistency builds trust.Be ConsistentDecide on your platform and show up regularly.

Where does your ideal client “hang out” online? Generally, you’ll find more women on Pinterest, more businesspeople on LinkedIn. Choose whatever platform is best for you, and get consistent on it, before trying to be everywhere. Choose a posting schedule, and stick with it. There are “ideal” social media schedules, but they change as the platform’s algorithms change… so don’t be concerned with that – just do what you can. You do not need to be everywhere all the time, but build trust by showing up regularly where you are.

As an example, I post something on Instagram every day. It was a challenge to start, but my audience knows there will be something daily. Ideally, I would be more consistent with the time of day that I post… but I’m not there yet. I’ve tried to pick up posting on LinkedIn, but I’m not doing as well with that. I tend to “post and ghost” – randomly drop something in the feed, but not coming back and interacting with others on a regular basis. My new goal is to go onto that platform twice weekly. According to social media gurus, I should be on Pinterest every day, but I know I will not be able to sustain that, yet… so it remains on the list.

With all that posting, you’ll want a bank of images on tap that truly represent you and your brand. That’s what brand photographers (like me) do: help you create that library, so you always have something appropriate to share with your audience.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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Looking Good in Photos: Necklines https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/9/looking-good-in-photos-necklines  “Often, when an outfit doesn’t work, it’s because of the neckline,” explains Houston stylist and fashion show producer Todd Ramos to The Style Glossy

Which should you choose?

Lower, open necklines like a sweetheart (which is shaped like the top of a heart), scoop, square or V-neck tend to look good on almost every body type and size. “They bring attention to your face and elongate your upper body, especially if you’re petite or have a short neck,” says Ramos. These cuts are great for everyone, unless you’re top heavy or have an especially long neck. Whatever size you are, a halter will flatter your figure. If your arms or shoulders are a “trouble spot” for you, top it with a fitted jacket.

If you have a long neck, narrow face, small chest or sloped shoulders, a high neckline -- one that rests on or very near the collarbone -- is your best bet. Crew necks and boatnecks draw the eye out to your shoulders so you appear more balanced and proportioned. But on the flip side, these necklines can make you look bigger than you are if you have generous curves, a short neck or broad shoulders.

A true turtleneck that hits a couple of inches below the chin will whittle away your height, making it best for those who want to offset a long neck or face. A cowl-neck, which is a looser version of a turtleneck, naturally drapes at the chest, creating a vertical line that elongates the body. A mock neck hits slightly lower than a turtleneck and serves as a good midpoint if you can’t part with your more covered-up sweaters.

Want more "what to wear" tips? Search for keyword "style tips" on the blog.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/9/looking-good-in-photos-necklines Fri, 04 Sep 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Flashback Friday: 2017 - Time to Move https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/8/flashback-friday-2017---time-to-move Three friends got together for a Best Friends Session.Best FriendsCapture your joy of being together with a BFF session! Lots of changes happened in 2017 – including my move to Amherst, Virginia! I was able to do some product photography of art pieces for a gallery that was moving online. I had my first sessions in central Virginia, two of them being Bridal boudoir (one very romantic; one very playful). Before I left Norfolk: Seniors, best friends, boudoir, and another wedding. After I left Norfolk: got married in my new back yard… and started networking in the Lynchburg region.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) beauty branding Flashback Friday professional photographer senior wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/8/flashback-friday-2017---time-to-move Fri, 28 Aug 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Branding 101: 4 C’s of Visibility, Part 1 – Be Clear https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/8/branding-101-4-c-s-of-visibility-part-1-be-clear Grow your visibility by using images and words that speak to your audience.Be ClearUse images and words that appeal to your ideal client.

Posts with images get more attention than posts with words alone. Choose something scroll-stopping and different… but that goes along with your message and appeals to your ideal client. What do they want to see from you? Now how can you make that unique? (I can help with that).

The same with your words: both the message and how it’s delivered should match your brand. What does your ideal client want to read? Is it in your authentic voice?

Read more Branding 101 posts by searching for the keyword branding.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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Looking Good in Photos: Hands https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/8/looking-good-in-photos-hands “What do I do with my hands?”

If your photographer isn't posing your hands, here are some tips for what to do with them (your hands, not your photographer).Fun with HandsWhat do I do with my hands?

If your hands might show in an image, here are a few tips:

  1. Have your pinky finger facing the camera, not the wider back of the hand.
  2. Relax and soften – think delicate ballet hands, not clenched fists or claws… or karate.
  3. Bend at the wrist
  4. Do something – like adjusting clothing or an accessory – that feels “natural.” Or play. Your option.

Hands on your hips is always a good place to start… or cross your arms, keeping the above tips in mind, and both hands visible.

Think of the waist as the dividing line for finger direction. Hands above the waistline should generally be pointing upward. Hands below the waist should point downward.

In group photos or couple’s photos, watch out for “hand spiders.” Try to keep the back hand invisible. When people put their arms around each other, the back hand tends to poke out at the oddest places.

When all else fails, hide ‘em.

During your session with me, I will let you know what to do with your hands, if they are going to show. How hands are posed helps tell a story in your images: open, friendly, seductive, strong, shy…. 

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) posing tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/8/looking-good-in-photos-hands Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Flashback Friday: 2016 – New Experiences and a Reminder https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/8/flashback-friday-2016-new-experiences-and-a-reminder ‘Tween photography kicked off my sixth year in business. Ten- to twelve-year-olds (in between kid and teenager) are such a fun age – open to new experiences, with a lot of interests. We always keep these sessions age-appropriate!

Age-appropriate stylingTween BeautyEven almost-11 enjoys playing dress-up.

Another favorite: Engagement sessions (still all about her… with her favorite partner). This was also a year of more Event photography, with another wedding workshop and two more weddings. I started outreach to central Virginia at a bridal show, since we finally had a rough timeline of our move to the area.

Photographed more Seniors and Headshots… and personal branding, before I knew what it was called….

Casual headshots during a senior sessionMother / daughterHer senior session... but we got Mom in for a few headshots for her realty business.

I was also brought back to WHY I started this business with my father’s death. One of the first things we turned to, after he passed, was the photographs. Of course, I picked up part of my shutterbug from him; he loved to take and share “pix” (that’s where I got my business name). There were plenty, which brought us great comfort.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) beauty branding Flashback Friday professional photographer senior wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/8/flashback-friday-2016-new-experiences-and-a-reminder Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Boudoir Look: “Good Girl” https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/7/boudoir-look-good-girl Ideas for this sweet look include a white sheer tee, over-the-knee socks, off-the-shoulder sweater, lacy panty, tank top / jean shorts / cowboy boots, silky or lacy kimono/robe, or other items in pastel colors.

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Schedule your boudoir session and receive my lingerie guide to help you choose what to wear!

In the meantime, check out this post for lingerie selections.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/7/boudoir-look-good-girl Fri, 17 Jul 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Branding 101: Creating Connection https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/7/branding-101-creating-connection Create content that your audience wants to consume.Create Content that ConnectsCreate content that your audience wants to consume.

Once you know your brand and who you are talking to, think about where you connect. What do you believe in, and what does your client value? Look for “uncommon commonalities” to help build a relationship.

As you create or curate content, run it through your ideal client’s “What’s In It For Me?” filter. How can you help her through her problem?

Want more? Check out Storybrand by Donald Miller. This is an important step before personal branding sessions, so you can’t skip it. I’ll work with you to figure it out.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/7/branding-101-creating-connection Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT
Looking Good in Photos: Color and Pattern https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/7/looking-good-in-photos-color-and-pattern When it comes to pictures of people, I always recommend that people choose colors that complement their skin tone (cool, warm, or neutral). When in doubt, match/coordinate with your eyes – you know, the color that makes them pop!

I also recommend staying away from patterns near your face. Why? Here’s an experiment for you. Pick up a clothing catalog, and flip through it. What is your eye drawn to: the model’s face, or the clothing? Clothing companies know that patterns tend to draw attention! In portraits, however, I want your beautiful face to be the highlight of the picture.

If you are attending an event that you know will mean your photograph might be taken, keep this tip in mind while deciding what to wear. 

Want more tips? Search for the "style tips" keyword on my blog!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/7/looking-good-in-photos-color-and-pattern Fri, 03 Jul 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Flashback Friday: 2015 - Five Years https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/6/flashback-friday-2015---five-years The 5th anniversary year of my business was filled with creativity, from steampunk- and pinup-themed studio shoots to environmental sessions – from the beach in winter to wandering neighborhoods for great backdrops in downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth to family sessions in the park – and on-location headshot and event photography. I also signed up for wedding photography workshops and stepped up my food photography.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) Flashback Friday professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/6/flashback-friday-2015---five-years Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Boudoir Look: “Bridal” https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/6/boudoir-look-bridal Ideas for this wedding-day gift include a white bra & panty set, white slip, wedding veil (one can be provided), wedding shoes, garter, and pearls or other jewelry. We’ll drape you in the innocence of white tulle… but won’t necessarily keep it innocent, if you’re feeling more playful than sweet. Your partner will be pleasantly surprised!

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Schedule your boudoir session and receive my lingerie guide to help you choose what to wear!

In the meantime, check out this post for lingerie selections.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/6/boudoir-look-bridal Fri, 19 Jun 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Branding 101: Who’s Your Audience? https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/6/branding-101-who-s-your-audience Who is your ideal client (buyer, employer, life partner…)? Yes, your personal brand is for more than just business! Identify who you want to reach. You need to know who that is before you can reach them; you speak differently to a potential boss than you do to a potential lover!

Some people find it helpful to create an avatar: an “invisible friend,” if you will, that represents your perfect person. Go beyond demographics (47-year-old female) to psychographics (she’s raised her children; now it’s her time to follow her dreams).

What does your audience want to see and hear from you? What problem is she having? What is she Googling at night?

Want some help figuring this out? Give me a call; I’m happy to help.


Tips for identifying your audience.Ideal ClientIdentify your ideal client avatar or buyer persona.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/6/branding-101-who-s-your-audience Fri, 12 Jun 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Looking Good in Photos: If It Bends, Bend It https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/6/looking-good-in-photos-if-it-bends-bend-it This is one of the tips I learned early in my journey, and it really does make a portrait more interesting.

Bend every joint you can, even if it’s just a little bit: elbows, knees, wrists… even move your shoulders and hips a little. Put some twist in your body, even if you are only having headshots. Go for that beautiful S curve.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) posing tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/6/looking-good-in-photos-if-it-bends-bend-it Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Behind the Scenes: Preparation https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/5/behind-the-scenes-preparation Before your session, regardless of type, we talk about how you want to be photographed. What images will show you at your authentic, beautiful, and confident best? What images will best show the stories of you?

  • Beauty shoots: Are you a casual gal? Classic? Dreaming of some glamour?
  • Boudoir shoots: Are you shy? Or daring?
  • Business shoots: Are you formal? Friendly? Both?
  • Branding shoots: Are you a solopreneur who works at home? Do you have a team to spotlight? Is it a personal branding focus, or business only? There is a rather extensive list for us to go through together to develop our strategy.

Knowing these things helps us figure out your best wardrobe choices, makeup looks, locations/backdrops, lighting, and more. Knowing where and how the images will used helps me know how to photograph it: am I working for multiple images for an album, a few coordinated images for a website, or one epic wall piece or collage?

Preparation before our photo session helps ensure you get the pictures you want.

Prepare for your session ahead of time.PreparationWe talk about every aspect of your photo session before it happens.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/5/behind-the-scenes-preparation Fri, 29 May 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Flashback Friday: 2014 – Couple’s Boudoir? Yes, please! https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/5/flashback-friday-2014-couple-s-boudoir-yes-please May 22 – Flashback Friday: 2014 – Couple’s Boudoir? Yes, please!

I’d moved locations in late 2013, but still had a dedicated space in 2014 to hold portrait sessions. This year I practiced and photographed more bridal and boudoir. One of my favorite sessions: couple’s boudoir.

Couples in love have a glow about them that is beautiful to capture. Concerned about “someone watching”? You don’t get to do anything in my studio that isn’t “Facebook safe”! There are certain body parts my camera doesn’t need to see; each partner’s job is to block that view.

These lovey-dovey sessions are a great way to connect with each other and rekindle some of your passion. Interested? Contact me. 😉

Couples BoudoirCouples BoudoirCapture your passion in photos just for the two of you. Purple and white pin up girl with KissesPin Up FunPin Up Sessions are classic and cute!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir Flashback Friday https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/5/flashback-friday-2014-couple-s-boudoir-yes-please Fri, 22 May 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Boudoir Look: “Sexy Secret” https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/5/boudoir-look-sexy-secret Ideas for a classy "sexy secret" look include a matching bra & panty set, lacy bodysuit, white business shirt (tie optional), cocktail dress, pencil skirt, garter belt with stockings, and stilettos.

Possible story idea: undressing after a special occasion night out.

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Schedule your boudoir session and receive my lingerie guide to help you choose what to wear!

In the meantime, check out this post for lingerie selections.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/5/boudoir-look-sexy-secret Fri, 15 May 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Branding 101: What’s Your Brand? https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/5/branding-101-what-s-your-brand Before you can build a personal brand, you’ll need to do some internal work.

To start, you’ve got to know two key things: what are your goals, and why? These are your guiding principles!

Identify your Unique Value Proposition. Figure out what benefit you offer people, how you solve their problems, and what makes you different from others like you.

People remember stories. What is yours? What have you overcome?

What character traits do you want to highlight as you build your brand? For instance, I know a lot about bookkeeping, but you won’t find me talking about it.

Craft a compelling brand statement: think “personal mission statement” for this aspect of your brand. Make it interesting, so it continues to serve as guidance for how you move forward.

Steps to define your personal brand

If you’d like to work through your brand building together, I’d love to help.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/5/branding-101-what-s-your-brand Fri, 08 May 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Looking Good in Photos: Hairstyling https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/5/looking-good-in-photos-hairstyling My Signature Portrait Sessions include professional hairstyling and makeup application. Limited Headshot sessions, however, have you come hair-and-makeup ready. You are, of course, going to be photographed on other occasions, too. Anticipate them!

  1. Touch up your color, if you use it, but don’t make any major changes; if you don’t like it, you clearly won’t like your photos.
  2. Make sure you pay special attention to the front of your style; we won’t see the back.
  3. Even if you don’t normally use it, hairspray not only can help build volume, it’s a miracle-worker against flyaways (and if you don’t use it, I might ask if I can).

During a portrait session, regardless of type, I will watch out for stray strands and put them back into place.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/5/looking-good-in-photos-hairstyling Fri, 01 May 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Flashback Friday: 2013 – Model Mayhem https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/4/flashback-friday-2013-model-mayhem My third year in business was one of great learning. From headshots to fashion, to pin-up and boudoir, I worked with a number of models to learn posing and practice lighting and editing, and I worked with clients to provide them images they wanted.

