Monthly Archives: April 2015

5 Ways to Beat the Afternoon Slump

We’ve all been there. It starts around 3 o’clock in the afternoon. The yawning, the heavy eyelids. You just want to crawl under your desk and take a nap.

If you’ve found yourself contemplating the George Constanza under-the-desk-sleeping-method, 

here are five tips to avoiding the afternoon slump.

Get Some Fresh Air

If the weather allows, try to spend your lunch break outside.

A little sunshine and some fresh air are just what you need to recharge your batteries.

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Photographed by Jordan Matter : Dancers Among Us

 

 Stay Hydrated

If you find yourself feeling sluggish, you may be dehydrated. Water Increases Your Energy Level! “In general, dehydration leads to fatigue, which slowly eats away at your bodily functions you need to get through the day. The more water you drink, the more awake and alert you’ll feel.”

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Photograph by Jordan Matter : Dancers Among Us

 

Keep it Light

Chances are if you eat a 12 oz. steak, 3 lbs of pastrami, and a loaded baked potato for lunch, you’ll be in a food coma shortly after finishing your meal. Keep it light! Try a lean piece of chicken with steamed veggies, a fresh juice, or a chickpea salad.

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Photograph by Jordan Matter : Dancers Among Us

 

Keep Moving

 Sitting all day isn’t good for us.  So try and get out of your chair, stretch, and take a quick jaunt around the office, up a few flights of stairs, or around the block.  You’ll avoid the health risks of being in a chair all day and get that quick burst of energy to get you through the rest of the day!

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Photograph by Jordan Matter : Dancers Among Us

 

Fitness

Making time in your life for an exercise routine. Working out on a regular basis can help increase your energy levels, reduce stress and anxiety, aid with sleep, and give you long lasting energy throughout the day.
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Photograph by Jordan Matter : Dancers Among Us

Sleep 

Chances are, if you stayed up until 3am binge watching the most recent season of Orange is the New Black — you’re going to be extremely tired in the morning. Spending the entire day in a zombie-like state sounds pretty dreary and unproductive, and no amount of coffee is going to get you back to a normal energy level. So make sure to get your 8 hours of sleep, Netflix can wait!

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Photograph by Jordan Matter : Dancers Among Us

Call Someone You Love, Just Because

Take a moment to remember what’s most important in your life and dial up someone you care about. Hearing the voice of a best friend, a sibling, parents, or your spouse may be just what you needed to put some back in your step.
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Photograph by Jordan Matter : Dancers Among Us

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5 Tips for Corporate Headshots

 

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by Michelle Kinney

24 Seven Photographer/Digital Media Specialist

So it’s time to update your business headshot. The grainy, cropped photo from Spring Break you’ve had up on LinkedIn doesn’t really represent your professional image these days.

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A grainy, cropped photo of Michelle from college

Let’s face it – this is more than just a photo. A corporate headshot can be seen anywhere and everywhere from your company’s website, your LinkedIn profile, Twitter, Facebook…you name it!  It’s also a large part of the professional image (pun intended) you’re creating for yourself. We want our headshots to effortlessly say all the things about us that we want it to.

Do you find yourself puzzled as where to begin?

I’m here to help out with a few easy tips to get you started on your way to a great headshot you’ll love!

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Do Your Research

Sometimes your employer will provide you with a photographer for your official company photo. But when it comes to a corporate headshot that you will use across multiple media platforms, you’ll want to find your own photographer. Ask around to friends and colleagues to see who they have enjoyed working with. Do some online searches and spend time scrolling through professional portfolios. Whomever you hire, make sure you like their work! Most importantly, try to meet your photographer ahead of time. You want to vibe with a photographer that makes you feel comfortable! Which brings me to #2…

Relax!

Breath is life, so take a deep breath and RELAX! It’s nerve-racking, I get it! Before becoming a photographer, I was a professional singer for many years and I could never get used to having my photo taken. Odd but true. “I’m all dressed up, standing on a street corner, trying to smile and look natural. But nothing about this feels natural!”  I often will ask a client to make a funny face and do 10 jumping jacks to get started. It helps them to calm down and release any body tension. Whatever works!

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I love this shot of Kerin. She looks relaxed, friendly, approachable, and professional. Fantastic!

Attire

The headshot is all about your face, so it’s important not distract from the best part of you. Wear something that looks great and feels great — usually they are one and the same.  Solid jewel tones are your friends! They flatter any and all skin tones and look fantastic on camera. Busy patterns can often be distracting and look a bit dated. Try to keep the jewelry basic and the necklines simple.

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The perfect green jewel tone and necklace. So flattering!

Whatever the choice, make sure it fits well. A common mistake can be to wear a jacket that is slightly too large or small which can be quite noticeable on camera.

Joe’s jacket fits him perfectly! Great shot!

