May 14, 2018
Brand portrait sessions are all about capturing my client’s personalities, which I find is best done through sharing stories. I always end up amazed by my clients. Sometimes there are quirks that make me do the confounded doggie head tilt, but usually, it’s, “DUDE! That’s awesome!” Other times it’s a moment to be snarky and chuckle a bit with them. That’s my preferred type of bonding. I thoroughly believe that if two people can make fun of each other, laugh, and enjoy the ribbing – then they’re set as friends. With my first conversation with Bill, I knew I was gonna have a blast working with him for his group’s brand portraits.
Bill runs Palmer House Properties’ Atlanta office, a real estate group located in Midtown. The homes he works with are nothing short of incredible. I’m talking about venues I can only dream of (speaking from experience as a recent first-time homebuyer). And yet, Bill and his team of Josh and Caleb are incredibly friendly, down to earth, funny people. I had never met any of them prior to their session.
Bill got my name from a mutual friend, Ty Autry – a New York Actor and social media consultant, and promptly booked me for a headshot and business branding photography session. I told Bill that I knew Ty from our time at Georgia Tech when prompted, which brought up Bill’s fandom for the University of Georgia. After giving him some crap for their performance in the National Championship Game against Alabama, receiving an equal amount of crap for the GT vs UGA game that year, and finding out his partner is a GT guy; the stage was set for a great working relationship. Seriously, if you can’t bond over sports what’s left? Marvel Superhero movies and Game of Thrones?
We did Bill, Josh, and Caleb’s photos on the rooftop pool lounge of 905 Juniper – which was absolutely stunning. Though, I barely got to enjoy it as we spent so much time talking AKA laughing about how dirty Disney movies actually are when you’re old enough to understand the humor.
I’m really happy with these images – I think they came out well for Palmer House Properties’ business branding portraits. It wasn’t until my follow up call with Bill though that I realized I knocked it out of the park.
“Everyone loves these images. My previous headshots and portraits really didn’t reflect my personality, but all my friends have said, “Now that’s you,” with the images taken by Mike. He was great to work with and I’m already thinking of bringing him back when my team expands.”