Sharpen Your Skills To Work For Your Career Event

Francine and Dolores hosted a lunch time professional coaching event to help women focus on their branding, and building professional networks during face to face time with a group of coaches to help them get on track with their careers. It wasn’t an entire day, but more like a taste of what everyone is capable of doing.

Let me first say, this was my very first time that I actually DROVE into the city, like my own car. I’ve driven in Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, I mean, I LOVE TO DRIVE. So on this day, I met up with Dolores and she and I had quite a lot to bring in, and no way was it going to fit in her car. Mine on the other hand is a Subaru Outback Wagon Limited Edition, fully loaded. So we folded down the rear seats, got the cawfee and music going and we were off. I have to say, I’m really thankful that she was there, because she knew where to go. Apparently I drive like a taxi driver 😉 LOL

From the EventBrite link: “On February 22nd, please join me and my co-collaborator Dolores DeGiacomo and a curated group of expert career coaches for the “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch” micro-coaching experience where we focus on helping you with “the how” – how to manage your professional brand for success. Along with providing you with guidance on your brand, you will learn how you get others engaged, which starts with your professional network. Success is never achieved alone.

So, here’s what you’ll experience. Over the lunchtime, you will be paired with expert career coaches that have specific expertise in branding and building professional networks. They will provide you coaching and direct real-time feedback that you can apply the same day. Not only will you work with your expert coaches, but have the opportunity to network and have an amazing lunch prepared by a chef while hearing information and insights from myself and others to further ensure you leave with even more information and knowledge.”

The below descriptions of the amazing professional coaches are from Francine:

Nikkie Pryce: “Meet Nikkie Pryce, an inspiration to us, having earned the title, “self-love influencer” through her organization, The I AM Community. Nikkie will be joining the “Sharpen Your Skills Micro-Coaching” Team as an expert coach where she will be helping not only to inspire and motivate you, but help you put action to your dreams. Being in the media industry and working directly with the public, Nikkie has experience pushing people past their own created limitations and shares this in her recently released book, “Dreamer, Take Action!”. Nikkie speaks publicly at corporate conferences, empowerment events, women’s retreats, youth girl groups, schools, and church functions.Learn more about Nikkie at www.NikkiePryce.com; IG:@IAmNikkiePryce; Twitter: @IAmNikkiePryce.”

Anne Wargo: “Please meet Anne Wargo. Anne, will be joining me along with other experienced coaches for the “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch Micro-Coaching Experience” on Feb. 22nd, to share her wealth of experience. Anne has over 20 years of experience in organization strategy and culture change. She also focuses on helping individuals be the best they can so that they and their organizations can succeed in reaching their goals. Through her coaching practice, she helps professionals in managing and integrating the demands of their work and life, finding confidence to stand up for what they need to succeed in their roles, defining and honing their personal brand and more. Learn more about Anne’s work at annewargoconsulting.com “

Jamie Lee :”Please meet Jamie Lee, born in South Korea where she shares that negotiating was considered a way of daily life. It’s no wonder she has taken that amazing skill and translated that into helping ambitious women negotiate and lead with authentic power. Jamie is another professional coach joining me on February 22nd in NYC at “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch Micro-Coaching.” Jamie is a negotiation expert and consultant with She Negotiates. As a negotiation trainer, she has led workshops for Jefferies Bank, Chase, Penguin Random House, American College of Cardiologists, Baystate Health, Essence Digital, Girls Scouts Leadership Institute and more. I am so excited that Jamie will be joining us on Feb. 22nd! Learn more about Jamie’s work at jamie@shenegotiates.com.”

