TerrificShot Photography: Blog http://terrificshot.com/blog en-us (C) TerrificShot Photography (TerrificShot Photography) Sat, 16 Jun 2018 22:02:00 GMT Sat, 16 Jun 2018 22:02:00 GMT http://terrificshot.com/img/s/v-5/u1011195109-o1027171610-50.jpg TerrificShot Photography: Blog http://terrificshot.com/blog 120 86 One Year Old Boy Enjoys the Outdoors http://terrificshot.com/blog/2018/6/one-year-old-boy-photography-portrait-outdoors It was such a delight to meet again little Alan.  Photographing Alan was so much fun because we let him be himself, wander and explore. Yes, he is one year old and is a (almost) walking, babbling, adventurous toddler.  Enjoy these photos! 

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A Gorgeous Maternity Session | TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2018/5/a-gorgeous-maternity-session-outdoor-photography We recently photographed Pineal for a mini 30 minutes Maternity session.  

What a beautiful mama-to-be she is! She brought 4 different outfits.  Enjoy the photos!

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Bay Area Corporate Companies We Have Recently Photographed http://terrificshot.com/blog/2018/5/bay-area-corporate-business-commercial-photography This month, we would like to thank and share some following Bay area Corporate companies that trusted us.

We were honored to photograph either their corporate event, executive headshots, commercial product  or/and stylized office shots.

LinkedIn, Sunnyvale CA  (Headshot and Group Team Photo)

Not need to introduce LinkedIn.  The company was founded in 2003, and it connects the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. 

At TerrificShot, we provide corporate business headshot for personal use such as LinkedIn. Therefore, it was an honor to be invited by LinkedIn itself to do headshots for their international teams visiting the headquarter in Sunnyvale. 

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Mattson Technology, Fremont CA (Commercial Product Photography)

Mattson Technology was founded in 1988. The company is both a manufacturer and supplier in the market of semiconductor equipment globally. Its main products are dry strip system, rapid thermal processing, and etching. The company provides products for customers and manufacturers; such as foundries, memory and logic devices.  

We were happy to enter their labs and photograph their equipments.  Here are some behind scenes and resulting photos.

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Collinear Networks, Santa Clara CA (Commercial Product Photography)

Collinear is pioneering next generation over-the-air data transmission solutions to enable the escalating convergence of fixed, mobile and Wi-Fi broadband, driving advances across traffic management, speed, latency, distance, form factor, and deployment. 

The company hired us to do commercial product photography.  We set up our studio in a little corner inside their main floor.  We dont need too much space :D.

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Molecular Devices, San Jose CA (Headshot, Stylized Team Photo)

The company is a leading providers of high-performance bioanalytical measurement solutions for life science research, pharmaceutical and biotherapeutic development. Our products enable scientists to improve productivity and efficiency in scientific discovery and research.

We were invited inside their labs to do a full day session that includes headshots and stylized Team photos. 

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Software Motor, Sunnyvale CA (Executive Headshots and  Commercial Product Photography)

Software Motor Company is the world-leading provider of ultra-high-efficiency motors that feature a patented, software commutated, high rotor pole switched reluctance motor system.

The company hired us to do commercial product photography and corporate headshots.  

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Intersect 2018 Conference | Udacity , Mountain View CA (Professional Booth Headshot)

It was a pleasure to be invited as Professional Headshot photographer at the Intersect 2018 event at the Computer Museum on March 27, 2018 in Mountain View, CA. This is one-day conference in celebration of lifelong learning.

We had 2 make-up artist with us and we offered headshot for more 100+ people during the day.

Here are some behind scene photos !! 

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Family Reunion at Cuesta Park, Mountain View http://terrificshot.com/blog/2018/3/family-reunion-photography We loved this session. A large, happy, fun family at a favorite gorgeous location in Mountain View. The Wong family so enjoyed one another and it completely showed. We just wanted to capture some of that love.

There are very few times when entire families get together and having a professional photographer document the people and the generations interacting is wonderful way to celebrate the reunion.