From my third year in business From my third year in business

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) Flashback Friday professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/4/flashback-friday-2013-model-mayhem Fri, 24 Apr 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Do it for you! https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/4/do-it-for-you You might be thinking that you are booking a photo shoot for business, for fun, or as a gift… and you are! However, there is often an incredible side effect of this experience.

Women will often start to realize their full potential. They might figure out some of their secret superpowers. They might start to realize their true worth.

They will likely get in touch with feelings they repressed and forgot about a long time ago. These feelings might open their minds and their worlds.

A photo shoot may very well give them the power to LIVE. To go after what they want in life.

The possibilities discovered really are endless!

A photo shoot is not just a photo shoot. It’s a life experience that offers you self-confidence, freedom, and a retraining of your brain that you can do something daring, and good things will come of it.

While most women book portrait sessions (especially boudoir) as a gift for someone else, the truth is, the experience is for you! The photographs are the souvenir. Embrace the experience, and the feelings that come along with it. Look back at the photos and remember how incredible you felt that day. You deserve this gift, too.

While we’re on the subject of photographic souvenirs.…

I am going to take really gorgeous images of you. As much as I might like to share them, I will totally respect your privacy. If you don’t sign a model release, I will NOT use your photos in any way that might identify you, and I will not hold it against you. Your happiness is the most important thing in the world to me. That said, we love when you tell others how awesome we are. Boudoir, especially, is built on referrals and trust. If you love and trust us, please tell someone!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) beauty boudoir glamour https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/4/do-it-for-you Fri, 17 Apr 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Got Shots? https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/4/got-shots I encourage you to create an inspiration board on Pinterest or elsewhere of photographs you like. I have a running list myself, but I always want to make sure you have everything you’ve thought of when thinking about your session. So if you have ideas, please share!

Samples for my Branding shoots include:

  1. Brady Bunch – looking in every direction
  2. Emotional – show excitement, happiness, thoughtfulness
  3. Workplace – room, wall art, desktop
  4. Family & Pets
  5. Favorite things – books, art pieces, tchotchkes

I know you’ve got something special in mind. That’s why I always ask, “How do you want to be photographed?”

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) beauty boudoir branding glamour senior session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/4/got-shots Fri, 10 Apr 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Looking Good in Photos: All About Angles https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/4/looking-good-in-photos-all-about-angles When you are being photographed, there are three posing tips to keep in mind.

  1. If you can, adjust so that you are at a 45-degree angle to the camera, and not straight on. Straight on will give you a wider look: great for appearing more commanding, maybe, but not particularly flattering if you are wanting to appear more feminine.  
  2. Asymmetry is more interesting. Dip your front shoulder - just a little. Push one hip back, with weight to one side. Go for that S curve.
  3. Shoot from slightly above the eye line. No one wants to look up your nose… and it will make your chin look larger. But don’t go too far up, or your forehead gets larger, and your body looks shorter.

As your photographer, I keep all these things - and more - in mind.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) posing tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/4/looking-good-in-photos-all-about-angles Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Flashback Friday: 2012 – Eureka and Pivot https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/3/flashback-friday-2012-eureka-and-pivot As I approached two years in business, I discovered photographer Sue Bryce. She is an award-winning photographer who specialized in glamour photography for women. Sue completely reassured me that focusing on photographing women, which was the original impetus for starting my business, was a viable niche. I learned her techniques, and even flew to Seattle to be in one of her week-long classes in person – and to be photographed by her.

I also started learning more about boudoir photography, and how to best create flattering poses for these intimate sessions. I sought out models to practice with. Eventually I was blessed to have a dear friend, who hated having her picture taken, choose me to shoot her boudoir session. She told me she had never felt so beautiful in photographs before. Kelly passed away just months later, following a sudden-onset illness, and I was so glad we had taken non-boudoir images to share with family and friends that she was proud to show off.

Kelly's boudoir sessionKelly M's boudoir sessionKelly hated having her picture taken... until now.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) Flashback Friday https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/3/flashback-friday-2012-eureka-and-pivot Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Tips, topics, and tactics https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/3/tips-topics-and-tactics Size or age doesn’t matter.

We don’t care if you are a size 2 or a size 22, 25 years old or 85 years old. For me, I want all women to celebrate their unique femininity. That truly means ALL women. Don’t put boundaries on yourself just because you “think” it’s not for you. That is just your brain lying to you.

You don’t have to lose 5 or 10 pounds to book a shoot.

Here is a tip, ladies: wardrobe is key! With the proper wardrobe, you are giving your photographer the ability to pose you any way they would like. By posing you properly, we will always make you look as good as you look in real life, if not better!

By the way, most women are wearing the wrong bra size. The proper bra size makes you look firmer, trimmer, and way hotter. Please do yourself a favor and get yourself measured!

And, by the way, your period isn’t an excuse to cancel a shoot; a little bloat doesn’t really show on camera.

No, we can’t just Photoshop that out.

Okay, yes, there are SOME things we can Photoshop out, like that little tattoo you got one drunk night when you were 18. Maybe that can easily go, but if it covers your whole back, maybe not. Talk to your photographer about their Photoshop policies before you book them! While I am happy to fix temporary blemishes, I’m not going to reshape your body….

That said…

The more it hurts, the better it looks.

A lot of photographers bill a photoshoot as a fun day in which you will be pampered… almost like a spa day. It’s true: it is fun! BUT I am here to tell you that even though you WILL feel amazing, it is also a lot of work. We are going to pose you in positions you don’t usually get in to, and make you wear uncomfortable shoes and wardrobe. Your back will be sore, and you may get blisters on your feet, but I promise you it’s worth it. Even though it might feel weird, trust us when we pose you. Our expertise is what you are paying for! Your photos will be fabulous, and you might walk away with a newfound appreciation for models.

The women I photograph aren’t supermodels; they’re just like you and me. With good wardrobe choices, professional hair and makeup, and my expertise with light and posing, your photos will be stunning.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?
 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/3/tips-topics-and-tactics Fri, 20 Mar 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Choosing Your Location https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/3/choosing-your-location Not only to I have studio space on our property, ten minutes west of Amherst, but I also will travel to you! Having your photoshoot in your home and/or office helps your viewers see you where you “live,” and gives them a sense of connection. Or we could photograph you outdoors (property or favorite park, perhaps?) or on site somewhere else that’s convenient or special to you (e.g., hotel, restaurant, library, or store).

I do ask that you keep our location within 50 miles or so of the town of Amherst... but yes, I will travel.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/3/choosing-your-location Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Looking Good in Photos: Makeup vs Digital Camera Wash Out https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/3/looking-good-in-photos-makeup-vs-digital-camera-wash-out Makeup helps enhance your natural beauty and makes sure we see the true you in your digital images. While it may seem like quite a bit more than you are used to, there’s a reason for the type and amount of makeup used in portrait sessions. It’s not that we’re trying to hide you; we’re trying to enhance you… and make sure that the camera doesn’t make you look like a ghostly apparition that I have to adjust later, as digital cameras tend to wash out people.

Want tips on DIY makeup to look great in photos? Check out https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/7/top-4-makeup-tips-for-photos or search the blog for “Style Tips” keyword.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/3/looking-good-in-photos-makeup-vs-digital-camera-wash-out Fri, 06 Mar 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Flashback Friday: 2011 – Still Learning; Slowly Growing https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/2/flashback-friday-2011-still-learning-slowly-growing Still new in business, at one year, I was still looking to photograph anyone and everyone… and learning that getting mothers in the frame often required photographing their children with them. I also discovered PPA: Professional Photographers of America. Through them, I picked up additional classes on not only running a photography business, but improving techniques in lighting and posing, in studio and on location, and in post-processing.

* I think this is the last photo/year I feel the need to re-edit before sharing….

Flashback to 2011Flashback to 2011Still new in 2011, but growing and learning Flashback to 2011Flashback to 2011Still new in 2011, but growing and learning

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) flashback friday https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/2/flashback-friday-2011-still-learning-slowly-growing Fri, 28 Feb 2020 13:00:00 GMT
It’s okay to be nervous https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/2/it-s-okay-to-be-nervous It’s okay to be nervous in front of a camera. In fact, nerves mean you are outside your comfort zone. Guess where all the fun stuff happens in life? Outside your comfort zone! That’s where growth and self-discovery thrive. Embrace the nerves; I promise they won’t last long.

We aren’t judging (or even really looking at) your body… not even during a boudoir shoot.

I know that sounds crazy, but as photographers, that is not our job. Our job is to master posing, light, emotion, etc. So, yes, although we SEE you, we aren’t picking you apart. We are actually aiming to capture the best of you, so that is what we see.

When searching for a photographer, think about who will make you feel more comfortable. Want to bring a friend to the shoot to help you relax? Great! But be sure you bring a friend who won’t be insulted when you throw her out of the room! A true professional will never make you feel uncomfortable, so you might not need her as much as you think.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/2/it-s-okay-to-be-nervous Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Website Photos https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/2/website-photos What images do you need for your website?

  1. A classic headshot: look straight at the camera, making “eye contact” with your potential client. Necessary for your “About” page, as a minimum, you can also use this same (or similar) image on your social media, on your business cards, in your email signature… and anytime someone “finds” you, they’ll recognize you.
  2. Horizontal images: your website designer will thank you. When people are looking at your site, their screen is generally “landscape” format; your images should be, too. Even on mobile devices, horizontal photos will resize to fit their screens better, rather than having to scroll a vertical image to see the whole thing. Try to keep some negative space to one side for layering text or your logo; it’s visually more appealing, even without those additions.
  3. Blog posts: brainstorm a list of potential blog topics, and consider what images would work best for each. Talking about your process? Let’s get some behind-the-scenes. New product line? Let’s highlight a few. New service? Let’s show you working with a client. Sharing a story about your grandmother’s raspberry jam? Use pix to show some… or her… or both of you working together to make some!

Using personal, custom “stock” photos showing you, your personality, your process/behind the scenes, etc., help your potential clients get to know, like, and trust you!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/2/website-photos Fri, 14 Feb 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Looking Good in Photos: Chin Forward and Down https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/2/looking-good-in-photos-chin-forward-and-down There are so many things to think about and monitor during a portrait session, it’s hard to pick just one posing tip to share with you, but the most valuable is probably “chin forward and down” (like a turtle). You will hear me say this A LOT in our sessions together. It feels really weird, but trust me: it makes such a difference! Whatever is closer to the camera appears larger... and this part of the pose moves your eyes closer while helping eliminate any “extra” in the chin/neck area, appearing to thin the face a bit. Practice in a mirror, adjusting the angle and amount, until you find what works for you. Your selfies and group snapshots will look so much better, too!

Posing TipChin Forward and DownLook at the difference a change in angle can make!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) posing tip https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/2/looking-good-in-photos-chin-forward-and-down Fri, 07 Feb 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Behind the Scenes: Pre-Planning https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/1/behind-the-scenes-pre-planning Anything goes with your bespoke portrait session... well, almost anything. From conservative headshots to playful boudoir, your session is custom made for you. That said, I need to know what you want. We’ll work together before our shoot so I can find out what it is you have in mind for your session and do some pre-planning with you.

What are you picturing when you think of your photographs? Share your ideas with me, and I can prepare accordingly, suggesting locations or backdrops, props or wardrobe, appropriate hairstyling and makeup, lighting and posing to make that vision come true for you.

Between the two of us, we’ll create something special that celebrates your true beauty.

How do you want to be photographed?OptionsWhen you decide you're ready for your portrait session, we'll talk about the options and what you want to see in your photographs.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) behind the scenes session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/1/behind-the-scenes-pre-planning Fri, 31 Jan 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Flashback Friday: 2010 – The Beginning https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/1/flashback-friday-2010-the-beginning My family has always taken photographs, whether for holidays, special trips, or just because we were gathered together. All (okay… most) of those ended up in photo albums. We have a bookcase of photo albums, documenting our lives.  Some of those albums, however, didn’t survive well; you know the kind with the peel-back plastic over strips of adhesive? Wanting to better preserve the images and the stories behind them, I became a scrapbook consultant. 

In over a decade of teaching scrapbooking classes, I realized that I did not see very many pictures of “mom” in those memory books. She was usually too busy taking pictures to be in them, or the snapshots that did exist she didn’t want to include because she didn’t like the way she looked. This bugged me… a lot… but other than encouraging them to step out in front more often, I wasn’t sure what to do.

Inspiration to start my portrait photography business came from the moms who asked if I was a professional photographer in addition to scrapbook consulting. I wasn’t truly comfortable as anything more than serving as photo historian of my own family, and guide for them, however.

The idea became fully enabled, finally, by my “little” brother, who gave me my first digital SLR camera for my birthday. Best thing ever, and it changed my life! I’m not sure either of us realized the impact of that most thoughtful gift. I had a little digital point-and-shoot, but it just didn’t make pretty pictures like my film camera. Now I had “real” camera that did what I wanted it to do.

I started searching out books and classes to learn more about going pro… and I got my first business license on May 19, 2010, in Virginia Beach. I was riding an inspirational high following a two-day online conference on the business of photography. It was the last day of my job at a nonprofit from which I was being downsized. I was feeling froggy, so I jumped. It has been an incredible journey that has introduced me to so many of my friends and has taught me so very much.

My first sessions were, of course, thrilling… and frustrating… and rewarding… and true learning experiences. I look back now, almost ten years later, and cringe a little bit at the quality of those early shots. Thank you for those brave subjects who gave me the opportunity to grow!

The photos here are from two of those early sessions. I couldn’t just leave them as they were, so beside them is a more-current edit that’s closer to what I wish I had done then. Still not great... or "finished" as I like them now.... These copies don’t have the highest pixel count, and I can’t re-take ten-year-old images to hit the focus or adjust the lighting, white balance, posing, etc., but this was 2010.

Flashback to 2010 and my first portrait sessions.In the beginning... In the beginning, I didn't really know what I was doing.... Flashback to 2010 and my first portrait sessions.In the beginning... In the beginning, I didn't really know what I was doing....

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Ready for some great photographs? BETTER THAN THESE !? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) Flashback Friday https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/1/flashback-friday-2010-the-beginning Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Boudoir Photography: A Definition https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/1/boudoir-photography-a-definition A boudoir shoot is generally considered a sub-genre of beauty or glamour photography. Boudoir photography also celebrates beauty, but in a more intimate way. And, as the name suggests (boudoir is old French for a woman’s private “pouting” room), it takes place in a bedroom or other private location. Because of this facet of privacy, there is generally a certain level of undress.

These sessions aren’t about creating a response from the viewer (like glamour… or pornography). Instead, the images feel almost as if the viewer is peeking in on a scene they weren’t necessarily meant to see... like she’s been caught in a private moment. Boudoir is more about making women feel beautiful, and it can help a woman feel more confident in her own skin. It’s a bit daring. It’s fun. And it tells a bit of her personal story in a personal way that isn’t seen by many.