Matylda Czarnecka :”Meet Matylda Czarnecka, another amazing professional coach joining the “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience on Feb. 22nd. Matylda is a leadership coach.She supports ambitious, driven and successful trailblazers helping them gain clarity on what’s next and how to get there faster. Her coaching, informed by neuroscience and positive psychology, draws on research on how the brain can change and what it takes to create new habits and states of being. Her clients include professionals and entrepreneurs who are ready to become better leaders and create a powerful legacy. Learn more about Matylda at www.matylda.me

Stacey Cohen : “Meet Stacey Cohen. Stacey is a sought-after speaker, author and panelist in the realm of public relations, marketing, and personal branding. She will be one of the outstanding coaches at “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience” on Feb. 22nd in NYC. She is the founder of Co-Communications, Inc., an award-winning full-service public relations and marketing firm. Stacey brings a wealth of knowledge and has worked with businesses and individuals across a range of industries. Learn more about Stacey and her work at www.cocommunications.com

Jasmine Briggs :”Meet Jasmine Briggs. She is one of the impressive professional coaches joining me at “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience” on Feb. 22 in NYC. I am excited that Jasmine brings a wealth of experience in helping clients with career exploration, setting career goals, employment search techniques, and resume writing. She’s up to date on the job market and understands what it means to have an effective personal brand and how to have those top-notch interview skills ready to obtain the job or position you want. Jasmine has also guided and supported individuals in transitioning into new careers. Learn more about her work at www.jasminebriggs.com

Shamita Alwani : “Meet Shamita Alwani, one of the outstanding and professional coaches that will be joining me on February 22 in NYC for “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience” focused on coaching women about their professional brand and how to effectively engage their network. Shamita helps companies, teams and individuals rebuild trust and nurture change. She also teaches employees how to navigate their work environments, focus on priorities and how to pilot their own careers and development along with having a professional network that works for their success. Learn more about Shamita https://www.linkedin.com/in/shamita-alwani-kumar-9197ab4/

Kerry Cordero :”Meet Kerry Cordero, image coach and personal stylist also joining me at “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience on February 22nd in NYC. I am so very glad that Kerry will be sharing her expertise with everyone in the room including me (we all need a refresher or “visual brand check-up” from time to time). Kerry also owns and runs her own business, The First look Image. She knows about the importance of not only having the right “look”, but the importance of ensuing that it aligns with your brand and gives helps you achieve the right presence for success. Learn more about Kerry at www.thefirstlookimage.com

Niya Allen-Vaytell: “Meet Niya Allen-Vaytell. She is a brand builder, resume storyteller and to many known as a “resume ninja.” She is one of the amazing professional coaches joining me on February 22 in NYC for “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience” focused coaching women about their professional brand and how to effectively engage their network. We both look forward to seeing you there. Learn more about Niya and her company at www.careerglobal.co

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I love Francine’s Mission Statement:

I focus on the advancement of women. As I like to say, “I activate women for success.”
I do this through my public speaking, writing, curated and micro-networking events as well as specialized skill-building workshops. My focus is not only in personally investing in women but partnering with individuals and organizations that support advancing women to be leaders and influencers in their chosen fields.
As a black woman, I particularly understand and share the experience of many women regardless of race, ethnicity or nationality, having to work twice as hard to accomplish the same success as their male counterparts. I have witnessed and experienced the void of women in positions of leadership and authority in my own career journey.
I am a firm believer in sharing my wealth of knowledge and capital with those around me in turn helping them to excel in their chosen career paths. Thus, a portion of the funds from my events are always provided to philanthropic organizations focused on advancing women.
I believe that it takes many resources and support to move the agenda of advancing women to be influencers and leaders in their respective fields. No one achieves anything alone. I also see it as my responsibility to lend my expertise and experience; financial support; and professional network, as a career woman myself, to help drive this agenda.
Please join me at one of my micro-networking events, specialized skill-building workshops or grab a copy of my book, “The Ultimate Career Pocket Guide” to learn about the unwritten and unspoken skills that no one shares with you, but are essential for your career success.

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After the group photos, I did some super quick business portraits of Francine right before we had to leave the venue. I mean I set up the lights in 2 minutes, and started to shoot in 1 minute. These were her favorites, and to be honest, mine as well 🙂

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Here are the ones I did for Dolores, they were done outside at The Cakebox here in Bordentown, NJ at a different day.