However there are some things to keep in mind that can make everyone comfortable in front of the camera and insure you will get amazing images that you and your family will treasure for years to come. 

Let people know a photographer will be there especially if you are going to have more traditional group portraits. A good photographer knows poses that can take lbs off, know lighting that will make you look awesome and can do it all while ensure you are having a fun time). If people know there is going to be a portrait they dress (or bring a change of clothes) that make them feel comfortable and confidant being in the image. 

Providing a list of the more formal image groupings to your photographer ahead of time. Let your photographer now how many family groupings you want and who is in them.

Let people know the time when the portraits are taking place and plan it early during the event. This makes sure everyones is there and then frees them (especially parents with children) up to do whatever activity they would like to do with out worrying about getting sweaty or dirt.

Let the photographer do what they do best. We alway welcome ideas and advice. We truly enjoy having our clients input and thoughts. However capturing events and families is what we do. 

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San Francisco City Hall Wedding : Irene + Larry http://terrificshot.com/blog/2018/3/san-francisco-city-hall-wedding-ceremony-photographer We had the pleasure of photographing Irene and Larry’s City Hall elopement who were surrounded by their close family. These San Jose residents came to San Francisco to get married in this beautiful Landmark architectural building. Isn’t this one of the main attractions of getting married at San Francisco’s City Hall?  :)

We loved how emotional and heartfelt their ceremony was. Tears of happiness were rolling down Irene's cheeks.

They will be celebrating their marriage later on this year. Congratulations, Irene and Larry! Thank you so much for having us document your special day!

There are many beautiful locations to get married at in San Francisco City Hall and below are some shots showing most of them:

The Grand Staircase-The Rotunda is found at the top of the grand staircase and is the most popular location for wedding ceremonies. The sweeping views of the Grand Staircase and the main give it a sense of timelessness that is hard to beat. In addition the light is almost always perfect in this location. Getting the light played off the beautiful bride's dress is a sight to behold and can remind us of fairies dancing in the moonlight.

Rotunda Weddings - is found at the top of the grand staircase and is the most popular location for wedding ceremonies. The sweeping views of the Grand Staircase and the main give it a sense of timelessness that is hard to beat. In addition the light is almost always perfect in this location. Getting the light played off the beautiful bride's dress is a sight to behold and can remind us of fairies dancing in the moonlight.

Mayor’s Balcony- This is one of our favorite places to photograph because of the beautiful Rotunda in the background. The Mayor's balcony is a private balcony designed for private use by the Mayor. This absolutely elegant location is located on the East side of the 2nd floor and provides a soaring backdrop for your wedding, with view of the entire inner sanctum of city hall as your backdrop, the location sets the tone of class that you won't find in any other city hall in the country.

The Fourth Floor  is considered one of the best places to have a private wedding at city hall. Getting married under one of the most beautifully designed arches in the world will create memories that last forever. The majestic ceilings set off the natural light in a way you won't see anywhere else.

Click here to check our Wedding Package offerings

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Perfectly sweet little Emily ! NewBorn TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2018/2/newborn-baby-portrait-photography Photographing newborn babies is such a privilege and we absolutely love it. It takes a lot of patience but the reward is worth it.

Few weeks ago, we had the pleasure to photograph Emily’s mum and dad for a maternity shoot.  We were delighted once Emily’s parents called us for a newborn photo session in the comfort of their home.

On the day of the photography session, we bring a range of props and blankets to use as backdrops, but if you have any special piece of furniture or toys you’d like photographed with your baby, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We can also take photos of you with your newborn, or even the whole family together. All we need is a room with good natural window light, and a bit of space to move furniture around! We do recommend getting your house lovely and warm before we arrive – if it feels like a sauna, it’s good for sleepy babies!

Emily was a little over 2 weeks old during her session and was such a dream baby.  She had the most gorgeous, fair skin and loved to sleep.  

Here is a little peek into Emily’s session.

For booking information and availability, please either call/email us via the contact tab or use our online booking page.