Boudoir photographs can be sexy, sensual, sweet, or even silly. What’s your fantasy? Can’t decide? That’s okay! Variety is the spice of life, and I’ve got look, pose, and set ideas for whatever look suits you. While it is common to see women in lingerie for a boudoir shoot, it isn’t a requirement… nor is nudity. You can wear just about anything (or yes, “nothing”), and make it a boudoir session! You decide how much skin you show… and whether anyone else ever sees these pictures of your personal celebration of your beauty. That said, I’m glad to give you some ideas for what to wear, depending on your selected look.

By the way, you can bring your significant other in, too, for a couple’s boudoir session. These romantic, fire-kindling sessions can create closeness and bonding like no other. Talk about celebrating beauty! Ah, love….

Think you are too old, too overweight, too… not hot? Think again! I did a boudoir shoot myself at 49 years old and 30 pounds too heavy, and had a blast! I talk about it a bit in this blog post.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) beauty boudoir glamour https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/1/boudoir-photography-a-definition Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Branding Photography: A Definition https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/1/branding-photography-a-definition Seth Godin defines a brand as “the set of expectations, memories, stories and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another.” The best brands share these stories and develop relationships through the content on their social media platforms.

Why develop a personal brand instead of a business brand? People want to do business with people. That’s why so many companies use celebrity endorsers… and why so many celebrities start their own companies. They are “known,” and that carries clout, deserved or not. You do not have to be a big-name personality, however, to make an impact, but you’ll make a bigger impact if your ideal client knows who you are.

“If you have an online presence -- no matter if you’re a life coach, a dog trainer, a yoga instructor or you teach online marketing strategies like I do -- having professional branding and lifestyle photos can massively up-level your business, especially when you know when and where to use them.” – Amy Porterfield, Online Marketing Made Easy podcaster

People want to see who they are potentially working with, so show them your face.

But before you run off to your local family or wedding photographer, please know that Personal Brand photography differs from traditional portraiture. You’ll want to make sure you are getting what you think you are getting, some of which are deal-breakers for some photographers. For instance, I serve my branding clients by offering:

  1. Full-resolution digital files – use them anywhere, at any size, for any reason.
  2. No requirement for attribution/credit, and no watermark – these are designed to build YOUR business, not mine.
  3. Permission to edit your photos as you wish – crop, add text, filter… whatever you need!
  4. Images shot for web – e.g., with plenty of space for cropping to your preferred/needed format.
  5. Images to strengthen YOUR brand – discovered as part of our consultation, we’ll identify the best way to tell your story to connect with your clients.
  6. Assistance in determining when, where, and how to make the most of your custom image library.

Controlling your personal brand by telling your story your way helps differentiate you and your offer from your competitors, build trust, and create visibility.

By the way, personal branding isn’t just for business! Employers will research your online presence, too. They want to know who is potentially joining their team. Make sure they see you in your best light.

Want to know more about why developing a personal brand is important, whether you are growing a business or working for someone else? Check out articles on the topic at https://www.entrepreneur.com/topic/personal-branding.

Find out more about what I offer at www.maggietakespix.com/branding.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/1/branding-photography-a-definition Fri, 10 Jan 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Beauty Photography: A Definition https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/1/beauty-photography-a-definition Beauty photography has many definitions, and none. Do a Google search. I did. I was looking for an “industry standard” to start with. There isn’t one. You’ll end up with an array of references, but no single definition. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” applies to beauty photography, too.

The bottom line for me, however, is that beauty photography – also known as glamour photography – focuses on the person being photographed. It’s a portrait, but something more. It’s not about the make-up, wardrobe, or accessories. It’s not about the set or lighting. It’s not even about the pose. All of those can influence and help define the person in the image, but those elements are not the point of the photograph. What matters in beauty or glamour photography is how everything comes together in a portrait to celebrate an individual’s beauty. 

Before you get too turned off by the term “glamour,” please know this is not the glamour photography of 30 years ago! Soft focus? Nope. Big hair? Also no. Feather boas? Actually… I have a couple, if you want to play with them…. This is a new kind of glamour: photography with a more classic, refined look; one that’s authentically you, reflective of your inherent beauty.

For me, beauty photography is about making all women feel authentic, beautiful and confident.

As another photographer put it in an article about the "comeback" of the genre,

“What I am asking you to consider is how having one day of pure beauty (your own brand of beauty — as you see it), followed by images that you'll be able to reference for a lifetime as a reminder, might just take you a few steps closer to the confidence we all struggle to find within ourselves. Once you have the opportunity to see your unique radiance, whether through someone else's eyes/lens, or in a simple moment of clarity, it becomes much easier to focus less on the little voice in your head that whispers about conformity or how you should probably ‘reduce your flaws’ in order to find love, acceptance, friendship, the right job, etc. And that's a gift. The precious type, that truly impacts the rest of your life.” – Jen Marie

Beauty photography is about having a true portrait of you, as you want to be seen. 

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) beauty glamour https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2020/1/beauty-photography-a-definition Fri, 03 Jan 2020 13:00:00 GMT
BRANDING RESOURCES https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/12/branding-resources I’ve pulled from many sources to share information on branding and branding photography. Here are some of the books I've found useful:

  • Fascinate, by Sally Hogshead
  • StoryBrand, by Donald Miller
  • Brand Seduction, by Daryl Weber
  • Personal Branding for Dummies (believe it or not)
  • Personality Marketing, by Brittany Bullen

Several of these authors also share tips on their respective podcasts, YouTube channels, and social media.

Are there any additional resources you like? Please share in the comments!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/12/branding-resources Fri, 27 Dec 2019 13:00:00 GMT
Why Shoot with Maggie: Fun https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/12/why-shoot-with-maggie-fun If you aren’t used to being photographed, the thought of a portrait session can be a bit… well... nerve-wracking. And while you may feel uneasy at the beginning of our time together, I promise that I’ll guide you to the most flattering poses… you’ll eventually trust that I’m making you look good… and I’ll prompt you into “play.” Yes, even a “stuffy” headshot session will involve laughter at some point! 

I’d like to change the way you view photography sessions so that you will want to step in front of the camera regularly and have amazing photographs of your true, best self.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/12/why-shoot-with-maggie-fun Fri, 20 Dec 2019 13:00:00 GMT
Product: Jewelry and other personalized gifts https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/12/product-jewelry-and-other-personalized-gifts While I would love you to have professional prints in frames or as gallery-wrapped canvases on the wall, or in an album for your coffee table or shelf, sometimes it's fun to do something a little different... especially for gift-giving.

Charms, for charm bracelets or necklaces, and key chains featuring images from your session make great mementos for you and personal gifts for your loved ones. Each is made using a special “jewelry-style” process that provides a bright, crisp image and creates a clear, protective, hard surface that will not yellow.

What else might make a great gift? Dog tags, coasters, garden flags, money clips, mouse pads, mugs, ornaments… even aluminum water bottles!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/12/product-jewelry-and-other-personalized-gifts Fri, 06 Dec 2019 13:00:00 GMT
For You, For Others https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/11/for-you-for-others Today is my husband’s birthday. I’ll take photos of him, at some point, and he’ll laugh at me for doing so. He’s learned that this is what I do – take photos – and he might as well accept it. What I also know is that, secretly, he’s flattered. It makes him feel special that I’m lavishing that bit of attention on him. Appreciated. Loved. That’s not why I’m taking these images, however. I’m selfishly doing it for me. I want to remember the good times we’re having together, to capture the journey we’re on together, and to commemorate his life. As morbid as it may be, one day, we won’t be here anymore. All that will be left are memories; photographs help the memories last a bit longer. Proof we were here. We existed. And we were important to someone. These photographs will be shared by family and friends, reminders of our relationships and this time in our lives.

Don’t feel like you have anyone to share your photos with? Do it just for you, then. Let the images be reminders to you of this time in your life: a time you thought of yourself. You are important. Celebrate that and celebrate your love for yourself.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/11/for-you-for-others Fri, 29 Nov 2019 13:00:00 GMT
UPDATE YOUR IMAGES REGULARLY https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/11/update-your-images-regularly Don’t let your images grow stale. As you grow and change, as your business grows and changes, update your images. That might be seasonally, with each ad campaign, quarterly, every six months, every two months… whatever is right for you. You'll have fresh, timely images for your content creation, keeping your audience engaged. Once our initial consultation is done for that first session, I’ll understand you, your business, and your brand better, making each follow-up session easier for both of us. I’ll be a member of your team and do my part to help you reach your goals!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/11/update-your-images-regularly Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:00:00 GMT
Why Shoot with Maggie: Printographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/11/why-shoot-with-maggie-printographer We are taking photos more than ever, but they’re nearly all digital files with very few tangible prints being produced. By now we know that digital never means safe, yet millions of memories are currently being entrusted to servers, clouds and phones. The risk could be felt by our entire generation, as we grow up without a printed, photographic record of our lives. The most photographed generation of all time could wind up being the next Lost Generation.

It’s not just affecting today’s youth: 42% of people between the ages of 30 and 44 will likely look back and wonder where photos of their childhood, holiday get-togethers, relatives and friends have gone decades from now, and, reportedly, 67% store their photos solely on a computer or phone. Statistics show that a staggering 53% of consumers have not printed a photo in more than 12 months, 70% don’t have photo albums, and 42% no longer print photos at all.

We know that everything from candles, bicycles and vinyl albums have survived the “disruption” caused by technological advancements. We have to remember the value and importance of printed, framed, and mounted photographs in our lives and for the generations after us. Children love to see images of themselves around the house, newlyweds have fond moments when they see their wedding photo on the mantle or walls, and our most beloved pets are sealed in time…all thanks to the power of print.

There is nothing like the printed photograph. Showcase and preserve your life with high-quality prints, albums, and other type of display… a finished product that speaks much louder than a digital file and that will withstand the test of time. Together, you and your photographer can create beautiful pieces for your home and for your family.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/11/why-shoot-with-maggie-printographer Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:00:00 GMT
Gratitude https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/11/gratitude I believe in expressing my gratitude for every person who steps in front of my camera, as each of you helps me take another step of my journey. I learn something new and valuable each time, and it fills my soul to learn your story. Why are you here? What do you hope to accomplish? How far have you come? How can I help you? Yes, sometimes I learn technical things, too – like how to adjust my shutter speed for a certain shot, or how I can pose someone a little more naturally – but it’s sharing your journey that encourages me the most on mine. Let’s travel a bit together, shall we? Visible, one step at a time.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/11/gratitude Fri, 08 Nov 2019 13:00:00 GMT
Session: Open Model Call https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/11/session-open-model-call There are certain concepts I’m always looking to add to my portfolio, so if you fit into one of the following categories and are willing to sign a Model Release [https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/your-privacy-and-model-releases] allowing me to use the images in my marketing/portfolio, there is NO session fee!

Current search:

  • Couples Boudoir
  • Outdoor Boudoir - at nearby woods and creek
  • Ballet – “dancin’ in the street”

This list occasionally changes (I’ll update this post when it does – e.g., with a horse in the snow is coming this winter)… so reach out soon!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/11/session-open-model-call Fri, 01 Nov 2019 12:00:00 GMT
FIVE TIPS FOR BETTER SELFIES https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/10/five-tips-for-better-selfies You will, of course, want to share selfies on social media; it’s just the way things are, and it's unlikely you're being followed by a professional photographer. Take better images with these tips:

  1. Check your hair (fluff it if you can) and makeup. No time? At least press your lips together to get a little color in them and give ‘em a quick lick for moisture.
  2. Posture matters. Stand or sit up tall. Lean slightly forward, and pop a hip out to create some curve in your body.
  3. Chin forward and down (like a turtle). It feels awkward, but it brings your eyes closer to the camera (they’ll look larger) and eliminates any double chin.
  4. “Smize” – smile with your eyes.
  5. Show your best side. You probably know which you prefer; turn at a 45 degree angle, rather than standing straight on.

Practice in a mirror and improve your instant sharing!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/10/five-tips-for-better-selfies Fri, 25 Oct 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Why Shoot with Maggie: Amateur vs Professional https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/10/why-shoot-with-maggie-amateur-vs-professional Consider these images side by side:

Amateur vs Professional beautiful womanAmateur vs ProfessionalAmateur vs Professional side by side comparison

Sure, Kristin’s photo on the left shows she’s a beautiful girl, clearly having a good time… and if she posted this picture on Facebook, I’m sure she’d get lots of compliments. The professional photographer in me, however, is a bit more critical: she’s turned away a bit too far, has lots of “hot spots” and harsh lighting from the sun, and there’s a washed-out, bland sky. I do understand that sometimes this can’t be helped, especially at an event like a wedding, where people and settings are changing all the time… BUT

if it’s a professional portrait shoot, your photographer should move you to an area with more even light, pose you toward the camera for better connection, and pay attention to the background (and foreground) of the image.

Lots of people take good pictures. The question is whether they can do it consistently, and better. Evaluate images with a critical eye: composition, pose, light, proper focus, retouching, and attention to detail. Watch for things like always-centered subjects (boring), engaging body language, squinting, mottled sunlight, undereye shadows, over processed skin, and the like. My job is to make you look good, so I’m going to be very, very picky! Not only will you get the compliments, but they’ll be well-deserved.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/10/why-shoot-with-maggie-amateur-vs-professional Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:00:00 GMT
I Believe in Love https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/10/i-believe-in-love Love, in all its forms, makes me happy: mother and child, spouses, significant others, best friends… even singles in love with the life they’ve created! There’s a glow about someone in love – a certain twinkle in the eyes and grin on the lips - and I do my best to capture that glow in your photographs. Are you in love? Let’s celebrate it in pictures!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/10/i-believe-in-love Fri, 11 Oct 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Product: Cards and other printed paper products https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/10/product-cards-and-other-printed-paper-products Need greeting cards (holiday, thank you, or birthday), invitations (wedding or party), or announcements (engagement or birth)? We can absolutely create those with your images!

How about brochures, business cards, or notepads for your business?

Or a calendar for your family?

Or a magazine for your significant other?

If it’s paper, it can be made with your photographs.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/10/product-cards-and-other-printed-paper-products Fri, 04 Oct 2019 12:00:00 GMT
HATE CAMERAS? I GOT YOU. https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/9/hate-cameras-i-got-you It is not uncommon for me to hear that people don’t like having their photograph taken. Many just haven’t had a great experience in front of the camera. It is not your job to know what to do at a photo shoot; it’s the photographer’s!

