The Golden Brand is a photography studio specializing in portrait and editorial photography and self portrait education for defined personal brands — oh, and we do it all virtually.
PORTRAITS . EDITORIAL . LIFESTYLE
You want to beautiful, effortless images without a shelf-life.
So do we.
And the best part?
We’ll make it happen from the comfort of your own home.
Thanks to the wonders of technology (and our smartphones), I can be your photographer–and you, my muse–from anywhere in the world.
We understand it can feel self indulgent to have your photo taken.
And then you start self-editing: "Is that what I look like?! I'm not photogenic. Someone please just tell me what to do with my hands."
What if you could stop feeling awkward and come as you are instead?
Our virtual sessions are an experience you won't forget. We make the process easy and fun, from our first meeting through the photoshoot itself, and the convenient delivery of your gorgeous digital gallery. No need to schedule a reveal session, you'll choose 40 of your favorite professionally edited images from the comfort of your sofa. Plus, you'll have the option to purchase additional images, prints and a photo book of your session.
There's no need to stress over what to wear, we help you decide what to wear based on your personal style and consult on the best location for the shoot, in your home or a studio — Yes, we even tell you what to do with your hands.
“Holly ganache you know how to make a girl glow.”
Amanda Gibby Peters, Simple Shui
Who we are
We won’t shy away from giving you feedback if it means getting the best shot, but we also put our focus on what matters most, capturing your story and true essence.
We know our way around lighting, composition, and body positioning, allowing us to offer an experience you get to truly participate in, and making sure you walk away with photos you love.
We’re a photography studio specializing in portrait and editorial photography and self portrait education — oh, and we do it all virtually.
You'l love our story-based approach to photography
Sure, we could call our photo sessions “branding sessions” like everyone else. But unless you happen to be a bar of soap or delicious artisanal chocolate bar, you don’t need a branding session. Here’s why. Branding images typically fall under the category of commercial photography and refer to product shots — a sequence of photos that doesn’t necessarily tell a story. What you are really looking for are images that build a story — not organic coffee blends. At Goldenbrand Studio, we shoot “see it to believe it” editorial imagery for personal brands — and we do it all virtually.
WITH AN EDITORIAL IMAGE THERE ARE NO WRONG CREATIVE CHOICES. YOU CAN'T MAKE A MISTAKE WITH THE IMAGE BECAUSE IF IT TELLS THE STORY,
— LISA HAUKOM, PHOTOGRAPHER & FOUNDER
What you'll experience in our studio
Your session fee includes our strategy call, professional mood board (yours to keep) curated to your brand and photo session, styling consultation, a gallery of professionally edited digital images, and the photoshoot time. You will be supported every step of the way and prompted to plan for every stage of the process from wardrobe to location and prop selection. You'll wear multiple outfits for your photoshoot to ensure a wide variety of photos for social media, portraits for press opportunities, and your website.
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Would you enjoy the virtual studio experience?
Say “yes” to any of these and it’s kismet.
–You’re looking to do something big that’s just for you and no one else
-You have a creative idea, budding business, or defined brand and want photos to match your aesthetic.
–You want to see yourself through a new lens and be supported while you do it
–You’re looking to feel seen, valued, and treated to a unique photography experience
–You want stellar photographs that capture your story.
This was my first virtual shoot. I came into the experience quite open, and was still surprised to see how many shots (as well as the variety of shots) we got in just a couple of hours. Each photographer brings their own personality and style. You have a gentle spirit, an easy way about you. It makes working with you feel light and playful. You’re lovely to work with. ”
- Desha Peacock, Author & LifeSTYLE expert
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In order to sustain a high-touch experience, I accept a limited number of visitors to the Studio each month. Click the button below to visit the virtual studio. There, you’ll share more about your vision for the shoot, your goals, and how we can help.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO HAVE A VIRTUAL SHOOT?
We will meet inside of a virtual studio app on your phone where I will be able to take photos, using your camera, as if I were there in person with you. When we first log on you will hear my voice then see my face on screen. During the shoot I’ll guide you through poses and direct you to position the tripod for the best angles and lighting. Many of my clients ask a friend to assist with this part and love how interactive the process is. They love how easy and energizing the process is and feel less camera shy not having a huge camera lens pointed at them.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE STRATEGY CALL?
Planning for your photoshoot is one of my favorite parts of the whole experience. This is my chance to build a connection with you that will have you showing up on shoot day excited to create gorgeous images, with a friend. I'll learn your story and you'll share your plans for the final images, ensuring delivery of the exact shots you need. We'll discuss your aesthetic, comfort level in front of the camera, and the feeling you want your images to convey. This is an interesting part of the process for me and often so eye opening for you. We are all guilty of getting too busy working on our business and we forget to work within it. These conversations help us remember, and bring your vision to life. I’ll provide you with all the details you need to feel prepared and excited about your session with me. After the call I'll create a mood boards full of inspiration for your style, clothing, props, pose, and mood to match your aesthetic. If we are shooting in your home or office we will walk through the space together (virtually, of course) and select locations for your shoot. We will also bring forward the threads of your story ensuring our final images showcase your values, experience and feel undisputedly, like you.
HOW DOES THIS WORK? WALK ME THROUGH A VIRTUAL SHOOT.
