2013 Presidential Inauguration

I live in what some call, “the most conservative district in the country’. District 1 in N. W. Florida. Being a democrat (and one in  who is actively involved in politics), this can be interesting, to say the least.  Nevertheless, my wife and I attended the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama. Being an African-American man, this is an event that has tremendous meaning for me. Seeing America’s first African-American president inaugurated for the second time,  instills a sense of pride on a level that is difficult to put into words. I am a child born in the 60’s, three years after the Civil Rights Act was passed. I didn’t experience the riots and the water hoses, however, the attitudes of pre-civil rights America were alive and well in the this country when I was growing up. The fact that an African-American was elected during my lifetime was overwhelming to me. To witness his re-election was…WHOA!!! And then to be present at his inauguration was beyond comprehension for me. Despite the viscous partisanship  currently in our nation, I must say, on this day, I was a proud, African-American Democrat!

The crowd was mixed with all races of people. The mood was jovial and light. People were smiling and hugging. I was something to witness!

 

We were not by any means close to the front, despite having an invitation, however, we were no where near the area designated for those without an invitation. While I have several images of our president taken from the jumbo tron, I haven’t decided if I’ll post them yet. Here are a few of the images captured during our adventure.

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The Head Shot. Essential to online branding

Welcome to 2013! With a new year comes a sense of renewal and perhaps starting over. We clean out closets and drawers to get a fresh start. How often to we “clean”our online presence? A new year is a good time the get new head shots. If you are a professional, the head shot is essential to your branding.

head shot is a modern portrait for todays branding needs, where the focus of the photograph is the personality inside the person captured. A headshot is a specific type of portrait. A head shot is an image that portrays a person as he is, however simple or stylized the image might be. In contrast to the head shot, an lifestyle portrait would portray a person with elements of his life such as his work, interests, etc.

Head shot photographs are now being used for professional social media such as LinkedIn, castingworkbook and the section about us page or our team in most websites. Portraits are photographed by professional head shot photographers to illustrate the personality inside the actor, business executive, musician, politician and so forth.

 

A head shot is an image that portrays a person as he is, however simple or stylized the image might be

A head shot is an image that portrays a person as he is, however simple or stylized the image might be. In this image the lighting is dramatic

Headshots are intended to show a person as they currently are (age, look, style, etc.) and reflect their best qualities. Therefore, if an actor’s hair is recently cut or colored, they might then need a new headshot to reflect the new image of themselves. Additionally, if an actor has a scar of the face or moles, it should be visible on the headshot and not digitally retouched out of the image. Pimples or spots are temporary and therefore these are usually retouched

Corporate headshots are similar to those used by actors. These images are most often produced digitally and distributed electronically, though some companies still favor displaying a printed version. Lighting for corporate headshots is simple and nondramatic, but flattering. Traditional headshots are still taken in a studio setting, though shots “on-location” or “in-the-field” continue to increase in popularity. In both cases, backgrounds continue to be simple. Subjects are often shown head-to-midchest, or from head to just above the waist.

Corporate headshots serve a variety of purposes, including:

  • Annual reports
  • (Nonstandard) resumes
  • Corporate catalogs, brochures and advertising collateral
  • Company publications and websites, internal and external
  • Press releases and other announcements
  • Marketing materials
  • Articles and newspapers
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Headshots are intended to show a person as they currently are (age, look, style, etc.) and reflect their best qualities

 

As we enter 2103, think about updating your headshot, or if you do not currently have one, think about adding one to your portfolio.

First impressions are lasting impressions.