 

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Waiting For Baby - TerrificShot Maternity Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2018/1/Bay-Area-Maternity-Photography-Session Lauren & Andrew enjoyed a relaxed morning session at our favorite park in Mountain View, ca. What a magical morning, yes, it was little chilly. But the light was perfect and Lauren and Andrew relaxed nicely into their one hour portrait session. Lauren looked absolutely radiant and Andrew is going to be one very doting Dad.


Thank you for allowing us to share this special time with you both, I look forward to hearing the news of your little baby girl's arrival!

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Bay Area Corporate Companies We Have Recently Photographed http://terrificshot.com/blog/2018/1/bay-area-corporate-professional-photography This month, we would like to thank and share some following Bay area Corporate companies that trusted us.

We were honored to photograph either their corporate event, executive headshots, commercial product  or/and stylized office shots.

BayAlarm, Sunnyvale CA (Group Team Photo)

For over 70 years, BayAlarm have been more than a typical burglar alarm company.  They have offices all around Bay Area and BayAlarm is now the best home security company in Sunnyvale and the surrounding communities.

We were honored to photograph the Santa Clara branch team.  

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Achronix, Santa Clara, CA (Commercial Product Photography)

Achronix is a Semiconductor Corporation, a leader in FPGA-based hardware accelerator devices and eFPGA IP.  Recently UBM Americas 2017 ACE Awards  selected Achronix as Company of the Year. This prestigious award is granted to the company that exhibits the highest degree of professionalism, staff development and retention, customer focus, technical excellence, and profitable growth, making it a true leader in the electronics sector.

We were happy to visit Achronix location in Santa Clara and do a product commercial photography and also to photograph their 2017 award.

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GuideWire, Foster City CA (Corporate Professional Video)

GuideWire US Benefits team hired us to elevate their open enrollment process to the next level of automation and professionalism. We designed and created several videos used inside the company including: 1) Quick123 Open Enrollment 2) Long detailed Open Enrollment video to describe each and every one of our benefits 3) Mini clip videos for each benefit for more direct viewing throughout the year as employees have questions or need a refresher on any topic 4) New hire video to review all benefits online at time of hire or before the candidate make a decision to join

Here the video and behind scene photos:

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Rtec-Instruments, San Jose CA (Commercial Product Photography)

Rtec-Instruments is the leading provider of test instrumentation such as tribometer, optical profilometer, scratch tester, micro hardness tester etc.  The company develops and manufactures advanced imaging and surface mechanical property measurement solutions for research and industrial applications.

Rtec-Instruments contacted us to photograph their latest tester.  Because of the size of the product, we shot using green screen.  It eases post-processing to isolate the product from the background. All photos were delivered in high resolution, Png format with transparent background.  

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G-Coin, Santa Clara CA (Executive Headshots and Stylized Group Team photos)

G-Coin is redefining the future of Gold. it has created the G-Coin, a digital token backed by vaulted, conflict-free, responsibly sourced gold.The G-Coin™ provides a digital certificate of ownership to physical gold; opening access to responsible gold as an investment, wealth transfer vehicle and payment mechanism.

We visited G-coin Santa Clara office with our make-up artist and did Corporate Headshot for their executive team and also some office stylized photos.  We are happy to share some behind scenes photos. 

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UBS, Menlo Park CA (Group Team Photo and Professional Headshot)

UBS Financial Services Inc is a Bay Area company that offers both investment advisory services and brokerage services. 

The Menlo Park branch office needed some group team and corporate executive photos.  

We did the shoot on location.  Their lobby was appropriate to setup our portable studio. it has lot of space and surrounded with a very nice ambient light.

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CreditSesame, San Francisco CA (Event Photography, Headshot, Stylized Team Photo)

Credit Sesame is a San Francisco based fast-growing credit and loan management platform that is changing the way consumers apply for and manage their credit.  Since launching in 2010, Credit Sesame has helped millions of consumers find better financial products and do more with their credit score.

The CEO Adrian Nazari was named #5 on Inc. list of Top Inspiring Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017.  

