ATLANTA | April 2019

Happy Monday to you!

Towards the end of last month, I shared that I was coming back to Atlanta in April! Booking opened up last week to the mailing list, and now? Just 3 spots are left! 😲 I even added an extra one just so I’d have the opportunity to work with at least one more person while I’m in town :)

Check out the info below if you’d like to grab one of the last few spots!

The following sessions are available for booking in Atlanta from Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7:

Please note: If no dates are shown as available, the time has been booked. You’re welcome to inquire if you’re interested in a time that’s not shown as available, but I cannot guarantee calendar availability.

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This session is perfect if you're just looking for a updated photos for your career. You'll for sure walk away with a few great headshots, but full body photos are included as well.

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This session is perfect to celebrate a milestone for yourself or your family. Or if you're feeling cute and just want to shoot :)

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This session is for the entrepreneur in need of full brand imagery. You'll walk away with a versatile final gallery with images that you can use across your online platforms and for print marketing.

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This session is specifically designed for photographers looking to improve their natural light portrait photography. Please view the full course description here. This is an all day (roughly 7 hour) session.


Ready to secure your spot?
Just click on the button above for the service that you'd like, and you can book right away!

Have any questions?
Click over to the
FAQ page! You can also shoot me an email if you don’t see your question there, and I'd be happy to answer it for you!

I look forward to creating with you in Atlanta!

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2019 Headshot Special | Specials

Following up on the last post about brand photos… I have something that you'll definitely be interested in if you're looking to update your headshots this year:

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The 2019 Headshot Special!

Last year was the first year the Mini Headshot Special was held and it received such great feedback that I decided to bring it back for year two!

Just a quick note: Booking was first available to the mailing list, and now it’s open to the general public, so if you're thinking about booking, you might want to move on it. There WERE 6 spots available. Now? Only 2 are left. Check out the full details below!

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Here are the details:

The Mini Headshot Special will be booked in 60 minute increments- with makeup taking place first, photo session to follow.

This special is $425 and includes the following: 
• Professional makeup application for 1 
• 20 minute headshot session for 1* 
• One outfit 
• Your choice of 3 retouched high-resolution images (w/ option to purchase additional)

*Full body photos will be included, for a diverse final gallery to choose from!

To take advantage of this: You must be located in (or willing to travel to) Washington, DC. Your session must be booked no later than February 1, to be photographed on February 23. All headshot sessions will be photographed at an awesome indoor location in Washington, DC! (So we'll be good to go no matter what the weather is doing outside :)

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Not so sure? Maybe you'd enjoy hearing from someone who participated in last year's Mini Headshot Special:

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"I have been following DFinney's work for years! I've always loved her vivid coloring and ability to capture real moments in ways that still look polished. When I worked with her for my headshots, she exceeded my expectations 20x over! I never felt like I was able to capture who I am in photos, but Danni gave me great direction and made me feel so comfortable- and my pictures showed it! I LOVED working with her (loved the process and her organization), and I hope to work with her again soon!" 
-Tara Carter


Looking for a bit more than headshots? Check out the regular business session packages to see if one of those would be a better fit for you!

Additional questions? View the FAQs and feel free to shoot me an email if you have a question that's not answered there!

I look forward to hearing from you soon and creating awesome business imagery with you next month!

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2019 Business [Photo] Goals + Ideas

This week I've been talking about my difficulty with goals and shared a couple books that have been helpful to me... but I want to expand on that a little.

Along the lines of making steps towards your goals, but not being quite sure how to execute, I want to share a resource to help when it comes to business photos! After all I am a photographer, right? Sidenote: I do want to thank you for allowing me the space to share more than just photos with you :)

One year ago today, I released my FREE GUIDE to Better Brand Photos and it has since taken on a life of its own, with almost 500 downloads! I can't tell you how happy I am that’s been such a helpful resource to those looking to make the most out of their business photos!

But that’s just one piece of what I have for you today- I’m really pumped about today’s post- where you get to see brand photos IN ACTION! I’m talking about websites, podcast graphics, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram profiles, about pages, media features, you name it.

This post is chock full of links to please click away! Each photo is linked to where you can see the images in use online.

Websites

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when I visit a website that has beautiful imagery. It immediately makes me want to learn more about the person, service, or product I’m researching! It’s an honor to provide my clients with custom photography to present their brand in a warm and personable manner. Here are just a few of my lovely clients who put their photos to excellent use on their websites!

Jenée Padmore

Tamika Felder

Amber Wright

Naché Snow

Media Features

The perfect accompaniment to your media feature is a great photo!

Dr. Joy Bradford
Forbes

Arsha & Charles Jones (Capital City Co.)
Black Enterprise

Bio/About PageS

Not every brand’s website lends itself well to using their photos throughout. This is especially the case when it comes to fellow creatives. Their website is to showcase THEIR work, not mine :) But a great photo is always welcome on the about page!

Janelle Jaqueline

Andrea Pippins

Podcasts

Just like an album cover, a great podcast cover can MAKE you want to listen! It’s a true honor to be the photographer for these amazing women entrepreneurs.

Social Media

Of COURSE social media is one of the top things people think about for the use of their photos, but I included it last because there are just way too many to share so I’ll only do a few (each social profile is linked below their name).

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Dr. Joy Bradford

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Nicole Walters

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Stacy Pierce

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Alison Hector

That was cool, right!