Dolores DeGiacomo Business Portraits by Deirdre Ryan Photography www.headshotsbydeirdreryanphotography.comwww.deirdreryanphotography.com<br /> Shot on location at the Cakebox in Bordentown, NJ.

Dolores DeGiacomo Business Portraits by Deirdre Ryan Photography www.headshotsbydeirdreryanphotography.comwww.deirdreryanphotography.com<br /> Shot on location at the Cakebox in Bordentown, NJ.

Dolores DeGiacomo Business Portraits by Deirdre Ryan Photography www.headshotsbydeirdreryanphotography.comwww.deirdreryanphotography.com<br /> Shot on location at the Cakebox in Bordentown, NJ.

I love Dolore’s approach on LinkedIn:

:: WHO I WORK WITH

►► Entrepreneurs, organizations, and individual professionals; together we develop the behavior strategies and execution plans necessary for success.

►► Authors and Coaches whose work changes lives, but who want to get out of the ‘trading time for money trap’ and want to find a way to leverage their time and reach in more effective and profitable ways.

:: WHAT I DO

Facilitate change and motivate development using the Power Up! method; designed to focus on the thought patterns and behaviors needed to succeed and accelerates the process in all professional endeavors.

I coach individuals to create world-class, high-end, high-value Signature program that embody your expertise and creates multiple streams of income for you and your business, from entry level signature products all the way to your high ticket coaching packages.

:: HOW I DO IT

Partnering with individual professionals and organizations we work to develop leadership skills and success behaviors that align with professional and organizational goals.

Working with you to design, organize and create your Signature programs. Through a deep dive process we will work together, one on one, to map out your program: taking your big idea, and breaking it down into a step by step system, high value content program that people will want to buy.

:: YOUR NEXT STEP

To find out more and have an introductory conversation…

📅 schedule a meeting: https://calendly.com/email-7/powerup

Below is their book, The Ultimate Career Pocket Guide, I photographed them both for the back cover. To see more on this click on this link.
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For this event, I shot using 2 cameras, the Canon Mark 5D III and the Canon 6D with a 70-200mm f2.8L and 16-35mm f2.8L lenses. For the lighting, I brought 4 flashes, they were the Canon 600EX RTs and the Yongous 600EX RTs. The wireless Yongnuo trigger can fire off the Canon flashes, the the Canon can fire off the others.  The place looked like it had great natural light, BUT it was raining and overcast all day, so having all of those flashes were actually needed. I set them up on stands throughout the room and manually adjusted them from the trigger on my cameras.

I also brought 2 satin umbrellas and 1 Photek Softlighter. After this event was over, I had a headshot session to do for a client of Dolores. More on that later 🙂

After everything was over, Dolores and I had a nice meal at an Irish Pub on the same block, my husband was able to meet us, since he works in SoHo and then he drove all of us home.

Thanks once again for everyone’s support.

Here are other events I’ve photographed for Dolores and Francine:

Women In Business Helping Other women

Jimmy Choos and Walking Your Way To Success

 Are you ready to start your branding photography to go with your career, business or for your company? Let’s chat using the red chat window on the bottom right of the screen.

In Remembrance Of “Jackie”

My heart is heavy today.

I originally had this event on my older site that was for weddings, family and newborn portraits. However now that I’ve been back to commercial photography for some time, I didn’t put it back up as events are not my main focus.

However this is one of my many favorites.

Colleen approached me online about her mother, Dell’s, upcoming surprise 80th birthday and it was to be at the Mercer Oaks Country Club. She and I went to Notre Dame High School, Class of 1991, and hired me to photograph this beautiful event for them. It was such a lovely time filled with Irish music, dancing, food, laughter and memories.

