Your Personal Brand…What does that mean?

What is Personal Brand? Why do I need this? How can it help me? Read more to find the answers.

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The first question most people ask when you say “Personal Brand Photography” is “what is that?” or “What does that mean?” Would YOU like to know what Personal Branding is? Read on.

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Personal Branding is YOU. Personal branding tells the world WHO you are. Personal branding is done every day. You may be familiar with the term “selfie”. Teens take these cell phone photos all the time. It shows who they are, what they like, what they do, where they go, who they hang out with…. it’s their story.

Personal Brand Photography is YOUR story about YOUR business. It tells who you are as an entrepreneur, as a person. WHO are you? WHAT do you DO? WHERE do you do business (hang out)? WHAT is your lifestyle? WHY should I do business with you as a consumer?…. Personal brand photography is marketing and photography that tells YOUR STORY.

The people who do business with you no longer want to know just where your business is located or what you sell/do or what service you provide. They want to KNOW YOU!

While selfies are great for teens who don’t realize how those photos can be great in the moment but might not do you justice in two weeks or two years, professional photos are geared toward setting your business in the spotlight of positive image and positive story telling so that your consumers KNOW who they are doing business with and why. Personal Brand Photography is a commercial service offered to the local business who wants to be real and personable with their clients; a service meant to be used online, in brochures, social media sites, as self advertising! What business owner couldn’t use a great professional image and a service that saves time in the long run? Personal brand photography offers content YOU, the business owner, do NOT have to work at collecting but still have to post. Instead of an hour or three a day trying to write content, take and post photos, for all the social media sites today…YOU get to have someone spend 4 to 8 hours with you to tell YOUR stories and all you have to do is add content and post.

When I say “stories”, we all have more than one aspect to our business. As you can see in the above gallery. My stories show MY life… I am a photographer, mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend with many hobbies, interests and Photography can fit into any and ALL of those things. Posting family photos shows the personal side of you and when building relationships with clients, isn’t that what you want to do? (and no, I don’t mean post your private life out on social media as a diary. I mean share a piece of WHO you are.) Sharing who you are is part of what you do when you own a small business. People who are small business entreprenuers often have family help in running their business or have a LOT of support from family members.

Keep in mind, This is a professional service that EVERYONE can use. It applies to ANY Industry that requires advertisements, marketing, online presence, etc. Personal Brand Photography is the “business selfie” so-to-speak. The stories You CHOOSE to tell are YOUR choice. (Your business. Your staff. Your family. Your clients.) You choose a story, or two or three. I photograph them. You post them.Who doesn’t need to tell their story (or tell someone they have a product that the consumer of today needs)? Even Photographers need Personal Brand Photography and someone else to assist with that concept.

Now that you know what it is…What story would YOU like the world’s consumers to know? Contact me to set up your session NOW!

Personal Branding with Photography- What’s That?

Two Thousand Nineteen is a wonderous year! This year as a professional photographer, I have a new offering. Since this is a new offer, I’d like to start this offer with YOU- my Blog Readers!–the people who visit me online! The offer is simple: A ½ (half) or full Day; YOU (your business/home/family); Your interactions in life, home & business…with me to show the world what YOU do. Love WHO you ARE and love WHAT you DO! So you’re asking “what is Personal Brand Photography?”

