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The Skeptism with Paid Photography

I was at a networking event earlier this month sitting next to a man at a pretty cramped table. Naturally, we do the song and dance of questions everyone meeting for the first time asks but it was the last question the man asked that I was really bracing myself for: “What do you do?” With 150% confidence and joy, I answer, “I am a portrait photographer based in Tokyo.” This answer usually elicits several […]

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Picture Perfect: Senior Portrait Sessions for Class of 2025

First, let’s clear something up. When I say senior, I don’t mean our 70+-year-old elders, I’m talking about high school juniors or 3rd-year students, who will later become high school seniors or 4th-year students this upcoming September. Senior portrait sessions have been popular in the US for over a century! Formal portraits of high school seniors in formal tuxedoes and elegant gowns in hopes of making their debut into adulthood. Fast forward to the 21st […]

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Dating Profile Photos: The Photos They’ll Swipe Right on and Ones They’ll Swipe Left on

I don’t know what’s more nerve-wracking, putting yourself out there in front of someone you like in person or putting yourself out there in front of the internet to find someone you may or may not like! However, make a stand you must, if you’re thinking about playing your odds and finding someone you’d like to see yourself with in the long run or short run. Slapping a low-res cropped image of you on your […]

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Your Company Headshot =/= YOUR Headshot

Company headshots. You show up at your designated time. Most likely begrudgingly. To face a photographer who has been instructed to capture you the way your company instructed them to in the photographer’s brief. One thing is certain, finally, you have a photo! Regardless if you like it or not, you have an image for LinkedIn. But what about Facebook, your personal page, your own branding, or even a gifted image of yourself to your […]

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Four Ways to Safeguard Your Image Files & Not Loose Your Investments

I’ve always had this random thought after I deliver images to clients: How do clients save their image files? While it really isn’t my place to ask or wonder, I’ve begun thinking about it recently after receiving some very worried emails from clients asking if there were any copies of their images I could re-send. TOPTIA Photography has been in business for almost 8 years now. That’s 8 years of sessions with hundreds and sometimes […]

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