Getting Ready for  “The Photo Session”.

Getting Ready for “The Photo Session”.

Photo Sessions have become the order of the day for us in this age such that we hardly appreciate the beautiful selfies our smartphones provide us on a regular day. Just as the photography business keeps expanding and there is the emergence of so many photographers so is there the high demand of a lot of people for Photo Sessions (PhotoShoots).

It is not disputable that many of us want to get professional memories of us captured and also get the “I’m- a-model feeling”.
Personally I had a photo session recently I felt really good about it and I kept saying to myself ,jeez!….why am I not on billboards yet…lol. That’s what I refer to as the “I’m a model feeling”.
Well, in as much as we admire these beautiful photo session pictures of our friends and social media followers we also want to get these professional photographs of us. But really what stops us ? Procrastination? Not knowing who to contact ? Not knowing where to start from ?
Most of these photos are staged unless of course you’re unknowingly captured at an event and it may look so easy. But then  when you are ready to get a photo session done it might not be as easy for you as you thought especially when you’re looking forward to creating the “perfect picture”. There’s a lot that goes in to booking for a photo session .

  1. Visualize Your Concept 

For me the first thing I’d advice that you consider is to visualize the images you want to achieve in the end. Visualizing makes it easy for you to know the concept you’re going to be working with. It also makes it easy for the photographer you’re working with to advice accordingly if you have difficulty making a location choice considering the amount of experience he has gathered over the period he has been working as a photographer. Oh and if you’ve run out of ideas you could fall back on help from Pinterest and Tumblr which are my go to places when I’m running short of ideas. How could I forget the best friend of us 21st Century Kids, google. There’s so much ideas you can get from the internet lately. Take advantage hun!

2. Pick Out Your Costume/ Props

The next thing to do is to get your costume or your props put together once you have a clear picture of what you want to achieve at the end of the session. Be sure to get the right costume. If making the choice of a costume proves difficult it’s advisable to contact a stylist if you are able to afford one. Otherwise just fish out one of your friends who is trendy and has all the fashion info you might need.

3. Talk to a Photographer 

Make contact with the photographer. It’s important to make an early booking with the photographer instead of waiting till it’s a day to the date you set personally. Doing that would only go against you since you would end up not having your session done on the day you actually planned for it. The demand for photographers is really high lately and so they might have bookings every other day. An early booking puts you on their schedule and if any changes have to be done with regards to your booking because it’s an early one it makes it easy to make the changes.

4. Prepare for that Face Beat

For some of us who suck at making up ourselves we’d always fall back on our talented MUAs to get our face beats done. If you don’t fall in this category and you’re a pro at getting a face beat by yourself then you’re the luckiest person at this point.
Get face slayed on that day and save yourself some money. If you’re like me then get ready to pay to get that face beat done by your favorite MUA.
It is also important to give the MUA a visual representation of the photo session. Discuss the look that would work perfectly with the concept and you’re good to go.

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5. Now the location.

Once you know the concept that you want to create out of the photo session it is important that the location is keenly selected. This is due to the fact that the concept’s ability to come to life the way it should to some extent depends on the location of the Photo Session. For instance if I am to make a choice for the Professional Look concept I would either have my location in an office setting or a studio setting to get the professional look done. The selection of a good location for various concepts deserves a different article which I would write soon. It is also good to consult your photographer to assist with making a choice of locations. Proceed to make the necessary arrangements for the decided location in order to prevent property owners’ from questioning you on your big photo session day.

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It all looks well planned figured out but making the Photo Session come to life all depends on you , the efforts you put into making the session come alive and I’d like to also say in planning for the photo session you need to add time consciousness as a part of the preparation list.
From the few Photographers and Stylists I have spoken to or worked with one thing that irks them about a client is when they are not time conscious. Time is important to everyone but for people in this profession time is extremely important, so take due note and don’t let your lateness ruin the fun moments you might have during the photo session.
And oh! Make sure you’re in a lit mood on the day…..

Written by: Josephine Kalira Tanlongo 

jkalira.jk@gmail.com

The Career Advice No One Tells You When You’re 22

The Career Advice No One Tells You When You’re 22

1) Solve for growth.

Early in your working life, you’re defined by the company you keep, so choose wisely. It’s very easy to pick the company with the biggest name or the biggest paycheck, but I recommend following our Co-Founder Dharmesh Shah’s advice: Solve for growth.

How does the company you’re working for (or considering joining) prioritize growth, both personally and professionally? How does the team you’ll be working for plan to grow in the coming year, and what do the prospects look like for growth for the broader company?

Far too many people pick companies based on their current reputation rather than their possible growth, but you get far more career credit for being the fifth employee at LinkedIn after its explosive growth than you do for being the 5000th employee at Radio Shack before it stops growing entirely.