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Personal Branding Photography is for Cosplayers, Theatre Cast Members and Stage Show Members, Pilots, First Responders, Photographers (yes we need photos too), Adoption Agents, Authors, Bloggers, Web Designers, Bands, Musicians, Doctors, Lawyers, Cowboys, Models, Actresses, and anyone else with something to promote. Personal Branding can help you with your social media accounts, any type of ads (print or digital), online posts, blogs, and other marketing materials. Anything in print or online that uses photos for grabbing attention can be part of your Personal Brand Photography session. It’s all about branding YOU and/or YOUR BUSINESS (your character, your cause, your lifestyle both professionally and personally because You are Both!).
Your choice of 15 digital images from the day to use for YOU…on social media, in print, etc…. All yours! This offer will run through June 5th, 2019. Your special offer is $495 for a full day and 30 images. Please note… The going rate for this type of Personal Branding session normally runs $995 to $2400 depending on the session length and number of images provided. The price offered to YOU during the next four months is to help build a portfolio with some interesting and unique people and their businesses and personal style — and to diversify. This is designed to help you too.
If you would like a professional session of this nature, On location OR in studio- Contact Me. This is especially great for those who need NEW LinkedIn photos or who work from home or have a small business they would like to have commercial use images for use in marketing campaigns. Commercial use images are different from normal photo session images in that YOU have permission to edit and use for your business. Normal photo session images are personal use only. Commercial use let’s you use them in print for promotions without infringing on copyrights. Commercial use does NOT mean you OWN the photo rights but that you have usage rights that don’t come with a normal everyday style photo session.  If YOU think this can benefit you (or someone you know), message me at www.facebook.com/MishasPhotographyRestoration I would love to hear from you. Sessions available starting March 15th through June 5th, 2019.

Let's show the World what you do.
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Fall’s Wild Walk

Life is Beautiful. So are YOU!

Nature is wonderful, magical and exciting. Walking Wild is refreshing. Did YOU know…

YOU can have a photo session with Misha’s Photography and Restoration at the Zoo! Schedule your WILD WALK session NOW!

Call our Broken Arrow office at: 405-730-9188 OR send an email to misha@mishasphotography.com

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Dad of the Year!

What does your “Man of the Year” mean to YOU? Tell Him.

Father’s Day is June 17th, 2018.

What will you get for your Dad of the Year?

Do you do things with him instead of gift giving?

Do you give gifts to show your love and appreciation?

No matter what the answer, We have a special solution for BOTH of YOU!

Father’s Day is TWELVE Days away!

 

IF you are a giver: We can schedule a session for your family as a surprise gift for children-christmas-daughter-46252Dad from ALL of YOU… Dads treasure time together and when you are working hard through the day, sometimes a nice family photo on your desk is a great visual to help get you through any work day.

 

OR

 

buildings-businessman-city-561458.jpgIS Your Dad a Business Man?? We now do Personal Brand Photography… Contact Us and Let’s talk MORE about this NEW OFFER!

adult-adventure-biker-1010557.jpgIF you are a Do-er: We can tag along on your adventure (scheduling is important here) so you each have photographic evidence of the adventure without all the camera hassle and fuss….

OR

basket-child-daytime-933185.jpgIF you are a giver and a do-er: We can schedule a session for the two of you to show just how special you truly are to each other–this is something you can DO together and get together.

Contact us NOW and let’s surprise Your Dad of the Year! Happy Fathers Day!

 

Personal Branding

What is Personal Branding?

That is YOU and What YOU do as a business owner and Entrepreneur.

This is a new service offered by Misha’s Photography and Restoration. If you have a launch for a product, service or business, contact me. If you want to refresh your professional image, contact me. If you need photos for a start up, contact me.

I’d love to help YOU with your PB-Photography! (click the link to learn MORE about this particular brand of photography.) Let’s get together soon!

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Fat Tuesday

Colors of Mardi Gras. What do they mean to YOU?

Did you know that “Mardi Gras” means “fat tuesday” in french? Mardi Gras is also the last day of Shrovetide… a three day celebration of merrymaking associated with carnival. On Shrove Tuesday some reflect on wrongs and things to repent or of things to make ammends for. Then comes Ash Wednesday….Lent.

The colors of mardi gras are gold, emerald green, and royal purple. These colors used to have specific meanings and not just a representation of the “holiday”. Gold stood for Power. The Sparkling Emerald Green stood for Faith. Royal Purple stood for Justice. Beads of each color were given to those who represented the trait that color symbolized.

Which color would represent You? Which color would You like to represent You? (They are not always the same. Lucky YOU if they are!)

