ana gil-taylor: Headshots | Hair and Makeup question

One of the first questions I get asked by my female headshots customers is; Should I have my hair and make up professionally done?

Answer: Yes.

Hair and Make-up should go hand-in-hand when investing in your headshots.  Not only will having your hair and make-up professionally done bring you an instant confidence boost, but it will also transfer to your photographer.  The way my customer’s demeanor and attitude changes after hair and make-up is incredibly fascinating and undoubtably energizing.  It allows for a bit more creativity and flexibility.

When photographing, experimenting/playing with lighting is a lot of much fun for me; I can create different moods, enhance my customer’s beauty even more, and ladies… lighting also smoothes out the face even more, by filling in shadows – Shadows create lines – not good for us ladies. The right make up application, great lighting and photographer, will return beautiful and natural looking headshots, and very little retouching to boot!

I leave you with these selfies I took with my iphone playing with my nightstand table lamp and my professionally done makeup 🙂

Oh I was feeling great; the hair was on point and so was makeup!  I had just come home from an event and was feeling it.  These were taken at 1:30a.  My make-up was professionally done, assisted by my night stand lamp as fill.  As per retouching, I applied a filter to darken the background a bit  and that made my face look a little lighter, but that was the extent of it.  

In this shot the lighting is evenly distributed throughout my entire face. I love how in this shot you can see how simple but on point for me, my make up was.

I like this shot as well, you can see “hot” spots from the highlighting the MUA applied.

Here, I wanted to show contrast between my lipstick and the nails. I got really close to the light to lessen the intensity of my lipstick and positioned my hands in a way where the light wouldn’t affect it much. I was pretty happy at the way it came out. 🙂

That lamp is boss, isn’t it? 🙂 

Gentlemen, don’t worry, I have tips for your headshots session as well. Stay tuned and make sure to follow me! Facebook, Instagram   

Thank you for reading! – ana

Contact us with any questions or to schedule your headshot session. 

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WISE: Owera Fundraiser recap

Sponsored by KeyBank, WISE Women’s Business Center, a resource for local women entrepreneurs, held its first fundraising event on Wednesday, May 16th at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia, NY.  Funds from this event will benefit many of the programs WISE Women’s Business Center offers which includes, business training and counseling. 

Guests were greeted by the warming Joanne Lenweaver, WISE, WBC Director,  the beautifully and brightly dressed Alexandra Waterbury, WISE WBC Administrative Specialist, and Pragya Murphy, Chair of the Development Committee for WISE WBC.

Of course, since it was a wine tasting fundraising event, deliciously and refreshing looking wine awaited all of the lovely guests and their friends.

 

I really enjoyed photographing this event, not only because it was invigorating and motivational, but because I got to meet and reconnect with great women leaders as well as say hello some old friends.
Besides the great networking mentioned above, the live testimonials from clients had the crowd and myself excited and inspired – notice the excitement on the bartender’s face in the background as Tina Jacobs owner of Devine Gardens, in Morrisville, NY showed samples of the packaging before counseling with WISE  and after.   Debbe Titus, owner of Half Moon Bakery, in Jamesville, NY also shared how the center’s services had and still has a tremendous impact on the success of her business.  
Overall, this event was not only great to photograph but very informative as I not only left excited about the awesome pictures I captured, but more educated about what WISE Women Business Center does for women in this community.  Below some  facts/statistic about the center’s impact in our CNY women’s lives and the community at large. 
– Since its inception, twelve years ago, WISE Women’s Business Center has trained over 10,000 and counseled over 2,200 women in our community, which has contributed over $155 million in gross revenues.
– WISE Women’s Business Center has helped start close to two-hundred new businesses and assisted a little over one thousand existing businesses.
Organizations such as KeyBank actively support the center and this year alone, has invested over thirty-thousand dollars which allows WISE Women’s Business Center to  enrich their current services and continue offering networking events such as this one. 
For more information about WISE Women Business Center and their services, please visit their website at:
To view more pictures from this event: WISE, Wine Tasting and Fundraising Event Photo Gallery
To hire me to photograph/document your next event or to update your headshot,  please visit my website: www.anagiltaylor.com or call me at 315.263.8996
To watch Officially-Unofficial video about WISE Women Business Center annual symposium, click play on video below

Thanks for reading! 
– ana

ana gil-taylor : Summit Federal Credit Union Taft Rd. Grand Opening recap

One of the perks of being an event Photographer, besides meeting new people, is learning about behind the scenes projects and happenings in our community.  I had the opportunity of photographing The Summit Federal Credit Union’s Taft Road Branch Grand Opening;  They not only celebrated having a new and improved branch, but they also celebrated the community and two great organizations.  The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation got presented with a check for $6’700 and Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY got presented with a check for $10’800. 

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Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation

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Carol M. Baldwin

 

“The money collected was a joint effort between top Taste of Syracuse sponsors during the “I Heart Orange” and “Pink Power” themed promotions.  Donations were collected from The Summit Federal Credit Union, Tops Friendly Markets and Kinney Drugs.”

Adrian Autry, Assistant Coach for Syracuse University, was present making fans pretty happy with pictures and autographs.  The Summit also raffled a 5 day cruise to the Western Caribbean!

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Adrian Autry and Summit President Mike Vadala

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a happy fan with Adrian

Others present were Ed Levine, President & CEO of Galaxy Communications  (By the way, did you know that, Mr. Levine, along with two classmates started Syracuse’s first live FM radio station in 1978? – What a legacy!)  Carrie Wojtaszek General Manager, of Galaxy Events, was also present and very excitedly shared that The Taste of Syracuse had a record breaking crowd of over 225,000 people, this year (2017).  

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The celebration ended with the ribbon cutting and lunch for its guests and employees.

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Mike Vadala – ribbon cutting

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And it is a wrap!

My congratulations to The Summit, the cruise winner, and both charities! Cheers!

ana gil taylor_event photographer_Summit-7730This is ana gil-taylor checking out! thank you for reading! Keep me in mind for your next corporate or family event, I will be happy to document your special event for you!

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