We were fortunate to visit their downtown San Francisco location and photograph their office, team group, headshot and company events (All Hand meetings, Happy hour/company gathering)

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A Wonderful Yoga Session Portrait - TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2018/1/a-wonderful-yoga-session-portrait-photography We recently had a wonderful Yoga session portrait with yoga professional Bhuvna.  She needed Yoga photos for her new social media.

Our vision for this shoot was to create a series of images of a woman doing yoga in front of a lake and on a bridge.

We always had a curiosity and appreciation for yoga.

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; Harmony between man/woman and nature. Not only is it beautiful, but it requires immense concentration, strength and agility in order to maneuver from one position to another. 

We loved being able to capture the flow and movement of the model and she performed moved from one position to another. 

As for the equipment we used, we photograph with Canon, a Canon 5D Mark III to be exact. Paired that with Canon 200mn 2.8 lens. We brought our favorite portable Elinchrom lighting. 

We think it's safe to say we got some images to be proud of.

 

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A Studio Holiday Season Family Portrait - TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2018/1/a-studio-holiday-season-family-portrait-photography Our studio this 2017 holiday season was busy.  We are so grateful to the families who chose us for their Holiday season portrait photos. 

A portrait is more than just a pretty picture: It is a message to the world that we care and love each other. A portrait is your heart on the wall; with every gaze, your heart flutters.  

The portraits tells your loved ones that they belong to a family that loves them and that they will always be welcome.  These moments are priceless. 

Deciding what to wear in your holiday family portrait can be a daunting task because what you wear helps set the tone for your portraits. Knowing a few things ahead of time like where you will be posing or if you’re going for a casual or formal look, will make some of the decisions easier.  

When Alissa called us for a studio holiday family portraits, she mentioned her family will wear white shirt and jeans.  

We suggested to use a neutral background such as gray.  We are happy to share the photos of this fun session.

Click Here to Learn More About Our Family Session Portrait and Package Offerings

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A 70s Stylish Portrait Session - TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2018/1/stylish-portrait-session-photography Few months ago, we photographed Fred for some Corporate executive headshot. 

When we got an email from Fred a week ago inquiring about a new shoot, we were elated. Returning clients are always our favorite because they know the rope of how we do things, and in Fred’s case, he always has specific and challenging requests.

Fred needed some photos for his blog and Vlog.  He mentioned that the shoot should be done at this place using his Airstream. When we talked about the direction of the shoot, we decided that we would go for a 70’s inspired stylish portrait shoot.  Obviously, we asked Fred to choose appropriate clothing, that would accentuate the feel of the images and would add that 70s soulful vibe to it.

When shooting stylish portrait of fashion photography, lighting is a big deal.  However, lots of great fashion photography can be produced with sunlight as the main light source.  For this shoot done during midday, Fred wanted to have the photographs to look dramatic. He was interested with black & white photos. When you begin using additional lights, you can take good looking photos with nothing more than a single light source and two reflectors. We used one hard light and in some photos we moved that source close to the subject. It allows the faster falloff from highlight to shadow to make for more drama. This approach also helps to create the darkness in the background that sets the mood and isolates the highlights against a canvas of dark pixels. 

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Pregnancy Is The Beginning Of A Wonderful Story http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/12/pregnancy-maternity-session-outdoor-photography For the expectant mother, pregnancy is the beginning of a wonderful story filled with laughter, joy, love and hope.

Pregnancy is a right of passage that should be embraced and documented.

Katrin and Jon contacted us for a last minute maternity session in the park. We were able to squeeze the session in on a week end and the weather thankfully cooperated!

Working with the two of them was lots of fun! Katrin was very comfortable in front of the camera, and Jon needed a little time to get warmed up. It didn't take him long, and we loved moving around and photographing the little moments between the two of them.

All session images are delivered in both color and black and white. We adore the black and white edits of this maternity session, so we are sharing some for this post. 

Here are just a few of our favorites from the fun evening in the field! 

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A Beautiful Flower At The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/12/family_of_three-Portrait_photography-san-francisco-conservatory-of-flowers “The love between a daughter and mother is forever.”