The reason for this is that I just heard that Colleen’s father has passed away this week. You see him in these photos, dancing with her and her mother. Dell and John were married for many years and loved each other so very much. Back in Ireland, he was known as Jackie.

This is a post about the celebration of life, so I don’t want to talk about how he passed, my job is to document that and more. If you would like, you can read his obituary at the end of this post by scrolling down. Please enjoy these images from her big day with their family and friends. Thank you to everyone for giving me the opportunity to know you all and preserve this day.
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
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Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

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Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan PhotographySurprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan PhotographySurprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Click here to read John’s Obituary, thank you.

Holiday Family Portrait Session With The Moon At Sunset

My friend Rose Mary called saying that she would love to get some updated family portraits and lucky for us, the weather was still really nice outside. On this particular December afternoon, we scheduled the session around the time when the sun was setting and the moon was just about full. They have great neighbors who let us walk through their backyard and I photographed them all, including Phil, their dog, in a field with a red barn in the background. It was chilly, but it was still stunning out there. I brought my Westcott Rapid boxes to have my Canon 600RT EX fire off wirelessly because we were loosing light pretty quickly.

I wanted the kids to have fun and do whatever they wanted within reason. So we did the standard poses, but then I asked what they wanted to do.

Holiday Family Portrait Session in Columbus, NJ photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography www.deirdreryanphotography.com

Holiday Family Portrait Session in Columbus, NJ photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography www.deirdreryanphotography.com

Okay, I told them to give each other bunny ears LOL Then it was on to poses the kids wanted to try out.
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I asked if they wanted to jump over each other…
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Mom gets in for a photo 🙂
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Then it’s time to get them all separately…
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His karate moves….
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Last shot, it’s dark, and I wanted to have something super fun, like a leaf fight or everyone throw leaves up in the air, we got in in the last shot. By then, it got colder, we all had other places to go, Rose Mary got yummy hot chocolate for us all at Wawa(I’m addicted to that now, thanks Rose!), but we all had a lot of fun, and that was what I wanted. Everyone looking great, showing off their personalities, and having a great time.
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Thank you all so very much guys! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Do you want a session? Start a chat by clicking on the red button that says Get Started to contact me 🙂

The Successful Failures Album Ichor of Nettle Cover Art Photoshoot

Now that their album has launched, I can post some photos from our shoot.

In case you didn’t hear, it all started one night, I was at the show to watch Men Without Hats and The Successful Failures opened for them. Quite honestly, I was amazed, I was like holy shit, these guys are awesome! Then I posted that blog link, and Mick, the lead singer of the band contacted me. They really loved the photos that I shot. We went back and forth and next thing I knew, we were trying to get a date to photograph everyone for their next upcoming album. Even saw the band perform at the Chesterfield Inn, chatted with Mick’s dad along with our friends. That was a really good night.
Then this past January of 2017, we finally did and it was a cold day. I mean it wasn’t just cold, it was REALLY bitter cold, like it was about to snow with ice mixed in. And I had a gig at the NJPAC up in Newark that night too and the weather on the NJ Turnpike was horrible. But we got it done and I made it to that gig safely.

They wanted pictures of them at their recording studio and then I wanted to get some shots at a location in Bordentown, and we did, bitter cold or not, it got done! LOL

Inside while they were playing, I used one wireless Canon 600EX RT flash with a Westcott Rapid Box  on a lightstand. When I’m shooting, my goal is to not be there, or just be a part of the environment. And since I had to use the flash, I decided to be a part of the environment, we chatted, joked around, but I mainly listened and looked for cues. Being in an intimate session like this was great, getting to know the guys better in their studio surrounded by items that enable them to create was helpful for me. And for the most part, I just let them do what they do best, be themselves and play.
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It’s bitter cold and the temperatures dropping. These guys, I tell ya, I really love them. They take their warm coats and hats off and endure the temps and me telling them what to do for these shots. I love that they trusted me and what I wanted to do for them.