I will make sure your hair, makeup, clothing, and accessories look good, so you look pulled together. I will make sure you are in flattering light, so you look beautiful. I will make sure you are properly posed down to your fingertips, so you look professional, not awkward. I will do my best to make the session relaxing and fun, so that you look confident. Together we’ll create images you’ll be proud to share that authentically reflect you and your brand.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding professional photographer session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/9/hate-cameras-i-got-you Fri, 27 Sep 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Why Shoot with Maggie: Image Selection Assistance https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/9/why-shoot-with-maggie-image-selection-assistance Some photographers will upload images to an online gallery for you to review “at your leisure.” What I’ve found, however, is that my clients are often overwhelmed when faced with reviewing dozens of photos. It’s hard to make clear decisions, especially if there are similar pictures to choose from. “Analysis paralysis” sets in, and your experience is no longer relaxing and pain-free!

I’m here to help you enjoy getting your picture taken, and that includes helping you select the best images from your session. I’ll generally narrow down your gallery to 10-20 photographs from each set, depending on what/how we’re shooting (e.g., traditional headshots will have fewer, but a dancing sequence will have more), then we’ll meet and go through them together in person. As we view your images, I’ll track the ones you like, the ones you don’t, and the “maybes.” If there are two similar photos, I’ll share what I like best about each, and give you my expert opinion… but the choice is ultimately yours.

We’ll also work through what to do with them once you’ve picked them out: Wall gallery? Album? Gift prints for your family? Check out “product info” keywords on this blog for some great ideas, including this post.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/9/why-shoot-with-maggie-image-selection-assistance Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Acceptance https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/9/acceptance I believe in accepting people as they are. I do my very best to not judge, knowing I haven’t walked your path. All I do is make you look your best in the images I create for you.

One of my favorite T-shirts lists a number of ideals I subscribe to: LOVE, compassion, kindness, hope, generosity, justice, peace, diversity, equality, fairness, determination, tolerance, grit, tenacity, honor, heat, community, resilience, empathy, unity, understanding, freedom, honesty, inclusivity, pride, passion, vision, wisdom, integrity, and… of course… acceptance.

Concerned about size, age, skin imperfections, teeth… whatever? Doesn’t matter. We’ll make sure you have awesome images of the amazing person you are. Celebrate the “you” you are right now.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/9/acceptance Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Session: Four Seasons https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/9/session-four-seasons Four Seasons sessions are just that: one session each season. These are great for commemorating a special year, such as for high school seniors, or for personal branding, encompassing multiple looks over time.

- For students, we could feature fall sports/hobby or Homecoming looks, winter indoor lifestyle (e.g., in the senior’s room) or snow pictures, spring sports/hobby or dance/prom, and summer outdoor lifestyle.  

- For business and personal branding, create the images needed for season-appropriate social media posts, allowing you to regularly show up and be visible to your clients/sponsors and potential clients/sponsors.

- If you’ve started on a weight-loss or physical training journey, celebrate the changes each quarter with updated progress photos.

- Go from pregnancy announcement to gender reveal, to maternity/term, to lifestyle mother-and-newborn photographs.

What ideas do you have for Seasons Sessions? Let’s brainstorm what works best for you.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/9/session-four-seasons Fri, 06 Sep 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Over 50? Yes, You Should. https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/8/over-50-yes-you-should The kids have moved out on their own, so those family photos? Not happening so much anymore. How often are you appearing in photographs now? While your nest is full, you might actually be in some pictures with your family. Now that it’s empty? You still need to show up! Your family still wants to see you – as you are right now.

You know what else you should consider? A boudoir session! Yes, really! Whether you share those images with your significant other, or they never see the light of day after you receive your prints, it’s worth it to invest in a few hours dedicated to you and your personal version of sexy.

I did a boudoir shoot myself just before I turned 50… and it was quite the experience. As a boudoir photographer, I know what’s involved from “my” side of the session. It was a learning opportunity to be in front of the camera. A photographer I had met before, and who’s hair-and-makeup artist and assistant I’ve worked with before, was holding sessions at a special location… so I signed up. And I felt ALL the feelings I’m sure my clients feel, from excitement to doubt. I nearly cancelled – several times – but remembered the work they had already put into my shoot before I arrived: blocking their time, getting the set ready, getting equipment ready… so I did it! And if you’re reading this, I’m sharing where you can get a glimpse of some of the images: see this Dropbox folder. With permission from the photographer, we cropped one for me to use as a profile pic. No one knew it was from a boudoir session.

Your boudoir session, of course, will be customized for you. I will ask you to stretch your comfort zone, but will never ask you to do anything you are not comfortable doing. And we’ll create images you’ll feel “safe” to share, keeping the true nature our secret, if you want. If you’re up for sharing, that would be awesome! But if you want to keep your images anonymous, I will honor that request. Your model release gives you the option to choose, and you can change your mind later.

Are you feeling brave?

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir glamour session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/8/over-50-yes-you-should Fri, 30 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT
WHERE TO USE YOUR BRANDING IMAGES https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/8/where-to-use-your-branding-images You need images, preferable several, to share everywhere. Where is “everywhere”? Here’s a start: your website (at least on the About page), your Facebook page, your Instagram account, your LinkedIn profile (including your LinkedIn business page), your email signature (as a reminder of who you are to those you’ve met, and as a visual introduction to those you haven’t), on your business cards (great for networking, so people remember how they know you), in your advertising, on your book cover…. We can even create your own custom mobile app, featuring images of your work, that you can share with others… complete with your logo and link to your website or landing page. Part of our consultation process is creating a shot list of all the places you need images and what you need for them, e.g., horizontal image, looking left, for website “About” page; vertical headshots with different “emotions” for Pinterest posts; square detail shots for Instagram. It’s a lot to consider; I’ll help you through it.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding product info professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/8/where-to-use-your-branding-images Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Why Shoot with Maggie: Unique Products https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/8/why-shoot-with-maggie-unique-products Search the blog hashtag Product Info for some of the products I’ve featured so far. Some of my standard options include Folio Boxes (now available in two sizes), albums (of course), and framed or canvas prints. Unique options include Personal Peep Shows and image blocks. Is there something special you’d like? I am happy to source the best option for you! For instance, I know my pro lab’s canvas prints will look better and last longer than the cheaper version from your local office supply store that is thinner, not backed, and will warp. Let me find the best __________ for you. Phone case? Metal print? Acrylic print? Whatever you’re thinking of, I’ll find it!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/8/why-shoot-with-maggie-unique-products Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Winnie-the-Pooh Wisdom https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/8/winnie-the-pooh-wisdom I believe in Winnie-the-Pooh wisdom.

There is so much to learn from this children’s book character! My favorite: “You are braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Sometimes we all need a reminder that it’s worth it to work through tough times to get to our goals. Life might not go the way we planned, but the outcome is often so much better. If you need someone to remind you of your bravery, strength, and smarts, give me a call.

I also might remind you to slow down and take a moment for yourself: “Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” After all, “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.” You just may see things in a new light, like “Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”

Do you have a favorite quote from one of A. A. Milne’s characters?

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) personal professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/8/winnie-the-pooh-wisdom Fri, 09 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Product: A Curated Home https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/8/product-a-curated-home I work with a few select professional labs for image products, but there is no way to share all the possibilities! One lab, however, has a beautifully designed website that showcases almost everything available: ACuratedHome.com. It's divided into galleries for Holidays, Families, High School Seniors, Newborns & Babies, and Weddings & Engagements... BUT I encourage you to browse them all, even if your session is Boudoir, because the products are available for all types of images. Take a look, learn what you can do with your images, and get inspired to get more out of your photo sessions!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/8/product-a-curated-home Fri, 02 Aug 2019 12:20:16 GMT
SHOW YOUR STORY https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/7/show-your-story Beyond headshots and personality shots, show your story.

  • Process: Especially if you have a creative or service business, share images of you “at work.” If you are a writer, for example, do you write on a laptop, typewriter, or longhand? Let’s catch you in action.
  • Inspiration: What prompted you to start your business? What keeps you going? Introduce your audience to any special pieces that remind you of your beginnings.
  • Products: Do you make something tangible? Let’s show it at different stages.

What else can you show? Make sure the images and "props" you use are consistent with your branding.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/7/show-your-story Fri, 26 Jul 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Why Shoot with Maggie: Fully Retouched Images https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/7/why-shoot-with-maggie-fully-retouched-images All final images will be fully retouched. While some photographers will send you the unretouched images, I will go through each one to ensure it’s the best it can be.  What, exactly, does this mean? My standard retouching includes:

  • Removal of temporary skin blemishes
  • Softened wrinkles (not completely removed)
  • Lightened undereye circles
  • Smoothed hair (removing flyaways, filling in small gaps from styling)
  • Slight enhancements to eyes and teeth

Standard retouching does not include extensive body reshaping, removing tan lines, “head swaps” from other images, and the like. These services are available for an additional fee.

I want you look like your best self, and will retouch as needed so you love your images!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/7/why-shoot-with-maggie-fully-retouched-images Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Play Dress-Up https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/7/play-dress-up I believe in playing dress-up, so you can be anyone you want, even for just a little while.

You can be photographed any way you want during your portrait session! Just jeans and a T-shirt, or business attire? Fine… but when was the last time you played dress-up? Remember how fun it was to “be” a princess?

This is a great time to pull out that long-forgotten formal from the back of the closet, and celebrate with it in front of the camera. It doesn’t even matter if it fits anymore! No one will see the back, where we’ve clamped it closed or left it unzipped…. Don’t have a formal gown to play dress up in? I do! I have a shooting wardrobe with dresses of several shapes, styles, and sizes!

Yes, we’ll capture the authentic YOU… but then let’s get some of the “fantasy” you’d like to be!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/7/play-dress-up Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Session: Friends https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/7/session-friends Want to celebrate with your bestie? Bring her!

My favorite sessions are when friends get together to be photographed during a Girls Day Out (usually followed by Girls Night Out with their fabulous hair and makeup). It’s so gratifying to see and hear the encouragement and comraderie of women lifting each other up! Friends can help you overcome any nervousness, and they can help with ideas to reflect your authentic self in your photographs.

Each of you will have individual portraits to choose from, as well as images of you together. The experience will create lasting memories with those you hold so dear!

Best Friends SessionBest FriendsCelebrate your friendship with a portrait session together!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/7/session-friends Fri, 05 Jul 2019 12:00:00 GMT
REFLECT YOUR PERSONALITY https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/6/reflect-your-personality While your profile pictures should be professional headshots, you’ll want other images to show off who you are, offering a similar look and feel across all platforms. You are the only “you” there is. Share your real self, not what you think people expect. So how do you want to present yourself? Consider your dress (professional or casual), expression (if you always smile, let’s skip the serious shots), styling, and location (your workspace or my studio, or outdoors?). Follow your branding, and your images will feel authentic.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/6/reflect-your-personality Fri, 28 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Why Shoot with Maggie: Multiple Set Changes https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/6/why-shoot-with-maggie-multiple-set-changes When we sit down together in our pre-shoot consultation, I will ask a bunch of questions, including where you’d like to use your images, and where you’d like to be photographed. The choice is yours, and I don’t limit you to just one location for your session. Want a combination of indoor and outdoor? As long as the weather cooperates, I’m in! Want two, three, or more backdrops or settings, based on your outfit and/or needs? You’ve got it! I’ll help you pick and choose, too. I’ve got a dozen or so backdrops, including some that look outdoorsy if the weather isn’t cooperating… and you may use them all. We’ve also got nearly four acres of property to play with… and I’m willing to travel to your favorite locations, too. 

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/6/why-shoot-with-maggie-multiple-set-changes Fri, 21 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Exist in Photos https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/6/exist-in-photos I believe every woman deserves to exist in photographs. This is an absolute passion of mine, and WHY I started my business.

What would you give to have photographs of your mother, taken throughout her life… and yours? What would you give to have photographs of your grandmother, taken throughout her life… and your mother’s or father’s life? For me, those are some of my favorite images.

Why don’t you do the same for your children? Or grandchildren?

For those of you behind the camera, thank you for documenting their lives, but what about yours? What about the woman they love, who isn’t showing up in those scrapbook images? I guarantee they don’t care if you are ten pounds heavier than you’d like. I guarantee they don’t care about gray hair or wrinkles or whatever “fault” you might think you have. I guarantee they want images of you, as you are right now. I guarantee that if anything happens to you, one of the first things they’ll do is look for pictures of you. What will they find?

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/6/exist-in-photos Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Product: Mobile App https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/6/product-mobile-app One option to keep and share your digital images is your own custom mobile app! Yes, your own app, complete with your image as the personalized icon on your device. You’ll be able to share this digital album with family and friends with ease, and you don’t have to be online to do it! Every image you order will be included in the app, available right there on your phone.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/6/product-mobile-app Fri, 07 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Why I Started Professional Photography https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/5/why-i-started-professional-photography For over a decade I taught people how to preserve their photos and memorabilia in scrapbook albums. More than a few times I had been asked if I was a professional photographer… but I didn’t really think much about it, because taking photos was just something I did: it was a family trait. Then, in May 2010, I was downsized from my full-time job. My brother had recently gifted me a digital SLR camera, which finally got me to convert from film, and I thought, “why not?” I had a lot to learn….

I began devouring books, classes, and workshops – both online and in real life. I discovered creativelive.com and Jasmine Star – whose story gave me the courage to keep going, in addition to “posing under pressure” techniques with wedding photography. Then, in March 2012, I was “introduced” (in an online class) to Sue Bryce and glamour photography. THIS IS WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR.

As it turned out, I was photographing anyone who stepped in front of my camera: children, a few aspiring models, and even a dog…. What I wanted to photograph – the driving reason behind this business idea – was women… especially the women busy nurturing everyone and everything, never stepping in front of the camera herself.

I’d found my niche.

And I started applying what I leaned. In August 2012, Se held another class in Seattle, and I was selected as one of her models. Being in front of her camera for just those few minutes taught me almost as much as the rest of the week there. Becoming a member of her continuing education program keeps me not only learning but inspired. Her story, as well, keeps me motivated – as does her ongoing encouragement.

I love being able to share images with women who get to see themselves in perhaps a different light, daring to show themselves and have fun doing it. It’s really the best “job” ever!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/5/why-i-started-professional-photography Fri, 31 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT
STYLING FOR BRANDING IMAGES https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/5/styling-for-branding-images You want to look like yourself in your profile pictures, but you also want to look professional for any images used for your business. Be appropriately styled for the client you wish to attract.

For instance, Carol worked regularly with those in the legal profession, so we styled her in a red “power” suit against a rich golden backdrop, pulling her hair back from her face, and posing her to look like the knowledgeable authority figure she is. Carol is also an instructor, teaching others who want to enter her field, so we also styled her in a “trustworthy” navy blue suit, let her hair down to frame her face, and posed her with a friendlier, more open demeanor. What is right for your audience?

