Category Archives: Headshots

Brooklyn, NYC headshot photographer Petra Romano takes photos of you for your website, social media, marketing and promotional products.

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.

Chef, Health Coach and Yoga Teacher in One!

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Arianna Sertoli is a triple threat: clever chef, knowledgeable health coach and patient yoga teacher. She is a very warm person and easy to talk to. I asked her a little more about what she does and what inspires her. See the mini interview lower.

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Arianna, tell me exactly what do you do and what inspires you?

I am an Italian enthusiast woman living in the hectic New York City, owning my business as a private chef, health coach and yoga teacher. I live in Brooklyn and I spread my love around.

To start as a private chef this entails that I cook a lot, the kitchen is my sanctuary. I organize supper clubs in various locations to debunk the idea that healthy food is not tasty. I bring healthy farm to table, local and homemade to the table. I also believe that at home you should learn how to cook and make simply meals for you and your family to stay healthy and happy. Here is where I come into, and teach you how to make this happen.

As an health coach I work with man, women and young adult and focus on making changes to fit their mental and physical goal trough different methods. Everything is custom fit. Since we are all different and one diet doesn’t fit all.

I include yoga in my practice because I believe is a great way to bring movement to the body and there are many practices to learn and keep our mind calm. In today’s world we are always pushed with many worries and stresses with meditation we can clear our mind and become more focus, and with yoga movement we can strengthen the body is a more elegant and ligneous way then simply lifting weights.

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My guess is that as as a health coach you suggest incorporating a lot of vegetables and fruits in your clients’ dishes. What do you personally prefer – vegetable or fruit?

I love all kind of mother earth fruits and vegetables. As a fruit I love summer ones, peaches, berries, watermelon or apricots, as veggies the leafy greens are delicious to me, as well as I adore pumpkins of any kinds and summer zucchini.

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What is your favorite dish?

I love fish and anything that goes with it is a winner for me. I am also a lover of guacamole (is so simple to make and good for you!)

 

What are you most excited about right now?

My Book coming out this summer! It took sometime to get the courage to do it and finally everything is falling into place. I wrote a in season cooking and yoga book that will bring you back to the simplicity of a healthy home cooked meal, as well as few yoga poses to make you feel open, relax and ready to embrace each season.

 

What’s your favorite quote?

Once a year go somewhere you have never been before -Dalai Lama-

 

When do you feel your most beautiful?

When I am next to my husband, when I do what I love, or simply when my skin has that golden tan color from the summer.
 
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I Put My Husband in Front of the Camera • Brooklyn, NYC Headshot/Profile Photo Photographer

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BEFORE

I cannot stress enough the importance of your LinkedIn (or other social media) profile photo! And I see so many dark and/or low quality ones. My husband himself had such a photo for a really long time (see the photo on the right). It changed once I “dragged” him  to the studio. Yes, I had to drag him because he had his concerns. He liked his previous photo, because he was in his working clothes. I said it was not a problem, he could wear whatever he wants. Also, he didn’t want a cheesy expression. Like that was going to happen! He knew he wouldn’t get away with it, cheesy expressions are not my specialty.

Anyway, I think we nailed it! His current photo:

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And here is what usually happens during any headshot shoot:

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What is your concern or your excuse for not having a decent profile photo?

Ashley, Latin Ballroom Dancer • NYC Portrait Photographer

Ashley is such a talented girl! Beside her being a little fire cracker, she is a zumba addict and a yoga lover. But her main focus is on being a latin ballroom dancer. I had a chance to see her performing and I think she is amazing!

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Yoga Instructor Headshots and Portraits • Brooklyn, NYC

Meredith is one of the most amazing and sweetest yoga instructors in Brooklyn, NYC.The photos below were taken on top of the roof. Why on top of the roof? Simply because that is exactly the place where the yoga classes take place (with Meredith teaching) whenever the weather allows it. Yes, I myself attend and love them. Enjoy the photos and remember to get in touch with me to schedule your photo session!

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