Melissa | Brand photographer BTS & brand session

In today’s digital landscape, the art of visual storytelling and personal branding has reached new heights. An image, thoughtfully crafted, can convey emotions, impart a message, and etch a lasting impression. Here at Kia & Co., we firmly believe that brand photography is not merely about headshots; it’s about diving deep into your brand’s core, capturing your processes, goals, and the genuine essence of your imagery. Join us on this voyage as we unveil how Kia & Co. transforms traditional headshots into a visual narrative that mirrors your brand identity.

Melissa’s brand session goals

Melissa wanted to ensure that her potential clients could envision themselves in front of her camera. As a brand photographer herself, she knows how important it is to get those coveted behind the scene shots, shots that show her in action so that she could show clients what the experience looks like when they work with her. During her session I strived to capture Melissa listening, taking care of, directing, and capturing her clients

How we got these shots

In order to capture these working shots of Melissa, she had me come along while she worked with her clients on two different sessions, one with Team B in Washington D.C. and another during her headshot mini sessions in Leonardtown, Maryland. Working sessions are truly my favorite type of sessions because they allow me to capture my clients in action, we don’t have to fake it, I get to capture authentic interactions. 

BTS with Melissa during her session with Team B

BTS with Melissa during her mini-sessions with clients at Kava Salon

Promo images of Melissa as she prepares for her next mini headshot sessions

Take a look at a past session with Melissa where we captured her at an in-studio brand session:

meet Gari-Ann

Gari-Ann Kia is an accomplished Branding and Product Photographer with a passion for helping creatives and professionals elevate their brand by showcasing their product, promoting their services, or simply enhancing their brand image. Gari-Ann's expertise in branding and product photography will help you stand out from the crowd. With years of experience in the field, Gari-Ann has honed her skills and developed a unique approach to visual storytelling that resonates with her clients and their target audience to help them stand out from the crowd.

Gari-Ann currently lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling with her family, some of their favorite destinations have been Santorini, Wanaka, Paris, & Aix en Provence. In her free time, Gari-Ann enjoys giving back to her community by supporting fellow military spouses & their families and mentoring other small business owners.