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I’m super excited to have been commissioned by Eskenazi Health to create a gallery of infant photography for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The purpose of the collection is to inspire happiness and hope in the parents of the babies staying in the hospital.

This gallery, I call “Miracles,” and it includes a series of babies actually born at Eskenazi Health and other Indianapolis hospitals. The focus of each photograph is to emphasize the beauty and simplicity of a new child that is a miracle. When a child is born, she is the center of her very small world where nothing else matters. This body of work conveys that simplicity of being. The photos emphasize the beauty of the physical body, and the amazement of some physical features, like the tiny size of their feet or more abstract details like the relationship between the parent and baby.

These are my artistic intentions for this project, and I’m proud to have this gallery on view in a healing environment.

We know that art can help us feel better — even our innate preference for a soothing painting or sunny park over a dark alley has a scientific basis. A 2011 University of London study found that blood flow increased 10 percent to the “joy response” part of the brain when subjects saw a beautiful painting — just like when you look at a loved one. The findings give credence to what we’ve always suspected, Faerstein said: that visual art has a strong, positive physiological effect on the brain.  http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/healing-power-art-can-hospital-collections-help-n208966

I love Eskenazi Health’s progressive philosophies based on research, and they have won many prestigious awards for it. “Medical, psychological and neurological research have focused attention on understanding the full scope of the healing properties of art, and the positive correlation is clear and compelling,” said Dr. Lisa E. Harris, chief executive officer of Eskenazi Health. “The new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus features art and garden spaces that are intended to enrich the lives of patients, visitors, staff and the community.” – eskenazihealth.edu

I am truly honored to be a part of it.

Sonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICUSonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICU

Sonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICU

Sonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICUSonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICUSonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICUSonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICU

Sonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICUSonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICUSonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICUSonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICUSonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICU

Sonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICU

Sonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICU

Sonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICU

Sonja Clark commissioned to create baby photography gallery at Eskenazi NICU

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Having a professional headshot is very important in today’s world of social media. We have become a very visual society. Whether you are online building your business network, developing important business relationships or looking for a job; your headshot says a lot about you. We might like to think that we can be objective and see through the headshot and only rely on a person’s skills and experience. However, there is always that underlying message that we received upon the headshot’s first glance.

If you’re contemplating updating your photos, here are some quick tips on how to prepare for your business headshots.

Indianapolis HeadshotsWardrobe

1.  Be Yourself

The absolutely most important thing to remember when choosing what to wear for you photoshoot, no matter what type, is to wear something that you feel good in. Being in front of the camera is awkward enough for most people; you don’t want your clothing to make you more self conscious.

2.  Stay Consistent with Your Branding

Take a few minutes to think about the tone you want to project in your business headshots.  Depending on the culture of your company, you may want to come across as hip, friendly or creative.  Or if you work in professional services, you may prefer to project an air of formality, knowledge and trustworthiness. The location of the photo shoot (in a studio or on location) will also have a bearing on your best camera-ready outfit.

3.  Keep it Simple

Wear clothing that is not seasonal.  You want to look relevant all year round.  Also, try not to be too trendy, unless you wan to update your photo every year or two.

4.  Clothing

When choosing clothing for your professional headshot: think classic. Pick your favorite suit that fits you well and is preferably a classic dark color like navy blue or gray. Choose a suit that doesn’t bunch up when you button it or if you sit down, and a shirt and tie that match each other and the suit.

Try to stay away from anything with bold, distracting patterns or colors. Clothing with really tight grids or a small herringbone pattern can have a moiré pattern effect on camera, so stay away from tight grid-like patterns. Thin stripes that are a little further apart are okay. Ties look best when their tone lands between the suit and the shirt– so a light shirt, a dark suit, and a tie in a shade somewhere between them. Some ties are too shiny– try to stay away from really reflective, shiny, silk ties.

