Cindie Wolf Photography | San Diego East County Chamber Headshot Winner | Meet Yolanda Holcomb

Every month in 2018 the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce (@sdeccc) gives away a gift voucher for a Headshot Session with me, Cindie Wolf Photography!  (@cindiewolfphotography)  I love the Chamber and have been involved in it for more years than I can recount. So giving this gift away each month is just another way I can connect to all the amazing members that I may never get a chance to meet otherwise.

Let me introduce you to Yolanda. She is one of the first Headshot winners I’ve gotten the pleasure to photograph.  I’ll give you my take on her, as I know of her and met her. She is amazing and fun and curious and… I’ll start with this –

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” Maya Angelou

If you have met Yolanda Holcomb before, you can see she is exactly who she says she is – her Instagram account states it well: “Sexy and Sixty, in a place of  gratitude, loving and accepting WHO I AM, exploring what makes my soul happy…”

How many women come to the place where they accept themselves, embrace themselves and thrive. This place of harmony is one we should all cherish… Beauty doesn’t fade with age, it becomes more refined, defined and more whole. Not just a face or a smile, but a whole life that is beautiful, confident and comfortable being, living, fully…

She wanted new headshots for her employer Primary Funding Corp, which is in the field of Small Business Finance (www.primaryfundingcorp.com ) good for all small businesses to know. Her Marketing director helped choose her images, below were my favorites.

I love making new friends with headshots! I wonder who will the next winner be??

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Seven Reasons To Get A Professional Headshot | San Diego Photographer | Cindie Wolf Photography

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A picture is worth a thousand words, so it’s been said. But on social media sites like LinkedIn, statistics from LinkedIn show members how including a photo receive up to 21 times more profile views and up to 36 times more messages.

These days, you are your own Brand and considering your personal branding, it’s a small investment of both money and time to get new headshots done. Especially important is making sure you look like you when meeting new clients or contacts somewhere like a crowded coffee house or after-hours location. It’s something I recommend doing at least once a year. After all, we change over time; women especially with things like haircuts and color. If it’s been a few years, you don’t want to find out the hard way; it can be embarrassing to show up at a meeting where someone has checked you out using your professional image on LinkedIn, only to discover that the image you used was about 10-15 years old. Ouch!

As much as it hurts to leave the younger you behind, here are six reasons to keep in mind when updating your LinkedIn profile pic.

  1. Why do professionals need a set of headshots?

Our digital identity is our new calling card, even on business cards. It puts a face with a name and how you portray yourself will assist you in getting noticed. A headshot is part of your personal branding identity.

  1. How often you should get new headshots?

You should refresh your headshot every year or for major changes. You should also have different images of you for different things. When someone changes their profile picture on social media, it usually gets the most likes out of anything they posted that year. The people on these platforms follow you and they want to see you looking good.

  1. You should look like you.

If you wear glasses and a suit to work, you should be wearing glasses and a suit for your headshot. LinkedIn is the place where you want to be seen for who you are at work and provide an idea of the type of work you do.

  1. What if you want casual images to be used on your personal Facebook page or in a LinkedIn story behind the scenes?

Make sure to ask your photographer if there is an additional charge for a change of outfit. Then bring along the type of clothing that will show who you are on your days off. If you need help with wardrobe, just ask the photographer you are working with. Most are very helpful with identifying colors that look best on you as well as outfits that “speak” what you are trying to show. Keep in mind you are always wanting to show the “best you”, so make sure to step it up.

  1. No Selfies Allowed

LinkedIn is a professional sight. You wouldn’t want to represent with less than a professional image unless you want to say something about yourself that is out of character with your qualifications. After all, if you are a Financial Planner and your image is a selfie, what does that say to your target client about you? Think about it!

Your photographer will suggest different backgrounds and lighting to bring out the best in you and fulfill your needs.

  1. How do I know what type of headshot?

If your company is asking for this, more than likely they have guidelines to how they want your headshot to look. Some professions prefer everyone on a black background, while others want friendly and approachable on light backgrounds. It never hurts to ask your HR department if there is a preference or company guidelines.