Check out this article from Sugar Studios on preparing for your Branding session.

https://sugarstudiosdesign.com/blog/2017/12/19/prepare-personal-brand-photo-shoot/

* By the way, just for fun, we played dress up at the end of Carol’s session, putting her in a lovely lavender gown. Those images were printed for her family.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/5/styling-for-branding-images Fri, 24 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Why Shoot with Maggie: Expert Lighting and Posing https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/5/why-shoot-with-maggie-expert-lighting-and-posing I continue to study lighting and posing techniques, because even the most subtle changes can make a huge difference. Lighting and posing for men is quite different than what is flattering for a woman, and I’ve learned how to shoot for those differences. In simple terms, men look more striking with directional light and straight-on poses, whereas women tend to look better with “flat” light and angled poses. When you shoot with me, I’ll watch for how the light is hitting you (Is it creating under-eye shadows? Is it creating sun spots?) and how you look in camera (Am I looking up your nose or into your armpit?)… and shift you, me, or the light to make sure your images reflect you at your very best.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/5/why-shoot-with-maggie-expert-lighting-and-posing Fri, 17 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Photo Sessions should be Fun https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/5/photo-sessions-should-be-fun I believe a photo session should be a fun experience, not a chore worse than dishes (by the way, I really dislike washing the dishes – cold, wet food scraps creep me out). Therefore, I will do all in my power to help you get ready for your session, so you won’t feel scattered or unprepared in any way… to include a pre-shoot consultation, written guidance, and even a home-closet/shopping visit, if you’d like. I’ll also prompt your interactions, pose you in flattering ways, worry about what to do with your hands for you, and let you relax and have a good time! While nearly everyone walks in with jitters, I’m consistently told how much fun my clients have had by the end of our time together.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/5/photo-sessions-should-be-fun Fri, 10 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Pin-Up Sessions https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/5/pin-up-sessions Some of the most fun sessions are the iconic Pin-Up shoots! Coming into popularity in the early 20th Century (burlesque performers are believed to have started the trend), these “taboo” images of sex symbols were ripped from magazines or calendars and literally pinned to the wall (rather than more formally framed). They were not necessarily sexual in nature, but did display body positivity with a light touch.

The look is classic and glamourous. Foundation is kept natural. Eyes are made up to appear larger with added lashes and eyeliner. Brows are full and well-defined. Lips? Red, of course, to look plumper. Hair is styled with pin curls to create volume, brushed out for a soft silhouette or further pinned up in “Victory rolls” or similar styles.

Sets usually include a simple or solid background, with highly-stylized poses, which I will coach you through. There is so much room for personalization with these shoots! Props help carry the theme. What are your favorite activities? Let’s highlight them in your session. Music lover? I’ve got a vintage-look record player and albums to cast around. Always online? I’ve got a vintage-look telephone for that old-school method of staying in touch. Dream it, and let’s do it!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/5/pin-up-sessions Fri, 03 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT
GOOD PROFILE PICTURES https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/4/good-profile-pictures There have been studies done to identify what elements make a business headshot effective. For instance:

  • Show both your eyes for a sense of “connection.” No hiding behind sunglasses.
  • Smile with your eyes… and show your teeth… but not too much.
  • Wear well-fitting clothing, in muted tones.
  • Be well-groomed.
  • Show confident body language.

Other factors include aspects ranging from jawline, to color saturation, crop, and more. I’ll make sure you have images that include these, and more, so your authentic personal brand shines!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding professional photographer session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/4/good-profile-pictures Fri, 26 Apr 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Why Shoot with Maggie: Full Length Sessions https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/4/why-shoot-with-maggie-full-length-sessions While my Limited Headshot and Mini Sessions are only 20-30 minutes, my Signature Portrait Sessions are full length. We may only need an hour to get what you want, but sometimes it takes longer. I don’t time limit you; we’ll keep going until you’re satisfied that we got everything… but I will let you know that after three hours of shooting, we’re not going to get much more that’s good, and we will both be tired.  So when we schedule your session, be prepared to spend up to four hours with me (including hair styling and makeup application).

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/4/why-shoot-with-maggie-full-length-sessions Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Capturing Real, Candid Moments https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/4/capturing-real-candid-moments I believe in real smiles and candid moments, capturing you at your very best.

I will literally snap your photograph at any time during our time together… and at events, I’m a ninja. I’m looking to freeze those relaxed, authentic moments. Believe it or not, those impromptu images often turn out to be favorites! I’ll direct you through posing, but then we’ll move into more general prompts and movement, so don’t be surprised if I tell you to go take a walk… or twirl!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/4/capturing-real-candid-moments Fri, 12 Apr 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Product Offering: Fantasy Composites https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/4/product-offering-fantasy-composites Sometimes, you just want something a little… extra. Creative sessions include designing and photographing a number of non-standard poses, with specialty clothing, in singular locations, to craft one-of-a-kind images that are further altered to put you in another world.

What is your fantasy? Have you always wanted to be a fairy? Or a butterfly? Or a mermaid? Or something else? Let your imagination flow, and let’s work together to create magic!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/4/product-offering-fantasy-composites Fri, 05 Apr 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Contract Information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/3/contract-information With each session, from portraits to personal branding, including limited sessions, I ask that you sign a contract, designed to make everything clear for both of us. It will list exactly what services are being rendered (e.g., “Portrait photography at [location] on [date] at [time] for a [standard or custom] session fee of [price].”), and provides additional details throughout.

Without reprinting the entire thing… our contract will address your session retainer (required to lock in your date and time) and final payment (no images will be released until paid in full), cancellation, and rescheduling, and lets you know when to expect your print products.

It addresses our hair and makeup artists, and my artistic rights and creative control of the session and editing. All photographic materials remain my property (I own the copyright), but you are granted personal print/reproduction rights for images purchased at our in-person review/ordering session. Personal use means you cannot submit your to contests without my written permission, or reproduce them for commercial use (e.g., offered for sale). Additional limited license rights are granted for personal branding sessions.

Our contract also addresses what happens if I am unable to perform per our agreement and includes other legal jargon should something go really wrong that I’m happy to address with you before signing. I will generally leave the contract with you at our in-person consultation, and have you sign and return it on or before the session. Please note that the contract is not considered fully executed until both signatures are affixed; a final copy will be provided for your records.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/3/contract-information Fri, 29 Mar 2019 12:00:00 GMT
DO YOU HAVE A CURRENT HEADSHOT? https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/3/do-you-have-a-current-headshot Is your headshot current? Does it look like you? Sharing a current, professional image builds your Know/Like/Trust factor. Trust goes out the window if you don’t look like your picture. If you don’t present yourself online or in print as you are, can you be trusted to present your product or service truthfully?

Generally, you should have new headshots at least every two years, although annually is best. You change over time: new hairstyle or color, new glasses, new weight…. It shows. Update everywhere whenever you update your look!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/3/do-you-have-a-current-headshot Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Why Shoot with Maggie: Shooting Wardrobe https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/3/why-shoot-with-maggie-shooting-wardrobe When you schedule a session with me, we’ll meet for a planning consultation to discuss, among other things, what to wear. Your options for a Signature Portrait Session includes access to my shooting wardrobe “closet” of dresses, lingerie, jewelry, props, etc. I stock a variety of styles and sizes… and we can usually “make it fit” well enough for the images we’re creating; no one needs to know it isn’t zipped or had to be clamped.

What do I have available? Wedding dresses, maternity dresses, formal dresses, semi-formal dresses, pin-up dresses, men’s shirts, corsets, slips, skirts, tube tops, tulle wrap skirts, a parachute(!)…. Holding a Couture or Creative Session? We'll rent what you want!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/3/why-shoot-with-maggie-shooting-wardrobe Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:00:00 GMT
Print your Images https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/3/print-your-images I believe that printed, tangible images – in simple black frames on the wall or the mantle, or thick scrapbook albums on the bookshelf – are priceless treasures.

Prints – done properly and professionally – will last much longer than any digital file. The jpg file will deteriorate every time it’s opened and closed… and then there’s the consideration of where and how it’s saved… and whether you’ll be able to access it later (remember the floppy disk?).

Prints are also easier to share in person. Some of our favorite family gatherings have been passing around pictures from person to person, sharing the memories – something that just cannot be done on your smartphone.

Store duplicates of your favorite images in a safe deposit box, but share the others where they can be enjoyed! See this blog post for more of my beliefs on the power of prints.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/3/print-your-images Fri, 08 Mar 2019 13:00:00 GMT
Maternity Sessions https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/3/maternity-sessions Celebrate your pregnancy with a custom maternity photoshoot… or two… or three! It’s a special time of your life; document your joy with gorgeous images! First great opportunity? Making The Announcement during your first trimester. Second great opportunity? The Gender Reveal in your second trimester! The third, of course, is sharing The Bump in your third trimester. The ideal time for this is between 32 and 36 weeks, so you’ll want to book your session around your 28th week to allow time to coordinate hair and makeup, and to decide on location, time, and outfits.

Speaking of outfits, I have several pieces in my shooting wardrobe closet that we can make work for your session, including three maternity dresses and lots of tulle.

Want to include other family members in the session? Absolutely! Let’s capture their anticipation, too! Got a great idea off Pinterest? Share it with me, and we’ll see if we can capture something similar, whether casual or formal or even fantastic, simply beautiful or boudoir.

Check out one woman’s encouragement for doing a maternity shoot at https://imperfectlyportillo.com/maternity-photo-shoot/.

p.s. We can create sessions to celebrate adoption and surrogacy, too!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/3/maternity-sessions Fri, 01 Mar 2019 13:00:00 GMT
HEADSHOTS SHOULD BE PROFESSIONAL https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/2/headshots-should-be-professional Is your headshot professional? While there is a place for other images in your social media, your profile picture on your social media and website’s About page should not be something clipped from a holiday picture or… gasp… a selfie. Professional images show that you take your business seriously. You’ve invested the time and money in a professional photographer, which instills confidence and trust in your potential clients.

Want more? See https://hughesfioretti.com/blog/3-reasons-you-really-need-a-professional-headshot.

In addition to my Signature Portrait Sessions, I offer Limited Headshot Sessions. Contact me for more information.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/2/headshots-should-be-professional Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT
Why Shoot with Maggie: Hair and Makeup https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/2/why-shoot-with-maggie-hair-and-makeup Signature Portrait Sessions include professional hairstyling and makeup application.

Why? Because no matter how gorgeous you are, digital cameras are not nice. They will wash out your complexion and accentuate the tiniest of flaws.

Our goal is to enhance your natural beauty… and help give you the confidence that you’re going to look amazing in front of the camera. Our artists will chat with you about your desired look for each ensemble, then you get to sit back, relax, and be pampered for a bit.

Keep in mind that make up for photography might be a little heavier than what you would wear on a daily basis, even for a “natural” look, but you will still look like yourself.  Think “special occasion,” and plan a night out after your session!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/2/why-shoot-with-maggie-hair-and-makeup Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT
Photographs are Powerful https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/2/photographs-are-powerful I believe photos are powerful, tying our past to our future.

Nothing brings a family together like looking through photo albums together, sharing the stories behind the images, reminiscing about times gone by, and celebrating the people in the pictures.

Psychologists have identified that family photographs help children see themselves as a valued part of a family unit. Even solo images can make someone feel important, worthy of love and existence. Photographs also provide a tie to the past for our older family members, providing a reminder of the value of their life, love, and accomplishments. Sharing stories from old to young also creates the connection of shared history for all ages. Seeing images of family members from times gone by helps show the continuity of past to present.

The best place to share these images? On the wall, where they can be passively seen every day, silent reminders of a person’s value (rather than hiding away on one person’s device). Second best? Printed and kept where the image can be physically touched, which provides a connection that cannot be created with a digital image.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/2/photographs-are-powerful Fri, 08 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT
Hand Painted Portraits https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/2/hand-painted-portraits Select your favorite portrait and have it hand painted by artist Caitlin Angulo. She’ll create an oil or watercolor painting, up to 16x20” in size, for a truly original piece – the ultimate personal work of art. She also creates beautiful graphite drawings, up to 9x12” in size. See a sample of her drawings here. See some of her work at www.caitlinangulo.com.

Painted PortraitPainted PortraitSelect your favorite portrait and have it hand painted by artist Caitlin Angulo. She’ll create an oil or watercolor painting, up to 16x20” in size, for a truly original piece – the ultimate personal work of art.

* Please note that with this specialty item, digital files of the images used are not included.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/2/hand-painted-portraits Fri, 01 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT
ONLINE FIRST IMPRESSIONS https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/1/online-first-impressions You find out about a new business. What’s the first thing you do? Look it up online!

Peoples’ first encounters with you and your business are usually online, and they will look at the picture on your profile before anything else. Your images on your website and social media serve as “anchors” and a point of visual connection for your potential clients. Make sure you have a professional photograph of yourself. Without a headshot, you might as well be wearing a “mask” (that gray outline that serves as your profile picture when you haven’t shared one). People will eventually see you (you hope), so go ahead and share who you are!

Check out this article from eWomenNetwork offering three reasons a selfie won’t cut it.

ALWAYS have a professional headshot, but if personal branding pix are in your budget, I’m happy to help! Find out more about my business and personal branding offerings at www.maggietakespix.com/business.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) branding professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/1/online-first-impressions Fri, 25 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT
Why Shoot with Maggie: Styling https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/1/why-shoot-with-maggie-styling Let’s talk about who, what, where, when, and why – and make your custom session match how YOU want to be photographed.

Who are you? Who do you want to “be” in your photographs? Is there a side of you that people don’t get to see every day? Let’s show all your facets, professional to playful!

What do you want to wear? What do want to accessorize with? Props? Business tools? Are you looking for something “true to life” or “fantasy”? What do we need to create your dream photograph?

Where do you want to be? In studio or on location, perhaps somewhere special to you? What type of backdrop will enhance the image you have in mind of yourself?

When do you want to be photographed? Is there a season you feel would best enhance your photos? Or is it just time for new images? NOW is always a good time for studio portraits!

Why are you looking to be photographed? Is there a special occasion you’d like to celebrate? Do you need images for your business or for your family… or both?

Think about your dream shoot. You get to be a model for the day; share with me what you want to see in those images, and let’s talk about making it happen!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/1/why-shoot-with-maggie-styling Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT
Clean, Timeless Photographs https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/1/clean-timeless-photographs I believe in clean, timeless photographs. Most images, I feel, should be true-to-life, reflecting “reality,” even if the session is completely styled. There are places for super-saturated, “light and airy,” or other creative looks, but your photographs should not be dated because of the choice of editing. And while I prefer color images, black and white is always acceptable.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/1/clean-timeless-photographs Fri, 11 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT
Limited Edition Sessions https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/1/limited-edition-sessions Limited Edition "Short & Sweet" Sessions are similar to my Limited Headshot Sessions: you arrive hair-and-makeup ready, and we shoot for up to 30 minutes, with one set/outfit. The session fee includes two digital files for social media sharing (low resolution). Other options for purchase will be available, as always.

