October 19, 2012

Erika Barker Photography


I'm so excited to share the amazing, talented Erika Barker Photography with you today! I asked Erika to snap some head shots for branding my new website and Facebook page, and this was the result. Our session was fast, and my favorite part - she sat me down and immediately showed me all the pictures. I was beyond happy. She has a graphic design background and is a photo editing whizz, but the pictures already looked awesome without it! (I asked her to please keep them as real/natural as possible.) She is a genius and her rates are incredibly reasonable (book now before she becomes famous!), so visit the Erika Barker Photography website and Facebook page the next time you or anyone in Orlando needs portrait or fashion photography. Now comes the hard part - deciding which pictures to use for branding! Which one(s) do you like?

Dress Calvin Klein/TJ Maxx, $50 (similar), watch Michael Kors, earrings local boutique, rings my Stella & Dot website $49 and $69 and bracelets $79 and $32 and $59 and $59.










102 comments:

  1. The photos are GREAT! And you look fabulous in that dress!! Can't wait to see the changes!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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  2. Beautiful pictures! And such a cute outfit (as always) :) I think pictures 3 & 4 are my favorites.

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  3. Beautiful pictures! I really like the last one...very sweet and natural

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  4. Crystal @MisscrystalmakeupOctober 19, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    GREAT photos! You look beautiful as always! Love the dress! xo

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  5. Ooooooh I do love all of them too! But for a website, blog, advertisement, facebook etc I'd go with 3 and 7. They really are beautiful!
    Lovely photography and stunning subject :-)

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  6. You should have numbered the pics so people can choose..

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  7. The close up photos I think would work for a website, blog, etc.  She did a wonderful job :)

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  8. So pretty! So you always give great advice on style, but lets hear some of your advice on fitness! You look great and are so tiny! Do you work out?

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  9. CoffeebeansandbobbypinsOctober 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    gorgeous! talented lady+ pretty lady!
    http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com/

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  10. So beautiful! 

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  11. its hard not to take a bad picture of you!  And my favorite is the one of you in the hallway which shows you from head to toe.  

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  12. youngpolishedandprofessionalOctober 19, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Those are beautiful photos.  You look amazing and photography is lovely. 
    Becca @ youngpolishedandprofessional.blogspot.com

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  13. wait - that should be "it not hard to take a good picture of you"  - need more coffee. 

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  14. They are all beautiful! That dress is so pretty on you! I think 3,4, and the last ones would be the best to use :) She is so talented!!

    http://designerinteal.blogspot.com

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  15. She did a great job! I like the first and the last two pictures the best :)

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  16. These are absolutely stunning! I wish I lived in Orlando or Erika would fly to Memphis....you picked a perfect dress for the shots as well.

    Katie
    www.flipsidefashion.blogspot.com

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  17. Love this dress! Great photos

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  18. I love image 6 & 7 so natural girl next door.... 7 is my favorite... nothing to take away from your face...!

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  19. I like the last one best! You look friendly but still professional. Beautiful shots!

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  20. Awesome pictures, you look fabulous! The dress is pretty beautiful ♥
    xx

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  21. I love photos 3, 5, and 6 -- you are absolutely stunning in them!

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  22. In order my faves are: the 2nd one, the 2nd last one, and the 1st one!  You look beautiful!  You should seriously consider taking pics outside more often and mix it up a bit from the white background!  It would be cool to see you outside of your element!
    http://adenye.tumblr.com

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  23. I like pic #2...headshot in the hallway. You look polished and professional but still relaxed and friendly. They are all great so good luck choosing.

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  24. I love pic. #3. It looks so glamourous and beautiful!!!

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  25. The pictures are all beautiful!  I cannot imagine having to decide.  You are simply stunning!  

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  26. gorgeous photos. partial to the last one.
    kw, http://www.ladiesinnavy.com

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  27. i like pic #3 the best

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  28. My favorites are #1 (the very top one), #3, and #4, but you look amazing in all of them! That dress is gorgeous, and I love your earrings and arm party!

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  29. You look great! What wonderful photos!

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  30. they look great! ALl are good, but I love the composition of the 2nd one and the last one.  Perfect for site banners.

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  31. They are all wonderful! #2 and #3 are my favorites. Have a blessed day!!

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  32. that dress is amazing

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  33. I really like #6 or #7!

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  34. Love the first one and the last one best!

