Hannah + Ben – quintessential Cape Cod wedding

Everything seemed to go perfectly for Hannah and Ben on their Friday night wedding at the Lighthouse Inn in West Dennis. Mild weather paired with a lovely sunset made for gorgeous skies on the Nantucket Sound horizon. This bride had so much personality and positive energy! It was a joy to be around her! She and her groom are clearly smitten with each other. Local band, the Grab Brothers, kept the crowd dancing and Lovely Occasions event styling created beautiful touches. Congratulations to Hannah and Ben! Great party!

Emily + Peter’s Plymouth Harbor wedding

This couple came all the way from Michigan to get hitched in New England at Hotel 1620 in Plymouth. They even brought their sweet canine companion, Lucy, who wore a flower wreath as she was escorted down the aisle. It was a magical day and the weather was sunny and warm. The bride wore a vintage wedding dress from her groom’s grandmother. This tight knit group of family and friends had a night mixed with celebration and emotion. It was an honor to document such an important. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Rock Your Headshot

So, I’m going to attempt to address the subject of “headshot dread.” Almost every time I’m about to take a headshot, I hear, “I hate having my picture taken” or “I don’t photograph well.” 

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I’d like to try to offer a couple of tips to improve your experience being photographed, which will, in turn, produce better photos. Otherwise, you’ll be the mystery box below on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Prepare for your session. 

Try on some outfits and pick something professional that makes you feel good. Be sure it fits well and flatters you. I always recommend solid prints over patterns but it’s most important for you to enjoy what you wear. Don’t wait to the last minute. Iron or steam your clothing. If you have pets, de-furr your attire before the shoot. Put some time and thought into your hair and makeup (this goes for the guys too) but keep it natural. Don’t try anything new or drastic before the shoot.

Here’s a few tips from Shelley Cardoos, Director of Programs at Entrepreneurship for All, “It’s really important to have a great headshot for LinkedIn. I use that site a lot to see what people look like before meeting. And also, you never know when you’ll be honored at an event and need a headshot. It’s definitely worth it to have a great one taken every few years.”

Confidence is key

Approach your session with an open mind and a positive attitude. You’ve hired a professional with years of experience to photograph you, allow him or her to give you direction. Think of your photographer as your coach or brand ambassador for the session. Trust their expertise. 

Boston commercial photographer Rick Friedman makes a point of striking up a conversation with his subjects and involving them in the creative process by previewing pictures with them as well. “I always ask, ‘What do you think of the picture we are creating?’ It’s definitely a collaboration.”

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Engage with your photographer. Be upfront with any concerns or preferences. Participate in the conversation. Keep it light and fun.

Mark Medeiros owner of Slocum Studio seconds the team effort sentiment, “share your feelings with the photographer when it comes to posing for a photograph. Do you like your left side more than your right, hairline, neckline, or glasses on or off etc? A good photographer knows what to look for in shaping a good portrait.”

For my upcoming headshot event, here are a few things I’ll have on hand to make your experience more pleasant (in addition to the obvious, my camera, lens, a white backdrop and studio lights.) 

  • Mirror
  • Lint roller
  • Face Powder Palette
  • Coffee
  • Music
  • Lollipops

You are your brand and in order to put your best self forward for your digital presence, you need a flattering photo. But don’t just take my word for it, here’s some advice from three marketing gurus…

Independent design director Laura Parrish explains that your personal brand is a reflection of who you are and what your business strives to accomplish, “The little details can have such a big impact. High-quality, professional headshots can be a quick and easy way to set the tone of your brand, and shows potential clients a glimpse into your personality and what your business represents,” she said.

Allison Oberton of Oberton Marketing has over 13 years of experience in digital marketing. She suggests looking to Pinterest for inspiration and practicing your facial expressions in a mirror beforehand. “It’s important to have a polished, professional headshot because it’s an increasingly important element of your personal brand. Whether you own a business or are working for others, you’ll want to have a proper headshot to accompany your bio and other professional places like LinkedIn or corporate presentations.”

Betsy Keady of Keady Communications echoed the significance of a good picture, “When a potential client is doing due diligence on an organization, it’s critical that they get a professional, approachable impression of the leadership.  A well done, on-brand photograph goes a long way to making the desired impression.“

How are we going to make this FUN?