Well. . . Here is hoping you have a wonderful Mardi Gras. Laissez le bon temps rouler!

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Seniors 2018: America’s Highway!

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The Mother Road.

America’s Highway.

This year, Misha’s Photography and Restoration has taken the Mother Road to the studio. Have your Senior Session done on location OR In-Studio and still bring a bit of History and Retro uniqueness to YOUR Senior Session. Rt 66 travels through 8 states total and connects Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California! Tulsa and several small towns around it were a big part of the Mother Road. Today, Rt 66 is still an amazing road trip full of adventure and nostalgia. Book your senior session Today!route66ok

Rt 66 runs through Oklahoma from the northeast corner of the state at the town of Quapaw, OK to the western edge not quite to the southwestern corner at the town of Erick, OK.

Quapaw, OK is a town in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 906 at the 2010 census, a slight decline from 984 as of the 2000 census. Quapaw is part of the Joplin, Missouri metropolitan area.

(Quapaw, Commerce, Miami, Narcissa, Afton, Vinita, White Oak Chelsea, Sequoyah, Foyil, Claremore, Verdigris, Catoosa, Tulsa, Oakhurst, Sapalupa, Kellyville, Bristow, Stroud, Davenport, Chandler, Warwick, Edmond, Yukon, ElReno, Geary, Hydro, Weatherford, Clinton, Foss, Elk City, Sayer, Erick.)

Erick, OK is the last Oklahoma stop on Historic Route 66 in western Oklahoma at Exit 7 on I-40.  Erick is located on a 20 mile continuous stretch of Route 66 from the Oklahoma-Texas state line to Sayre, OK.  Erick is also the home of singer / song writer / actor, Sheb Wooley (“RawHide“).  Visit the Roger Miller Museum and the 100th Meridian Museum. See a car show…have FUN!

Don’t have the time to drive to your Rt 66 location, but still want that photo on historic Rt 66? We can do that for you! We have been there! Choose your Historic Rt 66 background and Book Your Session Today!

Spring Time Wonders

Spring time brings out the volunteers in our community as well as the first responders. Let’s support our community and make our neighborhoods a better place to live.

Spring brings new life in so many ways. The plant life are blooming. The weather is nice enough to be outdoors more regularly. April showers bring May flowers…and fires keep fire fighters on their toes… storms keep the storm chasers busy so we stay informed.  While that sounds like positive to negative, it is just truth. Our Emergency management organizations and public servants for city and county alike are very busy this time of year also. How does this relate to photography?

I do event photography as well. I am hoping that YOU will join the Wagoner County Emergency Management team this SATURDAY–March 25th for the Expo they are hosting at Coweta Intermediate High School.

Photos of this event will be posted in a gallery (click here) so check back and see what happened at the Expo! eventphotofull_wcepse20logo20with20hat

There is a scheduled blood drive to take place at the Expo as well…so be sure to sign up for that too! Can’t wait to watch the Fire Fighter Challenge! Will Your Team win?

Who Keeps You Safe?

Have you ever seen a Fire Fighter Challenge Demo?

YOU are in Luck! The community of Wagoner County, OK is celebrating with an annual event again in 2017! Are you curious yet?

Check this out!

We attended last year’s expo and had a blast!! Do you remember these photos?EVENTS-EmrgncyPrepEXPO2-collage2016BLOGsm Last year there was A LOT going on! (click here for MORE PHOTOs of last years photos by Misha) We are going to attend THIS YEAR’s EXPO as well! Look for some exciting posts in March and April! AND Join Us at the Emergency Preparedness and Safety Expo in Coweta on March 25th, 2017.

Emergency Management related companies will be at hand for your fun and educational enjoyment. ASK them questions. GET information to share with Friends and Loved Ones. Find out MORE about YOUR Community and what it has to offer YOU! Find out MORE about being Safe and Prepared in an Emergency! Tornado season and storm season are coming up! Meet some of the Emergenc Responders and Volunteers that serve YOUR community both daily and during emergencies! Be Prepared Today!