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  35. Gorgeous photos! LOVE THAT DRESS!! I like #1, #4, #5...those can be used for different purposes on facebook and blog. definitely utilize horizontal and vertical images! :-)

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  36. Wow! You look really great in all of these photos! If I had to pick, I would say I like the 1st and 6th photos the best as I think you look the most approachable in these ones :)

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  37. Hey J ! love your pics as always. Whats your new website about or are you revamping the present one?

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  38. You are absolutely stunning, J.

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  39. Gorgeous photos; you've got great options to choose from! :)


















    thriftthick.blogspot.com 

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  40. They're all so beautiful!  I don't suppose Erika wants to travel to Chicago?  

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  41. Gorgeous pictures. They turned out amazing!!! Love the dress and everything about it. I also like how you styled it with those neutral jewel earrings.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.wordpress.com

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  42. I like the 3 one down when with the blue background.  Very pretty!

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  43. Just revamping this one! I'm way overdue for an update. :-)

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  44. what amazing photos!!! i absolutely love the 3rd one down (after you write your information)... so pretty! your eyes look awesome

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  45. I love them! You look beautiful in all of them!

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  46. The first and last definitely. They are the least photoshopped (especially the last one) and you look the real gorgeous you you are!

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  47. Stunning pictures! I can't wait to see the new website! 

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  48. Gorgeous!!! Beautiful shots!

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  49. Pictures number 3 and 4!!! you look great

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  50. They're all beautiful, but for branding purposes, I like the 4th one down...

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  51. Definitely number four but I also like. 1, 2 & 7

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  52. 2 and 7. Perfect fashion pics

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  53. Beautiful!!! Beautiful pictures!!!
    Maaaan, you're so slim!!! Cool!!!! Looks great =))))

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  54. I love them all! She is a talented photographer. I love this dress on you, it is perfect!

    XO http://shesaidhesaid-fashion.blogspot.com

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  55. I like #5 and the last one! Good luck choosing - they are all great!

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  56. Beautiful pictures! I have a fall fashion question. I have a pair of black peep toe pumps that I wear in spring and summer. Is it ok to wear those same black peep toe heels with black tights for the fall? I thought it may be a good way to stretch my budget and not have to buy another pair of blacks heels.

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  57. Well look at all of these kind and wonderful comments!  <3 Thank you so much everyone.  I was fortunate to have such a beautiful model who made my job very easy.  MMMuah!  <3

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  58. love the first or second one!!!

    ~LC
    Fitfashlife.blogspot.com

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  59. Sweet Tea, Flannel and PearlsOctober 19, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Love the pics!  Hair color is gorgeous!

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  60. all great shots! #4, 5 and 6 are the best!

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  61. Counting the very first/top photo (before your paragraph) as photo #1, my fans are pics: #3, #4, and #8. 

    They turned out wonderfully! 

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  62. Great color on you! But where are your heels from? Love them!!

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  63. I like #2, #8 (your wrist), and the last one!

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  64. Great dress! I love the last photograph, because your skin looks gorgeous and you look really relaxed. My other pick would be the sixth one. Hope it helps :) 

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  65. These are such pretty pictures definitely one of my favorite posts from your blog so far! 

    http://emmastyleguide.blogspot.com

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  66. Love the one with you standing in the grey hallway and you can see your entire dress. So pretty!

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  67. I like the sixth one from the bottom best...the close up head shot. So pretty and natural! Also the last one.

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  68. I love the full length shot in the corridor, the one focused on yout jewelry and the last one where you're not looking directly at the camera.

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  69. My favourite is the 6th one, with the last one a close second. You've got some great ones to choose from :)

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  70. All stunning, you are gorgoues!

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  71. AMAZING photos! You look so lovely :)

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  72. I like the last one for branding-- looks beautiful but also approachable :) 

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  73. #1)  Well, both my sweet husband----(who happens to be a longtime  a.m.a.t.e.u.r.  photographer, which is why I *asked* his opinion, this time, haha!!)----and I like Photo #7 (fifth from the bottom)............ because "7" is............ a Lucky Number!!    ('Just kidding!!)

    Seriously, though, with the full-face, direct-front-gaze shot in Photo #7, you look like you could almost immediately ENGAGE in a *Fashion Conversation* with either a client  OR  with an interviewer!!    Your up-close-and-"personal -ess" in this shot, (which really IS "you," J.!!)............. is what actually separates YOU from many, many OTHER Fashion Bloggers............ i.e., your INTENSELY Personal Budget -wise "approach"............ with your always indicating (thankfully!!)  *e.x.a.c.t.l.y.*  how much your outfit pieces really  *c.o.s.t.*............ and, additionally, how you UNFAILINGLY "Keep It Real" not only online............ but also by even (literally!!) getting down on your hand-and-KNEES, too, in your clients' closets............ (i.e., "Shopping Their Closets")............ for surprisingly New And *Fresh* Pairings!!

