Pooja Photography-Bay Area Portrait Photographer https://www.poojaphotography.com A photo is a moment, taken from time and given to infinity. Fri, 19 Mar 2021 18:10:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.poojaphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cropped-B02-32x32.jpg Pooja Photography-Bay Area Portrait Photographer https://www.poojaphotography.com 32 32 Certified Professional Photographer https://www.poojaphotography.com/certified-professional-photographer/ https://www.poojaphotography.com/certified-professional-photographer/#respond Tue, 16 Mar 2021 05:06:49 +0000 https://www.poojaphotography.com/?p=10278 The post Certified Professional Photographer appeared first on Pooja Photography-Bay Area Portrait Photographer.

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What is a Certified professional photographer?

Consistency
CPPs know how to achieve great results—every time. You get a strong collection of images that tell your story, not a few lucky snapshots, and you will work with someone who knows how to produce a quality image under any circumstances.
Technical Skills
CPPs are more than picture takers. They are students of art, lighting, posing, fashion and even interior design. They combine these elements to create images that fit your unique style and become images you will treasure for generations.
ARTISTRY
CPPs have the skills to create unique, customized works of art—not cookie-cutter pictures. They follow an artistic vision. It’s your story captured as a collection of art.
Professionalism
When you hire a CPP, you know you’re getting someone who is willing to go the extra mile to deliver the best possible images. They are business owners who thrive on customer service and satisfaction, and they continuously aim to produce products that exceed your—and their—best expectations. These images are keepsakes whose stories you’ll tell time and time again and treasure forever.
Just about anyone can take a good picture every now and then. But when life’s biggest moments are unfolding and there’s just one chance to capture that perfect memory, don’t risk it. Entrust your photography needs to a Certified Professional Photographer and… see the difference for yourself.

Certified professional photographer, why hire a professional photographer

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What to wear for your headshots?

Planning your outfits for a photosession can sometimes be a very daunting task. What colors should I wear? What will look good? What would make me look like a professional? Will this be too formal or too casual? I get these questions ALL the time and clients are very appreciative of the small suggestions that help them plan their headshot outfits a tad easier.
Here are some tip that will hopefully help with your planning.
  1.  Think Solid colors. Small prints and solids look lovely for the majority of the time. Outfit choices are also depenedent on your profession  and who your target market/clientele is.
  2. Avoid statement jewelry pieces unless you are a jewerly designer.
  3. A look well suited to your profession will work the best. If you are in financial or law sector, neck ties are great. When in IT at a management position,  business casual look works perfect. Here too the factors are your geographic location and the position/ job title you are in or want to get to.
  4. For women think about necklines. Look for flattering soft neck lines.
  5. Find colors that compliment you, match your eyes and skin tones. You don’t have to stick to black or neutrals.
  6. Adding a pop of color to your top and then adding a blue/black blazer over it will look amazing and will make another headshot look.
  7. Find clothing that flatters you. Don’t hide behind oversized clothes.
If there are more questions we can help answer and plan your headshot session to match your career ladder, please reach out to us.

Remember its not just a headshot, It is YOUR HEADSHOT. Your headshot represents you when you are not in the room to represent yourself.

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Life starts at forty

FANTASTIC AT FORTY, FABULOUS AT FIFTY & SEXY AT SIXTY

I think life actually begins at forty.  You are a self confident person, finding your way aroung in this world, figuring out where you finally belong.

You go from living for others to starting to live for yourself. From celebrating only everyone else to beginning to celebrate yourself too. Its that stage where that dress you always admired in the rack to finally being the person to adorn it. You are beginning to live for yourself a little.

Its a new phase in life. More settled, more YOU.

You have always lived for others. Sometimes it is for your parents, sometimes for your partner, many times for your kids… but have you ever lived for yourself?  Times when you dress up the way you like, wear what you want to wear, get a hairstyle that you love, fill your happy space with things that describe you, define you and brings you joy and enjoy your feminity without any shame! A time where taking care of yourself doesn’t feel like vanity.