Be sure to say “Hello” if you happen to see Misha there with her camera!

                WANT TO BE A PART OF THE EXPO? (Visit the Coweta Chamber Here!)                     Vendors AND Sponsors still NEEDED!

Here’s just a small part of what YOU will get to see and experience:

Vendors in 2017:

Watch Fire Fighters from Many Local Communities Compete!!

So come and Check it out at the Coweta Intermediate High School on March 25th, 2017!

Want to know who is sponsoring this AWESOME COMMUNITY EVENT?

Event Sponsors:

Platinum:

  1. Oneta Power
  2. Oklahoma State Fire Fighter’s Association
  3. News On 6

Gold:

  1. Arvest Bank

Silver:

  1. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Combat Challenge Sponsor:

  1. Oneta Power
  2. BancFirst

Round 1: Water Combat Challenge sponsor

  1. Service Master Restore

Round 2: Hose Coupling Challenge Sponsor

  1. C.O.P.S (Concerns of Police Survivors)

Round 3: Hose Capture Challenge Sponsor

  1. Oklahoma Law Enforcement Wives Network

Round 4: Bucket Brigade Challenge Sponsor

  1. Service Master Restore

Round 5: Dead-Man Drag Challenge Sponsor

  1. District 3 CommissionerDistrict 3 Commissioner

Round 6: Truck Pull Challenge Sponsor

  1. Arkansa Valley Health Centers

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Which Princess are YOU?

It’s a wonderful world for kids as far as movies go these days. The cinematic experience is amazing compared to 10-15 years ago! March offers an AWESOME opportunity here in Broken Arrow, OK!

fantasyfunshootad2blog The Royal opportunity is open to ALL AGES…because Every Girl wants to be a princess…whether that princess is a bookworm, a mermaid, a rebel fighting evil across the universe, a Celtic warrior, an oriental girl saving her father and finding love at the same time, an Indian Princess fighting for her people and her love, an Indian Princess with a Tiger, a princess who sleeps for a century or one who climbs out of a tower when rescued…. claim it and let’s have some Royal Fun! Book Your session Now facelessdprincesses1and Be a Princess. The new Live Action Disney movie comes out this month (March) and every girl will be imagining herself as that Beauty – that Princess! Let’s Make It Happen in 2017! This Royal opportunity is available to YOU and your inner princess AND your Little Princess from March 10th thru the 17th! Opportunities are limited so Let’s Have some FUN.  Book NOW!

Presidents and Lovers 2017

February 2017 is a wonderful month.

This is the month of presidents and lovers. Now before you go looking for a political post, or a scandalous post regarding some other topic, remember this is a photography blog.images-for-valentine-day I am talking of President’s Day, Washington’s birthday, Lincoln’s birthday and Valentine’s Day…. what were you thinking?

February brings these dates YOU might be interested in:

February 4th & 5th: Always Potterhead’s Festival which takes place in Oklahoma City’s Farmers’ Market. Tickets are a must! Visit from 9am to 7pm each day. Have fun! Muggles welcome! If you are a Potterhead…and would like a Wizard Worldly Portrait session-Contact US NOW! We would LOVE to do a shoot with YOU! (Hogwarts, House shoot-Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Griffindor, Slytherin, Steam Engine settings, Platform 9 3/4 ….) This session would be either on location or in studio in Broken Arrow–NOT Oklahoma City unless you choose OK City as your “on location” site.

February 10th: Batman Lego Movie opens in theaters all over town. So Who is up for a Gotham Nights Photo Session?? All through the month of February, book a session to shoot a “Gotham Nights” session. Batman has been a big craze for a while now. No matter which version of the Dark Knight you love, let’s have some photo session fun!!

February 12th: President Lincoln’s birthday.