The day of your shoot you'll log onto an app where we will meet in a private, virtual studio. You'll be able to hear my voice and see my face on the screen during your session. This allows me to direct you and give you feedback exactly like I am there with you, in person. Some clients like to invite a friend to the studio to be my "legs" for the session, assist with moving the tripod, and join in the fun. Others really love the privacy of the shoot and are more easily able to relax without another person's energy in the studio, and without a huge, intimidating camera pointed at them. From there it's just like any other photoshoot. I'll pose you with clear directions, you'll have your mood board to refer to as a visual reference, and we will get all the shots we need. The images are stored in the gallery until I download them to my hard-drive for editing. Your digital gallery will be delivered 10-14 days after your session.
HOW MUCH OF A DEPOSIT DO I NEED TO PAY?
$250 non-refundable deposit/retainer and is required at time of booking to secure your date. Your balance is due prior to your shoot date.
HOW MANY IMAGES WILL I RECEIVE?
Editorial clients receive 40 professionally edited images. All images are delivered in a beautiful, private, digital gallery. You will select and download the first 40 images and have the option to purchase more. Portrait sessions receive a minimum of 20 choose/purchase from.
WHAT AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING?
You'll be prompted every step of the way. After the consultation, you will have everything you need to choose your ideal location, select your clothing and props. If we are shooting in your home or office I'll ask you to send a video of the space and help identify places to set up for our session. An ideal location for your session is one full of natural light. Some of my clients enjoy the freedom of booking an airbnb or studio to make the session feel celebratory and extra special.
DO I NEED TO HAVE HAIR AND MAKEUP PROFESSIONALLY DONE?
I never require anything of you that you don’t feel comfortable with, but I recommend hair and makeup if it will take the pressure off you. The most important thing is that you feel free to be fully present and yourself. If hair and makeup helps with that…it's worth it.
WHAT IS YOUR AVAILABILITY?
Please reach out as soon as you can if you are wanting to book my services. I book Editorial sessions several months out to fully plan each session and build relationships with my clients. Occasionally, I can book a shoot with less than a months’ notice. Contact me if you are working in a tighter timeline and I’ll try my best to accommodate you.
ARE THERE HIDDEN FEES?
Nothing is hidden—ever. There is no up sell and I will not pressure you to purchase prints. My priority is delivering the best photo session experience possible, so that's where I focus my attention. You will have 30 days to enjoy your digital gallery, download 40 images of your choosing, and purchase more if you are inclined. If you choose to have your photo shoot in an airbnb or studio, those costs are not included in your session fee.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
If you’ve already put a deposit down for your session and need to postpone, for any reason, the deposit is transferable but not refundable. We can schedule a one-time transfer of your deposit to a new date for your photoshoot. Please note rebooking your session is subject to availability. The balance of your session is due 7 days prior to your photoshoot date.
WHAT DO I WEAR FOR MY SESSION?
We will discuss this during our strategy call and create a mood board with options for you to reference. A broad selection is best because it allows us to create variety in your images. I recommend four outfits plus extras like accessories, shoes, sweaters and jackets for mixing and matching. Wear new items prior to the shoot to ensure you can move and sit in them. Also wear what makes you feel good and most like you. If that means jeans, tees and bare feet—all the better! If you're crafting a new look for your brand and want styling to match, we have a more in-depth style consultation available for an additional $300. Please request this service when booking your shoot.
DO I NEED STUDIO LIGHTING?
Nope! We’ll make magic with the light you have. I love working with natural light, it is always the most flattering. We will discuss the ideal time of day, when daylight is at its most gorgeous for your shoot, during our call.
CAN YOU EDIT IN A SPECIFIC STYLE?
If you’d like me to work with a preset to create a more specific look, I have a series of styled, black and white and more muted edit options however, our signature editing style is with minimal alterations to the image.
WHAT IS YOUR TURNAROUND TIME?
Your full gallery, edited and ready to share will be available within two weeks of your shoot. At that time you'll select the images you'd like to keep from the comfort of your laptop. Take your time, you will have 60 days to review, access, download and purchase additional images from your gallery, before your session is archived. Once your session is archived there is a $150 un-archiving fee to restore your session from the hard drives.
CAN I HAVE THE RAW IMAGES?
You will receive your images edited and processed as jpeg files in an online gallery that makes saving and sharing easy for you. Raw images are very large, trust me — you don't want them crashing your computer.
WHAT ARE YOUR TERMS?
Copyright of all images belongs to The Goldenbrand Studio. This is standard in the photography industry. Any departure from this must be agreed to in writing before our session. Your photos are yours to use in every way possible to promote you and your business, and of course, for your personal use.
DO YOU PHOTOSHOP THE IMAGES?
We edit for aesthetic not "perfection". I don't photoshop people. Instead, I encourage you to look at yourself in a new way—the way I see you. You have worked hard to be here in front of my lens. The images I take will honor that.
I NEVER FOLLOW A FORMULA FOR MY SESSIONS AND MY QUESTIONS ARE RARELY THE SAME FOR EACH CLIENT. I WANT TO LEARN WHAT MAKES EACH ONE SPECIAL AND UNIQUE.
— LISA HAUKOM, PHOTOGRAPHER & FOUNDER
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