In addition, I'm running Seasonal Special "Short & Sweet" Sessions that include two matching 3x3" mini books of artist-selected images:

  • White Sheet Short & Sweet - boudoir without the fuss, just in time for that special Valentine gift (for your significant other... or yourself) in late January
  • Mom & Me Short & Sweet - for mother & child(ren), in late April
  • Senior Short & Sweet - for high school seniors, in mid-August
  • Christmas Short & Sweet - a Christmas-themed set-up, perfect for families or boudoir, in mid-November

Check my Facebook page for Event dates.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2019/1/limited-edition-sessions Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT
You are NOT too old, heavy, etc. https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/12/you-are-not-too-old-heavy-etc Dear Family and Friends,

 

Please make your new year’s resolution to get professional photographs taken. Don't deny us a photo of you because you want to lose 10 lbs first. You are loved just the way you are.

 

Love,

Me... and Everyone Else who loves you.

 

* this is a few years old, but still relevant: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/teresa-s-porter/so-youre-feeling-too-fat-to-be-photographed_b_4351360.html

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/12/you-are-not-too-old-heavy-etc Fri, 28 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Ultimate Dream Shoot https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/12/ultimate-dream-shoot Where do you dream of being photographed?

Do you dream of being photographed in a designer gown in the streets of Paris? While horseback riding on the beach in Costa Rica? On an African safari? I’ll make the arrangements to photograph your Ultimate Dream Session, for up to one week, for a flat fee plus all directly-related expenses. You’ll receive an extended album and digital files of the event. 

I will gift you a Framed 9-Up Series if you choose one of my Bucket List locations: Ireland, Italy, or California’s Pacific Coast Highway.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) glamour session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/12/ultimate-dream-shoot Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Metal Prints https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/12/metal-prints Metal Prints give your home décor an ultra-modern feel. Using an innovative dye sublimation process, your images are printed directly onto high quality aluminum for a clean and lasting finish. Images can be printed on a white base to bring out vibrant colors or on a “clear” base to allow the brushed metal to show through lighter areas of the image. They are also available in high-gloss or matte finishes.

Which are best for portraits? I recommend the white base with matte finish.

Metal prints are available in sizes from 4x6” to 30x40” to customize your wall or desktop. Those up to 8x12” can be made with an attached metal easel back. An Inset Metal Frame (black, 1 5⁄16" in depth, with a standard wire hanger) is available for Metal Prints that are sized 8x8" and larger. For a truly contemporary feel, a Float Mount has a pre-cut hole at the top for easy hanging and gives your Metal Print the appearance that it’s floating ¾" from the wall. The float mount option also gives you the opportunity to add a further modern touch with metal corner posts, with or without an acrylic face. Brighten up your space with sleek, stylish, custom art.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/12/metal-prints Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Wedding Style Quiz https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/12/wedding-style-quiz It's engagement season! What is your wedding style? Modern? Vintage? Something else? Find out with the quiz at http://PPA.com/WeddingPhotoQuiz

I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/12/wedding-style-quiz Fri, 07 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT
WHY DO IT NOW: KELLY https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/11/why-do-it-now-kelly When Kelly called me about a photoshoot in May 2015, I almost fell out of my chair. When she told me she wanted to make it a boudoir session, I actually did. You see, Kelly hated having her picture taken. She literally hid behind her hands, turned away, or left the room when a camera came out. That she was trusting me for this was an honor, of course, and I agreed.

We had a truly fantastic time working together to take her photos; we created several sets in locations throughout her home. When I presented her album a couple of weeks later, she cried, telling me she had never felt beautiful before, and my photographs made her feel beautiful. I cried, too.

Then in December 2015, she wasn’t feeling well, and eventually went to the hospital. After weeks of treatment and testing, she had a triple bypass and mitral valve repair… but two weeks later, on March 14, 2016, Kelly passed away. She was 45.

Her family, as most do, turned to the pictures: any and all they could find. What a blessing to have been able to share images she loved with her family and friends – including several non-boudoir pictures from our session – for them to remember her by.

Please: exist in photos for your friends and family. Do it now.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir inspiration session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/11/why-do-it-now-kelly Fri, 30 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Classic Red Lips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/11/classic-red-lips This is a timeless look that can be oh-so-right, creating instant glamour, and calling to mind those icons of the silver screen.

How to get the look, step by step:

  1. Prepare your lips with a scrub to remove dead, flaky skin, and moisturize with beeswax or shea butter lip balm. Blot off excess.
  2. Start with a lip liner, applying carefully. Fill in your lips with the same liner as a base.
  3. Top with lipstick to add depth; a brush will help with even coverage. Press – do not rub! – lips together.
  4. Peel off one layer from a facial tissue and place over lips. With a powder brush, apply translucent powder to lips through the tissue to set.
  5. Apply another layer of lipstick.

Want help choosing the right shade of red? See this post.

Pro tip: Keep your eye makeup simple(r) so you don’t look overdone!

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) glamour style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/11/classic-red-lips Fri, 23 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Family Sessions https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/11/family-sessions Celebrate your relationships with a family photo session! As with other portrait sessions, we’ll meet ahead of time to plan it out, from style to setting, considering your tastes and family dynamics. I will do posed, formal photographs... but I also try to work like a Ninja, looking for is genuine expression and genuine interaction. After some formal, smiling, "camera-aware" pictures, I will direct and guide some interaction: walk hand-in-hand, talk to each other, tell each other jokes, kiss and hug. I've also found that while you may think you want just one smiling photograph for the wall, you'll love the silly, sweet, candid images, too.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/11/family-sessions Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Personal Peep Show https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/11/personal-peep-show One of my favorite product offerings I lovingly refer to as a “Personal Peep Show.” These image viewers are like the old ViewMasters from back in the day: peek into this stereoscope to view a reel with seven small photographs from your session. Most often ordered by my boudoir clients, these would also be great for sharing an engagement session (perhaps even as a Save the Date or an epic wedding invitation), a family session (kids, especially, will have fun looking at these for years), or maternity session (as a pregnancy announcement or gender reveal). It truly is so much fun! Choose red, white, black, or blue.

* Please note that with this specialty item, digital files of the images used are not included.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/11/personal-peep-show Fri, 09 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Senior Style Quiz https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/11/senior-style-quiz What makes you stand out in the crowd? Show and share who you really are with a professional photographer. Take the Senior Style quiz at http://PPA.com/SeniorPhotoQuiz.

I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer senior style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/11/senior-style-quiz Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Choosing Clothing Colors https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/10/choosing-clothing-colors Best practice for choosing clothing colors is to consider your skin tone, first and foremost. Are you warm, cool, or somewhere in between?

Warm-toned people tend to have olive or yellowish skin tones, while cool-toned people tend to have a bluish undertone. Neutral-toned people have a hard time telling what their skin tone is, and usually have hazel eyes (that may change color depending on what they wear).

Anyone can wear any color; you just need to watch out for the particular hue. Warm-tones can wear orangey-reds, for instance, but cool-tones should look for bluer shades of red (like magenta), instead. While cool-tones might be able to wear emerald green, warm-tones should reach for moss/fern/pesto, instead. Neutrals should choose softer, rather than brighter, shades.

All that said, there are some colors considered to be universally flattering: ballet pink, eggplant, teal, navy, and true red.

When truly in doubt, match your eyes!

Want more clothing tips? Here and here….

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/10/choosing-clothing-colors Fri, 26 Oct 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Event Photography https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/10/event-photography I am sometimes asked if I photograph events other than weddings. Yes, I do! I am your ninja-like candid photographer, if that’s the style you are after. I’m not so much the “everybody look at me and smile” photographer… so I’m happy to help you find someone, if that’s what you are after. Although a few galleries are on Flickr, please contact me for additional portfolio galleries (such as one of two Virginia Stage Company Galas, an Indian fundraiser event, or a sampling of business networking meetings, among others) and pricing.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/10/event-photography Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:00:00 GMT
9-Up Wall Gallery https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/10/9-up-wall-gallery Don’t have room for a full wall cluster or a bunch of frames, but love the idea of multiple images out on display? Consider a 9-Up Wall Gallery! This product features nine of your favorite images as 5x7” prints in a single mat together in a 22x28” frame.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/10/9-up-wall-gallery Fri, 12 Oct 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Family Style Quiz https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/10/family-style-quiz What’s your family’s style? Classic? Eclectic? Something else? Find out with the quiz at http://PPA.com/FamilyPhotoQuiz.

I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

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Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) family professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/10/family-style-quiz Fri, 05 Oct 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Six Details That Matter https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/9/six-details-that-matter These are some of the details that can help make or break the images in your photo session.

  • Mani-Pedi: Do your nails a few days before your shoot; your hands will show! 
  • Hair color: If you color your hair, make sure it’s touched up. 
  • Hair removal: This is a must for sleeveless or short outfits. If you are waxing, have it done at least a week before your session, so that any irritation has time to clear up. Boudoir session? Don’t forget that bikini line... please! 
  • Tanning: Just Say No! Tan lines are not very attractive... and removing them is not included in my retouching without an additional fee (that’s how strongly I feel about it). Spray tans that are less than a week old can still “run” under hot studio lights, and will potentially ruin clothing. 
  • Clothes/Jewelry: Make sure all your garments are clean and pressed, then put them in a hanging garment bag. Put your shoes in a box or another bag so they don't get your clothes dirty. Also, keep jewelry separated so they don't get tangled up in each other. Clean that lovely engagement ring!
  • Rest. Hydrate. Relax. Get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of water the week before your shoot. Once you are in front of the camera, I’ll worry about how you look, fix anything out of place, and pose you in the most flattering positions. 

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My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/9/six-details-that-matter Fri, 28 Sep 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Glam the Dress or Trash the Dress? https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/9/glam-the-dress-or-trash-the-dress I introduced this idea on this post on Bridal Photography but the idea also works with prom or bridesmaid dresses, too!

Glam the Dress or Trash the Dress sessions can be as tame as a formal portrait session “after the fact,” without the worry of messing up your gown before a big event, like prom or a wedding… or you can full-on play in it (and “trash” it). Let’s take it hiking, playing on a playground, riding on a motorcycle, or dancing in the rain.

There are so many ways to celebrate in that dress! What would you like to do?

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My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

 

 

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(Maggie Takes Pix) bridal glamour senior session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/9/glam-the-dress-or-trash-the-dress Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Wall Clusters https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/9/wall-clusters Wall clusters are a great way to showcase your personal artwork. They can show a full representation of a session, rather than just one “snapshot.” Multiple images displayed together help tell your story.

Does the idea of creating a wall or photographs seem overwhelming? I will help you select the right wall, the right images, and the right gallery configuration!

I’ll visit your home or office to look at what space you might have. Considering the mood of the room, we’ll choose which images from your session will best work in that space. We’ll figure out frame style(s) or canvas options, the best sizes for each image in the cluster, and the layout.

And once everything is in, I’ll install it all for you, too.

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My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/9/wall-clusters Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Wedding Photography by Uncle Bob https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/9/wedding-photography-by-uncle-bob Wedding photography horror stories abound. Don’t trust your big day to a non-professional.

I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. They are great at showing how much better it is to have a professional photographer. Check out this video for more: https://youtu.be/GhSzZyggGl4

Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

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My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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(Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer session information wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/9/wedding-photography-by-uncle-bob Fri, 07 Sep 2018 12:00:00 GMT
What to Ask Your Photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/8/what-to-ask-your-photographer
  • Are you insured? I am.
  • What’s your background? How long have you trained? been in business? I’ve been studying since before I started my business in May 2010… and I am constantly learning. As a member of Professional Photographers of America, I have agreed to abide by a strict code of ethics, as well.
  • Can you provide references? Can I see a portfolio? A true professional will have no problem putting you in contact with previous clients to ask about their experience. A portfolio will show the depth of their experience. Ask to see samples from an entire session, too, to see whether they are consistently good for 20+ images, or just got lucky with the one shown on their website.
  • What is your photographic style? Looking at their portfolio will show you whether what you expect and what they shoot are a match. Asking them to do anything different will likely not work out in your favor. Tell your photographer what you are looking for and why you are getting photographs taken. You want their knowledge of lighting and posing to create images that fit your vision. The more comfortable you are that they can do this for you, the easier it will be to create those images for you.
  • How many events like this do you photograph in a typical year? You want to make sure your photographer has the experience to meet any challenge.
  • Do you have an assistant or second shooter (for larger events)? Should the situation warrant, your photographer having an assistant will make the session work more smoothly. A second shooter will provide additional images to add to the mix.
  • What does your fee include, and what’s the delivery timeline? Know exactly what you are paying for, and what is extra. How much time? When might you see proofs? What’s the delivery method? How long until you receive your images/products? Let’s take care of expectations so there aren’t any misunderstandings!
  • What’s the back-up plan? Whether it’s rescheduling a portrait session or finding a last-second substitute for a wedding (in case of serious illness or an accident), a professional will have a plan.
  • Do you have back-up equipment? Things break. A professional will have at least one back-up camera, multiple data cards, batteries, flashes, lenses… and pain reliever.
  • Do you require a written contract? The answer should be yes, of course.
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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/8/what-to-ask-your-photographer Fri, 31 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Makeup Trends https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/8/makeup-trends Some trends are better than others. Most, however, are better avoided; you don’t want to look back on your photographs in 20+ years, and wonder, “what was I thinking?”

    Classic, natural makeup that enhances your features – and let’s you look like yourself – is the goal… unless yours is a Creative shoot that requires specialty makeup… but that’s a different topic altogether.

    Please “just say no” to ultra-thin or creatively-shaved eyebrows, unnaturally-colored lipsticks (like orange or blue), and bubble nails. Trends I love? Winged eyeliner and neutral lip shades, What are your favorite or least-favorite makeup trends?

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/8/makeup-trends Fri, 24 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Portrait Parties https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/8/portrait-parties Let’s chat about your next get-together with your girlfriends!

    Whether it’s a special birthday or bachelorette party, or a Girls’ Night Out, why not make it an event to remember… with beautiful photographs of you and your besties as souvenirs?

    My portrait sessions include hair styling and makeup application, with additional people able to join you for 1/3 off with the same perq’s. If your party grows to six or more, the hostess or guest of honor (your choice) receives their session at no cost.

    You can hold your party at my studio, or at your place, or we can rent out a hotel room. It can be a glamour party, pajama party, boudoir party… you name it! I’m open to your theme.

    Book this one as early as you can, so I can arrange for our makeover assistants!

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/8/portrait-parties Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Image Blocks https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/8/image-blocks Image Block are wood cubes with six 4x4” sides available for your lustre-print images. These are great for dimensional desktop or mantle displays, with multiple images visible from all directions. Showcase your favorite images in this unique way!

    Image BlockImage BlockUp to six images on a 4x4 cube

    * Please note that with this specialty item, digital files of the images used are not included.

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/8/image-blocks Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Senior Photo Season https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/8/senior-photo-season Those high school years go by in a flash! Create photographs that everyone loves, capturing your senior’s personality and interests in a meaningful way.