February 14th: Valentine’s Day… the day to celebrate the ONE(s) YOU love! Now why did I say “ONE(s)”….. well, the word “love” has several levels to it. In some language the word is represented by different words depending on what kind of love you are referring to. You love your family (Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, sisters, brothers, cousins). You love your Husband, Wife, Girlfriend, Boyfriend. You love your friends….but not all in the same sense. Those of us here in the U.S. or the english speaking areas usually only know ONE name for that feeling and it’s “LOVE”. So when I say “ONE(s)”, I am talking about any person that may be close to you…NOT just your significant someone. This is the perfect time to get together with that significant someone or with someone dear to your heart because of who they are as a person…and create a memory that represents a celebration of your relationship. What better way to show how special they are to YOU.

February 20th: President’s Day The day set aside to celebrate our presidents.

February 22nd: George Washington’s birthday.

Not everyone celebrates the same day in the same way. However you wish to celebrate the calendar of events this month, let us help you. Book a session NOW!

 

Where were YOU when Autumn arrived?

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The second season of colors. The world has blossomed and grown. The earth’s teen years of parties and fun have only just faded with that summer sun. And now, nature’s age of maturity….where were You when Autumn came?

The leaves turn colors, and change is in the air. Cooler mornings, fog, mist, pumpkins and day dreams of bon fires and football games!

Sports photographers can’t wait… Costume owners are in their busy season! And what about YOU? Where were YOU when Autumn arrived? What does this season have in store for you?

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Costume shopping! Cosplay! Halloween Photos! Dress your best and let’s have FUN! Don’t forget…shopping, Thanksgiving, family time! Family photos! Preparations for Christmas cards! Family photos!

Family photos can be traditional or YOU can add your own spice of life to the session. Cosplayer? Let’s get photos out there that are YOU! that you can share and have fun with! Want a unique Christmas card? One that is ALL YOU?! Let’s do a session and create your own card for your own unique look to share with YOUR family and friends this holiday season!

Autumn also brings the 13 days of Halloween! 🙂

Check back with us for those posts!
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Tea Time Traditions

Tea Time Traditions are many.

Tea has a history in America dating back to the colonies when the Boston Tea Party took place. While I would love to shoot a re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party, I am actually offering a different setting that has actually become a quaint childhood right of passage for many young ladies through time.

Curious yet? I am actually talking of Tea  Time picnics in the garden or the backyard…or where ever your heart takes you on an adventure. Imagination IS the limitOne special young lady and I had Tea Time with Teddy by the pond.  She became princess for the day with tarts and cake and teddy by the “lake.” 

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Tea Time with Teddy.

Picnics are special for every young girl from the age of three to at least the age of seven…some hang on to the tradition a lot longer {like the child in all of us~Adventures are grand things no matter our age or status in life}. Throughout September and October, we would love to shoot a “Tea Time Picnic” with you or your princess (or prince)–or let’s make it a Family Picnic! There are many tea time options for every imaginative person reading this. Take a look:

  • Tea Time with Teddy (1 or more–up to 6)
  • Tea with Mommy and Me
  • Tea Time Princess with (Daddy) the King
  • Mad Hatter Tea Party (group of 2 to 8) … “Who Are You?” …{Alice, the Mad Hatter, Door Mouse, March Hare, Red Queen, White Queen, Tweedle Dee/Dum, the Cheshire Cat, a Cards-men, Absolum-the caterpillar?}… 
  • Tea Time with Your Lovely Lady (couples)
  • Tea Time with Friends (group of 2 to 8) …friends can be your group of gal pals, gals & guys, a child and their doll collection (American Dolls ~for example)
**all adventures may be shot on location or in studio…
each setting and adventure is unique to you and your party.

Let’s have a Party!

Tea Parties are amazing times full of imagination. One of the many adventures that fit one individual or one amazing group of friends. What kind of Tea Party would YOU like to have? Let’s Plan an Adventure!! Follow a white rabbit to Wonderland OR find your fellow at the water’s edge at sunset… OR find your fair Lady on the lawn sipping tea and nibbling cakes… Adventure awaits YOU! What are YOU waiting for?? Contact us TODAY to set up YOUR adventure!