For those who love to experience that self love, are in that stage of life where you are independent, love your life and want to spend a day capturing your spirit…. we have Life begins at Forty Campaign.

Now this campaign is not just for 50 or 60 year olds. They are for all those who love the slice of life and want to celebrate themselves. Walk away with smile on your face, gorgeous portraits that remind you of how amazing you are and the wonderful moments that life has blessed you with. Age is not a bar.

We would love to share more with you. ..Are you intrigued yet? Call us and let us share the experience details with you.

I am intrigued

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“I’ve carried a child within my body. I’ve slept with them on my chest. I’ve kissed toes and wiped away tears. I’ve been vomited on, peed on, and spent sleepless nights cradling my child. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. My body isn’t magazine perfect but when I look in the mirror, I see a mama. And there is no greater honor, love or blessing.” – Unknown

Motherhood is a journey. From carrying a little soul inside to carrying your heart in your arms. You body is not your own anymore. Every decision you take is not your own anymore. The most amazing journey there can be.


When my client booked me for her maternity session, she also gave me the permission to create for her. My vision to create at art peice for her needed patience. Art cannot be rushed. It needs love into making.  She ran with my vision and brought it to life. She not only gave birth to her beautiful daughter, she also birthed life into my vision and her forever portrait. 

It is not just a photo, it is a journey…from being a woman to being a mother. One Vision, One Image but a lifetime of stories in it.

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Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

To have ambitions, dreams and a journey ahead is so delightful. It gives you purpose..a goal.

I love it when kids have dreams and work towards them. When I started working on Ms K’s folio, I’ll be honest. I did push her. I wanted her to vision, think what pulled her heart and artistic senses. It’s important to know what colors pull you, what you need from your folio, which direction you want to head towards.

Building her mood board and getting her involved , helped me know her better.  Art is a reflection of the artist.  Her folio will be a reflection of hers. It was important she knew that and very crucial I understood that.

On the day of the session when I greeted her, I saw a humble yet eager soul walk in … and what I loved about her was the ability to listen , learn and follow. I had to guide her just once.. and then firing away a ton of instructions her confidence was changing with every click. She was evolving right in front of me. By the time we ended her session, there was a very different person in front of my camera. Her posture, her attitude.. everything was screaming confidence.

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” ― Walter H. Cottingham 

Ms K on the other hand has it all. It is just a start…there is a lot more ahead.

Kristi Yamaguchi

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Pantone Color of the year 2021 https://www.poojaphotography.com/pantone-color-of-the-year-2021/ https://www.poojaphotography.com/pantone-color-of-the-year-2021/#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2021 07:03:02 +0000 https://www.poojaphotography.com/?p=9887 The post Pantone Color of the year 2021 appeared first on Pooja Photography-Bay Area Portrait Photographer.

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Who is Pantone?

Pantone is recognized around the world as a leading source of color information through seasonal trend forecasts, custom color development, and palette recommendations for product and corporate identity.

Per PantoneThe selection of two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one.

Pantone Colors of the year 2021 are:
The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude.
Courtesy: www.pantone.com

How does color affect the marketing trends?

The Pantone Colors vastly influence the marketing trends. The fashion industry, the ad generation, the branding marketing, visual designs, the wedding decor, the home styling, interior designing, the products generation, the design palettes everything leans towards the chosen color.

It changes the way people bring color into their life. From the cushions, the wall art, the bedcovers, the flowers, all follow the color trends.

How will you incorporate the new color into your marketing?

If you are curious…Pantone color of the year 2020 was:

……………….. The Classic BLUE.

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Empowering & Branding Irum Zaidi-Huntington Learning https://www.poojaphotography.com/irum-zaidi-huntington-learning/ https://www.poojaphotography.com/irum-zaidi-huntington-learning/#respond Tue, 29 Dec 2020 01:02:11 +0000 https://www.poojaphotography.com/?p=9799 The post Empowering & Branding Irum Zaidi-Huntington Learning appeared first on Pooja Photography-Bay Area Portrait Photographer.

