Monday, March 31, 2014

"From The Archives" an art show celebrating a decade of photography


 stay tuned for clues.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Your Face is a Part of Your Brand

What does a Headshot/Profile image mean to me?
The purpose of headshots is understood in the acting/modeling world, but is becoming a necessity in the business world as well.  With the incredibly rapid growth of social media it's not just actors and models in need of distinguishing themselves visually.  In the business world today, we could all use a good headshot or profile image.  You want your client, fan, colleague to recognize you and stay with you.  But... that should not be all!  People make a lot of judgements on that first impression.  Your face is a part of your brand and drawing people in is not just done with good lighting.

Your image does count!  First impressions are lasting impressions, and although sometimes misleading, research shows that in many situations, our impressions of other people can be quite accurate.  It takes just one-tenth of a second for us to judge someone and make our first impression.

Your profile shot is on your website, linkedin, Facebook fan page, etc.  You are getting published and media is passing your information around.   If you've invested in a web site, a logo and then just throw any old photo of yourself on your social media sites and web, what are you telling your audience about who YOU really are?  Be prepared and forward thinking... You Do Need to Brand Your Face (chuckle)!

How does it make a difference?  

If you are a CEO and have your favorite photo someone took of you at a wedding on your website... what are you telling your colleagues?  That you look good in a suit and might throw back a couple drinks and chat a little.  But if you have a profile shot at your desk, it looks strong, engaged and capable, that is a very different first impression.  You are saying you are doing business.  I can count on you! 

If you are a classical musician, you likely have many projects that define you and distinguish you in your field.   Any old shot of you with your instrument is Not going to distinguish you with that first impression.  If you are a writer in a specific field, you need a shot that brands and reflects that.  If you are a talk show host you need an image that reflects that voice!  That profile shot needs to be as unique as you are.    

You should ask questions about yourself and your target audience.  Turn that profile image into something that is grabbing your potential client, colleague or fan, the way it should.  

Now go get 'em, engage, brand!!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Profiling for Business an experience with Sugar Plum

I work with several businesses in town and whether it be a short relationship to get them off the ground visually or a long term relationship working to help them develop themselves visually over time... it really is one of the most rewarding sides of what I do.

I just received an amazing compliment from one of my clients and thought I'd share:

Working with Rosemary Wagner has been one of the best decisions we have made for our business. The amount of creativity she infuses into her work is incredible to behold.

As tempting as cheap, stock photography is, it pales compared to the branding opportunity we have made with her one-of-a-kind shots. Our latest campaign has been so successful at setting us apart, that strangers have told us they recognize our business when we describe the photographs.

When we set out to build this brand, we had a very specific vision in mind. Not only has she kicked it up to a whole new level, but the campaign has successfully crossed us over from a female-only clientele to one of the spas of choice for men in Seattle.

Rosemary is also a delight. We recommend her without reservation. You could not make a better choice for your business.

~Camilla Fogle and Julie Mains
Owners, Sugar Plum Spa

Working with Sugar Plum a unique service required a unique approach and we thought to go all the way!!!  Sugar Plums campaign is not the same as our others, each one takes careful thought and eye catching creativity to capture the target audience in a glance.  Thank you Sugar Plum for trusting me to help you grow your business!



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Photo Therapy

There are two great ways to get a little "me" therapy with photography.

 One: Go out and take a walk with your camera. Photograph everything you like and remember this is a reflection of you and it's for you.

 Two: Get photographed! Many women often say, next year when I lose weight, I hate pictures of myself or I've never had a good photo taken. I have some photos out there of myself, that I wonder (cringe), if that's what I really look like. Or walk out the door without looking in the mirror and then shockingly catch a glimpse of my tired unkept self. Those images that I carry around with me are not very beautiful. And while they can be a true reflection of who I was at that moment, they are not a true reflection of who I am all together. Yet I carry those yucky images around with me into my day to day. Besides the outer beauty question, we so often can't see ourselves the way others see us. We are so hard on ourselves and I can't tell you how many times I hear exhausted mothers tell me that they look in the mirror and don't even know who that person is.

 When I have ladies walk in the door with me, nerves and excitement are common. Conversations can go from what it's like to be a woman in your 30's, 40's, 50's, what it feels like to never have been the pretty girl, what it means to love yourself. There are tears, frustrations, and laughter that come out in these sessions. And then there's a piece of art. You. A new perspective of yourself. This is the one that you don't look at in the mirror in the morning or the one just before bed when your are totally exhausted and finally get a minute with yourself. This is the image that you look at over and over and say, now who is that pretty lady? Who is that strong woman? I want to thank my friend Sarah for coming into the studio for one of these sessions and allowing me to post this image of her. Sarah, I hope this image captures the beautiful, thoughtful artist side of you, while maintaining your strength. Love, Rose

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States

In honor of the few days we have left before the election I am very proud to share my images of President Obama.  I'd have to say this was one of the most remarkable moments in my life.  