Visit us on the web, on Facebook, and on Twitter to find out more about Misha’s Photography and Restoration!

Portraits and Photography

Portrait: defined by webster’s dictionary as:

  • “a painting, drawing, or photograph of a person that usually only includes the person’s head and shoulders”

  • “a detailed description of something or someone”

  • “a way of printing a page so that the shorter sides are on the top and bottom and the longer sides are on the left and right”

Portrait: as most people think of it:

  • a photo of one person taken by a professional photographer meant to be displayed either at home, at work, or on social media (or all of the above–depending on the individual).

Portrait: as I see it as a photographer:

  • a depiction of a person as they are in today’s present state or as they wish to be seen.

What do I mean by that (“as they wish to be seen”)?

  • people have many talents. Some are happy with a self portrait.
  • Others wish to be better photographed to catch a more flattering view of themselves than a selfie on a smart phone.
  • Others wish to showcase a talent or career or activity that they have a passion for…something that gives their life meaning. Some hear the word “portrait” and think of a Family Session. Others think of the old time portraits that were painted and hung on a castle wall…(such as depictions of Eleanor of Aquitaine, King Richard the Lionheart, the Tzars of Russia, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa)…

For those that wish to be showcased in the talent or career or activity that gives their life meaning (be that motherhood, fatherhood, swimming, golf, baseball, cosplay, re-enactments, hockey, ice skating, skate boarding, botany, horticulturist, executive, non-profit leader, photographer, etc) it represents a challenge to represent that person in their passion. That is the portrait I love to help create. Portraits are a team effort for without the client there to share their passion, their career, their life, I have no canvas on which to create a portrait….

Such a creation should be shared. Most of us share EVERYTHING on social media. I love social media. It is a great way to share life and passion…especially with those you don’t see every day. However, it is not the ultimate goal. The goal of a photographer when wik_elizabeth-i_rainbow-portraitcreating a portrait is to help you create something that you can personally share with all who enter your home. Not just those who are on social media. To personally share art with those that matter, Portraits are hung in your home to show your Passion, your love for life, to showcase YOU, Your FAMILY, to show what matters to YOU.

For  this reason, cd’s are given with purchases of photographs purchased. Not given as a collection of an entire session to be lost in cyberspace. Art is not digitally stored on a device to get shoved away in a drawer or a box or a closet. Art and Love are meant to be shared… to be part of your home. So please understand when a photographer says “I don’t offer cd’s”…what they are truly saying to you is I want you to have something special for your home that shows the love you have for your journey through the adventure we call LIFE. You deserve something unique and something to display. Not something to hide on a device in a drawer or closet or box in that closet….because YOU are special.

More examples of past Art/Portraits from the past…which demonstrate art, presence, passion, and define WHO they were and HOW we see them….

Eleanor of Aquitaine (left) and Nicholas II-the last Tzar of Russia (right).

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WWII Veterans – the B-17

The Flying Fortress: B-17

Over the weekend of May 20th – 22nd, 2016, we had the chance to visit with some Veterans and a very special organization from Texas. There are apparently only ELEVEN flying B-1 bombers left in the world today. We took the time to change our weekend plans to visit the Texas Raiders B-17 Flying Fortress. Her crew is amazing and friendly, not to mention dedicated. This is a once in a lifetime chance to experience a small piece of history.

It’s also a chance to meet Veterans who served

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throughout history through the ages and brought us to our stance in freedom today. I never really appreciated nor did I particularly enjoy history as a child student nor as a college student. No one was ever able to make it personal or to create that personal connection. Here it is! That personal connection that makes history a wondrous adventure.

 

Check out the online gallery for a better view of our experience…or contact the Texas Raiders and find out when and where YOU can visit them. You can also find them on Facebook.

Thank You to those that have served throughout time!

Thank You to the Texas Raiders who keep history alive! 🙂