This was a lot of fun compiling, yet it’s only a very small fraction of the brand photos currently in use!

I wanted to share this because sometimes you can make strides towards a goal you have, but making those last few steps can be daunting when they’re not clear. So... if one of your goals for the new year is to take (or update) your business photos, I got you! Download the brand guide and save this post as a reference for ideas on how you can best use your images once you have them :)

And because I’m in such a sharing mood, I’m going to tell you a secret- if you’ve been thinking about updating your headshots, save the date of February 23, 2019 and sign up for the mailing list ASAP! I’ll be sharing something exclusively with them on Monday :)

Thanks for rocking with me this week, I hope you have a great weekend!

The (not so) Little Things

“We’ll get there by making small adjustments, little by little and taking it one moment at a time.“


In last week’s post, I mentioned that I am working on making adjustments to get a healthier mode of operating going and today I wanted to share some of the “little things” that have been helping me along in that process!

Before I get to that though, I want to talk briefly about goals.

Ya’ll.

Goals are hard! At least for me they are.

Trying to identify and differentiate between what I want, what I need, what’s best for me… vs. societal influence, expectations others may have, and my own negative/limiting thoughts… THAT’S what’s hard.

Then attempting to visualize and break down said goals into actions while depressive thoughts attempt to suffocate them? Man.

When I tell you it’s a daily struggle, it is just that.

BUT I have found that shrinking my goals down to verrry small steps has been helpful in tricking my brain to have a bit less resistance to the changes.

How am I doing that?

Well, that leads me to what I want to share today- two books that I’ve found quite beneficial:

Master Your Time in 10 Minutes a Day and Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results.


These books have easily been some of the most helpful books I’ve read in quite some time. They take the “baby steps” concept and break it all the way down, showing you just HOW to do so.

For me, baby steps have always been hard because I want to do all of the things! Now! And sometimes I can! But… most times I can’t. And to be honest, not only is that not sustainable, but that’s not how lasting change happens. It happens gradually, and these books do a wonderful job at showing you how to harness that power.

This is the shorter of the two books and gives you a new way of thinking about not only time management, but life management. And how much you can really get done during the course of each day- when your goals are clear, and you set aside time (even a little time) for what’s important to you.

This book goes a little more in depth on the science behind why this method works (which I always find intriguing because I love learning more about how our brains work), and guides you through a few different ways that you can successfully implement mini habits into your daily routine.

What makes these so different from other habit books? In short, the fact that it encourages you to break down your goals so that they’re so stupidly small, you feel silly avoiding it. Not only that, but the fact that you’re making such small commitments, they bypass the brain’s natural inclination to resist change.

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I know everyone’s journey is different, but whether you’re looking to make progress with your personal or professional development, daily habits are key. If you’ve struggled with trying to implement changes (which, I feel like we all have in some form or fashion), I highly suggest giving these a read, or a listen- they’re both on audible as well.

I’d love to hear what you think after you have a chance to check them out!

What are some “little things” (books or otherwise) that have been helpful to you in your efforts to make changes?

Reset | Truthy Tuesday

I had “big plans” for the fall of 2018. Then… I had big plans for winter 2018… Then, those turned into big plans for early 2019… And now? Well I’m not sure.

I’ve been so depressed, anxious, and distracted for much of… well truthfully, all of the past year, but I kept going. I kept pushing because I had no choice, or so I thought. I kept pushing because “that’s what you’re supposed to do”. Life doesn’t stop just because you’re going through it, so I picked up my pieces and kept going. Kept working, kept producing, kept trying… until I didn’t want to anymore.

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I was tired. The heaviness became too much and it felt more harmful than helpful carrying on as “normal”, when I felt anything but… like I’d been limping along all year on a broken bone, not stopping to tend to the “injury”, rest, or give myself time to heal.

And just like a physical broken bone left untreated causes more damage, that’s exactly how I started to feel. My confidence, self-worth, and motivation (to name a few) took a serious hit. I began second guessing everything and every thought kept coming back to “eh, it doesn’t matter”, “I’m not good enough”, “no one cares”, “what’s the point”.

All lies.

But lies my depressed brain quickly latched onto, and made trying to execute anything feel downright impossible.

Although I managed to keep up with client work, that’s where the bulk of my energy was going, which left me little to do much else, so I knew things had to change.

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A few months ago, I made the decision to take a shooting break from mid December to early February so that I could have time to rest, reset and try to get a healthier mode of operating going…

And.

Well, it’s not pretty, but it’s going.

I find that it’s easy to romanticize the idea of change, when the process of making changes is rarely a pretty one. It’s actually really hard.

And although coming to that realization can be discouraging, I’ve been trying to remind myself that betterment is a process that requires a notice of and an appreciation for the little things, even more so when managing life with a mental illness.

So why am I sharing this now? Well unfortunately I don’t have a happy ending- yet. But I really want to. And something tells me that I’m not alone in feeling how I do.

The start of a new year can bring up all kinds of feelings, but I’ve been having to constantly remind myself that I’m not on anyone else’s time frame, and maybe you have to do that too.

Although I’m disappointed that my mental health sometimes causes things to take a bit longer than I’d like, I’m not going to stop trying.

So I leave you with this word of encouragement: whatever changes you’re trying to make, I hope that you’re able to be patient with yourself. We’ll get there by making small adjustments, little by little and taking it one moment at a time.

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