One of my favorite things to do each month is meet up with the Tucson GLBT Chamber of Commerce. I have been a member for years and have made great friendships and business partnerships because of it. They are an energetic group of people who are the heart of the local GLBT business community.
I was honored when I was asked to photograph a professional portrait for one of Tucson’s most well-known real estate guru’s, Colette Barajas of Centra Realty. She is a member of the GLBT Chamber of Commerce, along with being a volunteer and activist for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, United Way, Arizona Human Rights Fund, Compass Health Care, Wingspan, Lesbian and Gay Public Awareness Project, and Community Profile.
For any real estate needs, Colette Barajas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 520•882•0767.
Happy 30th Anniversary to Sun Sounds of Tucson! On Monday, I had the privilege of photographing The Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce ushering in the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate with Sun Sounds.
“Sun Sounds of Arizona is a radio reading service serving the state of Arizona. It is an outreach service of Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona, with additional offices in Tucson, Flagstaff and Yuma.
Sun Sounds was founded in 1979 to allow visually impaired people in Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun access to print media. It expanded to Tucson and southern Arizona in 1979, adding northern Arizona in 1995 and southwestern Arizona in 2011.
It was named as one of George H. W. Bush‘s “thousand points of light” in 1992.
Sun Sounds can be heard on specially configured radios provided to its members, as well as on a telephone access system and via podcast. Sun Sounds’ central and southern Arizona feeds can be streamed worldwide on the Internet, while the southwestern Arizona feed is available on Time Warner Cable‘s Yuma system. The central Arizona feed can also be heard on sister station KBAQ‘s third HD channel.” -Wikipedia
They are an amazing group of people who have a passion for the work they do and they people they help.
All Photo: © 2015 Urban Abstrakt, Inc
This is a photo session that I have been anxious to show. These are at a shoot for the architectural firm, SBBL Architecture, that is in the process of rebranding and refreshing their look. They needed photos that are up-to-date and visually appealing.
As small business owners, we are the face of our businesses.
It is paramount to have a current image that conveys your inviting personality. These photos should reflect modern trends, styles, color schemes and fashions which let your clients know that you keep up with the social pulse and will produce a contemporary product for them. I wouldn’t want to hire a professional that looks like they are still in the 1980’s (although I loved that decade!), and your clients don’t want that either.
Your image is your initial marketing piece. Your photo is in front of your prospects before you even get to speak to them. Your photo needs to be one that captivates, interests and puts people at ease. Potential clients want to feel like they know you and can relate to you.
These architects wanted to do just that. They needed headshots but also wanted more candid shots of their workspaces. They wanted to welcome the viewer in to be a part of their creative process.
Maybe I loved photographing for these guys because they were the fantastically gracious, even offering donuts upon my arrival. I think I also loved doing this because, if I had this life to do all over again, and photography wasn’t an option, being an architect is high on my back-up career list. I admire the architect’s skill, precision, problem solving and ingenuity. But for now I will create the photographs and they can keep crafting inspiring structures!