If you don’t wear a tie, choose a non-white shirt if possible: white shirts without a jacket and tie to break them up can lose detail in the color and folds. And if you wear a button-down shirt, it’s best to wear a jacket or sweater of some kind to layer the look. If not, choose a darker color shirt or something with pockets or details to avoid it looking like a head floating on a blank, boxy shirt, and unbutton a button or two. And make sure we can’t see your undershirt beneath the button-down shirt: wear a v-neck or no undershirt at all.

Hair

Don’t cut or dye your hair right before the shoot, especially men since stylists tend to cut hair a little shorter so it looks like it’s at its proper length about 2 weeks later. Some shades of freshly colored hair can look too vibrant and unnatural on camera, especially a hair color with any red tones– drawing more attention to your hair than your face. A new haircut also looks its best after at least a week, and colored hair looks more natural after 1-2 weeks’ worth of shampooing.

If you have a beard, trim it evenly so it’s nicely groomed. If you’re going clean-shaven, get a good shave before your headshot. Darker colored beards tend to be accentuated in photos- trim it well so it’s not too thick. Knowing that plucking can leave red marks, and bleaching can irritate skin, be sure to do these things a couple of days before your session.

Your Smile

Your smile is the most important business tool and we will be encouraging you to laugh and smile naturally during your session. Research by Reading University has also proved that people look longer at a smiling face than one that isn’t. Don’t worry, I will get you to smile and look natural in front of the camera.

With this in mind you may like to book an appointment with your dental hygienist to give your teeth that all important polish and brush up to make your pearly’s look even more fantastic.

Glasses

If you normally wear glasses and have a strong prescription, or glasses with no anti reflection coating, we do advise that you visit your opticians and either borrow a pair of blank frames or or get them to remove your lenses for the shoot. As we can have problems with reflection and refraction. I’ll shoot some shots with and some without glasses if you prefer. You might like to bring along a couple of pairs of frames.

I hope you found these tips on what to wear for business headshots helpful.  If you have any questions, please contact me before your shoot. We’re always keen to get your feedback so please let us know what your thoughts and by typing in your comments below.

Know What You Want

Modeling for a headshot photograph is like acting for a still camera.  Take some time in advance to consider what kind of feeling you are trying capture in your image. Prepare by thinking ahead of some of the characters you want to be cast as and then practicing their “looks” in front of the mirror. Don’t worry if you are not certain about this, a good headshot photographer should help you figure this out, but if you can come in with your own ideas that will help!

Don’t Rush

For a lot of people having their photograph taken is already a stressful event, so set yourself up to minimize your stress.  Be sure to GPS the photoshoot location in advance and allow yourself plenty of time to get there. Map your route in advance and consider what the traffic conditions will be on the day of your shoot. Give yourself at least two hours to spend at the studio. It’s important that we go at a comfortable pace and not feel rushed during our shoot.

Communicate

Be in communication with your photographer before your session. You should definitely feel that your photographer cares about you and you’re not just another client. Be sure to ask them any questions you have and a good photographer should take the time to answer your questions and put you at ease. On the day of the photoshoot make sure the you are in text message communication with your photographer, that way they can help you if you’re having any trouble finding the location or for anything else that comes up. This is your photoshoot, it should be a special event where you feel supported by your photographer throughout the process and great communication is definitely a big part of that.

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Having a professional headshot is very important in today’s world of social media. We have become a very visual society. Whether you are online building your business network, developing important business relationships or looking for a job; your headshot says a lot about you. We might like to think that we can be objective and see through the headshot and only rely on a person’s skills and experience. However, there is always that underlying message that we received upon the headshot’s first glance.
Corporate Headshot Photography and ballet photography in Indianapolis by Moonbug Photography

If you’re contemplating updating your photos, here are some quick tips on how to prepare for your business headshots.

Wardrobe

1.  Be Yourself

The absolutely most important thing to remember when choosing what to wear for you photoshoot, no matter what type, is to wear something that you feel good in. Being in front of the camera is awkward enough for most people; you don’t want your clothing to make you more self conscious.