(Behind the Scenes Photo by David Ryan)
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So there’s a shot before this one, we’re all trying to get Ron to smile and he’s doing his best, and then Pete does his “thing” and that’s how this shot came to be. LOL
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Then we went across the street to my friend’s house because these row of colonial homes fit what I was looking for. So with her permission, we used her front porch. TheSuccessfulFailures2017-Deirdre Ryan Photography-351.jpg TheSuccessfulFailures2017-Deirdre Ryan Photography-352.jpg TheSuccessfulFailures2017-Deirdre Ryan Photography-360.jpg TheSuccessfulFailures2017-Deirdre Ryan Photography-358.jpg

Back in May they performed at Randy’s Man Cave and used one of the images I shot for the promotional poster and the single online. And of course I took pictures. The space is tiny and they had someone take video, and if you click on the link for Randy’s Man Cave, you’ll see it all there.

The album launch happened on October 20th, 2017 at The Record Collector. The Paper Jets opened for them and I am now a fan of them. The two bands compliment each other really well.

Working with the guys, collaborating, staying true to who they are, their brand, what they wanted for their new album was just awesome. I let them tell me what they wanted, listening to their ideas, and it went from there.

The Successful Failures gave me a copy of their CD, Ichor Of Nettle and I bought the LP, Into The Battle. Here’s what it looks like(I just used my iPhone SE):

At first I wasn’t sure about the cover art, and Mick was like, she’s going to KILL US. But honestly I thought well there has to be a reason behind it all. This is their vision to go with their music.

And then he showed me what happens when you pull out the insert:

Now that’s cool! These are the details you miss when you buy on iTunes or a digital download from Amazon. I recommend going to your local music store and buying the physical CD and ripping it to play on your iPod or phone. I also love seeing my name and work in physical print again 🙂

Below are two music videos to market their new album and in my next post, I’ll show images from their album launch with video from a guy who seems to be at every local band event. He’s super cool and I’m so glad that he’s there to document these.

Thanks to Mick, Pete, Ron and Rob for having me to photograph you and having a great time. I’m forever thankful to you guys! To see the album launch party at The Record Collector, CLICK HERE.

If you’re interested in having me as your photographer, please contact me and let’s get together to chat about your project. Thanks!

UPDATE:

Here’s more of my images, but this time in print for New Jersey Stage Magazine, thanks for the photo credit!

Rebranding Photography For Diverse Salon Day One

Denise and I have known each other for some time now, networking within the same circles since about 2010 with W.I.N. (Women Interested In Networking) with Terri Petri. The group used to meet once a month at Villa Mannino’s in Bordentown, NJ and the entire banquet room would be filled up with women just networking. It was a lot of fun, I’ve made many contacts and friends through that group.

Denise and her husband own a place in Mercer Mall on Route 1 called Great Looks For Less. We’ve been following each other on Instagram and we’re friends on Facebook, etc. One day she contacts me to contribute for an event and then asks about my photography for rebranding. She’s not not only rebranding her salon, but she’s franchising it. The new name is now called Diverse Style Salon. Their new website will be launching soon, for now please follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Before we did any shooting, we met up to discuss what she wanted for her business. Her branding, colours, logo, vision, etc. This was going to be two days of shooting. The first step was to get updated business portraits of her and Chase. We chatted about clothing and jewelry, hair and makeup was a no brainer of course! And they know how to pose, I didn’t want them to look un-natural, but I did want them to look their best and to bring out their beautiful personalities that they’re known for with their clients.
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When it came to photograph the two together, I didn’t want something really typical or boring. Chase had an idea that he wanted to try, so we went with it.Diverse Salon Denise and Chase Taylor 2017 Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography www.deirdreryanphotography.comDiverse Salon Denise and Chase Taylor 2017 Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography www.deirdreryanphotography.com

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This is the last shot and it’s actually my favorite of this gorgeous husband and wife team together.

