5 Reasons Summer is the Best Time to Get Your Family Portraits

When was your last family portrait? If you are like most people, you did it when the kids were little, but now years have passed and important stages have been missed. You don't have to let that happen again this summer! Here are 5 reasons that prove this summer is the BEST time for your family portraits!

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1. Best Weather!

This is when the Northwest is at its very best with the lush green of the land and vibrant blue skies and water.  You don't have to worry about the winds and rain that can ruin hair and clothes any other time of year.

2. Best Creative Potential!

When the weather is so good, you have options for more diverse locations. You get to take advantage of the amazing outdoor lighting. You can build sessions around summer themes or activities your family identifies with. From the mountains to the water, all the parks and natural areas have been manicured and are waiting for you. 

3. Best Flexibility!

You already know it's hard to get the family together the rest of the year, but summer is a time when everyone's schedules open up and life slows down just a little. It's easier to take time off work during the week. The days are longer meaning families can still do portraits after work in the beautiful golden light of evening.

4. Best Moments!

Yes, the best moments happen in summer. Everyone is more relaxed, the days come a little easier. The family is together more and creating quality memories that last a lifetime. Portraits can persevere and commemorate this unique stage in your family.

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5. Best time is before it's too late!

One thing I have learned in photography is that summer is the easiest season to let slip past you. People start with dreams like "This will be the year we finally get the family portrait done!" but, year after year the summer BBQ's, kids sports, travel, yard projects, and big work events steal every last bit of your time...and the family is yet another year older with nothing to show.

The best time is now. Once summer slips away everyone else will be calling us frantically, saying, "Oh my goodness, where did the season go? Is there any way you can STILL fit me in!?" 

© 2018 Jared M. Burns Photography | Snohomish, Mill Creek, and Mukilteo Family Photographer

www.jaredmburns.com | 206.659.7468 | info@jaredmburns.com

What does your headshot say about you?

Recently, I presented to a group of business networkers and asked a key question in a way most had never thought about. The question was, "Who would you want to do business with?" On the projection screen, I featured the headshots of several actual people doing business. Some of those images were not mine so I can only describe them to you...

  1. A sloppily dressed CEO with head shaded by an oversized hat
  2. A real estate agent in an awkward stance holding a "Sold" sign
  3. A receptionist in front of the office ficus tree
  4. A sales woman with her husband and daughter's faces half cropped out
  5. A professionally dressed, well-poised woman with a confident look and engaging smile

Which of these do you think people said they wanted to buy from?
Of course, 100% of the people in the room raised their hand for #5 with the professional, friendly, confident woman.

The "Ah-ha" moment came next as they realized "This is how their customers are shopping for them!" We are all human and, like it or not, we judge a book by its cover before we choose to read it. In the same way, potential clients are evaluating you right now by the way you present yourself online. They first want to see how much you believe in what you do before working with you.

In the online world, you have only one second to make a first impression. Your image precedes you like a digital handshake showing you are confident and capable.

Who needs a great headshot?

  • Are you in a business that works directly with customers?
  • Could your first impression be improved?
  • Are your "about me" page or social profiles lacking?
  • Do you want people in your area to see you as confident and capable?
  • Would you like customers to feel a connection to you?
  • Do you want more online customers contacting you?

Do any of these questions resonate with you? The number one thing to remember is clients are going to buy from people they feel they could like and trust. 81% of them will check you out online before they ever contact or visit your business...and that number is growing every year!

So what does your headshot say about you?
 

Contact us today to learn how we can help...

© 2017 Jared M. Burns Photography | King County & Snohomish County Headshot and Business Photographer

www.jaredmburns.com | 206.659.7468 | info@jaredmburns.com

Holiday Special: Give one, get one

This only happens once a year during the special season of giving. Gift a $250 photography sitting to a friend or your family and get one for yourself free! This would normally be $500 for both. Giving one to you is our way of saying thank you for passing the gift of photography to someone you love!

Get this certificate today!

Promotion ends 12/24/17Certificates will be mailed. Photography products and digitals sold separately.

March 2017 Canvas Contest

It's Contest Time!!

You come up with a creative name for this image and post it in the comments on our Facebook Page. On March 20th, we'll review the name suggestions and the person we think has the most creative one will win this 30"x48" Gallery Wrap Canvas of Horseshoe Bend in Marble Canyon. (The photo doesn't do it justice...this canvas is beautiful!)

 (The photo doesn't do it justice...this canvas of Horseshoe Bend at Marble Canyon Arizona is beautiful!)

(The photo doesn't do it justice...this canvas of Horseshoe Bend at Marble Canyon Arizona is beautiful!)

The RULES are simple:

  1. You can be a business or individual to play, but no more than 2 posts per person
  2. You also must be local to Snohomish County or North King County so I can deliver and install the canvas
  3. You must also respond within 7 days when we contact you about winning or the prize goes to the next runner up