2.  Stay Consistent with Your Branding

Take a few minutes to think about the tone you want to project in your business headshots.  Depending on the culture of your company, you may want to come across as hip, friendly or creative.  Or if you work in professional services, you may prefer to project an air of formality, knowledge and trustworthiness. The location of the photo shoot (in a studio or on location) will also have a bearing on your best camera-ready outfit.

3.  Keep it Simple

Wear clothing that is not seasonal.  You want to look relevant all year round.  Also, try not to be too trendy, unless you wan to update your photo every year or two.

4. Be Prepared

Bring an extra outfit and accessories just in case…

Here are 3 more tips from Leaders in Heels:

5.  Colour

Plain colours are your best choice.  Patterns or prints distract and date your photo.  Choose mid- tone colours in blue, green, wine and purple because they are universally flattering.  Avoid wearing tops in flesh tones (cream, beige, pastels, peach or yellow) as they will blend your face into your clothes. Unless you’re feeling super confident, pass on bright red or orange. Stark black and white are not good choices either because they play havoc with the camera’s exposure or the studio backdrop.  Substitute black with richer neutrals like chocolate, navy, maroon and forest green. Black is sombre, safe and guarded, not likely the vibe you want to project. A fail-safe tip is to pick a top that accentuates your eyes. That’s why jewel tones work so well.

Kaliko Ruched Crossover Top $23 from www.johnlewis.co.uk; Alexon Cowl Neck Top $78 www.houseoffraser.co.uk; Veronika Maine Cotton Panel Top $99 www.veronikamaine.com.au; Etro Silk Wrap Top $525 www.harrods.com; David Lawerence Side Neck Twist Top $99 www.davidlawerence.com.au
6.  Neckline

A modest v-neck is universally flattering because it lengthens the neck and displays the décolleté. Opt for blouses with sleeves.  Fine to medium gauge knits work really well too because they introduce textural interest.   If you choose to wear a jacket, pair it with a collarless top.  This is modern and keeps the neckline simple and sleek. Crisply ironed shirts by themselves frame the face really well.

Vero Moda Navy Blazer $37 from www.welikefashion.com; Stella McCartney Wool Blazer $1110 from www.mytheresa.com; Untold Peplum $38 from www.houseoffraser.co.uk; Waterfall Open Crop Blazer $23 from www.chiarafashion.co.uk

7.  Jewellery

In keeping with the KISS principle, choose simple earrings and necklaces.  They keep the focus on the face. Big statement jewellery will date your photos.

Finesse Pearl Earrings $42 www. johnlewis.com; DKNY Rose Gold Hoops $110 www. harveynichols.com; Regitze Overgaard Earrings $1130 www.georgjensen.com; Lane Bryant Hoops $9 www.lanebryant.com; Juicy Couture Diamond Studs $43 www.juicycouture.com; White and Gold Pearl Hoops $7 www.newlook.com

Make-up

Makeup should be simple but well done so your natural assets stand out on their own. This means that make up should help the viewer focus on the eyes and the mouth, which are the essence of the headshot. Our main concern is shine so we do advise bringing along some translucent powder.

If you are unsure about your makeup, I can recommend a few make-up artists.  Please discuss this with me in advance so that we can coordinate schedules.

Hair

Hair is such a personal thing so it’s best that you feel like you in your pictures. Feel free to bring whatever styling products you need in order to create your look. If you are planning on making an appointment with your hairdresser please arrange this for the day prior or even the morning of the shoot. It is a good idea to get these booked and in the diary now.

Your Smile

Your smile is the most important business tool and we will be encouraging you to laugh and smile naturally during your session. Research by Reading University has also proved that people look longer at a smiling face than one that isn’t. Don’t worry, I will get you to smile and look natural in front of the camera.

With this in mind you may like to book an appointment with your dental hygienist to give your teeth that all important polish and brush up to make your pearly’s look even more fantastic.

Glasses

If you normally wear glasses and have a strong prescription, or glasses with no anti reflection coating, we do advise that you visit your opticians and either borrow a pair of blank frames or or get them to remove your lenses for the shoot. As we can have problems with reflection and refraction. I’ll shoot some shots with and some without glasses if you prefer. You might like to bring along a couple of pairs of frames.

