Personal Branding Sessions|Trina Baker Photography

 

As the saying goes, “You never get a chance to make a first impression.” That has never been more true than it is today. In our ever changing digital world we scroll past images and posts on our social media at lightning speed stopping only when something catches our eye. You need a captivating image. Unfortunately, a lot of us are not utilizing our profile photos to their potential.

How many of you have a phone snapshot as your LinkedIn profile photo?

Maybe you have a photo you took with a friend and cropped them out to use as your profile photo?

We are all guilty of this, even me! If you are in any type of business you need to have a headshot that speaks to you as a professional. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an amazing portrait of yourself ?

Trina

Friday Five

Today we are going to get to know Angela Haugland one of my fellow team mates from fPOEInspired by nature and architecture, Angela has a unique vision that focuses on vintage themes and translates through all of her images.



When/Why did you start taking photos?

I started taking photos when I was in high school, I had borrowed an old Canon AE-1 film camera from my grandparents to take a photography class in school, and instantly fell in love.



Why do you love photography?
I love that simple things can be captured in such a beautiful way, and memories can be preserved forever. There is a very personal connection to photography for most people, whether they are the ones buying prints, or the ones taking the shots. You have to feel connected to your art, and I feel like a lot of times, that my camera is an extension of my arm, and serves as just another way to reach out and collect little bits of beauty all around me.



Who are some photographers from the past and present that inspire you?

Hmm…. that’s a tough one… I think I will have to go with Henri Cartier-Bresson. He’s a french photographer with an emphasis on “street” photography (architecture, city still life, portraiture, etc). He has a quote I really love too, “To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye, and the heart. It’s a way of life.”



If you could travel anywhere in the world to take photographs, where would it be?

I would love to go to Italy again, everything there is photogenic! Ha! I was there in 2003, but only for a week. I would love to take a trip and stay for at least a couple of weeks… I would also love to go to South America someday…




If someone gave you $3000 today to spend on photography equipment, what would you buy?

 Oh gosh! Come to think of it, I could use a new camera body! I’ve loved the heck out of the one I have, and it might be time for an upgrade… $3000 will do quite nicely for that! 🙂



Please stop by and visit Ms. Angela’s etsy shop, her Jewelry Shop and of course facebook!
Trina

Buy Handmade

For the next couple of months My work will be featured on Hey Handmade.  This site promotes and lives the handmade lifestyle.  In their own words,

“Behind every handmade and vintage item is a person, their passion, and a story – not assembly lines, manufacturers, or corporate identities.”

I hope you take the time to peruse some of the talented people on this site. I encourage all of you to “Buy Handmade” whenever possible this holiday season and support local artists.

My fellow Lawrence etsians are hosting a Handmade Market at Pachamama’s On Saturday October 22nd. Be sure to stop by for some great deals and products.

Trina

Yellow Budding Tree

Another photo from my walk last week. I love these striking, dramatic yellows and the lovely bokeh, of course.  I have ordered a Composer Lensbaby lens for my camera. I am super excited for it to arrive.  I have a Muse Lensbaby, however, I wanted this new lens that offers a bit more control over the “sweet spot” in the image. My hope is that with more control I can start using it in my portrait photography to add a different perspective and look.  I can’t wait to share some images with you.

Trina

Ms. Daisy it’s time for your close-up!

Daisy Bottom Macro 225/365 Project

I was surfing the net last night and came across and article on how to make a Reverse Macro lens with a 50mm lens.  I could have bought a reversal ring for around $10 but where is the fun in that?  I decided I would try it. After all I had some spare parts lying around and I am nothing but frugal.  The making of the ring was the easy part.  Figuring out how to get the best light for the shot was a bit more challenging. I still have some experimenting to do, however, after about 45 bad shots I started to get some really interesting images.  If you are interested in this project, I made a tutorial on my exploits. As always you can view more images on my Flickr page.  Also, the awesome developers at WordPress have implemented a ‘Like’ button at the bottom of this post.  If you don’t want to comment just click a quick like instead 🙂

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The Light in August

Sunlit Daisies 224/365 Project

I went to the grocery store and they were selling these lovely pink and white daisies for $1 a bunch.  When’s the last time you bought anything this pretty for a buck? So I brought them home, put them in a vase and took some photos.  I love how the light hits the petals and makes them almost disappear.  This image is now available in my shop and is also available in black & white.

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