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They also requested one with the front desk and their new logo and signage.  The one below is my personal favorite.Diverse Salon Denise and Chase Taylor 2017 Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography www.deirdreryanphotography.com

Once they get their new website up and running, then I’ll post the other images from Day Two of this wonderful branding photoshoot!

If you’re interested in having me as your photographer, please contact me and let’s get together to chat about your project. Thanks!

6 Months of Cuteness for the L. Family

I know Molly and Clint from photographing their wedding back in October 2012. I may not photograph weddings anymore, but as with most of my clients, we hit it off and stayed friends.

They had been struggling to start a family and then they heard of a little baby who was to be up for adoption, they got to welcome her into their arms as a newborn. I know what that’s like, as we struggled for years, and had just signed the paperwork to start the adoption process as our Plan B, when our daughter finally became the miracle we were praying for to become pregnant with.

I do portraits for family and children on private referrals now and I am always honored to have these kinds of clients. These are the moments that you can’t get back and having a professional take the pictures far outweighs using a cell phone or a relative with that “fancy camera”.

Originally we were going to meet in a park along the Delaware River, but it got too windy and cold. So at the last minute, we decided to go to their home. I contemplated different areas, and then we decided simple was best. We had already planned on the chalkboard, so I wrote out her name and how old she was. She is the sweetest baby girl and loves to make sounds like she’s trying to blow them out of her mouth. I well remember this age and it’s a lot of fun! The weather was still chilly but not like it was before and so we got some images in the front of their home.

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Just look at that face <3
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First Halloween!
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Her adoption has been finalized last month and just in time for their 5th Wedding Anniversary! Congratulations everyone!!!

Environmental Portraits With DES Home Renovations-NJ Environmental Portrait Photographer

Stephen and I connected via an online networking group on Facebook and together we collaborated with an idea that he needed very quickly that represented how he wanted his clients to see him and his business online. You see Stephen is a contractor and a man of many talents and also a father and husband. He works very hard like all businesses do and expects the very best for his clients. I was really impressed with his website and the work his company has done.

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We met on a Sunday at the building where his office is located. It has so many incredible areas to photograph inside and out because it used to be an old leather factory right here in the Trenton area of New Jersey. Now it’s being converted to gorgeous loft and studio style office spaces. Honestly I could’ve stayed and shot there all day long. But the important thing was that he looked great and the location matched how he wanted to have his company represented with their branding.

As always, I overpacked, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. I brought my Dynalites but we were moving around a lot so I decided to use my Canon RX ET 600 wireless flashes with Westcott and Photek light modifiers. Normally I shoot tethered as well, but I didn’t want to be hindered with more cables than necessary. I did have my husband/business partner assisting me, but once I got there and Stephen started to show me around, I knew that having my camera tether to my Macbook wasn’t going to work that day. I used my Canon Mark 5D III and just 2 lenses, the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 non-IS L and the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L. Stephen put on some music with his cell phone because mine was having a hard time getting a signal and then the fun began.

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We had a lot of fun and I’m very happy with what we were able to accomplish. Thanks again Stephen!

I would love to hear what you have to say, leave a comment below. Stay up to date by signing up for my newsletters, if you’re interested in what I do, please contact me for your next project. Thanks!

Hey everyone, I need to put this on my blog posts. I’ve been burned horribly, but understand it’s a legal thing I have to do to protect myself. Thanks for your support, here it is: All photographs appearing on this site are the property of Deirdre Ryan Photography. They are protected by U.S. Copyright Laws, and are not to be downloaded or reproduced in any way without the written permission of Deirdre Ryan Photography. Copyright ©2017 Deirdre Ryan All Rights Reserved.

Portraiture Fun With My Friend Jen-NJ Portrait Photographer

I recently held a headshot session thanks to Closet Possible,  and my dear friend, Jen, who made my clients look amazing with her talent as a hair stylist and makeup artist. While waiting for my next client, we decided to have some fun. I changed up the lighting, Jen quickly did her own hair and makeup and the rest you see below.