Here’s your homework assignment before your shoot with Salty Broad Studios. Select your “walk-up” song. At MLB games, when a player heads up to bat, their chosen anthem blares from the stadium speakers. We’ll start your session by pumping the jam that makes you feel fabulous! We’ll try different looks and poses. We can even do a few silly ones. When it’s all over, you can treat yourself to a piece of candy and go on your merry way.

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Osterville Inspiration

Wianno Club elegance mixed with the whimsy of Wilderly’s Marlowe gown available at Head over Heels Bridal Boutique in Mashpee Commons.

The weather wasn’t ideal but that didn’t stop this team from coming together to create a fabulous shoot with our gorgeous model, Samia. It was drizzling and windy on the Osterville point jetty overlooking Nantucket Sound but you wouldn’t know it from Samia’s fierce poses. 

Her sophisticated airbrushed makeup by Lisa George accentuates her already defined cheek bones and Ryan Keep’s swept updo brings out her delicate neckline and shoulders. 

This popular and free-spirited dress features a unique lace pattern with a high neck and open back. Bee & Blossom’s joyful and bright bouquet is a welcome sight for us winter weary New Englanders. The combination of the fuchsia peonies, orange roses and classic white hydrangeas creates a lovely pop without being overwhelming.

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Special thanks to all of the amazing vendors who helped make this inspiration shoot possible. Your participation and support is greatly appreciated! 

Gown, shoes and accessories provided by Head over Heels Bridal Boutique in Mashpee Commons

Makeup by Lisa George

Hair design by Ryan Keep of the Keep Salon in Falmouth

Bouquet and boutonniere by Bee & Blossom in Hyannis

Venue by Wianno Club

Model: Samia Walker 

My next inspiration shoot will be PRIDE themed! I’m hoping to schedule one for the fall. Any queer models interested in participating should get it touch. I would love to showcase all LGBTQ vendors so please email me at christine@capecodsaltybroad.com if you’d like to be included.


Quick engagement session with Emily & Peter today. And I do mean quick because they will only be engaged for a few more hours!!! They are getting hitched tomorrow! Super sweet couple and I am so excited to photograph their special day. I mean, the way he looks at her…wowza! They are clearly in love and I’m so happy to be able to capture it! 

Lis + Adam: Rustic dance hall wedding

Sometimes you get the chance to photograph a wedding that is truly unique, and in the case of Melissa and Adam, this was it. Between the bride climbing a tree on the Texas ranch where she was getting ready and an epic celebration in the historic 1895 Fischer Dance Hall—they created their own distinct experience and it was unparalleled. With a family-style meal catered by the renowned Salt Lick BBQ and entertainment delivered with unwavering energy from the Austin-based band, London Calling, this wedding will go down in every guest’s history book, including mine. Thank you so much for bringing me on this trip to capture your special occasion. Congrats!

7 reasons why you should hire a real photojournalist to shoot your wedding

1.  Moments matter – Think of the most iconic images in history. Many were taken by news photographers. Freezing that fleeting moment in time takes a certain kind of skill, finesse and experience that only a photojournalist truly understands.

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2. Adaptability – Photojournalists have an innate ability to interpret and react to sudden changes in plans. As much as you prepare for your wedding day, some things will be unpredictable. A trained photojournalist will be unflappable and go with the flow.

Channing Johnson Photography

3. Compassion – We appreciate and understand how to capture emotion without detracting from the ambiance. It takes tenderness to capture photos that tug at heart strings. These are the pictures that stand out and have impact.

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4. Integrity – Credible photojournalists adhere to a code of ethics and stand by the authenticity of their work. You can feel confident that you are working with a honest, hard-working professional. Additionally, you can count on a photojournalist to have a pleasant manner and to dress appropriately.

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5. Stealthy – To effectively capture moments, photographers must be unobtrusive and attentive. It’s a tricky combination of characteristics but imperative to strike that balance between being ready to capture the moment and to go almost unnoticed so that the subjects can relax and act naturally.

Julia Cumes Photography

6. Personality – Most photojournalists are likable and charming. After all, if your profession is listening to people tell their story, it would make sense for the person to have a natural ability to put people at ease and make them laugh.


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7. Reassurance – Your wedding day pictures are in the hands of a trusted professional who has covered a wide range of assignments from tragedies to triumphs. You can ease your wedding day worries knowing that your photographer is accomplished and prepared for anything.

Julia Cumes Photography

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