Kara Hoffman Photography: Blog http://karahoffmanphotography.com/blog en-us Kara Hoffman Photography www.karahoffmanphotography.com (Kara Hoffman Photography) Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:15:00 GMT Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:15:00 GMT http://karahoffmanphotography.com/img/s7/v154/u82957381-o200675536-50.jpg Kara Hoffman Photography: Blog http://karahoffmanphotography.com/blog 80 120 21st Century Rules for Professional Headshots http://karahoffmanphotography.com/blog/2018/3/21st-century-rules-for-professional-headshots


A headshot is often necessary to propel your career. Perhaps you need one for a promotional flyer or a website. No matter where you will use it, there are tips to follow for good results.


Clothing Style

Professional Clothingimage credit: <a href="https://smilelove.com/blogs/news/can-smileloves-adult-aligners-fix-your-teeth">GroopDealz</a> Though a headshot focuses on your face, the shirt, dress, blouse or jacket you wear is visible too. Skip anything that’s distracting. Don’t wear bold patterns or very thin stripes because cameras and computer monitors don’t capture them well.

Choose clothes that represent your position and the sector you work in. Some industries require that you wear a suit and tie. For others that are more relaxed, a nice put-together look will be enough.

In general, bare arms are a no-no for women. As for a man, jewelry shouldn’t overpower. Don’t let earrings dangle more than an inch below the ear. A low neckline is generally not recommended for women. It sometimes works, however, if you wear a jacket.


More Clothing Details

Good suit and jacket colors are navy blue and gray. Ditch the turtleneck because it makes you look as if you don’t have a neck. Avoid logo tops. Pick clothes well-fitting clothes that are pressed. When wearing a suit and tie, choose a tie shade that is the jacket color and shirt color.

Don’t wear shiny clothing that can reflect light. If you are not wearing a tie, jacket or necklace, skip the white shirt because it will lack detail.


Oral Hygiene

If you smile by showing your teeth, oral hygiene is important. Since your face is the focus of this photo, brush, and floss before the session to remove any stuck food. Don’t forget your lips. Use lip balm if you are prone to chapped lips. It will also help your lips look softer and fuller and help you smile more easily.


Face and Hair

Wear makeup that makes you look natural. You don’t want a shiny face, so wash it if necessary before the photo session. Women can apply some foundation. Using a baby wipe removes oils from anyone’s face.

Practice your facial expression in a mirror. Choose the one you like best. And look in a mirror just before the photo session to check your clothing and hair.


Headshots are important if you work. Take the time to prepare for yours.


image credit: GroopDealz

image credit: Smile Love

(Kara Hoffman Photography) headshots photography professional http://karahoffmanphotography.com/blog/2018/3/21st-century-rules-for-professional-headshots Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:12:08 GMT
a day at the show...The Redding Bridal Show http://karahoffmanphotography.com/blog/2018/2/a-day-at-the-show-the-redding-bridal-show


Hooray!  Your fiance asked you to marry him over Christmas!  Now what? Chances are you, have been on Pinterest looking at all things wedding even before he popped the big question!!  Your mom, your girlfriends, and the ladies in your office are all tossing ideas your way!  As a wedding photographer, I love to hear about the things you are planning and the fabulous ideas you have already came up with.  Then you see a Facebook post about the upcoming bridal show!  You tell your tribe that its a girls day at the show!!  This is one of the fun parts of the planning process!!  I mean you get to see all things wedding in ONE place!!!

Fast forward to Bridal Show day...

This is where Jessica, my assistant and I show up to show you all about what we do!  We are just as pumped as you are!  It is like a match made in heaven just waiting to happen!  We see all of the wide-eyed brides, confused looking grooms, the moms who notice that the times sure have changed and the girlfriends who carry your stuff and hold your mimosa's!  

I mean when there are MIMOSA'S you must have one....or 3! 

So, a bridal show/expo can have anywhere from 100 to 600 booths, all vying for your attention, wedding details and hopefully your business.  Now, granted, you probably don’t like the thought of giving your information out to that many people, but for the purposes of gathering information for your big day, you select wisely!  I have been a bride, attending bridal shows and I hated filling out all those raffle forms.  Because let's be honest, not all of us remember our pre-printed address labels.  We are the same people who leave our reusable grocery bags by the front door, but forget them every time.  Our intentions are good but we just cannot remember those details!  Solution: THE IPAD!!!  Its easy, fast and so much better for both of us!  So thank you to all the brides who filled out our IPAD form!  We have a few hands form sore muscles, yesterday!!  

See the IPADS in our hands, ready to go.

We wedding vendors stock up on promotional giveaways like pens, candy bars, chapstick, and all sorts of things that best represent our brand.  The truth is, you probably will never use the item once you leave the show, and it will end up in a cardboard box deep in the heart of your garage. I was determined to give away something that was meaningful and PRETTY???  Then a lightbulb went off and I found small gold anchor charms that matched my brand perfectly!  The anchor also symbolizes my families long-term connection to the United States NAVY.  My son is currently serving and is a 6th generation sailor from my family, HOOYAH! 

