Presenting images with personality

Hire A Professional Photographer

A word to those non profits and businesses who need photography to brand their business Hire a pro who knows how to tell a success story of your brand…your mission… creating Pictures With Personality!  Too often I speak with an information gatherer on the phone instead of the decision maker and all they want to know is How Much? Really???

My job at that juncture is to teach them the value of a seasoned professional photographer and how they will get the best return on investment; the best bang for their buck. My job is to teach the information gatherer the value of the most dynamic photos they can possibly get to increase their business exposure and their bottom lines.

Next time non-profits and businesses, when you want to increase your exposure in the best way possible, call Joan Heffler Photography at 518.346.4485 or joan@joanheffler.com

How do you know what you’re getting when you book a photographer?

There are 3 ways to  book a photographer:    1. Online   2. Telephone   3. In Person

I am amazed how many people don’t call to speak with the professional photographer for their wedding, event, or corporate portrait. Mostly no one these days makes a face to face appointment either. How do you know what you’re getting when you book a photographer then? The best methods are to research their website, look at all of the reviews for red flags, and then google that person to see if there is anything outstanding in the google search that would urge you to call that photographer.  Especially, look for the images that photographer has online. You learn a lot from a google search!

Booking a professional photographer cannot be done solely online since you need to build trust! First a phone call, then a face to face will get you the results you want!

Tips to Prepare for Your Portrait Session from a Professional Portrait Photographer

When you need a professional “headshot for social media, your new job,  website or new book, it is so important to contact a professional and have a phone conversation before your session.

Why?

A professional portrait photographer will help ease your tension about the session so your true personality will shine through.  The pro will guide you through the process of why and how you will use the photo, what audience it will target, and clothing to wear so you can feel confident that you will look your finest. The professional photographer builds trust and familiarity so you can relax and be yourself. The final product will always be “Pictures with Personality!”

Contact me at joan@joanheffler.com for more information

Kind Words by Clients of Joan Heffler Photography

Outstanding Capital Region Photographer!

Joan is an exceptional photographer. Period!

Amazing Photographer

Tailored, Stylish, Attractive–didn’t know I could photograph that way?!!

Joan is the consummate pro.

Joan Brings Out Your Personality!

Joan Heffler Photography Is Amazing and Works Magic!

It had been 8 years since having my last professional head shot taken and one that received a lot of praise. As such, I had a bit of trepidation going into my appointment with Joan Heffler Photography knowing that we had to “beat” a picture taken almost a decade earlier, but she blew the old one away – twice! That’s right, Joan took two great head shots in just minutes! In fact, one of my head shots was the first or second picture taken and between two wardrobe changes she took no more than 15 pictures total and TWO AMAZING photos came out of it. Needless to say, Joan is amazing if not the best! Absolutely use Joan Heffler for your photography needs, she is GREAT!

The 3 events that made this photographer even better!

Just in the last decade, the advent of digital photography, the major camera manufacturers like Nikon and Canon making SLR cameras less expensive and advertising how even amateurs can take professional looking photos, and the iphone almost crippled the photography profession.

Everywhere you go, the iphones and amateur cameras with WiFi are up and clicking; whether it be at a concert, a wedding, an event, or even on the streets. Iphones and WiFi equipped cameras are everywhere and the images are posted immediately through social media outlets.

How do you overcome such obstacles says a professional photographer?!

Well, you get better at what you do technically and educate your public through social media. Post those images within an hour of creation to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and any other outlet and show your stuff! Write a blog about how you got that image to educate the iphone and amateurs how taking a photo by a professional is much more highly valued. Show them through your images your creativity and beauty and technique.

This is what made Joan Heffler Photography a better photographer!

Albany, NY Photographer

You are in good hands with a professional photographer!

A professional photographer is like a psychologist, artist, time management professional and all around “Jill of all Trades” when it comes to planning an event.

What separates out the professional photographer from the newbie or weekend warrior is the immediate feeling of security that the pro will take care of you, ally all fears, anticipate any challenges and map out a strategy so the day of your wedding, portrait session, or event runs smoothly and you trust you are in good hands!

Most often, people don’t know what to expect or how to plan. Most often, people call and ask how much before they understand the elements that go into making a perfect event unfold. When speaking with Joan Heffler Photography, know that you are in good hands!

