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Abbi is a writer and funny gal who fairly shines with personality. We set out to capture some images of her “working” and showing herself off. Our session was at Mt Tabor park, which is of course not where a writer would generally work, but it was a gorgeous outdoor setting for the images and to play and have fun. I love how you can see how Abbi is both thoughtful and goofy in these photos. Which is perfect, because what she does best is help you find your own voice! She can do copyediting and proofreading, but her real talent is working with her clients to discover *who* they are and what they’re trying to say, and then helping them craft the right words in the right way. Learn more about working with her here. 

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(This is a hilarious outtake–my lightstand was falling over and I snapped the photo before realizing it, right when she was reacting.)

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Meet Brandi. She is gorgeous, friendly, knowledgeable, effortlessly stylish. She’s a personal stylist who works with clients all around the country, making sure that they wear clothes that flatter and fit–not just the body but also the person and personality. I got to work with her this past fall, which was so enlightening and fascinating. We did a personal shopper session, so she went to a few stores and picked out a bunch of things for me to try on that work best with my shape and style. It was amazing to have her with me in the dressing room–I could tell her that I hated the paisley-print peasant tops, and she encouraged me to not be so skeptical of a good blazer and skinny corduroys. I was really pleasantly surprised at how good I could look!

But this post isn’t about that–it’s about Brandi! This was a personal branding session in Brooklyn a couple summers ago. Check out that golden hour light, and the classic New York bricks, stoop, and street scenery. As someone whose work is so visual, she really needs tons of photos of her looking fabulous and fun and stylish. She had two looks to show off for this session, and we made sure to get detail shots, close up shots, and headshot-style photos too.

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When I worked with Abbi, she wanted to do some creative photos, not standard boring headshots. I ended up coming up with a whole list of at least ten things involving writing and books, of which maybe two or three made it into the session. Thankfully, she was willing to work with me as a model and muse in a few sessions for personal work. Isn’t she gorgeous?? There are a couple more concepts that I hope we’ll create together soon. Enjoy!

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Do you need an updated headshot? If you aren’t ready for a full session right now, pop in to get a quick headshot in NE Portland!

On Wednesday, Feb 28 from 3-6pm, I’ll have a mini studio set up at the Encorepreneur Cafe in NE Portland. There will be lights and probably two backdrop colors: medium gray and either white or black. We’ll do a very short session–literally less than five minutes. You’ll be able to see the photos come up on my laptop so you can select the image you like best.

Within a week you’ll receive your retouched image in four sizes for your convenience!

I’ll happily take walk-ins, but I suggest you book a time to guarantee your best time. You can schedule directly below: