Gerry McIntyre Photography: Blog https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog en-us Gerry McIntyre (Gerry McIntyre Photography) Tue, 31 Jul 2018 17:38:00 GMT Tue, 31 Jul 2018 17:38:00 GMT https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/img/s/v-5/u396240523-o512598656-50.jpg Gerry McIntyre Photography: Blog https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog 80 120 TC Printing and Co. https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2018/7/tc-printing-and-co A few weeks ago, GMP photographed the employees of TC Printing. Scotty had just returned from his vacation of running with bulls in Portugal, which is a story of in and of itself, and all three GMP members were on board for this shoot. Also on shoot was Jodie, a local makeup artist, who did a beautiful job at making everyone look their best. Working closely with Gerry and TC Printing was Isla from the illustrious Marketing By Design team, a long-time collaborator on local projects. 

TC Printing is a commercial printing company that creates custom prints for both large and small scale print needs. It has been a part of the Sacramento fabric for 40 years, and enjoys a small-town sensibility while boasting state of the art printing techniques and technology. Check out their history here.

 Hard work put in by all, and the shoot was ultimately a fun and rewarding experience. Here are a few behind-the-scenes! 

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Final Results...

 

 

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(Gerry McIntyre Photography) business california commercial headshots location photography portraits printing professional professional photography in sacramento sacramento staff tc https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2018/7/tc-printing-and-co Tue, 31 Jul 2018 17:38:00 GMT
Triple Play Eagles https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2018/7/triple-play-eagles Several times a year I hold an Eagle Scout Portrait day at my studio. I get the double pleasure of interviewing Eagle Candidates for the Capital City District of the Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and doing portraits of some of the Eagle Scouts to use in their Eagle Court of Honor programs, invitations, and for family celebration and memories.Recently I photographed three Eagles from Troop One who had been together in their scouting since cub scouts. These boys are truly friends for life when you look at what they have done together growing up. Jake Alejandro Chris ESP USA Flag-Horiz 2x3 Bkgrd-10%22Jake Alejandro Chris ESP USA Flag-Horiz 2x3 Bkgrd-10%22Jake, Alejandro and Chris were all in Cub Scouts together. They bridged over into Troop One and earned their ways all the way to Eagle Scout.

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For the Birds https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2018/7/for-the-birds For the Birds.

Sometimes the birds come to you, it when opportunity meets preparedness. I drove back from an errand to my back gate of my studio and a hawk was busy searching for something. I was able to get the camera on him without him taking flight. This is a Red Shoulder Hawk, he's a juvenile I believe and he wasn't as alarmed about my presence as I expected. Also I stayed in the car, only allowing the lens out the window to photograph him. He is in my Chinese Pastachio Tree in the back parking lot of my studio. I have photographed other birds in this tree but I never expected to get such a closeup view of a Hawk just hanging out, well hunting in my parking lot.

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A Dog-Lovers Shoot: Campfire Treats https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2018/3/dog-lovers-shoot-campfire-treats Here at GMP, we've had the wonderful opportunity to shoot for an beginning family-owned business called "Campfire Treats". 

Stevie and Marko Wittich are a personable couple originally from Germany, who now live Rocklin, CA. While looking for dog food for their pup, they realized how many fillers and preservatives are listed in most brands' ingredients. Determined to find quality dog food, they eventually thought, "Why not just make our own?". Through their research and hard work, they started looking into making their own dog treats, and their business grew from there. We've been lucky to work with Stevie and Marko twice now, and their passion and attention to detail is part of what makes them such a joy to work with. Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from their shoot.

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Scotty organizing the product juuuust right. 

 

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Collaborating on the best look. 

 

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Gerry hard at work. 

 

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An overview of the dog treat products!

 

 

 

 

 

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Tips For Your Portrait Finale https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2018/2/final-tips-for-your-portrait-blog-finale For years I have been handing out a flyer, or sending a pdf called "Tips for your Portrait" to my clients before their portrait sessions. It has been very popular and now it is time for an upgrade to that sheet. While most of the tips are timeless, a few updates have been added to offer something a little more fun to help educate my clients about how to prepare for a portrait session with me. 

 

 

Tip # 1. Get a good night sleep before your portrait shoot

 

There are a lot of great ways to pull off a beautiful portrait. Between makeup, lighting, and retouching, it is safe to say I have a few tricks up my sleeve to bring out you best during your portrait session. However, there is just no substitute for a good night's sleep. When you have given your body the rest it needs, you look younger, fresher, and your skin glows. Even more importantly, proper rest brings energy to a portrait that you just cannot achieve with a subject who has been up all night. I prefer to shoot clients in the mornings when possible, as we are all a little fresher at the beginning of the day. When you are taking a professional business headshot, you have a certain look in mind. You want an image that shows your clients that you are right for them! My goal is always to tell your story through the image and portray you in your best light.

 

Studio Portrait of Gerry McIntyre on a blue gradient background at The GMP studio in Downtown Sacramento.Tip # 1 Get plenty of sleepHow to prepare for your professional portrait session for business headshots.

 

 

 

 

Tip # 2. Try to get in a workout before your shoot to get your blood pumping and your energy up.

A good workout before your photoshoot can do wonders. Rest is important and is number 1 on my list, but once you hop up from your great night's sleep, get your energy up and get moving! Not only will a workout bring color to your skin, but it will also help you be more energized and ready to engage at your portrait shoot. I'm not suggesting you go out and run a marathon before you come in (but if you do, more power to you!), but suggesting something more along the lines of a brisk walk or another physical activity you enjoy. Personally, I love a good bike ride. 

So get up, get moving, and check out the next Tip!

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Tip # 3. Drink Plenty of water and make sure you eat! 

 

This tip goes hand in hand with numbers 1 and 2. When my subjects come in dehydrated or hungry, it is apparent in their portraits. Our skin looks better when we have plenty of water, and our energy is better when we have had something healthy to eat. Since you know by now that my goal for every client is an energized and engaging image, you are probably starting to see why this tip goes along with the rest.  I don't want my clients to look sleep-deprived, sluggish, or running on empty.

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Tip #4. Details, Details, Details!

 

This is an important tip! When you are preparing to come in to get your portrait taken, sometimes it is the smallest details that elevate your image. Make sure that your nails are groomed and not chipped or dirty. Tweeze any stray hairs and tame back those nostril hairs (it's okay we all have them!).  Going that extra mile can really give your image a high quality and polished look. 

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Tip # 5:  If you do not love your hair you will not love your portrait! 

 

I have learned over the years that if you are not comfortable with the way that your hair looks, you will never love your completed portrait. So I stress this tip, especially as it can be a lot more difficult to fix a bad hairdo in photoshop than it is to fix a blemish. For men, I suggest getting your hair cut a week before your photoshoot. You want to come to shoot during that sweet spot between when your hair is freshly cut and has had a chance to grow back just a little.

For women, I suggest getting your hair done the day before, or even the day of your portrait. If you do not get your hair done, take the time to put a little extra effort into doing it yourself. Make sure if you dye your hair, that your roots are not overgrown. We will make fine-tuned adjustments and assist with fly aways, but make sure you come in with hair you will be happy to see on screen!  Tip#4 Get your hair cut a week before your portraitTip#4 Get your hair cut a week before your portrait

 

 

 

Tip # 6: If you have a beard or mustache, make sure it is nicely trimmed and groomed. 

 

Like I mentioned in Tip #5, hair can be crucial to a portrait. If you are a man with a beard or mustache, and would like to keep it for your portrait, it is important that you have it nicely trimmed and groomed before you come in. Remember that this is how you will be represented to your current and future clients. You want to look professional and polished. Tip#6 Trim your mustacheTip#6 Trim your mustache

 

 

Tip # 7: If you shave your face, make sure you are freshly shaven when you come in for your portrait. 

 

If unlike the cool guy in tip #6, you are more of the clean shaven type, make sure your shave is freshly done the day of the shoot. Aim for a crisp and clean look, one or two days of growth can really make a difference. I usually keep a razor or two here at the studio just in case, but arriving ready to go can save you time and effort.

 

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Tip # 8: Avoid busy patterns that overtake the Portrait.

 

When it comes to your wardrobe for your portrait, I would always recommend to dress to impress. Keep in mind that we want YOU to shine! I suggest that my clients avoid bright or busy patterns, as they can pull attention away from your face and draw the viewer’s eye to your shirt instead. Of course, there is a place for a fun tie or a lighter blouse in an image, but be careful not to overdo it. We want you to be the star of your own portrait. So although a Hawaiian shirt is perfect at a BBQ, it may not be the best choice for your professional business headshot. Tips for your Portrait5035- loud patternsTips for your Portrait5035- loud patterns

 

 

 

Tip # 9: Update your wardrobe if needed. STAY CURRENT!

 

Just as your wardrobe choices are important, so is the necessity of updating what you wear. You wouldn't bring a Model T to a modern car show, would you? Of course not. Buy a snappy new tie or that cute blouse you've been eyeing. Keep it classy and sleek. Nobody wants to look outdated, so this is your chance to update your wardrobe - just in time for your special portrait! Tip #9 Spend a little on your wardrobe New tie, blouse, jacketTip #9 Spend a little on your wardrobe New tie, blouse, jacket

 

 

 

Tip # 10: An Iron a Day Keeps the Wrinkles Away

 

Send your outfit to the dry cleaners the week before the shoot or break out your iron an d put a fresh crease in those trousers. Yes, you can wear your outfit to the studio, but feel free to bring an outfit on hangers to change into. That way, you're insured of a crisp, wrinkle free look.  Fresh from Dry Cleaners or Iron you clothsFresh from Dry Cleaners or Iron you cloths

 

 

Final Look

 

Now that you've gone over all the steps for a successful portrait, keep in mind that there are a few other options available for you to explore. Do you need an image shot on green screen, giving your image the ability to have its choice of backgrounds? Or would you like a makeup artist for your convenience and ease of professional services? Drop us a line, give us a call, we are here to help you bring to life the image you want to portray to the world.  Casual shirt Business Portrait_on greyCasual shirt Business Portrait_on grey

 

That's it for our series Tips For Your Portraits!! Thanks for keeping with us and hopefully this series will help YOU for your best portrait yet! 

 

 

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Makeup Artist: Make It or Break It? https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2018/2/do-you-need-a-makeup-artist Often when we are discussing an upcoming portrait session, we will ask the client if they would like a makeup artist to be on set. It is a larger expense, but worthwhile as we bring a very talented and skilled expert in all things makeup, hair, wardrobe. Maybe your portrait will be hung in a prominent area. Maybe you have a group of people who would benefit from the professional expertise. Whatever your reason is, a makeup artist is a valuable resource when it comes to creating your look.

Here is a before-and-after example photo highlighting the differences and contributions a makeup artist can add to your portrait. We took the left portrait first, then stopped the session to discuss makeup and styling. Our client consulted with the makeup artist Jean Fox who helped her plan an outfit for the next shoot. For the second shoot, the makeup artist styled the client and was able to oversee the images downloaded onto the computer where she could comment and address details right on set. As you can see, a makeup artist adds invaluable expertise and insight to making sure people look their best. If you want to book a makeup artist, give us a week's notice, and we'll have one for you on set. Here's to creating your personal Best Portrait Ever!

 

 

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Boys and Girls Club Rebranding https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2018/1/boys-and-girls-club-rebranding I was a member of the Metro Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Sacramento, Class of 2013. Our chosen project was to help the Boys and Girls Club Rebrand itself into a teen center. This took a physical remodeling of the space. A dance floor was built, a dance studio was built, a sound mixing room, a new logo. I worked on some new images to help show it was cool to  be a teen at the Boys and Girls Club, rebranded The Club.

 

 

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Sacramento Tree Foundation https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2018/1/sacramento-tree-foundation The Sacramento Tree Foundation has long held a position of forward thinking in our city. It is an organization devoted towards educating and contributing towards our community and the environment. My feeling is that there are few better way to plan and provide for the future and combat global warming than planting trees as quickly and as widely as we can. Kids-STF-Leaves-270 1Kids-STF-Leaves-270 1 Had the fun of photographing these two youngsters enjoying a playground of fallen leaves at Del Campo Park for the STF. I am always happy to work with the Sacramento Tree Foundation and hope to continue to support their beneficial endeavors. 

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Greenscreen is Our Specialty https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2017/11/greenscreen A few weeks ago a client came to us with a unique request:

Could we take images on of him that presented the business side he wanted to convey to his clients - smart, reliable, professional yet relatable - and oh, could we get an image with the Capitol as the backdrop WITHOUT being on location? The resounding answer was YES. 

 

Now our client is a busy man. He divvies up his office space between Sacramento and Ohio, leaving us only a short time to work in the studio. That's where the specialty of GMP comes in. Green screen is a timesaving cost effective way of getting the look you want with less of the hassle. Gerry worked closely with Gregory Stuck to achieve several different looks, and both were pleased with the final product. 

 

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Another happy customer, another wonderful day here at GMP. GMP works with you, our valued client, to achieve your vision at every level. 

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BTS Studio Shot! https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2017/11/bts-shot Had a fun shoot with Blue Diamond marketing this week; they even brought in George Clooney to round out their team!

 

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My Studio Manager Kylie is taking a fun photo for them, and I managed to sneak in a shot. Shooting on Green Screen is one of our specialties here at GMP, and George definitely had a blast. 

 

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The Great Blue Heron, photographed at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge. This bird is a photographers favorite. Dramatic feathers and sharp beak. I have several photographs of this bird that I love.

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Point Reyes Lighthouse https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2017/10/point-reyes-lighthouse When you have a beautiful clear day and an opportunity go out to the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse, do it!

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The light is fairly small but it is surrounded by dozens of prisms, each angles to focus the light to the horizon, making the light effectively much larger, and visible 24 miles away. The smaller replacement light is only visible 14 miles away.

 

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Food Photography Shoot https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2017/10/food-photography-shoot The first week of October we had the pleasure of working with an amazing team for a full day of food photography. Patty Mastracco was the incredible food stylist, preparing and prepping each plate, Desiree Beckham was our lovely director, and Della Gilleran aided us with her talent for design and her artistic eye. There were three meals total, each shot showing proper food portion control with a delicious variety of veggies, fruit, and all your other important food groups. Gerry now has the honor of teaching an evening photography career class at American River College, and one of his students, Anne Elliot, was able to shadow Patty for food styling to complete one of the class assignments. The day was long, but exciting, with Patty rolling out incredible arrangements one after the other while the rich scent of foods cooking up in the kitchen fueled our dedicated team effort to make each shot shine. All in all, a great day here at Gerry McIntyre Photography. 

 

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I had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view and photograph a solar eclipse in its totality. I drove with my wife Della and my son Loren all the way to Scio, Oregon to meet up and stay with our friends Tom and Joan. The drive took 8 hours to get there and a full 13 hours back! The traffic was astounding. I used my telescope with a BAADER solar filter out the immense light of the sun; with this set-up, I was even able to capture a few sun spots! It's funny, I took hundreds of photographs leading up to the moment of totality and afterwards, but only about 5 at full totality. I've heard it's said "totalities are the shortest two minutes of your life" and it's so true. It was amazing to us how dark it became - the wind picked up, the temperatures dropped, along with our jaws. I've never seen anything like it in my life and was so lucky to be able to witness it in person. I had a fantastic time with family and friends, made amazing memories, and collected new stories. What an incredible life experience. Here are some of the photographs I was able to take, I hope you enjoy. 

