How do you, or do you even, ASK? 

We never know until we ask. It’s such a powerful thing. It can be scary, because we don’t want to be declined, and may take a rejection personally, but most of the times any rejection has very little to do with us personally. 

To take it all a step further into our brains — our brains will also try to stop us from asking by throwing self doubt, insecurities, and more to try to get us to keep the current, predictable, same-old-same-old path. Change is scary to our lizard (fight or flight part of the brain) so it will try to avoid change. 

However, change is required with growth, with goals, with ambitions. SOmething needs to change for us to grow. Asking can feel vulnerable, to put out that we need or want something from someone else, but it is also a great strength.  

Asking can also mean discovering great partnerships, new leads, new ideas, collaborations. It’s a powerful thing to do. 

AND we might actually get what we ask for! So, ask. 

Here’s my ask: grab some friends and come get updated headshots, it’s a new season, and you’ve got new energy, let’s show it. I’m also offering a group discount. And a space to hang out and connect, network. Call me today to find out more.

Asking is a big part of entrepreneurship

STOP, remember where you started

Look back. A brilliant speaker recently said “remember to look at how far you’ve come.” 

We can get so caught up in where we want to go, and the frustrations and worries and concerns about what is ahead, that we often forget all that we’ve already built. How far we’ve already come. 

Take a moment, savor it, look back at where you were at 20, 30, or even 40 years ago. What have you done since then? What have you learned? How have you grown?

Make a habit of celebrating, train yourself into that feeling of joy, celebration, accomplishment. The journey is rarely ever east, but we can make it more joyful. 

Savor it a minute and breath. You’ve got this. 

And I’ve got you, at least your images for your marketing, for your next big thing.

Drop me a message and let’s talk.

Remembering how far we've come

I just need a headshot

“I just need a headshot.”

“Why ‘just’?

“Just” is used to diminish things.

To make something smaller, less important, less significant.

NO! I need to share my story, my work.

Is that what you want to be small, less important, less significant.

IT IS TIME TO PLAY BIG. 

Play to WIN, to grow, expand.

Where you want your business to be in 5 years? Start playing like that.

“Just a headshot” is not going to get you there.

Where you want to BE, not where you are NOW, and create your brand in that direction.

YES! 

Some people avoid getting a headshot done because they don’t feel worthy. They don’t feel validated in their space enough to do it, much less get a full personal branding portfolio. 

A full portfolio is 30+ curated images ready to use on many platforms, numerous marketing messages, ready to populate your website, and get YOU SEEN AND HEARD!

It’s scary taking that step, validating yourself and your dreams. 

A photo session alone can help you do that. I’ve seen numerous clients go on to elevate their business. Grow subscribers, further their reach, make more money, more speaking gigs, publish that book, do more good. 

Who are you NOT to play BIG? 

I believe it’s our duty to play big, to do as much as we can. 

Don’t let that inner critique stop you from doing and being the most, the best you can. 

Go get ‘em!

I’m here to support you, and help create your genuine brand story, show the spirit of you.

Contact me today to learn more. 

Time to play big.

How To Have The Best Play Date

Yes, yes, it really is all I can talk about these days: SANTA PLAY DATE! Part of that is because I know first hand how fun it is for the whole family and how beautiful the keepsakes are that we are offering. We had our two HopeKids families last weekend and everyone left with big smiles and happy hearts. It was so lovely to give these families some time away from their kids’ treatments and worries here in my West Wash Park studio, a sanctuary for them. Being able to give them a family experience, like any other family, meant the world to them, and it was our honor to create it for these children and parents. But that’s not the end of what we are giving HopeKids Colorado, we are also donating $50 of every session fee and 10% of all sales to the organization, so it can continue its incredible work.

Please join us in celebrating the season, giving back, engaging with your families, and a PLAY DATE with Santa! 

Part of what made the sessions such a success was they were well prepared. Vala Vincent Photography and I, Mariah Ehlert Photography, want to make sure everything is perfect for you and your families, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

  1. Make sure to show up on time. You get a private play date, the pre-scheduled time is all yours! But if you’re late, we won’t be able to move appointments around.
  2. Review the keepsake products and get an idea ahead about which you will want, it will help us to help you select the best images for you memories and gifts.

Kids 

  • Let them know this will be FUN, and talk about what it means to meet Santa; ask what they want to talk about with Santa; they can write him letters too.
  • No need to coach them on smiles, we’ll capture them naturally, and it can add stress for them.
  • Let them know Santa, Mariah, & Vala are ‘friends’, and excited to meet them.

Parents

  • Bring your best fart jokes, anything to get the giggles going
  • Be ready to show love to your family
  • Leave the stress on the front stoop; we sweep away daily
  • It’s ok if everyone got dirty on the way here, it’s life, it happens
  • We are here to help make the holidays easier for you, and capture some amazing memories and that annual holiday image to cherish
  • Yes, we have mirrors so you can do a quick check and feel confident and camera ready

Clothing

  • Yes: Similar color schemes: whites, tans, splash of red, greens, splash of gold or silver (here’s our Pinterest board for ideas)
  • Yes: Similar hues (light color schemes, or darks)
  • Avoid: Fluorescent colors, busy patterns
  • Accessories for the win: this is the best place to add drama to a wardrobe (versus in the fabrics): headbands, barrettes, necklaces, pins, jewelry, reindeer antlers

Pets (Sunday only)

  • Wear them out before the session: long walk, hard play, jog, dog park, whatever they love to get them happy and tired
  • Bring a favorite toy and/or treats, we don’t always use them, but it can them help focus in a new environment
  • Potty them before coming inside
  • Pet accessories are always a blast, let’s see what you have!

Have any questions? Send us an email, or ask on our Facebook page or on the Santa Play Date event page.

Have a wonderful week, we can’t wait to meet your families and photograph you.

Top Tips for a Kick-Butt Headshot

Your image is often your first impression. What does it say about you? About your business? There are so many elements you can use to create a kick butt image for your brand, whether it is for personal or professional use. Some of the key elements I use with clients are body language and expression. Learn about them here and take better photos!

Body Language. How are you standing, posed, how is the image cropped? What angle are your shoulders, hips in relation to the camera? First, hand the phone camera over to someone. Your arm has limited range, you’ll get a better angle if someone else takes the image. Think about how you want to come across: aggressive, confident, or powerful?

  1. Crossed arms will give a more aggressive/assertive vibe.
  2. Arms at the side will be more inviting, confident posture
  3. Hands on the hips is a power pose, and expresses power, confidence, and assertiveness without being aggressive.

Expression. This will always dominate over all else. Getting your intention to show through your expression is not always easy. Here are some tips, focusing on micro expressions. Know what your intention is, and use the best expression for that intention.

  • Beware of smirks, they convey ‘contempt’ or ‘disgust’ micro expression
  • Men: research has the greatest ‘know-like-trust’ factor is with a straight face or a full smile (not a half smile). Women can get away with small smiles, aka baby smile, and big full face smiles.
  • No smile, relaxed expression. This can either show a serious intention, or a calm, relaxed.
  • These are the windows to the INTENTION. Remember to engage your eyes. We all have the ability to warm up, lighten up, and/or ‘smile’ with the eyes. Practice in the mirror, and you’ll eventually get it, if you don’t immediately.

Now merge your body language and your expression, have someone take your photo, and see how you do. Keep practicing!

 

Interested in having me take your photo? Click here for a $100 gift voucher for a headshot session with me and see how I work with these elements.