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 email@example.com or by phone at 520•882•0767.
Our world is missing one sweet dog today. Jazmin passed away this morning, unexpectedly, in her sleep. Her “best friend”, Rick, is our friend and hair stylist. Sometimes Rick would bring Jazmin in to work which was always a treat. She was a gentle and patient with our daughter’s childish and curious hands. She was well-behaved and clamly watched and waited for Rick to finish his day of work. She was a loyal and adoring companion to Rick.
Losing a pet is heartbreaking. They are with you through the good times and the bad times. They aways have a wagging tale to remind you that things will be okay. They are the experts of leisure and insist that we slow down, relax and play. They live in a simple and basic mindset and encourage us to do the same.
When they pass away, there is a quietness and an emptiness. You feel such a deep sadness. Sometimes you feel physically sick. It’s painful.
The only thing that helps is passing time. You look at photographs. People tell you to hang onto the memories. You eventually begin talking about them in past tense. But you don’t want any of those things. All you long for is to be holding your healthy dog again, planning youe evening walk or another game of fetch. As with any loss, getting through small pieces of time – minutes, then hours, then days – is all that you need to do.
After time has passed, you are able to come back to those memories and those photographs and remember the bittersweet love shared. Healing happens inevitably. We are comforted and feel close by memories and little tangible things – the collar they wore, the paw print the vet sometimes makes, their bed, their food bowls and the photographs.
We took these photos in May of 2012. It was meant to be a headshot but Rick didn’t want to have a photo shoot without his sweet Jazmin.
Here’s to your best friend, Rick. May you meet up again.
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!