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Tips For Your Portrait https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2017/4/tips-for-your-portrait  

 

For years I have been handing out a flyer, or sending a pdf called "Tips for your Portrait" to my clients before their portrait sessions. It has been very popular and now it is time for an upgrade to that list. Most of the tips are timeless, while a few updates have been added. I thought I would offer something a little more fun to help educate my clients about how to prepare for a portrait session with me. 

 

Tip # 9: Update your wardrobe if needed. STAY CURRENT!

Tip #9 Spend a little on your wardrobe New tie, blouse, jacketTip #9 Spend a little on your wardrobe New tie, blouse, jacket Just as your wardrobe choices are important, so is the necessity of updating what you wear. You wouldn't bring a Model T to a modern car show, would you? Of course not. Buy a snappy new tie or that cute blouse you've been eyeing. Keep it classy and sleek. Nobody wants to look dated, so this is your chance to update your wardrobe - just in time for your special Portrait!

 

So go buy that extra little zing and come back for next week's Tip for Your Portrait!

 

 

Tip # 8: Avoid busy patterns that overtake the Portrait.

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When it comes to the wardrobe you choose for your portrait, I would always say dress to impress. Just keep in mind that  we want YOU to shine! I suggest that my clients avoid bright busy patterns, as they can pull attention from you and draw the eye to your shirt instead of your face. Of course there is a place for a fun tie or a lighter blouse in an image, but for the most part  I suggest darker solid colors. We want you to be the star of your own portrait! So although a hawaiian shirt is perfect at a BBQ, it may not be the best choice for your professional business headshot.

 

So go rethink that pattern and come back next week for tip # 9 

 

 

Tip # 7: If you shave your face, make sure you are freshly shaven when you come in for your portrait. 

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If unlike the cool guy in tip #5 you are more of the clean shaven type. Make sure your shave is fresh and done the day of the shoot. When aiming for a crisp and clean look, one or two days of growth can really make a difference. I usually keep a razor or two here at the studio just in case but arriving ready to go can save you time and the difference is worth the effort.

So grab your straight razor and come on back next week for tip #8

 

Tip # 6: If you have a beard or mustache, make sure it is nicely trimmed and groomed. 

 

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Like I mentioned in Tip #5, hair is hard to retouch but also extremely important to a portrait. If you are a man with a beard or mustache and you would like to keep it for your portrait, it is very important that you have it nicely trimmed and groomed. Make sure the parts of your face that you do not usually have hair on are freshly shaved and that your facial hair is brushed, and trimmed to a polished look. Remember that this is how you will be represented to your current and future clients. You want to look professional and well kept. 

So go comb out your handlebars and come back next week for the next Tip for your Portrait! 

 

Tip # 5:  If you do not love your hair you will not love your portrait! 

professional studio photography of Gerry McIntyre getting his hair cut in preparation for a portrait. Tips for your Portrait: Tip #5. Get your hair done for your portrait I have learned over the years that if you are not comfortable with the way that your hair looks, you will never love your completed portrait. So I stress this tip as it can be a lot more difficult to fix a bad hairdo in photoshop than it is to fix a blemish. For men I suggest getting your hair cut a week before your photoshoot. You want to come to shoot during that sweet spot between when your hair is freshly cut and has had a chance to grow back just a little.

For women, I suggest getting your hair done the day before or even the day of your portrait. If you do not get your hair done, take the time to put a little extra effort into doing it yourself. Make sure if you dye your hair, that your roots are not overgrown. We will make fine tuned adjustments and assist with fly aways and taming those locks when needed but make sure you come in with a hair do you will be happy to see on screen! 

So go make an appointment at the barber or the salon and come back next week to get tip #6

 

Tip #4. Details Details Details!

Session 1 - Preperation 182-DetailsTip#5- Take care of the Details

This is an important tip! When you are preparing to come in to get your portrait taken, sometimes it is the smallest details that can elevate your image. If your hands will be in the picture, make sure that your nails are groomed and not chipped or dirty. Tweeze those stray hairs and tame back those nose hairs (it's okay we all have them!).  Going that extra mile can really give your image a more high quality and polished look. 