Make Sure Your Photo Looks Like You

I think the goal of a corporate headshot is to look friendly and approachable. You want to look like yourself on your best day, but not look like you tried too hard.  When I think of “trying too hard,” I picture glamour shots.

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Glamour Shot / Photo via http://www.thechive.com

 So let’s take a minute to collectively giggle and agree it’s best to keep it simple! For women I suggest to wear your hair as you would to a job interview. Feel free to splurge on a blowout! Keep the same idea in mind when applying makeup, just add a tad more than usual to stand up against the camera. Also, try not to cut or dye your hair right before the shoot.  Give it at least a week or so.  For the gentlemen, bring some oil sheets like Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Oil Sheets to help with shine. A little translucent powder helps too! A little touch up here and there in Photoshop is great, but overall it’s good to keep airbrushing to a minimum.

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 Strike a Pose

If your photographer is shorter than you, politely suggest they stand on a step stool. I am 5 feet tall — exactly. I’d say the majority of my clients are much taller than I am so I make sure to carry a portable step stool with me on all shoots. Photographing someone from a slightly higher angle is always most flattering!  Be aware of your chin as well. Slightly forward and slightly down is just the ticket!

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5 Awesome Apps to Download This Week

Looking to download some great new apps for your smartphone? We’ve done our research, so look no further! If you’re doing some smartphone spring cleaning, be sure to make room for these awesome apps!

Soul Cycle

At last! SOUL CYCLE HAS AN APP!  As any avid Soul Cycle rider may know, the wait for an app was a long one. Tap and swipe to search for a nearby studio, favorite instructor, and reserve your favorite bike! Thank you Soul Cycle, we’ll be tappin’ it back with you soon!

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Inspiralized

With the growing popularity of gluten free menu options, and vegetable “pasta”, Ali Maffucci founded Inspiralized Blog. Her mission? To make creative, delicious and nutritious meals by transforming vegetables into “pasta” using a vegetable spiralizer.  Ms. Maffucci and Inspiralized.com are the definitive resource for cooking with a spiralizer. In addition to her blog and recently published cookbook, Inspiralized has an app! Perfect for anyone looking to make healthy meals at home, and great as a grocery shopping resource!  The app also includes featured recipes with gorgeous photos, and user friendly ingredient searches!

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HBO Now

It was only a matter of time until HBO joined the ranks of Hulu Plus and Netflix to offer a monthly subscription service. With more and more people cutting the cord and opting out of cable subscriptions, this is the perfect way to enjoy the excellent programming HBO has to offer.  Award winning shows like Game of Thrones, VEEP, and endless documentaries like The Jinx at our fingertips for only $14.99 a month? Yes please!

 

 

iExit

Ever been on a road trip and had to rely on billboards to find the next rest stop to walk your dog or grab a bite to eat — only to find that no pets are not allowed and the Starbucks has been turned into an oil change station? Frustrating. How awesome would it be to never rely on highway and billboard signs again? Look no further than iExit!  iExit uses a smartphone’s location to determine where a user is located on the interstate and then displays upcoming exits and businesses without the press of a button. Its powerful search engine allows users to filter upcoming exits by whatever they’re looking for, whether that’s for a business, an amenity, or a location. The Search experience has been completely rethought in it’s latest update and comes with 25 “preset searches” designed to quickly address common road trip needs.

 

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Sleep Cycle

Mornings can be a drag. Sometimes no matter how much sleep we get, waking up can feel just plain terrible! We’ve tried Sleep Cycle and we love the results! And you don’t have to take our word for it, it’s been featured in CNN, Wired, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, The New York Times and many more.  Place your smartphone under your pillow and the app actually monitors your movement during sleep using the extremely sensitive accelerometer in your phone.  Sleep Cycle then finds the optimal time to wake you up during a 30 minute window that ends at your set alarm time. Amazing! Waking up the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed. Two thumbs up!

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Wisdom That Builds Your Confidence And Staying Power

One of the most important things to remember is everyone struggles in their own way. Every story is unique and at some point we all feel like we’re not getting ahead or are under appreciated.

Always know that the better you take care of yourself and the more positive you keep your outlook, things will turnaround.

Embrace the Change

Sometimes unexpected things happen and shake us up.

Then you realize that it made you stronger, wiser and landed right where you are supposed to be.

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Be Crazy, Wild and Free

 It’s okay if people think your dreams are unrealistic because your goals are not theirs. They are your own.

 

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Criticism Is the Norm 

It’s better to make people notice you.

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Always Keep Your Sense Of Humor And Character In Tact 

Especially when it’s hard.

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Hold Your Ideas Close

Sometimes thinking is required long before action. Your thoughts are priceless.

It’s okay to marinate and let things manifest in their own time.

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Be Unique

Success Isn’t Always A Form Of Unification and Following.

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