We loved every minute we spent with the Williams family at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco. This little girl was all smiles and melted our heart from the moment we met her. It would be a hard time for us to ever say no to her!! She sure does love his mama and daddy and they sure love her. Mom and daughter were sharing such special bond that was a pleasure to photograph. Such a beautiful family and we are so happy we got the chance to spend some time with them. 

 

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10 Basic Tips for Special Event Photography | TerrificShot Photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/11/10-basic-tips-for-special-event-photography-terrificshot-photography Recently, we photographed the MIT 2017 Tech Conference, "The Future of AI" in Redwood City, CA

 
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The event was bringing together machine learning experts, forward thinking executives, data scientists, and product and engineering innovators to discuss the "Future of AI" and the opportunities that have them excited.

We have compiled a short list of 10 basic tips to keep in mind for event photography:

1) Take the right equipment for the job. 

Every time we get hired to photograph an event, we definitely make sure to bring the right equipment. Many  corporate events take place indoors with a very limited amount of ambient light. If possible, we prefer to scout the location and analyze the lighting conditions before the event. 
Do ask the organizer if you can visit the venue beforehand to get a clue about what you will be photographing.

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2) Get a complete schedule of the event from the event organizer. 

You need to know what is going to happen and when, and when they need us the most.
Do ask the event organizer to introduce you to the “big guys”. You must make sure that you know who to photograph.

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3) Do not interrupt important conversations.

First, try to be as discrete as you can. Do not interrupt any conversation. You can tell if it is important conversation just by looking at how people are engaged.

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4) Have a good lunch/dinner before the event. 

During long event, if they offer something to eat, just move away from the crowd to a different location and eat there.
Please do not take pictures of people eating.  

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5) Be as polite as you can

Even with people that are not polite with you. If someone asks you to take their picture, do it with pleasure.

6) Make an effort to compose

Do not frame all your shots with people in the center. Be more creative. Try to frame your shot differently. Position yourself properly and paid attention to distracting background behind the subject. In fact, if you have noticed a better background, ask  politely to move around a little bit.  They will be happy to do that for you. 

Do not shoot direct flash. It creates nasty shadows and really ugly skin tones. Bouncing flash off white ceilings and walls gives a natural-looking light with very soft shadows. 

If you are not allowed to use the flash photography, you will need to talk to the event organizer about increasing the amount of ambient light in the room. If not possible, you must bring a low-noise DSLR camera with a fast lens.

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7) Closeups and wide angle shots of any speakers

It is important to get as much as possible shots of speakers that show branding in the photo. Don’t you can close to the stage. Bring a telephoto lens and just be prepared possibly to shoot from distance. 

Below actor Jeff Applebaum  and Megan Smith who was the 3rd Chief Technology Officer of the United States (U.S. CTO) and Assistant to the President, serving under President Barack Obama.

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8) Get shots showing the event is well attended

Avoid to take shots showing a full room where only half of the seats are filled, you might want to focus on larger group of people to provide shots that indicate the event is well attended.

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9) Be fast

You must be fast and quiet while shooting panel discussion or candids.  At a cocktail hour, be ready to go, take a step back, click off three frames and move on. When shooting anything on a stage, use a long lens and turn on silent mode on your camera!. 

 

10) What are the  key shots you need to get?

Main speaker shot

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Group photo

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Speaker and Guest photo

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Guests on stage

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Emotional breakthroughs

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Candid shot

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Candid interaction shot

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Reception photos

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Fun shots

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Key moments

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Do you photograph events? Do you have any other tips you’d like to share? Please do so in the following comment section below.

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New Service : LinkedIn Video Resume http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/11/new-service-linkedin-video-resume A good Video Introduction

allows MORE people to SEE, HEAR, and REMEMBER you.

With the dynamic changing economy and the rapid growth of social media, recruiters and hiring managers search more the web to find out more about candidates. They use & simply trust your LinkedIn information profile than a standard resume in order to make better hiring decisions.

Based on a survey, people are 7-10 times would prefer to view a video then to read an profile. 

