Category Archives: Photoshoots in the studio AND outdoors

Photoshoots in the Brooklyn, NYC studio and outdoors by portrait photographer Petra Romano.

Plandid, Candid and Posed Portraits • Brooklyn, NYC Lifestyle, Website, Headshot and Boudoir Photographer

Have you heard about the “plandids” yet? People started to go crazy for these types of photos on the Instagram. Honestly, it seems so funny to me. Why? Because in a way I have been doing exactly these kind of images for a really long time now. And it never occurred to me to call them plandids. I simply call them candid/lifestyle photos. And they are pretty much my signature, specialty. But I use a bit different technique than the one described in the article.
So, how do I achieve this style of images? I do not make my clients repeat one action over and over and over. There are only certain things I direct, the rest is leaving freedom to the person being photographed. This way I capture the real personalities. For example I point to a location that would be perfect for a certain action suggesting the client to walk towards me, look to the side or give me a fun spin around. And there IS a lot of action going on during the session. This is to achieve a variety of shots. I know you all need them for your social media. They all need to have a different feel too. Yes, I’m talking to you, small business owners, entrepreneurs and other professionals – you especially need to show yourself on your website and social media as your potential clients are always curious who is behind the brand. This is a great way to connect with the right potential clients. The images need to be personal but not forced, creative and real in the same time.
The variety created during the boudoir session is excellent for telling a story. The one we print in a form of the Signature Album, the most loved specialty product.
So, do I ever take those beautiful/posed portraits? Yes, I do. Those classic portraits are the ones that are used for profile photos. Or, in the case of boudoir, these end up framed on the desk of the partner.
Leave a comment below or email me letting me know how you feel about the plandids. Is it something you would like to achieve for your social media or private use? If you answered yes, let’s set you up with a photo session. Call or email me to schedule your photo shoot.  I would love to work with you as this is exactly what I love to achieve in the photos and what I strongly believe in.

Personal Branding Photo Session for Communications Consultant for Entrepreneurs • Brooklyn, NYC Website and Blog Photographer

Anybody else starting to feel more alive and full of energy now that the spring came? You should take an advantage of it. Now is the time to sit down and plan and more importantly execute!

I always wanted to update my website and make it more useful and productive. But to be honest I’m not super good at writing. Deep down I knew I needed a help. That’s when I met Amanda! And I knew this was it, this was what I’ve been waiting for. 

Amanda Berlin is a communications consultant for entrepreneurs. I asked her a few questions, see below.

Photo of Amanda Berlin for her website, social media and newsletter by Petra Romano Photography

Amanda, communications consultant for entrepreneurs is a mouth-full! What does it exactly mean? 

I help entrepreneurs who are running soul-powered businesses articulate who they are and what they do. I help them write web copy, tell their story, and spread their message in the media. 

Photo of Amanda Berlin for her website, social media and newsletter by Petra Romano Photography

Can you tell an example when you helped one of the entrepreneurs and how it benefited her/him? 

I have helped my clients get featured in magazines and newspapers as well as online on podcasts and blogs. One of my favorite examples is of a client who is an activist for humans and reproductive rights. We got her a big feature in the feminist publication Bustle right around the time of International Women’s Day.

Photo of Amanda Berlin for her website, social media and newsletter by Petra Romano Photography

Where do you get your inspiration from? 

My clients and the people I talk to on my podcast provide the most inspiration. I find it so useful to interact with people who I can help so I can learn more about how I can help others like them. 

Photo of Amanda Berlin for her website, social media and newsletter by Petra Romano Photography

Anything new coming up for you? Something we can all look forward to?

I am launching a new service called Empowered Publicity, where I work with clients one on one to find their media opportunities and build a foundation for their brand. 

Photo of Amanda Berlin for her website, social media and newsletter by Petra Romano Photography

If you could give one advise to my readers, entrepreneurs, what would that be? 

Think about what you have to teach to various audiences and then find media outlets that will offer you those opportunities. 

You have something important to say, you have stories to tell, you have something that someone out there needs…you don’t have to wait until you have the perfect website or everything figured out before you start putting yourself out there.

Where can we learn more about you? and

Photo of Amanda Berlin for her website, social media and newsletter by Petra Romano Photography

New Year, New Shoot • NYC Glamour and Contemporary Portrait

Winter is not going to stop me from photographing outdoors. In fact, it’s the winter that has a beautiful soft light most of the daylight. Too cold out there? No problem, we can combine indoor and outdoor scenes.

Below are the photos from such shoot with Lilith. She is a model and was looking to have some glam headshots taken. Enjoy!


Having a Concept is Essential

Hearing the stories of people I’m about to photograph is very important not just for me but primarily for them. The more I know about them, the better concepts we can come up with for their portraits.

Let me tell you a bit about Kalin Brown. She is an aspiring model. We wanted to come up with three concepts. I listened to her story and learned she plays violin. Instantly we had our first concept.


She also wanted images with a bit of bohemian flavor and use flowers.


And the third concept was to photograph outdoors and to aim for a softer, dreamier feel.


What is your story? And how would you like to be photographed?