 

 

Tip # 3. Drink Plenty of water and make sure you eat! 

Session 1 - Preperation 148-Drink Water GerryTip#3-Drink Plenty of Water , your skin will love it.

 

This week's tip goes hand in hand with numbers 1 and 2. When my subjects come in dehydrated or hungry, it is usually pretty apparent in their portraits. Our skin looks better when we have had plenty of water and our energy is better when we have had something healthy to eat. Since you know by now that my goal for every client is an energized and engaging image, you are probably starting to see why this tip goes along with the rest.  I don't want my clients, sleep deprived, sluggish, or running on empty.

So grab a power bar and some H20 and check out the next "Tip for your Portrait."

 

Tip # 2. Try to get in a workout before your shoot to get your blood pumping and your energy up.

 

Session 1 - Preperation 097_Workout GerryTip #2 Get some exercise before your portrait

 

 

If you have the time and are able, a good workout before a photoshoot can do wonders. Rest is definitely important and that is why it is number 1 on my list, but once you hop up from your great night sleep, get your energy up and get moving! Not only will you bring color to your skin with a workout, but it also makes you more energized and ready to be an engaging subject at your portrait shoot. I am not suggesting you go out and run a marathon before you come in, but more along the lines of a brisk walk or another physical activity you enjoy. Personally, I love a good bike ride. 

So get up, get moving, and then come on back when I post my next "Tip for your Portrait"

 

 

Tip # 1. Get a good night sleep before your portrait shoot

Studio Portrait of Gerry McIntyre on a blue gradient background at The GMP studio in Downtown Sacramento.Tip # 1 Get plenty of sleepHow to prepare for your professional portrait session for business headshots.

There are a lot of great ways to pull off a beautiful portrait. Between makeup, lighting, and retouching, it is safe to say I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make you look great during your session. However, there is just no substitute for a good nights sleep. When you have given your body the rest it needs, you look younger, fresher and have more color to your skin. Even more importantly, proper rest brings an energy to a portrait that you just cannot achieve with a subject who has been up all night. I also try and direct clients to shoot in the mornings when possible, we are all a little fresher at the start of day verses the end of a busy day.

When you are taking a professional business headshot, you are doing so for a reason. You want an image that shows your clients that you are right for them. My goal is always to tell your story through the image, and you want your portrait to say "I am energized and engaged". So get a good night sleep and come back next week for the new "Tip for your Portrait!"

 

 

 

Of course we wouldn't make you wait to get each tip week by week if your shoot is next week! Here is our new flyer, which is available for download if you click the image. 

Downloadable flyer with Tips to help clients prepare for their professional portrait session. There are three business headshots and a list of tips. How to Prepare for your Portrait SessionThe complete list of tips from Gerry to help you look your best on the day of your portrait session.

 

 

 

 

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Troop 1, Modeling for Success https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2017/2/troop-1-modeling-for-success I have served for a number of years as a Boy Scout Adult leader. It provided me a target rich environment to better to use my craft of photography as a tool to demonstrate modeling for success. A technique and phrase that I learned in Wood Badge. It is really what Norman Rockwell did so succinctly with his many illustrations of the Boy Scouts, doing the right thing, throughout his career. Catch the boys with photographs doing something that you want the other boys to do also. Treat them as the rock stars of the Troop, the ones to look up to. Reed's Eagle Project 218Reed's Eagle Project 218Near completion father and son celebrate a day of hard work on an Eagle Project. Reed's Eagle Project 044Reed's Eagle Project 044

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A look back at 2016 https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2017/1/a-look-back-at-2016  

 

 

A Wonderful 2016!   

A big thank you to all of my clients of this past year. I appreciate that you have chosen to work with us. It has been a year full of new experiences, new growth, new products, and new people on our staff. My clientele has grown, my team has grown, and I have grown, with new challenges and shooting opportunities.