TerrificShot Photography Video Service can help you to better market yourself by creating a professional video resume which focus on your introduction speech (aka elevator speech)  

We currently offer easy and affordable base packages:

  • $175 for 30mn session; video only (Studio or Outdoor) 
  • $250  for one hour session;  video resume + 1 professional Headshot photo; (Studio or Outdoor) 

What the prerequisites before you come to the session?

You must have prepared an elevator speech which must keep it short around 30 seconds. Click here, If you need some tips about how to write an elevator speech.

We expect you have rehearsed out loud your elevator speech and ensure you’re comfortable with your own words. 

Below are 2 samples:

Fred needed a video resume and new corporate business headshot for his linkedin profile.  We did the session at his home for only 45mn.  Fred has his elevation speech ready and had practiced it before we arrived. 

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Kim came to our studio for a corporate headshot.  She decided to do a video resume when she was there.  She had not prepared any speech.  She wrote quickly the elevation speech on our laptop.

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Kim hasn't really rehearsed her elevation speech. Holding the laptop as tele prompter helped her a lot.

Here some tips on How to Appear Relaxed, Open  and Confident

  • Try to avoid to cross your arms and legs

  • Minimize sudden or tense gestures, keep your hand relaxed or use them to synchronize with what you’re saying.

  • Shoulders should hang loosely down.

  • Do not point as this shows aggression. Instead use the “Ok” sign when making a point gives a positive impression.

  • Always make eye contact by looking at the camera. 

  •  Don’t force a smile, but think positive thoughts.

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What Is an Elevator Speech?

An elevator speech should be the answer to the question “so tell me a little about yourself” at an interview. 

An elevator speech must introduce yourself and must be delivered without effort, it must highlight your uniqueness and focuses on the benefits you provide. 

A recruiter without any experience in your industry must be able to understand what you do, how you do it, and who you do it for.  

Keep the video short about 30 seconds! yes, keep the video short.  Too long might affect the attention of recruiters and hiring managers.  

7 Tips about Preparing/Writing an Elevator Speech?

  1. Make sure you know yourself  : What are your key strengths?  What is it you’re trying to let others know about you? What problems do you solve? Focus primarily on your professional skills and experience.
  2. Take a moment to establish who you are by mentioning your name (first & last), and then tell a little summary about yourself.  Let the employer know who you are.   
  3. Make sure you create an opening sentence that will grab the recruter’s attention.  It must leave the listener wanting more information.  
  4. Remove or change any industry jargon or acronyms into everyday language that the recruiter can understand.
  5. Make sure you practice your speech; You must talk about yourself with confidence.  It must sound natural. Practice in front of a mirror to get a feel for your facial expressions.
  6. Make sure your speech is written with short sentences that will maintain enthusiasm and interest high.
  7. Dont forget to thank the recruiter for watching. Invite them to contact you for further discussion
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Adorable Family of Five ! http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/10/family-of-five-photography-session-bay-area Our last post of the week is a sneak peek of a lovely family of five! It has been such a pleasure photographing this wonderful family visiting from London, England.

For this session, we ventured to our favorite small park/open space area in Mountain View.  It was in the middle of the afternoon.  The light was great.  We loved their summer outfits and we had a great time running, skipping, and exploring the area. We especially enjoyed capturing them all having fun together – what a beautiful family!

Thank you all for another wonderful session!

 

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Forever and Ever : In Home Newborn Family Photography Session http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/10/in-home-newborn-family-photography-session Those first months at home with a new baby are especially sweet. A new baby is a big change for parents, even if the parents have done it before. For older siblings it can be the most momentous change they've experienced in their whole life.  This little girl had been home about 1 month now when we visited his family in Palo Alto.

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.
- Robert Munsch
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Bump to Baby : Maternity session http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/9/outdoor-maternity-session-photography-near-sunset We couldn’t be happier for Deepa and Pradhan as they early await the arrival of their first baby, a boy!  Enjoy the maternity portraits we took at Cuesta Park, Mountain, CA.  This is still one of our favorite locations for a portrait shoot. it was near sunset and the light was so beautiful.  We hope that you enjoy the photos!

