The Golden Brand is a photography studio specializing in portrait and editorial photography and self portrait education — oh, and we do it all virtually.
PORTRAITS . EDITORIAL . LIFESTYLE
We help you build confidence in who you already are, and translate your inner experience to outward expression.
Thanks to the wonders of technology (and our smartphones), I can be your photographer–and you, my muse–from anywhere in the world.
It feels self indulgent to have your photo taken to begin with
And then you start self-editing: Is that what I look like?! Stop trying to be something you’re not. What if you could stop feeling awkward and come as you are instead?
“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 true essence.
We help you feel confident, not official, because we know that it’s not until you’re in a safe environment that you can truly be seen.
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.
What We Do
WHAT YOU'LL EXPERIENCE IN THE STUDIO
A strategy call to uncover the purpose and story behind the shoot Let us handle the planning for you. We’ll create mood boards to inform the creative direction of the shoot: We’ll touch on style, props, posing, and overall mood. If we’re shooting in your space, we’ll do a virtual walkthrough and strategize locations and vignettes for the big day. As part of our storytelling process, we’ll bring forward your values and experiences to ensure the final gallery reflects your unique character.
Done-for-you mood boards, curated to perfection All your photo dreams are coming true. A visual strategy touching on wardrobe, location, and mood–yours to keep for future branding efforts. Along with the mood boards, we'll prepare a shot list ahead of time to ensure that the content we create meets all of your needs.
Two hours of shooting time
Relax, we will have plenty of time to get the shots you need — stress free.
Forty high-resolution, professionally edited images with the option to purchase more
No need to agonize over image selection. You'll have a versatile gallery of edited images delivered in a private online gallery to save, share, and archive your photographs with ease.
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Would you enjoy the Virtual Editorial 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 want to see yourself through a new lens and be supported while you do it
–You’re looking to feel seen, valued, and worthy–especially from your own perspective
–You want stellar photographs that capture your essence from the comfort of your own home
–You’re ready to embrace your humanity in all its imperfections, no retouching allowed
–Your image has been dictated by the expectations of others until now
–You want to celebrate your you-ness and be confident in sharing it
"This is your magic to give the world. I was drawn to the Goldenbrand because of you, your energy and how amazing your photos are.
It's really a special gift you have. ”
- Julia Carlson, Financial Freedom
READY TO GET TO WORK?
In order to sustain a high-touch experience, I accept a limited number of visitors to the Studio each month. Click the button below and fill out an application to visit the 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 IS INCLUDED IN THE STRATEGY CALL?
Planning for your photoshoot is one of my favorite parts of the whole experience. We deep dive into who you are, why you do what you do and who you do it for. 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. We’ll create mood boards full of inspiration for your style, clothing, props, pose, and mood. 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.
WHAT AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING?
After the consultation, you will have everything you need to choose your ideal location, select your clothing and props. 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 is worth it.
HOW MANY IMAGES WILL I RECEIVE?
You will receive 60 high quality professionally edited images in an online gallery.
WHAT IS YOUR AVAILABILITY?
Please reach out as soon as you can if you are wanting to book my services. I book Portrait and Editorial sessions several months out. 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. Some clients choose to book an airbnb, but your home and/or office are also great choices if they have a good source of natural light. Extra images are available to purchase at the rate of $10 per image. We will schedule a 30 minute call to select the additional images together.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
If you’ve already put a deposit down for your session and need to postpone or cancel, for any reason, the deposit is transferable. We can schedule a new date. Our deposits are non-refundable. Please note rebooking your session is subject to availability.
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!
DO I NEED STUDIO LIGHTING?
Nope! We’ll make the most out of the light you have.
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.
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.
WHAT ARE YOUR TERMS?
The copyright of the 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?
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.
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