As a graduate student at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Eli reached out to me to take profile pictures for his dating profile on sites like Tinder, Match.com, Eharmony, and Bumble. In his images he wanted to capture his personality, what he truly looked like, & his hobby of skateboarding.
Eli knew that a D.C. brand photographer like myself knew how to get the photos that would attract the right partner for him. Knowing that a profile image would be the first impression that a potential partner would see, he wanted to make sure that this image was of quality and reflected the best parts of himself.
Prior to our session, Eli and I met online to discuss his wants and needs in order to plan the session of his dreams. We talked a lot about who he was and how he wanted to express it in his session. Eli loves his new found hobby of skateboarding and when I suggested that we include it in his session, his face lit up!
Being a graduate student and needing to put professional images out on LinkedIn, I also suggested that we take advantage of his session to create some professional headshots as well. This was the bonus!
Having a few storylines together, it was time to talk about clothing for Eli’s session. We decided to have three types of clothing options: street wear, jeans & a button up, and business casual. Having multiple options allowed us to create images that would add diversity to his gallery and reflect who Eli was in his personal and professional life.
Living in Williamsburg, Virginia didn’t reflect the type of lifestyle that Eli wanted for himself following his schooling, so we decided to hold his session in Richmond, Virginia in an area that gave off a more urban vibe. I suggested that we head to the Carrytown area of Richmond. Carrytown has an array of restaurants, shops, & interesting murals for us to work with…again, adding diversity to his gallery in a small area.