10 Tips to Looking Absolutely Beautiful in Your Photos

10 Tips to Looking Absolutely Beautiful in Your Photos

A few days ago, I posted a new profile picture to Facebook.

Within the first 5 minutes of posting, I got 1, 3, 5, 10 likes and within just a few hours, my photo got over 100 likes and nearly 30 comments.  Comments poured in that read: “beautiful!, “gorgeous!, stunning!” I was floored, then I became intrigued. What was it about my profile picture and pictures in general that generate such a high response from our friends and colleagues? I noticed this same phenomenon when a recent photo client of mine posted her headshots.  Here she is:

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Express Your True Colors, Do What You Love

Express Your True Colors, Do What You Love

Portraits that capture your true brand essence

You’ve got big dreams. You are doing meaningful work and making an impact in the world doing work that you love. So when it comes to being the face behind your brand, your photo is the key piece that can create a genuine, authentic connect between you and your audience.

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Evan | NYC Battery Park Headshots

Take a good look at this face. This is the face of a man following his dream all the way from beautiful California to New York City. Meet Evan everyone!

Evan is a dancer and is incredibly passionate about not only his craft but for life! I loved learning all about him, his work, and adventurous life. I am honored to have him as my client. 

Take a look at a recent head shot session with Evan!

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Portraits for a Cause

I am literally sitting here in my living room with the tv on news channel 4 listening to the updates since Hurricane Sandy this past Monday. Even my boyfriend (who’s working from home while his office tries to restore power) just turned to me and said “I feel like every day the reports get worse and worse about the devastation of this storm”.

I agree.

Not beyond my wildest dreams did I imagine the storm would do so much destruction. On Monday evening I sat here in my Queens apartment listening to the whirling winds outside without even a clue of the destruction it was wreaking in Manhattan, parts of the Jersey shore, and even worse Staten Island.  Days later since the storm, the reports keep coming in about storm related deaths and those people who are without homes left stunned wondering how to pick up the pieces of their lives.

I recognize how incredibly fortunate I am to be sitting here with working electricity, food in the refrigerator, and a warm bed to lay in at night.  I recognize how many people out there aren’t as lucky.

I watch the news as reporters interview homeowners standing in front of rubble of what used to be their home. Soaken teddy bears and broken picture frames laying on the ground covered in mud.

Part of me feels so helpless. I can’t even imagine the despair they must be going through. So I started researching volunteer centers and evacuation shelters that could possibly use my help to start rebuilding and help uplift others to move forward through this. I scanned my heart for the answers that felt good to my soul. And then I realized how I'd like to help.

For the next week every portrait or headshot session you book with me, I will be donating a portion of the sale to the Red Cross in support of Hurricane Sandy victims.

Here is the breakdown:
  • Portrait Sessions @ $450, 20% to Red Cross..................$90 goes to Red Cross
  • Headshot Sessions @ $175, 15%  to Red Cross..........$26.25 goes to Red Cross

It doesn’t seem like much but at least 5 portrait sessions could mean a $450 donation to the Red Cross. Every little bit helps.
Photo Credit: Unknown

November marks the month of gratitude and I have so much to be thankful for. Hurricane Sandy helped me to realize that.

So if you want to join me in this effort of giving, please sign up for one of my Portraits for a Cause Sessions below.

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With Love & Light,



Headshots for Entrepreneurs

There is something so inspiring about hearing a person talk about their goals and dreams. You feel how much it lights them up, fuels them, and is the thing that they are uniquely capable of giving to the world. Somehow you just know that this person is going to do great things in the world. They are on the cusp of bringing their dream business out of their heads and into the world.

In the beginning, as an entrepreneur, you are putting the pieces of your venture together to introduce a new part of you into the world, especially as business owners, artists, and creatives.  You are building a business or creating a body of work as extension of who you are.

In developing my own business, I realize the importance of connecting a  real face to a business.  Behind the words of a mission statement or a business page on Facebook, having an image that conveys truth, personality, and quality is imperative. It communicates volumes about your work ethic and professionalism  long before a client even hires you.

I’d like to give you the type of image that you would be proud of; that encompasses the essence of who you are and the work you bring into the world. I take time in getting to know you and your goals so that on the day of the shoot, our vision can come together to portray your greatest asset, YOU.

What you’ll get from me as your photographer is: over four years of experience with a photographer that knows first hand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur, a comfortable relaxing photo session that seems more like a hangout than an actual photo shoot, and the life coach in me that will bring out the very best in you from the inside out. 

The details:

  • One 45 minute photo session w/ up to two wardrobe changes
  • proofing gallery to view your photos
  • 10 images for you to keep
  • $175.00


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Here’s what a few clients had to say:

 Wow.  I feel very happy... YOU are helping my business become a reality.  - Pamela Malo, Nourish to Flourish

I can’t wait to get them on my website & business cards! Thanks again so much for your beautiful work. - Christopher Cooley, Classical Pianist

Oh.  My.  God!!!  These are THE BEST photos I believe I've ever had taken!  I am BEYOND thrilled!  Wow, you're amazing, Ariane! I originally thought I would use whatever good shots I got from this shoot and combine them with other shoots I've had for the images on my website.  But after seeing these, I don't want anyone else's but your photographs on my site.  They are astoundingly beautiful. I can't express how FREAKING PLEASED i AM!  Thank you, thank you, thank you, - Andy Monroe, Singer/Songwriter

'I Do' in Central Park | NYC Surprise Engagement Proposal

I truly believe that everyone that you meet in your life is sent to you on purpose. From the stranger you strike up a conversation with in the grocery store to the person you spend the rest of your life with. There are no coincidences and nothing is left to chance.

So when Ben told me the story of how they first met on a dating site; they lived in the same town, had the same mutual friends, but had NEVER met each other before, I knew that something beautiful had brought them together.

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A Walk in the Park | NYC Portraits | Joseph Masi

I was fortunate enough to meet Joseph Masi through my Life Coach training program. Joseph is a life coach himself and I'm so glad I had the chance to meet and work with him not only as my instructor but as my own personal life coach and now my photo client.

I so enjoyed doing this photo session with Joseph! Being around him, you get to enjoy his fun personality, openess to trying new ideas, and great conversation in between snapping photos! 

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