2) Don’t fire back on feedback.

When you put your heart and soul into your work (as many young people do), you tend to take feedback personally — whether it’s good or bad.

When you get positive feedback, for example, you tend to think that you’re the best marketer or salesperson in the world. And when you get your work criticized in any way, shape, or form — you also tend to take it to heart.

To combat this gut reaction, I always suggest letting feedback “soak” for 24 hours. It allows you to think about what’s true and what isn’t — and how you can use it to grow, regardless of where it falls on that spectrum.

This time for reflection also allows you to have productive conversations with your manager. If you’re personally hurt, offended, or angry, you’re no longer listening. You’ve shut down. If you actually take the time to absorb feedback, you’re going to have a conversation with your manager that will actually help you get to the next level.

3) Find the Tina(s) to your Amy.

A lot of people talk about how developing friendships at work can improve your personal life, but these relationships can also have a huge impact on your career path. Just look at Tina Fey and Amy Pohler — they’re best friends who also push each other to achieve amazing things in their respective careers.

I’ve been lucky enough to find several of my “Amys” at HubSpot (yes, I’m Tina in this scenario, as she’s my spirit animal). Last year, I worked with VP of Operations Alison Elworthy and VP of Product Brad Coffey to prep HubSpot for our IPO — a huge milestone for the company.

The kicker? None of us had prepped a company for an IPO before, and the stakes were high. So we leaned on each other. Because of our strong friendship outside work, we were able to improve our ideas, get feedback, and iterate on messaging and strategy.

So instead of thinking of your work friends as company for happy hour (although that’s important too), seek out peers at work who challenge you, who can help you learn, and who think differently than you do. Just because someone’s a peer at your company doesn’t mean you can’t learn a ton from them — finding a “Tina” or “Amy” who can give you honest, constructive feedback and champion your efforts is incredibly valuable to your career growth.

4) Always be learning.

In my opinion, people overthink the role of formal mentorship in building their career. Instead of identifying one person to learn from and ask questions of, make that your daily practice. Write down what you see, know, and observe about what works and what doesn’t: You don’t think you’ll forget it as you evolve in your career, but you will. Having it written down somewhere will help you maintain perspective. Identify people you admire and learn from them, but don’t wait for a formal mentorship relationship to do so.

Carve out time in your week to prioritize your own learning. Even if you just watch a TED talk or read a few pages of a new book, ensuring that you have time in your schedule to stretch your horizons makes it much more likely you’ll do the same for the rest of your career.

5) Lean in to your weaknesses.

At any part of your career, you need to learn new things — and for that to be relatively painless later in your career, you need to build that habit now.

So instead of running away from things you’re not good at, lean into them.

Great writer but not very technical? Learning even a little bit of code or the ins-and-outs of Photoshop will help you significantly.

Fantastic at detail but have trouble seeing the big picture? Ask one of your peers who is great at project management how she juggles priorities.

It’s very easy to fall back on your natural talents or training, but you’ll be well served if you invest the time and effort to push yourself on your greatest areas of weakness early and often in your career.

6) The best way to network is delivering remarkable work.

Far too many people treat networking as an extracurricular activity like running or playing guitar. In reality, the best form of networking is absolutely crushing results in your job — and doing so pays dividends for the rest of your career.

That’s not to say networking isn’t important; it absolutely is. Just don’t be so fascinated with climbing the corporate ladder that you’re not delivering what it takes to get up there.

7) Learn to sell.

Do I mean you need to become a sales rep to be successful? Nope. (But that’s awesome if you are.)

What I mean is you need to learn to sell your ideas, expertise, or vision. Make presenting yourself and your ideas something that helps you stand out from the pack.

Selling yourself doesn’t have to be public speaking. It can also be using data creatively to sell your idea, designing beautiful materials to sell your product, or collaborating with your peers to get buy-in on an initiative you want your organization to prioritize.

The key is to learn how to sell your ideas and your input as early in your career as possible — doing so helps your personal and professional brand and builds your comfort level with expanding your influence and ideas.

8) Rack up results, not recognition.

The biggest complaint I hear from folks new to the workforce is that another person got credit for their work and “that’s not fair.” It is incredibly frustrating when other people get credit for your blood, sweat, and tears, but guess what: Life isn’t always fair, and neither is work.

However, I can tell you that over time, fortune rewards those who rack up results instead of focusing on getting credit. Instead of obsessing over recognition and credit, obsess over results. Your career will thank you for it later.

9) It’s not your manager’s job to manage your career.

Your boss is your manager at work — not a mind reader, fortuneteller, or psychologist. He or she can and should support you in your professional goals, but the only person in the driver’s seat of your career is you.