Tori and Bobby introduce Oliver!

This session took place in our Downtown Seattle Studio (89 Yesler).

Friday, April 20, 2012

Dear Jane

Dear Jane,

I met you when you were just a few days old.  I don't know how I knew but I knew that we would know you your whole life.  It wasn't too long after that, your mom and I decided to be sisters.  Meaning even if we make each other mad, we've got to work it out.  Ha... I don't think that's ever happened though.  We always look forward to seeing you!  I'm so glad Hanna, Caleb and You have such a fun friendship like your Mom, Brian and I have.

Thanks for letting me take some pictures of you this past visit!



Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Vintage Wedding Fair! 2012

About The Fair

The 3rd Annual NW Vintage Wedding Fair!
Saturday, March 31, 2012
1 PM - 6 PM
$8 per person, $10 per couple
Vintage Marketplace with authentic, vintage wedding goods for sale, vintage-inspired vendors, products and services offering the best for our nostalgia-loving guests!

**New this year!**
Early Admission 12-1 PM
Come early and enjoy champagne, light appetizers, a vendor goodie bag and the chance to be the first to browse our amazing selection of vintage-infused vendors selling their one of a kind goods! $12 per person, $15 per couple

Greenwood Square
8420 Greenwood Ave N. (Entrance at NE Corner across from the Chase Bank parking lot)
Seattle, WA 98103

A Little History...
In 2009 friends, business partners and vintage-lovers Rosemary Wagner (a wedding photographer), and Laurie Kearney (a bride to-be) had an idea. The two decided to create an event in 2010 that would bring inspiring, vintage-infused vendors together with vintage-loving couples to make planning a wedding that much simpler.
2010 NW Vintage Wedding Fair at Ghost Gallery
The NW Vintage Wedding Fair has grown from a boutique trunk show to become THE venue where couples can find authentic vintage wedding treasures, nostalgic and handmade items, unique local vendors and oodles of inspiration all in one place. In its 3rd year, couples will find the event at its biggest and best, offering an array of vintage-styled wares, jewelry, services, favors, photographers and much more.

“Brides have always loved nostalgic details, but over the past decade we are seeing entire weddings designed with vintage looks. And WOW, couples are really doing some beautiful things to celebrate!” ~ R. Wagner

Who We Are...

Rosemary Wagner is a Seattle-based wedding photographer and the owner of Rosemary Photography. Rosemary works to create personal, storytelling images that illuminate the beauty and individuality of people and their relationships.

Laurie Kearney is the founder of Ghost Gallery, a unique gallery/boutique located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. She also curates and hosts off-site artistic events, bringing sophisticated & accessible art to more people via traditional and non-traditional venues.

Sarah Smith is the owner of Deeds & Petunia. Her DIY tutorials and wedding creations have been featured in numerous publications and blogs, her most recent contribution can be found in the Spring Issue of Altered Couture Magazine.

Interested in Becoming a Vendor?
Please see our Vendor Info page for more information on how to apply for a space at our event. ***This year's event is full, but please keep in touch for future events***

Event Sponsorship and Advertising
Interested in becoming an event sponsor, preferred vendor or blog advertiser? For detailed information, request a media packet - send an email to thevintageweddingfair@gmail{dot}com

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Family Affair

Aspiring Photographer

Among a few people that I mentor, my daughter is one of my students as well.
These are her latest images:

My daughter is now 11 and has been in front of the camera as guinea pig and model. A few years back she was surprised when I handed her a camera at a wedding and said go for it! She's since learned how to shoot photo booth and is now working on more creative works. I believe in learning manual only. So while it takes a while to absorb, I set her settings while talking about it each time. Why do we need a higher ISO, how do we creatively use aperture in this situation, how low of shutter speed can you hand hold.

When approaching situations in public, it can be a little intimidating to shoot next to other photographers. So you might feel shy about getting the best angle. Lucky for Hanna, people were generally excited to see her shoot, so it was a little easier for her to get in there. Don't be intimidated by other peoples gear. Many aspiring photographers have a little more to spend on their gear, but this shouldn't hold you back from making just as good if not better images.

The one thing I love about Hanna is how thoughtful she is about her shot before taking it and the patience she has with shooting it. Wait for it... it's probably the best advice I can give in photojournalism and portraiture. Hanna knows this instinctively. Compose, Focus, Wait, Shoot.

We often talk about different angles, how can you make this shot more interesting.

Were we just lucky? The female lion was taking a nap when we arrived, but once she saw us, she got up walked over straight towards Hanna's camera. That was lucky. But, with a moving animal and glare on the window. You've got to be ready to get the shot. I'm so impressed with the portrait she took of her. And how about that yawning snake? I've never seen a snake do that. Check out the expression on the hawk and the Sun bear on his back.

Great work Hanna!