Vaughn Security – NJ Commercial Portrait Photographer

A few weeks back, I received a call from Charles Vaughn, the owner of Vaughn Security, Inc., about some commercial photos he needed for his website.  Vaughn Security is a company that provides everything from interior & exterior security systems to armed guards & personal bodyguards to individuals & companies throughout a number of states on the east coast.  I believe they currently have offices & operations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Florida.

Charles was looking to begin revamping the company’s web presence, and was looking for a solid photographer to provide some images that he could incorporate in the design.  To start, he was looking to have a model photographed to provide a welcoming “face” for the company.  His friend Donna was the perfect person for this, and was gracious enough to be a part of the project.  We do an increasing amount of website and commercial portraiture, so this was the perfect fit for us, and we were glad Charles had reached out to us.

We were able to quickly get together a session, and accommodate Charles’ vision.  He wanted something rather simple that could be incorporated in other graphical content on their homepage.  The setup for the shoot would be to simply provide crisp, clean images of Donna on a transparent background to maximize their usefulness to the company.  The wouldn’t require an elaborate production budget or setup, and we were able to get this session together on relatively short notice.

Donna was great!  She had a super-cool personality, and I enjoyed working with her quite a bit.  She was attractive and a natural fit for the project.  It was a pleasure to work with her and Charles, and we’re looking forward to some future sessions with his company.  We’re currently in the planning stages of some larger commercial sessions at his various headquarters locations.  Here’s some images from Donna’s session!

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Gary – Outdoor Headshots – NJ Headshot Photographer

We’ve had scores of headshot sessions recently, and it has been really great to meet a host of new folks.  Gary is a real estate agent at Keller Williams Realty in Washington Twp., NJ, and he gave us a ring about setting up a session.  He mentioned that we were highly recommended by a lot of people he had spoken to, and so he decided to reach out to us for his professional portraits.  Very cool!  It’s always great to hear good things!

Gary mentioned that he was looking for something a bit different, and mentioned that he might like to have his session done outdoors.  I told him that this would be great, and we scheduled his shoot at one of our favorite outdoor locations, Laurel Acres Park in Mt. Laurel, NJ.  Outdoor sessions come out terrific, and our clients love the natural feel of the images.  They love the way the background just melts away, leaving the focus on the genuine expressions we get to come forth in their images.

For us, and our clients, it’s all about getting a shot that’s authentic.  It’s part of the reason that folks contact us.  I’m not a fan of cheesy, fake-looking expressions in our headshots… I just can’t do them.  Our clients just know that we’re going to work with them & get them looking their best.  They know that they’ll be leaving with something real & genuine.  With Gary, I could just sense that he was a solid guy.  He just struck me as a gentleman from our very first interaction, and he really had a steady, calm personality… not the type of guy that gets rattled by the small stuff.  I could appreciate this, and I’m sure his clients do as well.  He had a confident expression that made for some great images.  His wife had come along for the shoot and brought along their dog for a walk around the park.  As we were winding down our session, she wandered over to say hello, and this put a smile on Gary’s face.  A perfect set of expressions for the last stretch of our session.

It was a pleasure working with Gary, and meeting his wife (and their dog!)  He really liked the images, and mentioned that he hopes we can do business again sometime in the future.  That would be terrific, and we’d love to hear from him again down the road!  Here’s some shots from our session…

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Mt. Laurel, NJ Colonial – NJ Real Estate Photographer

It’s been pretty busy lately, and one of the homes we had the pleasure of photographing was a brick-front colonial home in the Spring Valley Estates neighborhood of Mt. Laurel, NJ.  We photographed the home for one of our favorite clients from RE/MAX Connection in Marlton, NJ.  Located on a beautifully-landscaped 1/2 acre lot, this home had terrific views and provided the owners with a great deal of privacy.  The house was rather large, and it had a number of really terrific features, including a completely-remodeled kitchen.

When I arrived, the owners were there to let me in, and we did our typical property walk-through prior to starting shooting.  At the beginning of each of our real estate photography sessions, I like to spend a little time walking through the property with the owners or the agent listing the home.   This helps me to get acquainted with the various spaces, and it affords me the ability to wander around a bit and plan out some of the key shots.  Sure, I’m never going to have the exact images planned out to the very last detail, but it sure helps to have a nice “jumping-off” point.  I’ve found that a 10 minute walk-through at the beginning of a session can really save a great deal of time with the overall session.  It’s nice to utilize this small amount of time for planning out our approach.