Manage it proactively by asking for what you want, making it clear what interests you, and eating up feedback for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — doing so will make you a better employee and a better leader, regardless of whether you stay at a company for 10 months or 10 years.

Which leads me to my next point …

10) Write down specific goals.

I did this early on in my career, but took a hiatus for several years. Then, this year I decided to try it again. I literally created a vision board for what I wanted to achieve professionally in 2015.

Turns out, writing down specific goals works as well in your 30s as it does in your 20s.

The research is abundantly clear: If you write down your goals, you’re much more likely to achieve them. Stating what you want to be when you “grow up” — even if you’re not sharing your aspirations with another soul — makes you much more likely to be diligent about achieving your goals.

A lot of young folks are not exactly sure what they want to be, and that’s okay. Instead, write down more of what you want to do, what you think you might aspire to, or someone you want to be more like. All of those things are going to help you inch closer and closer to your aspirations.

 

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10 BAD RELATIONSHIP ADVICES THAT ACTUALLY SOUND GOOD

10 BAD RELATIONSHIP ADVICES THAT ACTUALLY SOUND GOOD

1⃣ “All men are cheats. Just cope with him.”

Good men don’t cheat. Don’t  kill yourself coping!

2⃣ “If you love him or her, sex is a proof.”

Premarital sex is no proof. If your proclaimed love is not enough proof, trust me, they’ve trust issues!

3⃣ “Literally fight for your love. Go have a bout with whoever you think they’re cheating with.”

That’s what your household witches tell you when they want your premature death.

4⃣ “If you want him to marry you early, trap him with pregnancy!”

The irony is that you’ll only end up trapping yourself. You’re on your own.

5⃣ “Everyone aborts. As long as you both will end up together, no worries.”

Look at the life of whoever tells you this. You see their life???

6⃣ “Don’t worry about his/her infidelity. After marriage, they’ll stop.”

Marriage doesn’t cure infidelity. Infidelity is not a disease. It’s a character!

7⃣ “Love makes you do the unthinkable. Empty your account for him/her even if you wish to.”

Use your head to think as you use your heart to love. Do you know a boyfriend is not a husband?

8⃣ “If your man doesn’t beat you, it means he doesn’t love you!”

Sister, do you’ve leather for skin???

9⃣ “Even if he’s married, it doesn’t matter. Men are hard to come by lately.”

Don’t underestimate your value. You deserve better!

🔟 “If you love each other, do a blood covenant.”

Don’t start inviting demons yet! If you love each other, just go marry!

Be careful what you call advice.

    By: Kobina Ansah
The writer is a playwright, an entrepreneur and columnist with The Mirror. Like his Facebook page for more motivation.

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10 Life lessons Driving taught me

10 Life lessons Driving taught me

Driving in this part of our world can be a lot of hell. In the early morning rush hour, every driver may want to cut corners to reach their destination as early as they can. Others may jump the red light and be penalized. A few others may try new shorter routes and mistakenly end up in people’s homes! Life teaches us a lot more on the road than in the class. Every minute spent driving (or been driven) is an experience worth learning from. Have a look at these, for instance;

When driving, wherever you’re heading towards, others are always coming from there.

This is the lesson. Where you aspire to be, others have been there and back! Your destination in this life is where others are actually coming from. Be humble. There’s nothing new under the Sun. Whatever height you attain in this life, remember you were never the first to do so.

Other drivers can always provoke you with their carelessness and yet… be the first to jab you with insults.

This is it. In this life, you need sense to take nonsense! Not every person is worth your breath. Others are carrying weights of trash. Don’t allow yourself to be the bin they will dump them into.

The side mirrors of a car are always smaller than the main front mirror.

Lesson. Looking back is not always necessary in this life. Let go of the past. Focus on what’s ahead! When it comes to the past, just pretend you’ve amnesia. Regardless of how many times you look back, you can’t correct your wrongs. Just move on.

When a vehicle slows down, don’t be quick to overtake them. They may be avoiding something dangerous!

Now listen. Don’t be too quick to judge someone until you’ve been in their shoes and walked a mile in them. People oftentimes have reasons why they do what they do. You never know what it feels like to beg for alms, for instance, until your account hits the red. Don’t be too quick to conclude.

Every vehicle has its own mileage.

This is what life taught me. We all are unique. We have our own strengths and limitations. Remember this if you ever want to compare yourself with others. You may only be fruitlessly comparing oranges with apples!

The best of drivers get involved in accidents sometimes. Cars in the best shape can sometimes even break down.