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Every branding session is an opportunity for me to understand the soul behind it. From a series of questions, a discovery call and then to bring forth how I can be of service to the business is what helps me create what really matters to a business.

Meet Irum,  who not only runs a Huntington Learning Centers in the beautiful towns of Danville & Walnut Creek, but is also absolutely passionate about helping kids.

I asked her what drives her every morning to make Huntington Learning the best version of herself…Here is what she said.

“Huntington is not just a business. It is my chance , my calling and my opportunity to be part of something bigger . It is extremely rewarding for me to be able to make a difference in a child’s life. It isn’t just about good grades or high test scores, but the confidence we are building into children’s lives starting at such a young age. It brings me joy to see each child thrive and be successful in life and I’m so happy to be a part of the process.” – Irum Zaidi (Huntington Learning , Danville, CA)

A woman of substance, won’t you say?? If you would love to explore how these amazing local businesses here in Bay Area can help and serve you, don’t hesiste to reach out to them. 

Irum can be reached at : https://www.facebook.com/HLCSanRamonCA &  https://www.linkedin.com/in/irum-zaidi-04123b131/

I want to know more

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Family photos….Most important legacy for every family and yet not valued enough. People unfortunately value the gadgets more. TVs are changed every few years , objects get tossed and new ones shopped. There is money and value held on those things..but family the most important thing in our world, the center of our universe is often considered overrated.

Families grow & change …weddings, welcoming new people , babies being born, loved ones passing away, and family members moving far away, a family is constantly evolving. Tomorrow holds on gurantee but we push the family for tomorrow. It is our highest priority and yet our lowest.

Family photos are often considered a check box item. Get them done before you hit a deadline. And if something pushes it out, the wait is in years.

For you are the family photos overrated or an experience to enjoy creating memories with your lost loved ones?

I want to know more. Let's chat

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Timeless Portraits for the soul

Ever wondered what Food & Photography have in common?

Nostalgia.

There is something about best soul food that bring back memories.  It doesn’t matter what fancy silverware you eat with or what plates you eat in. The aromas from grandma’s kitchen, the sweet smell of the pastries, the taste of the curries, the flavors of love. It really doesn’t matter what plate that was served in.. all that mattered was food was dipped in love. You made so many memories around that table.

That brings back smiles, the glint of nostalgia in your eyes and the memories that never leave you.

That is exactly how legacy portraits make you feel. When you look back at your kids childhood photos, your grandma’s classy black & white photo, your first family photo, those genuine laughters  that teared you up, you feel the fuzzies inside. They take you down the memory lane and flood you with the warmth of days gone by.

So my question for you today is… Are you making those memories with your kids …Are you in those portraits with them? What will they have to look back and smile?

It is a digital era…but if the photos sit on your cloud or smartphone…how will they still be cherished if they are forgotten and don’t exist to be touched and felt?

Make portraits for your legacy, make them for a lifetime!

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What is a photograph without a soul?

Photographer is a very loosely used term. Everyone with a camera is now a “Photographer”. Don’t get me wrong…I am a culprit too.

When I thought of starting this journey as a professional, I was equipped with nothing but just the confidence that I could take photos. I mean C’mon..

As I have progressed in this journey, trained, experienced and understood the value of art, I have realized a few things along the way.

It takes an eye to see the story.

It takes an eye to see the moment.

It takes experience to bring out the soul into a photograph. It is that what turns a photo into a portrait…a work of art.

Afterall what is a photograph without soul in it?

What brings soul into a photograph?

Passion & Patience

Passion to genuinely care and know someone. Passion to create for them.Passion to celebrate their story with them. Passion to hear them, to know them.

Patience to walk with them as they explore and experience what create portraiture feels like? Patience to pace yourself with them and then to create their story exactly how they visioned it with you.

You cannot rush art. You cannot rush soul. Just like you cannot rush a journey to the end…the end matters only if the journey is right!!

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