    I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. They are great at showing how much better it is to have a professional photographer. Check out this video for more: https://youtu.be/3pY4vpsTV3A

    Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

     

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) senior session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/8/senior-photo-season Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Top 4 Makeup Tips for Photos https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/7/top-4-makeup-tips-for-photos I bring in a hair stylist and makeup artist for our photo sessions, but on those occasions that you know pictures will be taken, these tips may help you look your best:

    • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Hydrated, healthy skin will always look better. Even if your skin is oily, a good moisturizer will teach your skin not to produce so much.
    • Foundation is the foundation. It’s meant to even out skin tone, so think thin layers rather than a lot all at once. Apply and blend, then go back and add where you need more coverage and blend some more. 
    • Choose a foundation meant for photography or film. Select a matte or dewy formula without SPF, which causes “flashback” in the camera that creates an unnatural shine. The shade should match your neck and chest. 
    • Define your eyes and lips.
      • Use black mascara and a very thin eye liner at the base of your lashes to make them look fuller.
      • Use a lipstick or balm that’s a shade or two darker than your lips, even if going for a “natural” look, so you don’t look washed out.
      • A light touch of pinky-peach blush helps create a healthy glow.

    * I’m not an aesthetician, but have found these tips to work for most people. Please conduct your own research to find what works best for you.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/7/top-4-makeup-tips-for-photos Fri, 27 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Personal Branding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/7/personal-branding Personal Branding sessions are more than just headshots (which are available as a Signature Portrait Session); these sessions are designed to showcase your personality to grow your business – online and off. Personal Branding images are intentionally crafted for your commercial use, to match your brand, and include an extended number of photographs – including not only you, but the details of your life and/or business that you want to share across any platform. Images are delivered as digital files, and come with a limited commercial usage release (e.g, you can use them to advertise, but not offer them for sale, for instance).

    Details are available here.

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/7/personal-branding Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Hand Drawn OR Painted Portraits https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/7/hand-drawn-or-painted-portraits Select your favorite portrait and have it hand drawn by artist Caitlin Angulo. She’ll create a graphite drawing, up to 8x12” in size,  or oil or watercolor painting, up to 16x20” in size, for a truly original piece – the ultimate personal work of art. See some of her work at www.caitlinangulo.com.

    Hand Drawn imageHand Drawn image Choose to have your favorite photograph recreated in graphite or as an oil painting!

    * Please note that with this specialty item, digital files of the images used are not included.

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/7/hand-drawn-or-painted-portraits Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Family Photo Experience https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/7/family-photo-experience Create a family experience (with ALL members of the family) and capture the moments you can’t get back. Relive them every time you view your professional photos.

    I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. They are great at showing how much better it is to have a professional photographer. Check out this video for more: https://youtu.be/T_VVdAn-ROo

    Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/7/family-photo-experience Fri, 06 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Top 5 Hair Care Tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/top-5-hair-care-tips Hair comes in so many shapes (straight, curly), sizes (thick, thin), and colors (natural and chemical)… not to mention conditions (dry, oily)… but there are some tips that are universal.

    • Wash with lukewarm water. Hot water can strip your hair of essential oils and dry it out.
    • Condition the ends to about half-way up the length. Skip the roots or you may weigh your hair down too much.
    • Rinse, rinse, and rinse again to avoid product buildup.
    • Air dry if you can, but if you must blow dry, apply a protective product, use a round brush and work from roots to ends to avoid frizz.
    • Only use a curling iron or straightener on dry hair.

    Some experts also recommend not shampooing every day, and occasionally deep conditioning (especially if you color or use other chemicals) to keep your scalp and hair healthy.

    * Please note: I’m not an expert on hair! Please conduct your own research to find what works best for you.

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) glamour style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/top-5-hair-care-tips Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Wedding Photography https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/wedding-photography I offer wedding photography... but I'll be honest: I am a small event photographer. If you are having 250+ guests, I'm probably not the photographer for you. I'm a natural light wedding photographer, so if you want late night flash photos, I'm probably not the photographer for you. My style differs from many others in that I edit for colors that are true to life. If that's not the look you want, I'm probably not the photographer for you. However, if you are having a smaller daytime or early evening gathering of close family and friends, and want to capture what it was really like on your Best Day Ever, perhaps I am the photographer for you. Let's meet to find out if we're a good fit!

    www.maggietakespix.com/weddings

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer session information wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/wedding-photography Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Can I Just Get The Digitals? https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/can-i-just-get-the-digitals I offer digital image files, sized for social media sharing or gift prints, with each purchased photograph. I even offer a phone app with select images from your session! But please don’t let them be the only format you get from our session; get prints, too. Check out this short video from photographer Bryan Caporicci: https://youtu.be/Cw3UGdC63Gc.

    USB available for large number of image files purchased.Crystal USBDigital images are available for social media sharing and gift prints.

    If you are ordering just a few, image files are delivered via Dropbox. Wedding, folio, and book or album purchases include image delivery on a crystal USB... until that format changes.

    Learn more about my printed images here.

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/can-i-just-get-the-digitals Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Professional Wedding Photography https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/professional-wedding-photography What’s a wedding picture worth? After months of planning, the flowers are gone and the dress is packed away. You’ll still be looking at your photographs. Make sure they are captured by a professional.

    I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. They are great at showing how much better it is to have a professional photographer. Check out this video for more: https://youtu.be/2pgkFbD9Zkw

    Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

    Find out more about my wedding packages at www.maggietakespix.com/weddings.

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/professional-wedding-photography Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Your Privacy and Model Releases https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/your-privacy-and-model-releases I would love to share your beautiful images with others on my website, in social media, and in sample physical products. I will not do so, however, without your written consent.

    Here’s my Model Release, section by section, and what it means:

    I authorize Margaret “Maggie” McCanna, the Photographer, to use and to create images for promotional material, online usage, and other areas of marketability. I further authorize the distribution of photographs to potential clients of the Photographer for portfolio purposes. I agree and understand that the photos will be taken digitally.

    If you step in front of my camera, I’m going to take pictures of you, and this authorizes the photos and their use however I’d like.

    I further acknowledge that I will not be compensated, either now or at any time in the future, for any use of marketing, and that the Photographer of such photos exclusively owns all rights.

    In other words, I will not pay you for the use of your image, should it bring me more business. Also, I own the copyright to the images (even if I grant you print/reproduction rights).

    I also hereby waive all rights and release the Photographer, and shall neither sue nor bring any proceeding against the Photographer or her agents for any claim or cause of action whether now known or unknown, for defamation, invasion of right to privacy or personality or any similar matter based upon or relating to the use and exploitation of the photos.

    If you allow me to take your photos and agree to let me use them, you cannot sue me for taking your photos and using them.

    I also consent to the use of my own name or any fictitious name which may be chosen in connection with the aforesaid photographs. I hereby waive any right that I may have to inspect and/or approve the photographs or any advertising copy that may be used in connection therewith or the use to which it may be applied.

    I may use your name, or I might make up a name… and I don’t have to ask you first how I use any of the photos. [As a side note, I do not tag clients on social media unless you want me to; you are welcome to do so yourself, however.]

    If you are a Boudoir client, I also ask that you initial one of the following:

    Boudoir clients, initial ONE:  _____ All photos may be used      _____ Anonymous photos only

    In other words, I will not publish any image that is identifiable as you without your permission. This means I may use images from your session, but will not show your face, any birthmarks or tattoos, personal jewelry, etc. I’m open to discussing a limited model release, as well: you may decide which select images (of those I wish to share) are able to be used and which are not to see the light of day after delivery to you.

    I agree that I have read and understood the contents hereof, and that I have the right and authority to execute this release.

    If my model is under the age of 18, I not only ask the child to agree, but also ask that a parent or guardian provide their consent for my use of images of their child(ren).

    Most importantly, if you do not want to sign a Model Release for use of images from your paid session, that is perfectly acceptable, and I will abide by your wishes to remain anonymous.

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir professional photographer session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/6/your-privacy-and-model-releases Fri, 01 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Natural to Cat to Smoky Eye Makeup https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/natural-to-cat-to-smoky-eye-makeup When it comes to portrait photography, the eyes are it: the point of focus, creating the connection. We want your eyes to stand out! There are a few ways to do this, from posing (yep, that’s important) to lighting (“catchlights” bring eyes to life) to enhancing them with makeup.

    A “natural” look is sometimes anything but natural. To help enhance the eyes, we’ll still apply a bit of liner close to the base of the lashes, to visually fill in any gaps. Black or dark brown mascara will help those lashes frame your eyes.

    A step up is the classic cat eye, bringing a bit more attention to the eyes with this simple finished look. We can build attention all the way to a full-on smoky eye: shadow, fuller liner, and even false lashes – so much drama! There are a number of “in between” looks, too, which we’ll discuss at our consultation, with a chart in your preparation guide, and as we work with your different sets at the portrait session itself.

    Remember: what you see in the mirror is going to look different on camera. Trust us (the professional makeover artists and me) to make sure you look great in the final images.

    * We always give you the option for wearing false lashes, too… or not. You do not have to wear them, of course, but I will ask that you please give them a try! The kind we use look so good, especially in those close-ups.

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) session information style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/natural-to-cat-to-smoky-eye-makeup Fri, 25 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Bridal Photography https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/bridal-photography Many brides choose to have a bridal session - an unrushed opportunity to have beautiful portraits taken in your gorgeous dress. This session is also a great opportunity to follow up a trial run with the hairdresser and makeup artist who will be creating your look on your wedding day. Still made up, wearing your gown, and fully accessorized, we can see what you’ll look like in photographs of your big day.

    Boudoir sessions are quite popular, with brides presenting an album or collection of photos “for his (or her) eyes only.” All photos will be tastefully done (suggestive, but not sleazy), and at your level of comfort. I’m happy to help with lingerie selection and can offer a few items from my shooting wardrobe.

    Consider a Day After session (which can be any time before the tuxedo is returned, actually) - a chance to have a couple’s newlywed session without the stress of trying to fit in portraits together on the wedding day. You’ll be able to focus on each other during the session, instead of worrying about your guests.

    Some brides are also scheduling Glam the Dress or Trash the Dress sessions. These can be as tame as a bridal session “after the fact,” without the worry of messing up your gown before the big day… or you can full-on play in it (and “trash” it). Think: wading in a lake, climbing a tree, playing paintball or with tempera paint, running through a field, going muddin' on a four-wheeler, smashing your cake, standing under a waterfall… or simply walking through the woods or along city streets.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir glamour session information wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/bridal-photography Fri, 18 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Image Books and Albums https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/image-books-and-albums Press Printed Books offer a beautiful and fun way to share your favorite images. This option offers dozens of hard cover choices (fabric, leather, photo, or combination). Hinged to offer a lay-flat page design, the standard matte paper is thick, and printed with liquid inks to enhance the look of your photographs.

    Press printed image booksPress printed image booksPress printed image books with lay-flat hinged pages. Albums are an upgrade, offering a more seamless hinge and additional cover choices for a slightly higher investment.

    Either option includes your choice of up to 30 images on 20 pages.

    I generally create my book and album spreads to look like scrapbook pages, with layered photographs and added “textures.” If you’d prefer a cleaner look, with simple white pages and separated images, please let me know before I begin the design phase.

    I can't wait to create your session memory book with you!

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/image-books-and-albums Fri, 11 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    What does a professional photographer do differently? https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/what-does-a-professional-photographer-do-differently Why hire a professional photographer? If it’s important, you want someone who knows what they are doing.

    I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. They are great at showing how much better it is to have a professional photographer. Check out this video for more: https://youtu.be/1S9GSOnnHDo

    Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/5/what-does-a-professional-photographer-do-differently Fri, 04 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    What to Wear https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/what-to-wear When selecting your session day outfits, think about your style sense and what you envision for the shoot. And don't forget: from head to toe, details matter! Thoughtfully select the perfect shoes, accessories, jewelry, and layering details when putting together your outfits.

    Try to select colors you know look good on you (when you wear them, people compliment you) or, if you just have no idea, match your eyes. Avoid logos or prints, as they tend to be distracting. Bring several (3-5) outfits. Got a beautiful dress hanging in the closet with nowhere to go? Now would be a good chance to celebrate with it! I also have a small “shooting wardrobe” of formals, semi-formals, lingerie, and accessories to supplement your choices, too.

    Choose what you love and what fits your body. If your clothes aren’t comfortable, it will show, no matter how much posing direction I give you.

    Being photographed with someone? Coordinate; don't match. You don't all need to be wearing the exact same thing. What works better is everyone coordinating in a beautiful color palette. Choose colors that, when all worn in one outfit, would look good together. Also choose similar styles. Make sure everyone is on the same page about how formal or casual their outfits are. Someone in jeans or shorts will look out of place if everyone else is in suits and skirts.

    Also, keep in mind the decor of your home. If you plan to have a photograph enlarged for your living room wall, you'll want the subject matter to look like it belongs there. Choose locations and colors appropriately, e.g., bold colors in an urban setting work better with modern decor, while neutral colors set in nature will work better with a vintage or rustic home.

    I’m happy to help you with your styling needs! We’ll talk about it at our pre-session consultation, but I’m also available to meet you at home and go through your wardrobe options with you – all part of the service I offer. I’ll even tag along on your shopping trip to offer my advice, should you decide you’d like to invest in something new!

    * Want some tips for dressing for your body type? See my blog post here. Lingerie fit tips? Here you go.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/what-to-wear Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Couples' Sessions https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/couples-sessions I love shared sessions! A couple’s session gives you the opportunity for a lovey-dovey few hours with your partner; you can relive the memories of your “date” every time you look at your photographs. As with any other session we will work together to create a customized event for the two of you. For example, we can shoot at the place you two had your first date, head to your favorite park, or go somewhere that makes you just bubble with love from the inside out. Want to theme it up? Multiple outfits? Traditional, casual, or boudoir? Just about anything is possible!

    Not that kind of couple? Shared sessions with mothers/daughters, or besties, or siblings are still fun and worth celebrating!

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/couples-sessions Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Framed Prints https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/framed-prints As much as I love canvas gallery wraps, frames are a beautiful finishing touch to a special photograph. While I am a fan of white matted photos in a simple black frame, a number of options are available, from traditional to modern to rustic – all expertly hand-crafted. My standard Framed Prints are available in sizes ranging from 5x7" to 20x24”, and arrive ready to display, with a finished backing and hanging hardware (an easel back is available for sizes 10x10” or smaller). The prints inside are mounted to fit perfectly (and prevent wrinkling), with a half-dozen colors for optional mats. If none of my standard options fit your aesthetic, I’ll find what you are looking for. Let’s create your custom framing together!

    Frame your photographsFramed portraitFrames are a classic finishing touch. As a twist, we can arrange for a hand-drawn version of your favorite image.

    * The photo shown here features another product option I offer: a hand-drawn portrait based on your favorite image. Learn more about the artist at www.caitlinangulo.com.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/framed-prints Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    High School Senior Sessions https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/high-school-senior-sessions Senior photos are about more than the yearbook picture that looks like everyone else’s. These sessions are about capturing who they really are.

