Virtual Studio

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The Golden Brand is a photography studio specializing in specializing in photography, editorial content creation, art direction, social media and partnership for growing brands — oh, and we do it all virtually.

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PORTRAITS . EDITORIAL . LIFESTYLE 

You want natural, effortless, and timeless photos. To capture your essence and see yourself through a new lens.
 
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 know

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?

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“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.

"LISA IS SIMPLY AMAZING"

"HER COMMUNICATION WAS CLEAR AND SUPPORTIVE FROM THE START.  I FELT SUPPORTED, SEEN, AND NURTURED FROM OUR FIRST CALL THROUGH EVERY STEP OF THE PROCESS.  WORDS CAN’T EXPRESS HOW TALENTED AND KIND SHE IS. FROM THE FIRST MOMENT WE MET I FELT SHE PUT ME AT EASE AND ENCOURAGED ME TO HAVE FUN AND BE MYSELF.  THE PHOTOS SHE CAPTURED ARE SO NATURAL AND BEAUTIFUL. I WAS NEVER ASKED TO POSE, ONLY GENTLY GUIDED. 

SHE CAPTURED THE HEART AND SOUL OF MY STORY".

— ERYN S.

YOU'LL LOVE OUR EDITORIAL APPROACH

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.

Lisa Haukom Photographer Goldenbrand Studio
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"Lisa's images are always graceful, honest, natural, and completely captivating. They tell the whole story."

"I TRUST HER DESPITE FEELING WAY, WAY OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE."

I’M NOT A NATURAL IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA AND I GET ANXIOUS AT THE THOUGHT OF SOMEONE ELSE CHOOSING AN IMAGE OF ME THAT THEY THINK LOOKS GOOD. BUT LISA MADE ME FEEL SAFE AND SEEN.  I TRUSTED HER DESPITE FEELING WAY, WAY OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE. THESE PHOTOS ARE EVERYTHING I’D HOPED FOR. THEY ARE A TRUE REPRESENTATION OF MY PERSONAL BRAND AND STORY, COURAGEOUS AND VULNERABLE ALL AT ONCE."

— KATHY O.

WHAT YOU'LL EXPERIENCE IN THE STUDIO

STORY 

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.

ART DIRECTION

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.

DELIVERY

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.

Already a client? Inquire here

 

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. ”
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Julia C.

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.
 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED


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.  

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?

In an editorial session the minimum you will receive is 40 Images to choose/purchase from - This is a minimum and usually a lot more is provided but it will depend on how well the elements work together 
Portrait sessions receive a minimum of 20 choose/purchase from.

 

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. 

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.  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 through your online gallery. 

 

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 new date for your photoshoot.  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. 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.

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