Dave Bentley Photography: Blog http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Dave Bentley Photography info@davebentleyphotography.com (Dave Bentley Photography) Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:45:00 GMT Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:45:00 GMT http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u800936448-o81644570-50.jpg Dave Bentley Photography: Blog http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog 109 120 Mommy and Me Session http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2017/8/mommy-and-me-session A couple shots from Bridget's "Mommy and Me" session in Northern VA!


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Washington DC Maternity Session http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2017/8/washington-dc-maternity-session  A quick preview of some maternity shots I took for Joey and Heather, as they await the arrival of their first child!

Shot at Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C.  

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Canon's New 6D Mark II Officially Announced http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2017/6/canons-new-6d-mark-ii-officially-announced It's official!  No official ship date (should be in August), and a price tag of $2K. But, Canon finally adds a flip screen to a pro series body!  And a huge upgrade for the 6D is ISO not being capped at 4000.

Read more about it on Canon's website

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Sigma Announces new ART Lenses! http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2017/2/sigma-announces-new-art-lenses Exciting news today as Sigma announces 3 new ART series lenses!  Check out PetaPixel for more information:

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Headshot Tips for Realtors http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2016/11/headshot-tips-for-realtors Professional headshots for realtors are very important, as they can make or break a sale before a client even calls you. Look too serious? They may think you'll be a pain to work with?  Look too casual/relaxed? They may not think you'll take their search seriously. It's the first impression they may get of you, so it's important to make it a good one.

As they say, the devil is in the details.  There are some little tips/tricks that you can do to help ensure you get the right headshot.  Here are a few that I've put together to help as you plan for your session.


5 Tips to Consider for your Session


1. Get a Fresh Trim or Styling

Getting a fresh trim/styling will help you come across looking your best. If possible, try to plan a trip to the barber or salon a few days prior to your photoshoot.  Don't try new styles, colors, etc. Stick with what you know, and how people would recognize you. 

2. Your Outfit Is Key

It's important to know your clientele. If you work in fast-paced, corporate environments, you'll want to dress more formally than you would if you worked in a smaller, hometown atmosphere where you could get away potentially with a polo shirt and khakis. 

Try to also avoid busy patterns and excessive jewelry. These types of pieces can also distract attention away from your face. The sole purpose of your head shot is that you  potential clients  to come away with the impression of how trustworthy, competent, and confident you look. If you decide to stick with designs/patterns, make sure they're not bold, and try to stick with darker patterns.

Another key issue is to make sure your wear proper fitting clothing. Resist the urge to wear something that may be more comfortable, but looks boxy/baggy on your, or the suit that was in style decades ago. There are quite a few resources online for proper fitting guides.

3. Choose an Appropriate Background

One of the most important things to consider is the background of your photo. Take sure it doesn’t come off as a distraction from the subject of the photo (you).  Plain white backgrounds are one of the most popular, as it offers no distractions, and is easier for people to focus on you, especially when used for online profiles such as Linkedin, Zillow, Google+, etc. Plus, if you use it for marketing materials, it saves a lot of time and effort to put it on a different background.

Using a scene for your background is fine as well, but consider your market. If you work in a more rural area, you may want to consider a countryside, farm, trees, etc (blurred in the background to not distract the viewer). And if you work in a more urban setting, you may want to consider brick walls or cityscapes.

4. Don't Be Afraid to Wear (Some) Makeup 

Studies have shown that even the slightest bit of makeup can help a woman seem more likable and trustworthy. Avoid the "glam shot" and don't overdo your makeup.  Similar studies have shown that this has a negative impact on the viewer.

5. Don't Forget to Smile

Studies have found that people who were perceived as happy in their photograph were viewed as more trustworthy. On the flip side, those who looked unhappy were viewed as less trustworthy. Similar results have been recorded in similar tests done from other institutes, so the data should be viewed as reliable.


I hope this helps give you some ideas when planning your shoot.  Feel free to email me with any additional questions!

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National Harbor Engagement Shoot http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2016/6/crystalandamir Yesterday I did an engagement shoot at the National Harbor just outside of DC for Crystal and Amir.  The weather was threatening us with storms, but we got the shoot in!

Here's a quick teaser from this happy and fun couple.


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Fitness with Jessie http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2016/4/Fitness-with-Jessie Shot some promo fitness shot for Jessie. 

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Allison Rose http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2016/4/Allison-Rose View more at www.jdavidphotography.com.  Plus, you can book your own session today!


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Tabatha http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2016/4/Tabatha-1 View more and book your session at http://www.jdavidphotography.com




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Cherry Blossoms in DC http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2016/4/Cherry-Blossoms-in-DC Here are a few shots from this year’s cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.


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Portrait Session http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2014/10/Portrait-Session-1 This past weekend I did a portrait session for a good friend/coworker. She has some really exciting projects in the works, and needed some new photos. Here’s a few samples from the shoot.


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Few Recent Shots http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2014/10/Few-Recent-Shots Here are a couple recent shots that I’ve done. I still have a quite a few to go, so check back for more.

Comments and sharing are always welcome!

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RoyalCanvas.com http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2014/9/RoyalCanvas-com-1 Looking for a new canvas printing company to try out? Not happy with previous experiences?  Try Royal Canvas.

Unwrapped, Standard, and Gallery options are all available.  Give them a shot, and leave your comments on your experience.

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Eastern State Penitentiary http://www.davebentleyphotography.com/blog/2014/9/Eastern-State-Penitentiary-1 I was in Philadelphia this weekend for a wedding. I’ve always wanted to check out ESP, and this was my chance. Really cool location, if you’re ever in the city and looking for something to do.

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