 

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Glamour Photography : For people who want to look and feel their best http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/7/glamour-session-photography-studio-bay-area-sunnyvale At TerrificShot Photography, we offer Glamour photography, a special service for people who want to look and feel their best. If you feel like bringing out your true beauty, we’re fully capable of helping you do so. 

Glam shots are your opportunity to make a complete transformation, at least in front of the camera. We’ll give you the chance to change your appearance, and our makeup artists are here to help. 

We encourage you to try a variety of your own poses, but can also coach you, if need be. This photo shoot is about you, after all, and you can be sure that you’ll have the freedom you want. 

You can try up to 40 poses, all different if you wish, and we’ll help you refine each pose. You’re allowed three outfit changes during one hour session, so put your best foot forward.

Recently, we had the privilege to meet Cecily at Cuesta Park Mountain View for a one hour Glamour session photography. We are happy to share some of the photos.

Here some testimony words from Cecily: "Herve is terrific to work with. The shooting session was also a lot of fun. He provide a lot of professional expertise on how I should pose, and my photos looked great! Definitely worth the money & so glad I decided to take a chance to try this out!"

Thank You Cecily!

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Great Corporate Photo Session = Being Comfortable | TerrificShot photography http://terrificshot.com/blog/2017/6/how-to-photograph-corporate-business-executive-in-studio-and-outdoor This month, we would like to share the following Bay area Corporate companies that we have photographed either for an event or shooting headshots and office shots for the staff.

Palo Alto Housing, is a Silicon Valley's top resource and provider of affordable housing and below market rate (BRM) housing programs.  Currently
Mountain View Mayor, Ken Rosenberg was present and said few words about this project.

“It was in June last year where we, as a City, stepped up and invested $8 million in development funds for this Palo Alto Housing Corporation project because it is bringing 67 new affordable studios with easy access to mass transit,” 

Our photo was feature in the Facebook City of Mountain View - City Hall

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“It was in June last year where we, as a City, stepped up and invested $8 million in development funds for this Palo Alto Housing Corporation project because it is bringing 67 new affordable studios with easy access to mass transit,” said Mountain View Mayor, Ken Rosenberg.

 

“This project is a great example of how both cooperation and smart development can make our City more accessible by increasing our overall supply of affordable housing and making a great place for our veterans to come home to.”

 

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Study.com's mission is to make education accessible. After over a decade of work, Study.com is now a profitable, self-funded company that reaches over 15 million students a month.

Study.com is located in Mountain View near the call train station.  We were invited at their office to take a group photos.  Study.com team is more than 100 people at the time of this writing. 

In order to achieve the following shot, we needed a ladder (do you spot me in the below pic :) that we set across the street.  Some photoshop job is done to adjust few things (remove window light reflection, re-center the logo, remove stop sign...)

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DA LUSSO is a San Francisco company which has expertise in Home Staging and Interiors Design.  

We were delightful to welcome and photograph in our Sunnyvale studio six wonderful and beautiful women from their design team.

Creating the moment of confidence and approachability in a headshot should always be the main focus of a photographer.  Lets Face it, getting your headshot taken can be intimidating. The moment has to be created, to make you forget that you are in front of the camera. TerrificShot Photography Studio’s mission is to bring out the best expression in you.

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KEYPOINT Credit Union is a Bay area company that has served the high-tech industry with competitive financial products and personal service since 1979.  We were invited to shoot headshot for few executives at their Santa Clara branch office.

The company did not want to use a plain studio backdrop.  They wanted a natural building background and engaging and lifestyle corporate headshots. So below was our studio setup at their office. 

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Topstone Investment's mission is to create affordable housing while revitalizing neighborhoods through recycling old housing stock.  

We had so much fun to shoot this executive team with natural light at the park.  One of their request was to have a few photos with house and building in the background.  After some scouting, we were able to find a quiet not through street across the park. 

Great Photo Session = Being Comfortable

We believe that the success to a great photo session is confidence and feeling comfortable with the client. The first part of the session may be spent getting to know each other. If you are at ease, the images are more authentic and believable.

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