Family Portrait Photographer, Albany, NY

Photography With Personality!

Photography with Personality!

I’ve been told I have plenty of personality, so why not let me make all that I photograph full of personality too!
When I began my professional photography career 15 years ago (it was a lifelong hobby), I was told by marketers that I needed to brand myself, and in that branding, clarify what makes my style of photography different from all others. I would ask myself everyday, “Why am I different? What is my style? What makes me different than all others in my field?”
Finally one day, it struck me like a thousand flashes going off at once. I have so much personality, why not showcase that in a style…in my own style.
My style demonstrates how I interpret the world, and how I interpret personalities. Everyone and everything on this planet has a distinct and unique personality; and in my photography work, I wish to capture that. I want to share my gift with you, and capture your individual personality and hope you that your uniqueness shines through.

I invite you to delight in my work, and if you are interested in further information about my wedding, event, portrait, or corporate work, please contact me at 518-346-4485 or joan@joanheffler.com.

Book Your Wedding Photographer

Hello! Your wedding day may seem so far away, and you think you have plenty of time to book your wedding photographer. All of us are so busy nowadays, and you think you can wait to finalize your wedding plans. Photographers book one to two years in advance, and if you want the right photographer, you may want to make an appointment soon. Feel free to talk with me at 518.346.4485 to discuss your wedding photography plans.

Congrats,

Joan

Do Not Choose A Photographer On Price Alone!

How Much Will It Cost Is Not The Only Question To Ask of A Wedding, Portrait, Events or Corporate Photographer

I belong to a number of online wedding, events and corporate photography internet services; and every week I am forwarded requests asking about photography services. Invariably, there is a comment posted with the request such as this:  We are on a limited budget and want an elegant wedding and full day wedding photography coverage with all the bells and whistles and have less than $___ to spend. Please email us your pricelist.”  Or, “I am looking for an events photographer in your area. We are looking for the best price. What are your hourly charges?”

When prospects only want an emailed pricelist, and do not pick up the phone to talk with the photographer, then the gambling game begins!

If you only choose on price, it may be like ordering an item online without knowing what it will look like, and once received, it is the wrong size. If you only choose on price, you don’t get another chance to have those images that capture your event….you know, the once in a lifetime, elegant images which you deserve and will cherish year after year.

If prospects do call, the photographer must convey how important it is to choose wisely and not just by price; book a real professional with credentials and not a neighbor down the street who has a tiny digital camera and who wants to make a few hundred dollars.

First, I would like to caution prospects NOT to ask the photographer to email a pricelist without meeting in person or speaking on the phone. You lose so much information by judging just from a pricelist. Not only will most photographers customize packages for you these days, it is so very important to talk on the phone and meet in person since the photographer wishes to establish a comfortable relationship before the day. You want the photographer to know you and really capture your heartbeats in fantastic images. Feeling each other out, getting in sync with each other, understanding what is important and what style the photographer will offer you is critical in having products with the pizzazz and personality and radiance you are expecting.

So, let’s discuss how to choose wisely, and not by price alone. Don’t make it a gambling game! Meet or talk with the photographer and let him/her do her job…it’s not just taking photos.  Talk to me at www.joanhefflerphotography.com

 

Passion In Photography

When I was in the first grade my teacher asked the students to draw themselves 20 years into the future. While the others drew themselves as nurses and teachers, I drew herself as an artist! Fifteen years ago, I left a career in fundraising to explore my passion in photography; and with surprise and delight, made it a successful business. Specializing in people photography, my goal is to create Pictures with Personality and offer you images that jump off the page and delight your spirit. I invite you to delight in my interpretation of personalities  for weddings, corporate, events and portraits and if you are intrigued, contact me at www.joanhefflerphotography.com

Kind Words

Kind Words

Joan photographed my family of 6 as a special birthday gift from my husband. Which to some people might be a normal occurrence but to some of my family, photographs are a thing to avoid at all costs. Joan made the entire process painless and fun. She was able to charm and relax my granddaughter (among others) in about 1 minute. Joan is a lot of fun and took the time to think about locations and poses that best suited our personalities. Because of that we have some very natural portraits (especially the one in the tree) that I will treasure forever. Thanks so much Joanie, Joanie!!

Patra Madden