 

 

GMP on the Road  

We took it on the road and had some great location shoots this year. We photographed award winners at UC Davis and had a private tour of the beautiful auditorium. I shot at a River Cats game, at medical centers, and in luxury suites at Cache Creek Casino. We were invited back to the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce "Perspectives” event, and once again photographed the inspiring speakers alongside local sponsors. We succeeded at the challenge of photographing 150 employees in two days at 3 locations. Our team spent three days in a product shoot at "The Find" in Sacramento working with a video group, surrounded by dozens of beautiful flowers. We spent a day on the greens at Yocha Dehe Golf Club for a national magazine cover shoot, and a day in a 'bunny suit’  shooting in a brand new sterilized clean room. These are just some of the great places we have been this year. We've been lucky, to say the least, and look forward to working with these clients, and new ones, to create great portraits and product shots.

 

 

Strong Roots, New Branches and the Benefits of Green (Screen!)

Inside the Gerry McIntyre Photography business we have made many great changes this year as well. I have added two new members to my team, Kristin and Scotty. We have all worked hard and had a lot of fun in 2016, and I am excited to have them with me going into 2017. We built a new website this year and are very proud of how far it has come. We are diving deeper into social media, which still feels like a new field, and reminds me that even with all my experience, I always have more to learn. We have used a lot of 'green screen' this year and I am excited to continue sharing its benefits with my customers in the coming year. We also plan to incorporate video into our offerings, and create a simple, effective video product in 2017. I will be posting videos in the coming months; so look out for those and have a great 2017! 

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Gerry McIntyre Photography: Why I do What I do https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2016/11/why-we-do-what-we-do I believe that a portrait is not simply a portrait; it is a message. It is a thought-out letter to each one of your potential clients, letting them in to your world and giving them an opportunity to see you in your best light. This is the most important lesson I have learned over the years, while honoring my skills as commercial photographer.

I believe the power of a strong photograph is all in the details, and details are where I excel. In my years of experience as a professional corporate photographer, I have learned how to work with light in a way that shows off the best qualities of each individual.

The critical detail I try to achieve within a portrait session is to tell the story that my client is trying to convey. Is he a hardworking surgeon looking to show his patients that he is trustworthy and skilled? Or is she a powerful executive, looking to gain respect and loyalty from her employees? Possibly he is that employee, showing humble pride for his skills in the field.

The point is that everyone has a story and these stories create the actual message that the portrait delivers. Elevating a simple photograph and transforming it into something that can win clients, inspire employees, or quell competition - this is where my passion lies, and where I separate myself from my competition. I see these details and I know how to convey a message within a photograph.

Environmental Portrait of a female executive standing in front of an interesting wall and holding a lantern.Professional business headshot in SacramentoProfessional portrait photography of female executive in her element.

I have many times had clients come in not knowing what they were looking for or not wanting their picture taken. By the end of the shoot, they are excited to have an image that is not just a portrait of what they look like, but of who they are and what inspires them. Believe it or not, they leave the GMP studio inspired themselves because they know they are capable of being the person in the photograph. They can believe in themselves more easily, and in turn their clients believe in them too. A portrait can elevate someone in mood, in business, and in life… this is what I love about the power of photography, and this is why I do what I do. 

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Boys & Girls Club rebranding https://www.gerrymcintyrephotography.com/blog/2016/11/boys-girls-club-rebranding I volunteered to do a photography project for the Boys and Girls Club of Sacramento a while I was a member of Leadership Sacramento

class of 2013, or LS13. Our class chose the Boys and Girls Club as our class project, a non-profit that we would direct our energies into helping them with a project. That project was to rebrand the Downtown Boys and Girls Club as a teen center. I had decided that we needed photography of the teens that used the club doing the activities that we would help them. B&GC-Junior-Pool-color-LB-s4webB&GC-Junior-Pool-color-LB-s4web This young man was actually very quiet and shy, not completely comfortable getting attention from me photographing him. He struck this pose very naturally and it became my favorite image of the project. BGC-Basketball-135-8x10printBGC-Basketball-135-8x10print

 

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