As with anything on LinkedIn, make sure your position and industry are current, as listing these can help you connect to jobs, content and groups you may be interested in. Even by listing location, it can help you be discovered up to 23x more in searches by alumni, recruiters, former colleagues and others, according to LinkedIn.

Celebrating Super Heros | June & July Photographing the “everyday” Super Heroes around us | Who is Your Hero? |

Fathers, Siblings, imagination,  and costumes, all this is the fun of super heroes! It seems that if we look hard enough we see the “everyday” miracles around us, so for the month of June and July I want to focus on the “everyday”  super heroes around us.  We all love a good story where injustice is conquered, evil is crushed and the hero wins the day! Here is your chance for making this reality come true for your little one, Dad, Father, Husband or get in on the action and make a statement about yourself and your family. My favorite is the Incredibles, all of them have super powers and once they are in costume, they saw each other in a better light.

Do your kids need to be reminded of who you are as a family? Do they need to get a perspective on what their special gifts and super powers are? Maybe how to use them on each other? I remember the years my own kids from  5th grade to 10th grade….tough times of learning independence, consequences of bad decisions, and really learning that we love one another and overcome together.

Your kids are growing up, make a statement so they can have this wall portrait to look back on and remember how much they are loved.

As a mom, here is your chance to declare that while you love domesticity, that you are still that “wild child” inside yourself.

Need a special gift for dad? How about a portrait in costume, with him as Mr. Incredible!

Everyday life, everyday moments, saved to make a memory and a statement!

All for the months of June and July! Call today @619.208.1282 or email at: justsaycheese@ownthemoments.comSUPER HEROES

Dance Is A Poem; Photographing Ballet Dancers | Cindie Wolf San Diego Portrait Portrait Photographer

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Dance is a poem of which each movement is a word. -Mata Hari

Recently I was at a workshop with Professional Photographers of San Diego County where we had the opportunity to photograph two women from the California Ballet. Ana and Tess are both amazing athletes and both very easy and fun to work with. I love posing people and I found great joy in asking the dancers to slowly move from one step into another to photograph their movements. Watching their physical strength and control was so beautiful. Here are some of the images I created from my time with them. I say created because I was able to play with the images, I changed skies, backgrounds, played with paint added textures and stuff like that. I hope you enjoy the images.

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The Importance of Family Photos // San Diego Family Photographer Cindie Wolf

Do you really need to update your family pictures every year?

A lot of families ask me this questions and well, no you don’t, but you should for several reasons.

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If you have kids they GROW SO FAST! It seems like yesterday my children were toddlers, but the reality is I now have three grandchildren that I adore and even they are growing too fast! Holding their snuggly newborn bodies, watching them learn to sit up, say their first words, take their first steps…. It all flies by, way too fast. They grow and change so quickly that I recommend getting family photographs and “spotlight” photos (of each child individually) every three to six months their first year and then once a year from ages one to five. After five, I suggest family photos every other year from then on. Losing the first tooth, hitting double digits on their birthday, the first year of being a “tween” (12), roaring into teenager status, sweet 16 and the big 18! These are all mile marker years and all of them should be celebrated and documented.

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It’s not about creating an altar for each child throughout the house. You won’t really display every photo from every year, but we can create a long-term plan so that as you add legacy pieces to your home. You should enlarge one or two portraits from each session. I suggest my clients redisplay portraits around the house or even swap their enlargements seasonally. This way your home and your art will still hold that “put together” look and still belong together. Your newest enlargement should always be in the primary place in the home, over the fireplace or in your main room. With all the rest of your photos from your sessions, you may want to print some small gift prints like 5×7 and 8×10’s to put around the house or at the office or give as family gifts. I like to create coffee table books in those years when there isn’t the need to update the large family photograph. These are about 10×10 with 30 images inside; they are a great way to save your favorites and look back over time. Family and friends will surely go through these when they come to visit.

As the years’ pass, we will create over time a volume of albums to document your family’s story. If you stop and look you can see the perfect place for these albums to be stored on a bookshelf, or in another place of honor in your home. Imagine a shelf with 10 albums and on the spine it says Our Family 2016, Our Family 2018 and so on… no small moment will be forgotten.