    Although I'm incredibly photography-illiterate myself, I could maybe see your *relaxed*, (full-face, direct-front-gaze) "Conversational Photo #7"............ in the FOREGROUND, (i.e., of a shot for your new website and Facebook page)............ and in the BACKGROUND, a very *relaxed*, full-body, head-to-toe, hands-on-hips, Fashion Photo of you, (i.e., as in the second-from-the-last photo, with your hands on your hips, which - again - really IS "you," J.!!)


    #2)  So, my 2 cents' worth is to EDIT the photos so that............ on Erika's *lovely*, very SOFT-FOCUS green background, way-up-in Photo #1............ then have, (in the foreground), your relaxed, "Conversational Photo #7" to one side............ then, either to the right or to the left of that----(and midway in the background, i.e., not-too-far-back/not-too-close-up!!)----have your relaxed, "Full-Body, Head-to-Toe, Hands-on-Hips" Photo!!   

    Subsequently, If I'd look  *A.T.*  Erika's carefully-edited "collage shot" like that----(i.e., on your new website and Facebook page!!)----I'd just say this to myself, right away, I know:                                            
    "I think I could  REALLY  *T.A.L.K.*  TO  J."............ (because of your direct-gaze photo!!)............ and it also really looks like  SHE'D  *W.O.R.K.*  WITH  ME,  too"............ (because of your head-to-toe, hands-on-hips Fashion Photo!!)............ "about the  TOTAL  WRECK  that both my wardrobe and closet are!!"    (Haha!!) 

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  74. Danielle McEachernOctober 20, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    I like the close-up shots with you looking into the camera. I feel like you're super personable and friendly on your blog and in your videos, and the close-ups give that same sort of connection with the viewer.

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  75. Great pictures! I love your blog! Side comment: do you have any idea when MJR Sales will be back up and running? I found out about them through your blog and am eager to shop when they come back from hiatus. Thanks, J!

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  76. Absolutely stunning! You look beautiful and that dress is GORGEOUS!

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  77. They are all beautiful. But my favorite for marketing is the waist up shot in front of the fountain. It looks like the most friendly and genuine smile. They others, though lovely, look a little too forced. For just a headshot, I like the first of the two you posted on a white background, with your head slightly tilted. New marketing is always so fun :)

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  78. Thanks Molly! I haven't talked to them but I agree - I miss shopping there! I will let you know if I hear any updates.

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  79. Beautiful!-- Hawaii trip looks like fun too. I want to go to Kenya and do a Safari :)

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  80. My favorite is the 2nd picture in the post!  The one with you in the hallway, with the blurry background!  

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  81. Amazing Pictures!!!!
    xx Sarah

    http://fromcoasttocloset.blogspot.com

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  82. I like number 4,8 and 10 ! haha That's so great and they're all beautiful. ! 

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  83. I like the last one. Hard to go wrong though.

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  84. Love #1 and #3! They are all gorgeous though (as are YOU)!

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  85. Definitely #1 and #3!  Awesome!

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  86. oh my gosh - these shots are wonderful - you are so beautiful - I don't know how you're ever going to choose.x

    ♥ ThankFifi

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  87. She did a great job!  These are beautiful shots!  You can't go wrong with any of these!

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  88. J, you look great, and these pictures are fabulous. Kuddos to Erika, and fantastic job branding with the blue, of course :)
    Whitleywww.thequeencitystyle.com

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  89. White background shoulder and up shots :)

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  90. You look absolutely gorgeous in that dress J! Very stylish and classy. 

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  91. These pictures are beautiful! The first three are my favorite. You look super classy in all of these  photos. Great styling with the jewelry and the everything!

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  92. The photos all look amazing. But you look amazing in that dress. I think I remember a post recently when you bought it and other one similar.  Did you have it altered at the waist?

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  93. Thanks Colleen! Yes, this is the same dress I wore in this recent post, and had altered (all the way down, it was 2 sizes too big): http://www.jseverydayfashion.com/2012/09/js-everyday-fashion-life-love-shopping.html

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  94. Definitely absolutely no question about it J, go with #SIX!! It is your signature classy confident self you look comfortable and genuine. Don't think twice about it! 6!!!

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  95. Erika Barker was one of my college professors! Nice shots!!!

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  96. I love the shots of you in the hallway, but would like to see you brighter like you are in the last few.

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