I hope you found these tips on what to wear for business headshots helpful.  If you have any questions, please contact me before your shoot. We’re always keen to get your feedback so please let us know what your thoughts and by typing in your comments below.

 

 

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Fall Mini Sessions

Holliday Park

Thursday, October 6th, 12:00 – 6:00
Friday, October 14th, 3:00 – 6:00
Sunday, October 16th, 11:00 – 3:00
Monday, October 17th, 12 – 3:00
Friday, October 21st, 12 – 3:00
Saturday, October 22nd, 11:00 – 3:00

 

Indianapolis photographer, Sonja Clark, embraces a unique, natural style of children’s photography. Moonbug Photography offers on location and studio photography for newborns, babies, kids, families, seniors, maternity and births. Moonbug Photography also has a fresh approach to creating stunning school pictures.

 

The leaves are going to start changing soon!  It’s time to schedule your mini session…  I can’t wait!

What does a Mini cost?

$50 Session fee due at scheduling time to hold your spot. A special $350 digital file package that includes 5 digital files is available. Additional files are $50 each. Print packages are also available. If you are up in the air about whether to get a digital package or prints, read this article.

What is a “Mini Session”?

The Mini Session is a 20-25 minute photo shoot that is offered on a limited number of dates throughout the year. Dates and locations are announced periodically through email, facebook and the website.

Note:  It’s best to keep your session limited to just kids or a family of 4-5 depending on ages. Since we only have 25 minutes to shoot, it’s important to set it up for success. Big families, toddlers who need a long warm up time and babies will do better with a regular session so we can relax and not have time constraints.

How do I schedule a Mini Session?

A limited number of sessions are available throughout the year and are reserved quickly. The best way to schedule your session is to email or call the studio. The reservation fee is required at the time of scheduling to hold your spot.

How is the Mini Session different from a typical session?

These sessions are 20-25 minutes long and have a specific date and location. You will have at least 20 proofs to choose from. Mini sessions cost $50 and regular weekend sessions cost $150.

A regular photo session provides a, custom portraiture experience. These sessions provide a wider variety of images to choose from and more location options. More importantly, these sessions are designed around your needs, with more time to bring out your family and child’s personality.

How do I order images from the Mini Session?

Approximately one-two weeks after the photo shoot, we will have an in-studio ordering session. During this session, I will show you a slideshow of your pictures and help you place your order. I have special software that will allow me to import a picture of your walls at home to show you exactly how your pictures will look on your wall to scale.

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MODEL SEARCH

Babies 8 months and younger (but not crawling yet)

I have been commissioned to create a series of photographs to be hung in the NICU at Eskenazi Health.

Research indicates that access to art and natural beauty play a positive role in the healing process. “The artists and selections, guided by input from our community and inspired by Eskenazi Health’s role in caring for it, represent the diversity and brilliance of our community and will carry forward Eskenazi Health’s deep and longstanding connection with the people of Indianapolis. But, most importantly, the Eskenazi Health art program will further enhance positive health outcomes for our patients,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO and medical director at Eskenazi Health. “We are committed to creating a comforting environment of health and healing for our patients, visitors, staff and our community, and the selected works of art contribute to this characteristic of our new, modern and efficient facilities.”

I am searching for Indianapolis babies to be the subjects of this body of work.

Requirements:

  • Baby must be 8 months or younger and not crawling yet.
  • The parents/guardians must sign a release that will allow me to publish your baby’s name and photographs which will be hung at Eskenazi Health.
  • Photographs must be taken before June 15, 2016.
  • Photo session must take place in my studio on the north side of Indianapolis.

If you are interested in being a part of this unique opportunity in which your child’s photograph will become a permanent piece of art that will inspire hope and happiness in parents of babies in the Eskenazi NICU, please email a photo of your baby and your contact information, including phone number, to sonja@moonbugphotography.com

After I look at the applicants, I will contact you if I think your baby is a good match for this project.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Moonbug Photography baby model search Indianapolis

Moonbug Photography baby model search Indianapolis

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