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Strategic Branding Photography: Aligning Images with Your Business Goals



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In the world of branding photography, every image is a step towards achieving your business goals IF you are strategic about the process.

As a seasoned photographer and business coach based in Santa Clarita, CA, and serving the entire Los Angeles area, I’ve seen firsthand how powerful branding photography can be. It’s more than just capturing a good picture; it’s about creating a narrative that resonates with your audience and aligns with your business aspirations.

When it’s done well, you will communicate your brand’s core mission and messaging effortlessly. Let’s outline a few ways you can do exactly that.

woman and man looking at their phones during their branding session for law firm in santa clarita

We shot these recently for a local female-owned law firm Odom Law Group.  When we plan these sessions, we take into account all the images you may need for your website and for your socials, so we include headshots as well as any kind of lifestyle images you may need.

Why Choose Branding Photography Over Just Headshots?

While headshots are great for profiles and business cards, branding photography delves deeper. It’s about telling your brand’s story, showcasing your personality, and connecting with your audience on a deeper level. In today’s visually-driven market, a branding session gives you a diverse portfolio of images that can be used across various platforms, from your website to social media, making your brand more relatable and accessible.

Tip 1: Define Your Brand Persona

Before the camera even clicks, it’s crucial to understand your brand’s personality. Are you fun and quirky, or serious and professional? Your branding photos should be a reflection of your brand’s character. This clarity will guide the style, tone, and composition of your photoshoot.

Tip 2: Location Matters

As a photographer in Santa Clarita and the broader Los Angeles area, I’ve worked with diverse settings that add depth to branding photos. Whether it’s a sleek office, a bustling street, or a serene park, the right location can elevate your brand’s story. Some of my clients opt to rent a space so they can truly set the stage. I like to recommend Peerspace

woman in evening gown leaning on balcony with sun, palm trees and hollywood hills behind her at her branding session

We used Peerspace for Lisa’s branding session earlier this summer.  She had a specific vision in mind as the director of the Santa Clarita International Film Festival, so we found a home that would give us many options and deliver multiple images she can use on all her social accounts.

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woman with feet on desk talking on her phone branding session

Tip 3: Outfits and Props

Your clothing and props should align with your brand’s image. Choose outfits that represent your professional style and include props that relate to your business. This attention to detail adds authenticity to your brand story.

female blogger standing against a doorframe with cup of coffee and laughing

We shot Katy’s session at an Airbnb in Nashville so it was really fun to see what clothing she brought and we were able to get LOTS of images she could use for her interior design business. I also worked with her for three months as a coach to help her create more balance between her life and business.

Tip 4: Express Your Unique Selling Proposition

What makes your brand stand out? Is it your innovative approach, your commitment to sustainability, or your exceptional customer service? Your branding photos should highlight these unique aspects, giving potential clients a glimpse into what sets you apart.

man and woman in tech field looking at each other smiling

Whatever your industry, you need your branding images to tell the story of what you do. Branding photography should complement the copy on your website and help fill in the gaps for your potential clients to see. We are living in a truly visual world, so make sure you are clear in the way thay you want to be portrayed.

headshots of a man in front of his computer and a woman turned to the side

When we shoot your branding session at your offices, this gives us the opportunity to show what it is you do exactly where you do it. I also always grab headshots of you that are more personality driven, but especially when this is the kind of energy you want to exude.  We shot these recently for a local Santa Clarita business, NetActuate.  You can also find some behind the scenes of this shoot over on my Instagram.

Tip 5: Consistency is Key

Maintain a consistent visual theme across all your photos. This consistency strengthens your brand identity and makes your business more recognizable. This is why a branding session with me should be at the top of your to do list! I include a minimum of 50 final retouched images for use across all sites and platforms. I also always shoot some behind the scenes video that I’m happy to hand over for you to use in Reels and TikToks!

two women sitting on top of a counter in a hair salon smiling for their branding session

When you own the best hair salon in Santa Clarita (Tranquility) like Lahoma and Laura do, you know that refreshing your branding images every 6-12 months is important. I recently shot these two and their stylists as their salon here in town and it’s always so fun to work with creatives!

two female hair stylists with long hair smiling at camera sitting down in the salon

To Wrap Up:

Branding photography is more than just a photoshoot; it’s a strategic tool to align your visual identity with your business goals. Based in Santa Clarita and available throughout Los Angeles, I am here to help you tell your brand’s story in a way that resonates with your target audience. Let’s create images that not only look great but also work hard for your business.

Fill out the form below to get in touch or text me at 661-505-8470. Can’t wait to work with you!

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