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In today's digital age, a strong personal brand is essential for professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives looking to establish themselves in their industry. A variety of professional headshots and branding images can play a crucial role in building a cohesive and effective personal brand. At Melody Smith Portrait, we offer a comprehensive solution for Personal Branding & Headshots.

We begin by discussing your professional marketing goals and needs, dissecting your visual brand elements and color palette, and designing a wardrobe selection that will elevate your professional presence. We will discuss your professional approach and mood to determine how you want to be seen in your images. Polished, approachable, strong, unflinching, playful, creative, casual, artistic... we fine tune this process to your style and needs from beginning to end.

On photoshoot day we begin with complimentary hair & makeup and expert styling. Your shoot will be fully guided from start to finish with expert posing to bring your professional style and presence to life in front of the camera. We will work together to create a cohesive collection of images for your social media, networking, personal branding, website, blog, or company profile. This way you can be certain that your first impression to potential business partners, employers, or clients is the one you truly want to make.



"In 2022 I bought a plane ticket to fly out to be photographed by Melody Smith. Melody is a consumate proessional and I never had to remind myself not to worry! She consulted w ith me endlessly on the wardrobe and lovingly encouraged and guided me through every single step of the way. She is a literal expert in posing for portraits so I knew I was in exceptional hands. I was surprised by how fast the entire day went and how incredibly fun it was! The attention to service and details through out the day were immaculate. I literally did not want the day to end! This photoshoot allowed me to see myself as the confident professional that I am. In these images I saw my strength, growth, my resolve and my peace. These personal branding portraits convey the warm, welcome peaceful deamaner that I want my clients to feel when they are in my space. I am proud to use these images across multiple forms of press and social media from speaking events, magazine features, and my own printed press materials.”


Before your Headshots & Personal Branding session, we will discuss your work and your brand, your professional goals, branding colors, and palette.

We will also discuss your wardrobe with a pre-shoot screening of your selections to ensure they will elevate your professional presence in front of the camera. You will have access to style inspiration boards and to Melody for personal wardrobe guidance.

Melody will be applying your hair & makeup styling for your session. This will be customized to your personal professional style.

Your shoot includes 3-5 outfits and a selection of various backdrops for excellent variety in images for your collection.

Head to toe expert posing during your photo shoot will ensure you feel and look your best, and that your body language and connection to the camera will translate to your audience in the way you want it to. 

Fresh, contemporary retouching is always included


The task of coordinating the most successful personal branding & headshots session - with hair & makeup, wardrobe, styling, posing, and creative, quality imagery can often be overwhelming and financially stressful. Rest easy that we have all of those bases covered for you so that you can relax and enjoy this process, while saving yourself a great deal of money and stress.


Hair & Make Up:

Your day will begin with professional hair & make up starting at 10:00 a.m.  Please arrive to the studio on time.  If you are more than 15 minutes late we will reschedule your session for another day due to light in the studio.  


Hair & make up will take place as you enjoy a cocktail/mocktail and snacks and lasts about 2 hours.



Around 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. we will begin photographing your first look.  I will photograph each look for about 15-20 minutes ensuring that we have captured multiple poses and expressions in each individual look.  

What to expect:

The posing and positions will feel awkward and often times uncomfortable.  My goal is to elongate your body and contour your shape with your arms and legs to create a longer, leaner shape with a lot of body language. 


While you may feel uncomfortable, I will be directing you through a number of poses and talking you through each step of the process from your feet to your eye lashes.  I ensure every hair is perfectly placed, hands are elegant, and your eyes are showing the light inside you!


Be prepared for a physical challenge, but trust that you are in the most capable hands!  I promise that you will look natural and relaxed even though the posing will feel opposite!

Food & Beverages:

During the day, you can enjoy mimosa's, soft drinks, sparkling water, or regular water.  We also provide light snacks for you to munch on throughout the afternoon.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know so that we can provide you with items you will enjoy!



After your session we will schedule a Tuesday or Thursday for your reveal and ordering session. Our reveal appointments take place on ZOOM. This is the only time to view and purchase your photographs.

A variety of professional headshots and branding images will add value to your social and professional presence. By showcasing different sides of your personality, skills, and expertise, you demonstrate versatility and make a stronger impression on potential clients or employers. Consistency across all platforms is key to building a recognizable and trustworthy personal brand. By using different headshots and branding images, you will keep your personal brand fresh and engaging while still maintaining consistency.

Professional headshots and branding images can serve as a reminder of your accomplishments and progress in your career, and can help boost confidence and self-esteem. It can also be a fun and creative way to express your personality and style!

The Facts: A variety of professional headshots and branding images are crucial for contemporary professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives looking to establish a strong personal brand.


Q: "Do you provide the wardrobe for Personal Branding sessions?"

A: Personal Branding is so unique to the individual that it's crucial for my clients to bring their own wardrobe for these types of sessions. You might be a corporate professional in high end suiting. You might be a creative professional in jeans and statement jewelry. You might be a realtor with a casual professional blend. You might not even be sure what your professional style identity quite looks like. Do not despair! I am here to help you with guidance on the best choices for the camera, as well as for your body type and your professional image. You'll also have access to some inspiration boards after you've booked so that you have visual cues which can help steer you in the right direction.

Q: "Why do I need professional hair & makeup?"

A: Though many of us may be minimalists when it comes to hair and makeup in our daily routines - the fact is that when in front of the camera, our features are defined and enhances greatly by professional makeup and hair services. These are not provided to change what you look like, or your style. Rather, they are crucial to ensure that you are polished, and all of your favorite features are enhances, bright, and open - instead of flat, washed out, or shiny.

Q: "Is professional styling guidance really that important?"

A: We aren't just focused on enhancing and showcasing your professional style! With decades of experience, we know exactly what works for the camera, what has impact in a collection of images, and what will bring out the best in your body type and your coloring, from hair to skin to eyes.