She’s an incredibly hard working, loving mother of two, one of her daughters is in the same grade as my daughter. She’s stylin’, funny, athletic, creative and goofy. We like to send weird texts to each other LOL I need to get back into our morning routine of waking up before the sun for our walk/run.

To get your appointment with Jen, go to Sonya Salon and Spa and become one of her many happy clients!

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Hey everyone, I need to put this on my blog posts. I’ve been burned horribly, but understand it’s a legal thing I have to do to protect myself. Thanks for your support, here it is: All photographs appearing on this site are the property of Deirdre Ryan Photography. They are protected by U.S. Copyright Laws, and are not to be downloaded or reproduced in any way without the written permission of Deirdre Ryan Photography. Copyright ©2017 Deirdre Ryan All Rights Reserved.

Photoshoot of Candidate for City of Bordentown Commissioner-NJ Branding Photographer

I met John Brodowski a couple of times before and we hit it off. He’s born and raised in this town, we’ve both lived in other areas, and have come back.

Like many people, this past presidential election has made them feeling very doubtful. But this has turned out to be a good thing, causing many to not just do something about it, but actually go into politics to make changes for the better. John is one of the candidates of fresh faces in our town, who is up for being elected for City Commissioner.

I got a call from him one evening asking to do a photoshoot so that he could complete his site within the next day or two. So the very next day in the afternoon, after an on location session with a client, I returned back to Bordentown for his.

A lot of images for politicians tend to be very stiff or formal. I wanted to get John away from that, to see people as they would in person.

The weather looked a little threatening, and it was windy. John was waiting in front of Old City Hall, and yes it has a clock tower.(Back to the Future reference). After a few shots in, he got more comfortable. Then a car stopped and two of his friends from grade school came out to say hello. Gave us the idea to do some shots in front of the Thomas Paine statue. But before that, I wanted to get John on the sidewalk in front of some businesses. His friends came back to offer some help, and they were a HUGE help at the statute and later down by Black’s Creek. One of them held a large diffuser to block out the direct sun on John’s face(because of course that’s when the sun decided to come out). The wind kept picking it up like kite, but he did a great job and I was able to get the shots that we wanted.

Using only natural light with my Canon Mark 5D III, and two lenses, my Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L non-IS and Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L and the diffuser(when the sun popped out later). Having it overcast like that makes for even light, yet even more important, getting the correct exposures in the camera. So that when it came time for editing, it came together quickly.

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Thanks John for coming to me for these important images. Good luck with the election!

Hey everyone, I need to put this on my blog posts. I’ve been burned horribly, but understand it’s a legal thing I have to do to protect myself. Thanks for your support, here it is: All photographs appearing on this site are the property of Deirdre Ryan Photography. They are protected by U.S. Copyright Laws, and are not to be downloaded or reproduced in any way without the written permission of Deirdre Ryan Photography. Copyright ©2017 Deirdre Ryan All Rights Reserved.

Tango Dreaming at Princeton University-NJ Music Photographer

I had the opportunity to photograph my friend Wendy Zoffer and Federico Puebla before they performed at one of the Princeton University Eating Clubs. The day before I get a phone call from Wendy. Someone was supposed to take their pictures but wasn’t able to make it. So I said sure, I had an opening and would be happy to. This person was also supposed to record them on video as well. So I did that too, but I had to use my cell phone, only because I’m not a video person. Cell phone is the best that I know. If you want really great video and editing, you hire someone like my husband. I tried to make it interesting, and not just stand in one spot.

Songs they performed: “La cumparsita”, “Palomita Blanca” and “Nocturna”

As you can see, Wendy is an amazing flutist, and Federico is an amazing pianist! Truly it was a real treat for me as I used to play classical piano, and I love to sing and dance. I highly recommend Tango Dream, to contact them for events and private parties, please go to the website Princeton Music Connection or call 609-936-9811.

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