The owner was nice enough to show me the key features, and we discussed some of what we should highlight in the images.  Things like this tend to go a long way.  It usually lets the owners know that the guy wandering through their home actually knows what they are doing, and often reflects really well on the listing agent.  The owners are typically comforted that their agent has hired a professional who is going to take a great deal of care in producing high-impact images to market their property, rather than some knucklehead showing up without any plan.  It also lets them know that the key features that they might like to show off aren’t going to be overlooked, or it will at least give them the chance to seek some advice on things they may be concerned about.  The last thing they want is some stranger showing up without a plan, wasting their time, and  producing mediocre-at-best images.

Throughout my years of property photography, I’ve found that the most successful agents don’t just sell homes… they are keen on building a rock-solid brand around their services and surrounding themselves with only the very best team of professionals.  To them, having a strong relationship with a premium photographer is at the very core of their business.

In the end, I enjoyed photographing the features of this home quite a bit.  I really liked some of the spaces, and while I’m not a tremendous fan of wall paper, I thought that the rooms in this home had a great deal of character.  I’m sure this will make a great place to live for the new owners who decide to purchase it.  Here’s a look at a handful of the images from our session.

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Annette – South Jersey Headshot Photographer

Annette is one of those people that was just a real pleasure to meet and have the chance to work with.  A friend of mine is her hairdresser, and she was kind enough to pass our name along to her one day at the salon.  Annette had mentioned needing some new headshots while they were chatting.  My friend also dropped me a line to let us know we would be receiving her call.  Soon after, Annette reached out to us, after having seen our web site and loving our portraits.

When I received her call, I was actually in the hospital with my wife who was giving birth to our second daughter.  I was on my way to grab lunch in the hospital cafeteria, but I was able to take the call.  We had a really nice conversation, and she explained what she was looking for, asking my suggestions about some things.  We booked a session in the coming weeks, and I already knew I would like working with Annette.  She just really seemed like a sweet person with a terrific personality.

Annette choose a more extensive session and added on a review session as well.  Working with her was great, and she was a great conversationalist.  Afterwards, while going through her images in the review session, she was really astonished at how great some of the shots had come out.  We went through the set & picked out a number of images where she really had a radiant, genuine expression, and she was so happy with them that she wound up purchasing several extra images!  Awesome!  It was truly a pleasure to work with her, and I was really happy to get her images that she was elated with.  Here’s some of the shots from our session!

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Turnersville, NJ Home – NJ Real Estate Photographer

Around a month ago, I received a call from an agent from Avalar Atlantic Properties in Sewell, NJ about photographing her home in Turnersville, NJ before she was going to put it up for sale.  She was super nice, and we spoke at length about how she thought it was really important, not just to get professional photos for her own home’s listing, but also for her future listings.  We talked about the different marketing options we had available, everything from a standard photo session to high definition video tours and twilight exterior photography.  She settled on a rather extensive set of options that she felt would best highlight her home & we scheduled a date.

As the date of the session arrived, we had the usual concerns about the weather, but things seemed to clear up towards the evening, and we were able to go through with the session.  In our discussions, I explained to her that it would actually be easier to photograph the interior shots if it was a bit cloudy out, and the only real concern I had for the exterior shots would be if it was just pouring rain out.  Since you truly never can control the weather, we’ve gotten pretty skilled at working in most conditions.  Cloudy days aren’t usually an issue.  Sure, you always prefer golden sunlight coming from a perfect direction, but you rarely get this luxury.  It’s easy to enhance the image and add a natural looking blue sky with some clouds in post processing.  So, for the most part, cloudy days aren’t a big concern.

Another thing I should highlight is the fact that this session is for an agent selling her own home.  I can’t emphasize just how many agents reach out to us when they are selling their own homes.  Even agents we know & are friends with, who don’t spend the money for professional photography for their clients almost always reach out to us for photos when it comes to selling their own house.  If we’re talking numbers, I’d say the numbers are easily in the dozens here.  That really speaks volumes!  These agents know our photos get results, and when it comes to selling their own properties, they are calling us up… guaranteed.  In the case of this particular agent, I’m happy to report that she is looking forward to scheduling a number of sessions with us in the future… a few rental homes she owns and even future listings.  Very cool!

We’re looking forward to working with these folks again, and the house was beautiful and photographed very nicely.  The decor was really cool, and the dominant color throughout the home was green, giving everything a nice, organic feel.  It was very stylish and serene.  I enjoyed the session, and we were even able to get a great twilight image despite the challenging lighting at the end of the session.  Here’s some of the photos from the shoot, and we’re looking forward to working with them again soon!

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