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7 PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY MYTHS: DEBUNKED!


Ah, the world of professional photography – where the myths are plentiful and the truth is much more fun. Let's face it, the thought of a branding or portrait session sends many folks spiraling into a world of misconceptions. "Will I look like a deer in headlights?" "Do I need to mortgage my house to afford this?" Fear not, folks, because I’m about to bust those myths wide open, Flipping Fear into Fun. Believe it or not, getting your photo taken can be quite enjoyable when I’m the one behind the camera. Read my 5-star Google Reviews, I promise we’ll have a blast and not break the bank making you look like a professional powerhouse a.k.a a CEO-Celeb.




MYTH #1 - "I NEED TO HIT THE GYM BEFORE I EVEN THINK ABOUT A PHOTO SHOOT."


TRUTH BOMB: Waiting to fit some sort of "ideal" before getting photos done? You might be waiting forever! I’m a pro at showcasing your best side, no matter your shape or size. Besides, I’m a master of posing to reveal what you love most about yourself and concealing what you don’t. It's all about capturing your confidence and vibe, not your waistline. But, in case of emergency, there’s always retouching tricks too!




MYTH #2 - "PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR THE 'SERIOUS' PROFESSIONALS."


FACT CHECK: Think professional photos are just for CEOs and lawyers? Nope! Whether you're a creative, an entrepreneur, or anyone wanting to amp up their game, professional photos can add that sparkle to your brand. They're for anyone ready to show the world they mean business – in their own unique way.





MYTH #3 - "THE PHOTOGRAPHER DECIDES EVERYTHING."


REAL TALK: Worried you'll just be a puppet in front of the camera? Fear not! A good photo session is a two-way street. Your ideas, personality, and style matter. I love it when you bring your own vibe to the shoot – it makes the photos even more personal and special.




MYTH #4 - "ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE THE SAME."


COLD SHOWER MOMENT: Ummm, I'm just gonna stop you right here. We are each unique with a different skill set and shooting techniques. It's like comparing apples to peanuts. We each have our shooting and editing styles, strengths, and vibes. It's vital you resonate with the photographer that matches your vibe. Not only their final images, but also their website, and social media platforms, and watch reels on HOW they work. Then go read my 5-star Google Reviews and listen to those smart people.




MYTH #5 - "IT'S GOING TO BE SUPER AWKWARD."


REAL TALK: Feeling camera-shy? Here’s the secret, NOBODY likes being in front of the camera. Believe it or not, myself included. But, a photo session with me is like having a conversation with your best friend. We chat, joke, laugh, and goof off. Before you know it, you're having fun, and forget the camera is even there. Not all photographers are fun to work with, some feel just as awkward as you do. This is where you need to find a seasoned professional who specializes in natural poses. Ps. That’s me!




MYTH #6 - "I WON'T LOOK LIKE MYSELF IN THOSE FANCY PHOTOS."


REALITY CHECK: Worried that professional shots will make you look like someone else? No way! I have a few magic tricks to capturing the real, awesome you. I guide you to be yourself, only with better lighting. So, yes, those photos will definitely show the world who you truly are – just on a really good day, and with excellent, realistic editing.




MYTH#7 - "IT'S WAY TOO PRICEY."


WAKE-UP CALL: Ooooh, I love debunking this one! I get it, everything is getting expensive these days and watching your budget is key. But you gotta reframe your thinking on this one. 80% of your brand is communicated via visual formats. People don’t like to read, I’m kinda surprised you’re still reading this. Oh wait, I included pretty professional pictures.


Consider this similar to investing in a timeless handbag or getting a little refresher at your favorite med-spa. My comprehensive packages are more affordable than you realize, and priced ultra-competitively when you shop around.


Here’s some actual data from the interwebs:


Website First Impressions: 94% of first impressions are design-related, and high-quality, professional images are a critical element of website design. Investing in professional photography can significantly improve the perception of your website and brand (Source: WebFX).

 

Engagement Increase on Social Media: Content with relevant images gets 94% more views than content without relevant images. Professional branding photos can boost engagement and visibility on social media platforms (Source: Jeff Bullas).

 

Conversion Rates: Websites that incorporate authentic professional photos can see an increase in conversion rates by up to 33%, as visually appealing content can significantly influence purchasing decisions (Source: Forbes).

 

Email Campaign Performance: Emails with images have a higher click-through rate than those without, with an increase of up to 42%. Professional images can make email marketing campaigns more effective (Source: HubSpot).

 

Trust and Credibility: 75% of online consumers rely on product and founder photos when deciding on a potential purchase. High-quality, professional photos are essential for building trust and credibility with potential customers (Source: BigCommerce).


So, there you have it, 7 common myths debunked. Getting professional photos should be an exciting adventure, not a stress fest. It's all about showcasing the brilliant, one-of-a-kind person you are. Ready for your close-up?

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