    I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. They are great at showing how much better it is to have a professional photographer. Check out this video for more: https://youtu.be/LIdVLAlm55w

    Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

    More about my Senior Portrait Sessions can be found here.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer senior session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/4/high-school-senior-sessions Fri, 06 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Copyright vs Print Rights https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/copyright-vs-print-rights There is a difference between copyright and print rights. As part of my contract:

    Any duplication or alteration of original images is strictly prohibited {Copyright Law Title 17, Appendix V. Additional Provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 2005, Section 102} without the written permission of the Photographer.

    All photographic materials, including but not limited to negatives, proofs, and previews, shall be the exclusive property of the Photographer.

    In other words, I retain the copyright to all photographs created. I own them, but you get to use them… and I do grant you print rights.

    The Client shall only use the prints, including digital files, in accordance with the permissions within this agreement. The Client’s prints are for personal use only and shall not be submitted to contests, reproduced for commercial use or authorized for any reproduction by parties other than the Photographer. If the Photographer provides a digital file print release, the Client must act in accordance with the release.

    You are free to make gift-sized prints (8x12 or smaller) for your family and friends as much as you like. Larger items will not print correctly, so I ask that you order them through me (using a professional print lab that will create quality items with proper color/sharpness).

    Want to submit it for a contest? Please ask; I’ll probably agree to it, especially if it helps you win something awesome!

    Want to use it in your advertising or as a book cover? That’s commercial use and requires my permission… and a limited license fee.

    As for altering, I will allow cropping for social media use, but NO, you cannot add a filter or vignette or otherwise “dress up” the images I’ve created. If you have a particular look you’d like, talk to me.

    Speaking of social media:

    The Client may share blog post links and Facebook albums through use of the share functions and dissemination of direct links.  Client shall not copy, download, screen shot, or capture the photographs in any other fashion.

    Share away, but please do it correctly!

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) legal https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/copyright-vs-print-rights Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Dress for Your Body Type https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/dress-for-your-body-type Looking your best in photos can be helped by selecting outfits that suit your body type. Some general tips:

    • If you have a straight body (shoulders and hips are about the same width, and your waist doesn’t have much definition to it), you may be able to create a more “shapely” figure by wearing snug (not tight) clothing. Color-blocking may work well for you, too.
    • If you have an hourglass figure, with a very defined waist, play up your shape with form-fitting V-neck tops and pencil skirts.
    • If you have a pear-shaped body, with wider hips, an A-line dress is a good choice. Tops that draw attention upward are best (think: interesting necklines).
    • If you have an inverted triangle shape (shoulders wider than hips), you may want to enhance the hips with a flounce or peplum, or an A-line skirt with a simple, fitted top.
    • If you have an oval (or apple) shape, with a waist at least equal in width to your shoulders and hips, you may want to add shape with a deep-V neckline. A belt might help create the illusion of a more narrow waistline.

    Regardless of the shape you choose, it is more important that your clothes fit properly, not too snug nor too loose. If you aren’t comfortable, it will show in your photographs. Wear what you love, and your true beauty will shine!

    Interested in learning more about lingerie fit? See my post here.

    Now that you've got the perfect outfit, find out more about a session with me here and here. No perfect outfit? We can play "dress up" with items in my studio wardrobe.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) glamour style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/dress-for-your-body-type Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Teen and Tween Photography https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/teen-and-tween-photography I love to photograph women of all ages, but particularly enjoy working with young women in middle and high school.  

    Do you remember being a pre-teen or “tween”? I was a freckled carrot top, desperately in need of braces. Babies are new; little kids are cute. But once they hit age ten? They aren’t really children any more, but not quite teens, and being in-be“tween” can be hard. Let’s give your girl a record of who she is, right now, before she changes again. Let’s show her she’s beautiful and capture her personality. Let’s give her a boost of self-confidence, and at the same time, create a reminder for you about what she was like at this stage.

    Seeing your teen daughter mature into a young woman is joyful, yet bittersweet. No longer a little girl, she’s bloomed right before your eyes. Celebrate who she was, who she is, and who she is becoming at this special time in her life. Before you know it, she’ll be grown up and going places, stepping out into the world.

    Take a look at your photo albums. Are they anything like mine? After elementary school, the number of pictures drop off dramatically…. Imagine the impact a single, beautiful image can have: to be able to look at a photo and not see too skinny or too fat, too many freckles, too short hair… but to just see yourself as beautiful. Let’s do this for your “baby.”

    * I would love to photograph her Bat Mitzah, Quinceañara, or Sweet 16. I’d also like to photograph her with her mother.

    Find out more here and here.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) girls senior session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/teen-and-tween-photography Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMT
    Gallery Wrapped Canvas https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/gallery-wrapped-canvas If you are choosing wall art, I recommend a gallery-wrapped canvas print. The product I’ve selected to offer are solid-faced (mounted on a high-density wood fiberboard) and warp-resistant, with a full frame inside, keeping them taut and flat. Printed on genuine artist canvas, the inks used are fade-resistant, with the corners are pulled super tight. With a sealed, finished backing, they come ready to hang, and are made in the USA. Canvas prints wrap the photograph around the edges, so no frame is needed; that said, a floating frame (that does not hide the edges) is available in black, white, or walnut, as an upgrade. Dress up your walls with one or a grouping!

    gallery-wrapped canvasCorner of gallery-wrapped canvasThe canvas product I use is tight yet warp resistant, with quality inks that resist fading.

    Find out more about a session with me - and get the perfect image(s) for your canvas - here.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/gallery-wrapped-canvas Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:00:00 GMT
    Hiring a Family Photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/hiring-a-family-photographer Capture your family’s unique personality and preserve those little moments you want to remember. It’s something that requires a professional photographer who knows what to look for. You can’t do this yourself, and still be in the photos….

    I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. They are great at showing how much better it is to have a professional photographer. Check out this video for more: https://youtu.be/cBCMytOw0oU.

    Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) family professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/3/hiring-a-family-photographer Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:00:00 GMT
    My Top 5 Skincare Tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/my-top-5-skincare-tips Here are a few tips to get your skin ready for your great portraits:

    • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Hydrated, healthy skin will always look better – in real life, as well as in photographs. Even if your skin is oily, a good moisturizer will teach your skin not to produce so much. Massage it in to help circulation. Don’t forget your neck!
    • Eat a healthy diet. Experts have recommended avoiding dairy, caffeine, and sodium (and enjoying items like citrus, avocados, and almonds) for healthier, better-looking skin. Drink plenty of water to moisturize from the inside.
    • Exfoliate gently to reduce flakes and reveal brighter, newer, more evenly-toned skin. Once or twice a week with a physical scrub is plenty for most people.
    • Avoid the sun! Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 protection (and reapply often) if you can’t. Sun rays lead to premature aging and other skin damage. The week or so before your portraits, especially, please avoid tanning… and a potential sunburn! Retouching tan lines and reducing the red (or orange from a spray tan) will require an added processing fee.
    • Get plenty of sleep. Experts recommend 7-8 hours a night for proper rest, de-stressing, and rejuvenation.
    • Should you choose to get a facial, make sure it’s ten days to two weeks before your session, so any reactions have a chance to clear up.

    While I am not a dermatologist, these are tips I’ve found helpful for me. Please conduct your own research to find what works best for you. 

    Find out more about portrait sessions here, now that you're ready!

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/my-top-5-skincare-tips Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
    High School Senior Photography https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/high-school-senior-photography While a high school senior’s yearbook photo will show what they looked like, Senior Session photographs will show who they really are. These sessions are designed to commemorate this special time, with photographs that explore her interests and personality, creating timeless keepsakes before she heads out into the world. We can keep it as simple as a Signature Portrait Session, but I really encourage Couture/Creative Sessions for seniors. Couture/Creative Sessions take place over the course of her Junior and Senior years, and include photographs of her in her favorite outfits, showcasing her interests and hobbies, remembering her childhood, and more formal “model” events. Each of these multiple events is custom-designed to match your desires, and I’d love to meet with you to see what we can create together. 

    * On a personal note, my own (and only) daughter graduated high school in 2013, and I crave every photo I can get of her, now that she’s no longer living under my roof. With 200+ miles separating us, I’m so glad for the pictures I have to look back on and remember details of life when she was still home with me.

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    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) senior session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/high-school-senior-photography Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
    Folio Boxes https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/folio-boxes One of my favorite products for keeping and displaying your printed photographs is a Folio Box. These boxes offer the best of all worlds, holding up to 20 matted prints that you can flip through like an album, but with pages you can rearrange and remove for display elsewhere (on a stand or in a frame). The boxes I’ve sourced for you are also quite beautiful displayed on your coffee table or book case, with a luxuriously soft faux-suede finish and velvety interior. The 11x14 beveled mats for your prints are made of conservation-quality board that is alkaline-sized, acid-free, lignin-free, and calcium carbonate buffered for enhanced durability and longevity, meaning they and your photographs will last without discoloring or other deterioration. Your treasured photographs deserve a treasure box worthy of them, and I believe this is it.

    Folio BoxFolio BoxOne of my favorite all-in-one product options is the Folio Box.

    Want to know more about the prints that go inside? http://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/1/professional-photograph-prints.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/folio-boxes Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
    Invest in a Professional Wedding Photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/invest-in-a-professional-wedding-photographer At the end of the day, photographs are what’s left to remember your big day. They are worth the investment in a professional photographer, and allow those well-intentioned friends and family members participate fully in your wedding celebration. I specialize in smaller events; if I can’t meet your needs, I will help you find someone better suited, because these images are really important.

    I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. They are great at showing how much better it is to have a professional photographer. Check out this video for more: https://youtu.be/KrpuD9OL07U

    Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php.

    Find out more about my wedding photography at http://www.maggietakespix.com/weddings.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer wedding https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/2/invest-in-a-professional-wedding-photographer Fri, 02 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
    Lingerie Selections for all body types https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/1/lingerie-selections-for-all-body-types Women of all sizes and shapes can find lingerie that makes them feel beautiful and sexy. The right piece can make you look great and feel invincible.

    Rule number one for lingerie shopping: it has to fit. Remember, the size on the tag is irrelevant; I have items labeled “extra large” that fit more tightly than a similar style labeled “medium.”

    You can never go wrong with a matching bra and panty set. You may want to be professionally fitted, as most women are wearing the wrong size. The band should be snug and be parallel to the floor. The underwire should not dig. As for the cup, try on a couple of sizes to find the one that fits best: if it gaps, try a shallower cut or smaller cup; if you’re spilling out, try something with fuller coverage or a larger cup. You should be able to slip the straps off, and the bra should stay in place.

    Are you tall? Play up those long legs with stockings, garters, and a teddy or corset. Are you short? Two-piece ensembles tend to work better. Straight figure? Cut-outs, push-up bras, and thong underwear help create curves. Curvy figure? Babydoll dresses and corsets or waist-cinchers are your friends!

    If you absolutely cannot find something you love, I have a few items in my studio wardrobe that I promise will look good on you… including white sheets (because implied nudes are always sexy).

    Find out more about a lingerie session with me here.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir style tips https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/1/lingerie-selections-for-all-body-types Fri, 26 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
    Glamour and Boudoir Photography https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/1/glamour-and-boudoir-photography At every stage of your life, you are priceless and irreplaceable. One gift you can give to yourself and those who mean something to you is gorgeous images – ones that reflect your remarkable uniqueness, celebrating your true beauty as you are right now. It’s may be hard to put yourself in the spotlight, but having the courage to let yourself shine is an extraordinary gift you can give to both yourself and those you love!

    Together, we can create images that are appropriate for business use, fun and family-friendly, or romantic and sensual. In fact, we can capture a range of images in one session, and will make sure to do so if you are having a boudoir session. Boudoir portraits can be as covering or revealing as you want them to be. Regardless of attire, they will be tasteful; I will never have you do a pose or wear an outfit that you are not comfortable with. Also know that I will not share your portraits with anyone you don’t want to see them.

    Treat yourself to a few hours of pampering with hairstyling and makeup (included with every session) and a reason to dress up. Live like a model for a couple of hours. Relive the fun every time you view your images, and remember the stress-free confidence you felt that day.

    Find out more here and here.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) boudoir glamour session information https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/1/glamour-and-boudoir-photography Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
    Professional Photograph Prints https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/1/professional-photograph-prints As a professional photographer, I work with premium labs that offer the best archival-quality printing to ensure the beauty and longevity of your images. We're creating an experience; let's create the right souvenirs.

    My standard photographic prints are accurate image reproductions, with a semi-gloss lustre finish, and can last 100 years or more. These are true photographs, meant for a lifetime, not inkjet prints like those provided by your local discount store. Photographs are available in sizes from wallet (2.5”x3.5”) to 30”x45” – any size to fit anywhere!

    Fine Art prints are also available, with thicker matte paper, and pigment inks. These luxurious pieces are available in sizes from 4”x5” to 40”x60” and showcase you and yours as true art.

    I’m happy to help you choose the best for your needs. All will be appropriately matted or mounted for display in your home.

    Yes, I do offer digital image files, sized for social media sharing, with each purchased photograph. But I really want you to have high quality prints. We’re going to create the fabulous photos, and they deserve to be printed. Check out this short video from Professional Photographers of America: https://youtu.be/rbxNjrW_A04. There is value and importance in printed and framed photographs in our lives and for the generations after us. All family members should see images of themselves around the house, remembering the moments when they see their photo on the mantle or walls, sealed in time…all thanks to the power of print.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) product info https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/1/professional-photograph-prints Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
    Why should you hire a professional photographer? https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/1/why-should-you-hire-a-professional-photographer Pretty much everyone has a camera on them all the time (hello, smartphones) to capture the moments that capture their attention and imaginations. So why would you ever hire a professional photographer? To capture the moment better. To do the things you cannot or should not do yourself. So you can be in the pictures, too… and actually like them.

    Professional photographers have developed skills and training in the art and technology of creating beautiful images that reflect what you want to portray in them. Beyond the shoot, pro’s also offer printed products you’ll want to own.

    Chemistry is important when choosing your photographer, as you will spend hours of quality time together – and your images will look their best if you feel comfortable with the person behind the camera, confident in their skills to make you look your best. That’s why I ask for a pre-shoot consultation, to make sure we’re a good match.

    I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America for a number of years. They are great at showing how much better it is to have a professional photographer. Check out this video for more: https://youtu.be/fP_jx1th0uk

    Find me on the PPA website at http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/83100/Margaret-McCanna.php

    Find more details about your custom portrait session at http://www.maggietakespix.com/about.html.

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    Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at maggie@maggietakespix.com or (434) 226-0365.

    My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?

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    (Maggie Takes Pix) professional photographer https://www.maggietakespix.com/blog/2018/1/why-should-you-hire-a-professional-photographer Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT