Corporate Fun – The cure for dreaded headshots {Burlington NC Corporate Headshot Photographer}

I want to take a few minutes today and talk about the importance of fun. Even for a corporate shoot like this one. Maybe even especially for a professional image portrait session. I hear over and over again from the people who come in, how much they hate having their photo taken. And as they shake my hand on the way out (and sometimes even hug me goodbye) many of them admit that our photography session was ‘not so bad’. Some even admit it ‘was really kind of fun!’.

My philosophy is that it is equally, if not MORE, important that we have a good time together. If we can do that, we are going to get back some great photos that feel authentically you. Lets forget perfect and shoot for perfectly you.

Here are a few outtakes from a recent corporate headshot session for the HearTell team. Outtakes that may actually be featured prominently on the pages of HearTell Branding Collective’s website.





Lets forget perfect and boring ::: Give me playful and real — {Ellijay GA Portrait Photography}

His playfulness is surprising. My grandfather…. He can be stern and gruff and seemingly all business. And one second later…. He is singing a you a silly show tune. He’s making a very dry and very funny comment. He’s sneaking up behind you with a bone breaking but effective shoulder rub. All of us. My grandfather. My mother. Myself. We are an intense bunch, but we like to have fun.

These are my favorite photos to take. Real people having real fun. Lets forget perfect and boring. Give me playful and real.






Be The Change: Real Valentines Series #6 — {Ellijay GA Women’s Portraiture}

Sally- Real Valentines #6 - Inner Light - Luck Photography

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t love my mom. In high school, when my friends were late, I learned to go check the kitchen first. I would often wander downstairs only to find my tardy friend seated on a kitchen stood, chatting away with my mother. The dining room stayed semi-permanently decorated for a party, as she would throw impromptu celebrations for our family, for our friends, for anyone who needed cheering up or was in need of a surrogate family. I didn’t even carry a house key with me, because the door was only locked when the last person went to bed.

It’s an amazing legacy of love and compassion. For everyone. She isn’t selective. And it’s one of the most beautiful things about her.

She is one of the most loved people I know. There are literally hundreds of people who have been lucky enough to cross her path, and all have come away better for it. Here is one of the biggest lessons I have learned from her. If you give love to others, you will never want for the things you need. Because you have created a web of interconnectedness, of people who care about you. Because you have become a shining light, so brightly lit front the inside that you draw others too you just by being you.

“People who shine from within don’t need a spotlight”

Nothing external can hope to complete with the power and the captivating allure of someone who is truly beautiful from the inside out. So here is my challenge to you. Be brave enough to own up to your own inner beauty and let it shine out, uninhibited by self doubt.


About the Real Valentines Series:

In theory, a day all about love and sharing love sounds great. I know that many of you love to celebrate love. And so do I. But….. In practice, it often doesn’t quite feel authentic to me.

Be The Change

I want a holiday revamp. To take back Valentine’s Day from the merchants selling random last minute smatterings of chocolates/red roses/miniature bears holding hearts. I want to make it inclusive and not the sole domain of romantic love. More…