This is the lesson. Life is unpredictable. You may be up in one minute… and down the next. You may be fit today and bedridden just tomorrow regardless of your healthy lifestyle. The best of people may not always have the best of things in life. The best of students may not necessarily be the best in the corporate world. The best managers may necessarily not be the best of entrepreneurs. Like cars, life is unpredictable!

When driving, you disobey traffic rules at the risk of your life and those of others!

Lesson. Life has a way of communicating with us. It gives us hints, for instance, when our bodies are not in good shape. If we are not eating healthily, we fall sick intermittently. Life prompts us on the dire consequences we are likely to face if we keep disobeying the laws of healthy living. Our death affects our loved ones.

When other drivers are honking at you to speed up, you do so at your own pace… and not because they want you to. You may just speed to your death!

Hear this. In this life, if there’s anything you have to do, do it at your own pace and not at the pace others want it to be. We must do what we have to do because we want to do them… and not because others want us to do so. We may end up injuring ourselves in a bid to run this life’s race at the pace others want us to run it.

When you find others with a broken down car on a journey, treat them as you may have wanted others to have treated you if you were in their shoes.

This is the lesson. Life’s challenges, a few times, weigh others down. Others get stuck along life’s journey, sometimes, because of their financial headaches. When we find them in such situations, we don’t walk over them. We help them up. We don’t condemn them. We encourage them. The same weight of problem that made them wobble on their feet today may knock you off your feet tomorrow. Treat them well today because it might just be your turn tomorrow.

Your car may break down because of the little things/checks you don’t do!

Lesson. Little inactions mass up to become big problems! A little slumber today. A little procrastination tomorrow. A little flirting here and there. A little drunkenness. What destroy us are not big things. They are the little things we ignored that have now become big things we can’t overcome. If you don’t want your life to break down, do the little checks. Check your diet. Check your time management. Check every little detail of your life. Our lives are made up of many little things.

The writer is a playwright and the Chief Scribe of Scribe Communications, a writing company in Accra (www.scribecommltd.com). His upcoming play, #MyWifeInLaw, shows this Sunday, October 16th, on KNUST campus.

Have you tried the ‘Mango Fool Dessert’ ? , Here’s the recipe

Have you tried the ‘Mango Fool Dessert’ ? , Here’s the recipe

Ingredients.

3-4 mangoes, peeled and chopped into big sizes.

2-4 tablespoons of sugar

1 lime zest and juice

1 cup of heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon nutmeg.

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  • Reserve about a half cup of chopped mangoes for garnishing.
  • Blend the remaining mangoes together with the lime juice and add the preferred number of tablespoons of sugar.
  • Mix with an electric mixer the heavy cream, one tablespoon of sugar, lime zest and vanilla.
  • Assemble the chopped mangoes in the cup. Top them with the blended mango and then the whipped cream in any order of preference.

Questions of the day.

Find the missing letters.

  1. _a_or__s
  2. Indians consider a basketful of mangoes to mean ……?
Perfect start to an imperfect morning, Breakfast.

Perfect start to an imperfect morning, Breakfast.

Imagine the stress you will go through trying to get a vehicle to function effectively without filling its tank with petrol or diesel? That is the kind of pressure you subject your body to when you decide to start the day without what is described as the most important meal of the day. For most of us, breakfast doesn’t make our list in the morning. All we think of is how to find our way through the hectic traffic on the road, get through the packed day and please our employers by close of day. After a long overnight fast, the-must-be first meal of the day is supposed to provide the body and brain with fuel it needs to function effectively, hence its name “Breakfast.”

 

Did you know that

 

  1. Skipping breakfast may increase a woman’s diabetes risk, according to a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition?

 

  1. Eating breakfast was associated with a lower incidence of heart disease in men between ages 45 and 82 and skipping breakfast could be associated with hypertension, insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar levels?

 

  1. A 2005 Journal of the American Dietetic Association review of 47 breakfast-related studies found that eating breakfast is likely to improve cognitive function related to memory and test grades?

 

  1. A study found out that people who ate breakfast as their largest meal lost an average of 17.8 pounds over three months?

There is no justifiable reason to always want to miss breakfast, unless you skipping it for religious reasons. If getting access to breakfast has been your reason for skipping the most important meal of the day then you got JumiaFood to take care of that. Just place the order and have your breakfast delivered right on your desk.

 

Let me recommend some great breakfast options available from the many restaurants listed on the JumiaFood app. Second cup inside Accra Mall, Vida E café, Jossie’s and Cafe Kwae located in Airport, Paatase in Ring Road, Pinocchio and Ci Gusta in Osu and Choco Pain and H&M in Dzorwulu.

 

Do not forget, use the voucher code; hf20pr to enjoy 20% off your orders and it will be delivered right at your door step.