There is also a hidden object in my anchor. 

Can you find it??  If so shoot me an email and I will mail you a gold anchor for you and your girlfriends!

I have the most talented friends!  Jessica is one of my closest friends and an AMAZING floral designer! There is not anything she cannot do with a flower!  She created all these lovely arrangements for the booth!  She knows what each flower, shrub, tree, and grass is!  It is pretty fabulous!  Not only are these florals just outstanding, they make the booth smell SO GOOD!!!  You can smell out Eucalyptus 20 feet away!  It beckons you to come see us!


Weddings evoke all the feels!  Bridal shows are usually the first step in the planning process.  You never used to love details or lace but you start to become awestruck at all the sparkly decorations, rustic archways and vintage china that you saw in your grandmother's house.  Then there are FREE CAKE SAMPLES!!  Do I really need to say more??   Please bring me cake!

At the end of the show, we had talked to over 200 wonderful brides, bride tribes, moms, aunts, grandmothers.  Everone was having a wonderful time, albeit most were on sensory overload.  We tried to make them feel at ease and relaxed when they were in our booth.  It was designed to represent a welcoming environment that hopefully made your wedding show experience wonderful.

Thank you, Redding, for another wonderful show!  Everyone who came to our booth was lovely and have amazing weddings planned!!!  These couples/brides really know how to plan top notch weddings!  We are so honored we will be capturing some of them!




Florals by ETC Floral & Design

Etc Floral and Wedding Design


Gover Ranch {our wonderful show neighbors}

Gover Ranch

Apple {the iPad saved us all}


Not So Shabby Boutique {gorgeous vintage white tables came from her shop}

Not So Shabby Boutqiue


(Kara Hoffman Photography) kara hoffman photography redding bridal show california roseville sacramento bride groom wedding flowers wedding photographer wedding photography http://karahoffmanphotography.com/blog/2018/2/a-day-at-the-show-the-redding-bridal-show Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:41:30 GMT
Chaska and Megan http://karahoffmanphotography.com/blog/2017/5/chaska-and-megan CHASKA AND MEGAN

Anderson, CA is a small town roughly 150 miles north of Sacramento.  It is small town America!  The town is full of rich history, championship football, local small businesses and my Hometown!!  This is where Chaska and Megan grew up and will be married!  

Even though we had cloudy, overcast skies...their love was like ray of sunshine!  Chaska is currently attending the Citadel Military Academy, in south Carolina, therefore we needed to shoot their session when he as back home.  So we dealt with the clouds and had this amazing session!

(Kara Hoffman Photography) kara hoffman photography engagement session wedding photography roseville sacramento california redding anderson http://karahoffmanphotography.com/blog/2017/5/chaska-and-megan Tue, 23 May 2017 20:00:58 GMT
Just Us...My family on the beaches of Oregon! http://karahoffmanphotography.com/blog/2016/1/just-us-my-family-on-the-beaches-of-oregon Traditions are something that have been in my family for generations.  Three years ago, we decided it would be a great idea to go to the Oregon coast for Thanksgiving.  Each year we pick a different beach house.  This past Thanksgiving we chose to return to Bandon, Oregon.  I was in charge of finding the house for this trip.  The #1 must have was beach access.  And I may have had motives for beach access, but can you blame me.  Beach and photographer are a match made in heaven!  My family all knew that beach access, meant family photos on the beach.  They were all thrilled about taking family portraits HA!  We did get the traditional family photo.  As nice as a traditional family photo is, I am in love with the portraits I took of my family, just being themselves.  We rock hunted, found small crabs, splashed in the waves, skipped rocks, played in the sand and of coarse played football. 

Hope you enjoy pictures of "just us," The Win-Hoff-Alkers!


Skipping rocks in the ocean....yea that is not the same as a lake!

Riot looking out to the sand and sea....

Our newest addition...


"Is that one eyed Willie's ship"

Yes, he is fixing his hair in the reflection of my lens...[there were girls on the beach haha]


I have no idea what kind of crab this was, but the boys performed surgery on him!


My husband, the receiver!

Striking a pose is always best on the beach....


Young love..with the whole world ahead of them...[just NO babies just yet, I am not ready haha]


Father and son...or Twinsies!

Noah spent the most time on the beach...he would survive in Hawaii!!


This girl...my model!


My Jake-ster...with the most infectious laugh..


The sheer joy on Shelby's face just melts my heart!!


Momma Shela and Luna getting some sand and sun!


Yes, this was going on all around me as I was taking photos...football...always football!

2 receivers - 0

1 football - 1

The football won this one!


Mother and son!  Paul and Shela always take the best photos...



(Kara Hoffman Photography) bandon oregon vacation thanksgiving portraits beach ocean family http://karahoffmanphotography.com/blog/2016/1/just-us-my-family-on-the-beaches-of-oregon Tue, 05 Jan 2016 06:11:33 GMT