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MUST READ: 10 Steps for Smooth Wedding Planning

You’ve done your research, you’ve created a Pinterest, you’ve picked up some wedding magazines, you think you’re prepared, but you’re probably not. We’re here to give you tips to help with planning your big day! 
  • STEP 1: Create a NEW email to correspond with your wedding vendors. This will help you keep all of your receipts and inquires separate from your primary email that you’ve had since 5th grade (#bballangel87). It’s a great idea if you and your fiancé or mom, maid of honor, etc. are planning your wedding together. Anyone you need help from can access your wedding email without seeing what you’ve purchased from Amazon 4 years ago. We’ve seen examples such as: bride_groom_lastname@gmail.cominitials_lastname_wedding@gmail.com, etc. 
  • STEP 2: Create a Pinterest if you haven’t already. This will help put all of your ideas in one spot. I shared mine with my mom and bridesmaids so they could see what style I was looking for. They had the option to pin to my board, as well! 
  • STEP 3: Create a Snapchat filter! This is SO COOL! You can create your own Snapchat filter for all of your wedding guests! You can even do this for your bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower! Follow this link for more information: https://www.snapchat.com/geofilters 
  • STEP 4: Create a hashtag for your wedding! Make a sign at your wedding so people know what to hashtag and you can view their photos online before your wedding photos are finished! It will allow you to see how much fun they had when you couldn’t be by each guest’s side all night! You can even document the entire process of your wedding planning if you choose your hashtag early enough! TIP: Make sure the hashtag isn’t taken already by searching for it on Instagram & Twitter! 
  • STEP 5: Begin your wedding budget. This is so crucial to create before you start meeting with your vendors! You don’t want to go into a consultation unprepared. Do some research and find what general prices are for vendors in your area. 
  • STEP 6: Bring everyone to the wedding consultation that is helping you in the decision-making process. You don’t want to waste time going to a consultation, LOVING the caterer, only to find out that your fiancé has already been in contact with a caterer within your wedding budget. This seems obvious because you’re both great at communicating, but you’d be surprised at the things you’ll miss the mark on because you’re planning the biggest celebration party of your life!! 
  • STEP 7: Begin your guest list BEFORE you look at venues! You’ll need to have a general guest count to make sure you can fit all of your guests! When a venue says “200 maximum capacity” they don’t mean 250 guests! The maximum guests count isn’t suggestive. Fire Marshals are no joke. 

6 Tricks To Having A Bomb Diggity Head Shot

You work hard to create a professional self image. Then why are you using horrible images to portray yourself? Let me guess…you currently have a photo on LinkedIn where you cropped someone out of it and are trying to pass that as your headshot. News flash: A professional headshot SO important for your professional image!!! A professional head shot can really help you to get the professional image that you desire.

Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure your best look for your professional headshot.

#1 Wear appropriate clothing for your profession. I fully expect to see a lawyer in a suit, the doctor in a white coat, and the owner of a bakery with an apron on. Your professional headshot is a marketing tool for yourself. Have it help you to identify with the profession you are in.

Along with this my suggestion is to not wearing any clothing that has an embroidered logo or a name tag – This = Tacky. You have to think where you will be putting this photo. Most likely you’ll be using it for your LinkedIn profile or on your business card. These places will already have your place of employment and name. Your photo does not need to include that.

And while we are on the topic of what and what not to wear…

#2 Simple is better. When choosing your outfit for your headshot ask yourself these questions; Is it appropriate? Is it flattering? Does it match? Does it match too much?

You can never go wrong with black. It’s always more slimming and will never go out of style. With that being said… Everyone defaults to black! For women I suggest adding a bold color. Consider wearing a bold blue or royal red shirt to add interest. Another great way to spice up your attire is to wear and interesting necklace. Pearls are great for the professional image but this is also expected. You want to stand out from the rest while remaining relevant to your career.

#3 Always iron.

#4 Always lint roll.

#5 Glasses. If you do not wear glasses 100% of the time, do not wear them in your headshot. On average people will have the same headshot for about 8-10 years before they get it updated. I don’t know about you but I get updated frames every 3-4 years. So not only will the style of your glasses change but it can also possibly date your photo more.

It is more accepted to see a photo of someone without glasses then when meeting them if they have glasses on it’s not as shocking. If you have glasses in your photo then go to a meeting without them it’s a little more of an adjustment.

#6 SMILE. So many men will try to have a straight face for their portrait. Well guess what Bob, were not at the DMV. We are taking a photo for your professional image. People want to work with people they know, like, and trust. There is nothing approachable by your straight glare. You want to look genuine, comfortable, and most of all APPROACHABLE!

A few tips and tricks to accomplish this: try giggling. Yes. It’s weird! Try being the person telling a grown man to giggle! But seriously… This will help create the genuine feel to your smile and soften the stiffness and awkwardness you have in front of the camera. The goal is to look like you! A professional, relaxed, approachable you.

I hope guide will help you in your next professional headshot. If you’d like to book me to in person help you through all of this please contact me for your session!

C.Mae.design@gmail.com

:)

Cassandra Mae.

5 Must Have Posing Tips and Tricks

Fact – We all want to look skinnier in photos. For the most part you are not doing anything to help yourself! I have a few tips and tricks that can help you be more aware of how you position yourself for your best look! Whether it’s for your professional session (booked with C.Mae Design of course) or just for a quick snap shot of you and your girlfriends, these are great tips. Now…I understand those of you reading this are not models. This article isn’t to make you pose like a model. This blog is strictly for the everyday girl who just needs a little guidance in front of the camera.

#1 CONFRONT THE CAMERA!!!! Mistake #1 is trying to get away from the camera. You want to confront the camera – Meaning, lean in towards the camera. Whatever is closest to the camera will appear to be the largest feature. For most women, you do not want this to be your hips. The trick to this is dropping your hips behind you and having your face and shoulders closest to the camera.
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#2 FAT ARMS – DO NOT EVER HAVE AN ELBOW AGAINST YOUR BODY!!!! Hence the popular “hand on hip” move. This helps to slim out the arm…and if you want to get a little more advanced you can even push you elbow back (as is tip #1 “whatever is closest to the camera will look bigger”). Looking for an alternate to the “hand on hip”???? Try what I call the “Pull Back.” This gives the same illusion for slimmer arms.

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#3 CREATE ANGLES – It is not as flattering to be photographed from a straight angle. Try to create different angles for your hips and shoulders:

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#4 SITTING POSES – When taking a photo from a sitting position do not sit all the way back in the chair. Position yourself to the edge of the chair and again create angles!

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#5 Double chins! – For photos you want to stick your chin out and angle it downwards.

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Reasons why I like your “selfie”… It helps you learn the angles of your face. And when you take your selfie aren’t you almost always angling the camera down at you? YES! because women look more flattering being photographed from above. AND WHY? Because whatever is closest to the camera looks biggest!!! When photographing from above your eyes are your largest feature!

So there it is Ladies!!!! Help yourself with these 5 tips and tricks :)

– Cassandra Mae.