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Family photos aren’t all about matching white button downs with khaki cargo pants. A true San Diego family photographer should guide you through not only wardrobe, color themes, hair, and makeup but also through creating a vision for your session and home décor that is a true representation of your family. Fun, exciting with your fashion sense and memorable all while creating art you will always cherish.

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So, what about CD’s? I hear this a lot these days and the funny thing is when I did offer these, I was told they sat in a drawer.  Technology is changing much too fast to rely on having a CD of images. Just today I heard that Best Buy will no longer be selling CD’s! Apple has already come out with the UCSB, a replacement for the USB. When I started in computers everything was on a 5″ floppy and those are relic’s now.

I offer a full studio experience,  with the best products on the market, not a CD of images. The products I offer are Legacy pieces, designed with your home in mind, and your legacy in mind.  I offer Italian leather fine art handmade heirloom albums, gallery wrap canvas, giclee acrylics, high-quality metals and fine art prints. These are chosen to be beautiful and to last.  Every time we meet to bounce ideas off each other on your next family session, we will discuss fun, innovative ways to photograph your family in a manner that will be creative and unique to you!  We will also determine which products should be considered for that session.

Images are meant to be printed and displayed. The goal of a true professional is to ensure you have art pieces that can be shared with your family.

When you look back over the years at your family’s art collection, do you think you would regret investing your time and money in creating and documenting these memories? I can honestly assure you, you won’t. Or you can look at it from another perspective – do you think you would regret looking back over the years and not having your children photographed at birth, or when they had their first birthday or when they turned five and lost their first tooth? I guarantee you would.

ABOUT CINDIE WOLF

San Diego Family Photographer | San Diego Portrait Photographer | San Diego Children’s Photographer | San Diego Headshot Photographer | San Diego Glamour Photographer

‘Tis the Season for a Family Photo Session!

Celebrate your favorite time of year with a photo session this holiday season. Include your family and friends. Cindie Wolf Photography is booking holiday photo sessions now through December 21st.

Need something quick and easy? This special is specifically for a little fun, a little reminder, and a little something custom to keep and share! Purchased prints come with a digital, sized and ready for print file. Christmas cards are custom and feature you and your beautiful family!

Need more art for your home and looking for some special pricing? This is the Season of giving after all! You can look at the Holiday Packages I have Here

This is a once a year special just for you and yours! Merry Christmas!

 

 

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A Work Of Heart: Gail & Ally for St. Madeline Sophie’s Center

Allie_Gail_Future_101216_0008wI had an amazing opportunity to use my portrait skills to assist the messaging of St. Madeline Sophie’s Center, a facility of heart, serving adults with developmental disabilities. It was their 50th Anniversary!

If you know me, you know I am passionate about capturing the authentic person using my camera, and even more passionate about photographing relationships. On this special day, I was asked to photograph Gail and her daughter Ally. I adore mother and daughter relationships, as I have daughters.

Being a mother-daughter portrait, I suggested that prior to coming, they make a memory and go have professional hair, makeup, and nails done. What a fun day and a wonderful memory for them together! They came in looking their best!

Both Gail and Ally are both absolutely beautiful inside and out! What I learned in photographing them is that Ally has no strangers in her life, just friends she hasn’t met yet. She is outgoing, concerned for everyone, tenderhearted and so very inquisitive. She is an artist and St. Mad’s (as they are loving known as) provides her the ability to use her great artistic abilities.

Gail her mom is a mix of elegance and grace. I loved capturing them together, how they giggled, laughed and were inquisitive with their surroundings. Such grace and such love Gail has for her daughter, I caught myself tearing up a few times.  We wandered around the beautiful gardens of St. Mad’s and into their vineyard, where they explored all the living beauty around them and I watched them have fun together!Allie_Gail_Future_101216_0095w It was wonderful to be a part of. 🙂 Thank you to St. Mad’s for calling on me!

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with love, laughter, and crazy chaotic family fun!

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