Enko Photography Blog

April 12, 2010

Headshots for Professionals

We were introduced to Shannon and Jason of LEA Management Services by our friends at SmashCut Studio, and they were in need of professional headshots for their business endeavors together. Jason and Shannon came in from Bend to work with us, and we put our photographic talents together with the styling prowess of the team at SmashCut, who put the perfect touches on Shannon’s hair and makeup.

After giving the two of them a quick and easy session in-studio, we’re all pretty thrilled with the final photos. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing where they go with them next!

Enko Photography – fashion, commercial, and headshot photography based in Portland, Oregon

February 3, 2010

Actor With a Side of Model – model portfolio and headshot photography in Portland, Oregon

Andrew came to us ready to kick-start his career as an actor, and was also open to modeling, so he chose one of our model portfolio packages, and we tailored the looks to fit his goals! We made his actor’s headshot our first priority, because he’s most interested in acting, and we brought in our stylist partner Tabiba Styles to make sure he had a clean and polished look from start to finish. We also explored looks inspired by commercial, fashion, and athletic styles in-studio, to show his potential in different areas of modeling, while still playing to his relaxed and easygoing attitude.

He also chose to order comp cards through us, so we hooked him up with a clean comp card layout, and a batch of 100 cards printed on high-quality stock! We’re always ready to provide headshot prints and comp cards to our clients, and we make it affordable, so you can get the most for your investment, even if you’re new to the industry. If you have several shots you love after your session’s over, ask us about our rates, and we’ll gladly add it on to your package.


Enko Photography – fashion, commercial, and headshot photography based in Portland, Oregon

September 3, 2009

Fresh new talent! – headshot photography in Portland, OR

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The performing talent that Portland has to offer has been coming out of the woodwork in recent months, with all the TV and movie productions that have been filming in town. Opportunities for small parts, extras, even body doubles are being hired locally, and they’re interested in people of all types, ethnicities, and ages!

It looks like a great time for young Portland talents to get their acting careers started, and that’s why fresh-faced Carissa came to us for her headshots. We shot with her in several different outfits, and wound up with a final headshot that she loved.

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Enko Photography – event, headshot, and portrait photography in Portland, Oregon

July 30, 2009

Headshots for Professionals

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Say hi to Melissa, who recently came to us for her professional headshots. She’s been in training to become a wedding celebrant, and she’ll be embarking on a new path, and starting her own new business! Headshots that show her refreshing and warm personality were the order of the day, and we had an especially good time working with her during her session. We’re glad she came to us, and we’ll definitely be letting our future brides know about her!

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Enko Photography – event, headshots, and portrait photography in Portland, Oregon

June 20, 2009

Photography for Hairstylists

Just wishing a quick Congratulations to Jen LaMastra of Transform Salon, who earned an Honorable Mention in the recent cover contest for NW Stylist! Jen submitted several photos from our shoot for Betsy & Iya Jewelry last fall which showcased her amazing hairstyling work, and thanks to her talent, this lovely shot from our campaign is featured in this month’s issue. Jen also provides full-service haircuts and color, so to learn more about her and schedule an appointment, just visit her website.

Credit is also due to our model for this look, Kira Distler, and the awesome makeup skills of Sabrina Cayne; their talents helped make this entire session amazing!

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Enko Photography – fashion, editorial, and commercial photography based in Portland, Oregon

June 12, 2009

Get more from your portrait session

Having your portrait taken can be an enjoyable and special event, but if you’re not used to being photographed, you might feel a little nervous out about your session. There’s no need to worry, though: when you choose a good professional photographer, it’s our job to make sure you look and feel great in your photos. But, with a little bit of planning, you can help make sure that you get the most out of your session.

435359225_Q9rUm-M Be fed, be relaxed, and BE RESTED. It’s in your best interest to be feeling energetic and in a good mood when you have a session with us. We want you to have fun during your session, and it’s no fun to pose for photos when you’re tired, stressed out, and your stomach’s growling!

Kids are even more sensitive to hunger and tiredness, so it’s even more important for family photos. Even if you’re willing to grin and bear a bit of discomfort, they might not be. If you’re including young children on your shoot, make sure to schedule around naps, and bring a quick snack just in case the shoot runs a bit longer than the kids are expecting.

Pick your perfect outfit. Start thinking about what you want to wear for your shoot before you get there. If you’re doing an individual session, it’s never a bad idea to bring a few different outfits, and shy away from heavy patterns or company logos. If you’re doing a group portrait, consider coordinating the styles or colors of your outfits with each other. If you’re doing a more dressed-up shoot, the right shoes and accessories can complete the look.

But, the most important thing is to wear something you feel good in! Choose clothes that you love, and that fit and flatter you, and you can’t go wrong.

Consider bringing a friend… as long as they’re the right one. We’re always open to having friends and family accompany you on individual portrait shoots. If having your best friend, boyfriend, or parent with you will help relax you and make the session more enjoyable for you, then don’t hesitate to ask them along for your session.

Before you do, though, consider the other side of the issue: is this person going to distract you during the session? Will you feel uncomfortable having your portrait taken while they’re watching? If you think having extra people around will make you nervous, stress you out, or constantly interrupt your session, it’s okay to ask them to step out of the shoot for a while. We have plenty of photobooks for them to flip through while they wait. 😉

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Don’t be shy about what you want! Everyone wants something a little different from their portrait shoot, be it funny, spontaneous, glamorous, or something else entirely. No matter what you’re looking for, if there’s something you specifically want from your portraits, tell your photographer. Different types of shots may require completely different approaches, and if we don’t know what you want, then you may not get it.

Also, don’t be afraid to suggest an idea, even if you think it’s “weird.” If you’re working with a good photographer who’s delivering a personalized experience, chances are they’ll be open to, and even excited about trying something different from the norm. We want you to go home happy at the end of the session, so speak up! We’re ready to listen.

Consider booking a makeup artist! Sometimes, if you’re having trouble getting relaxed, having a makeup artist on-hand can help you feel fabulous, and settle into being comfortable in front of the camera. It can be fun to feel pampered while your hair and makeup is worked on, and you don’t need to worry about looking overdone or costumey, either: quality, professional makeup artists like the ones we work with know exactly how to highlight you and keep you looking fresh, so your natural beauty can shine through.

Don’t worry, just HAVE FUN! Life isn’t perfect, and neither is a portrait shoot, so you are occasionally going to blink or make expressions that aren’t so flattering. BUT, we want you to feel the freedom to experiment, and there’s no need to stress about how the final photos will look! Remember that you’ll be able to choose the shots that you like best, and nobody’s going to see the “bloopers” if you don’t want them to. So, relax, have fun, and get creative… just let your energy come to life on camera, and we’ll capture something wonderful.

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Enko Photography – event, portrait, and artistic photographers in Portland, Oregon

May 26, 2009

Coming soon!

A spring cold has hit us, but we have a lot of great shoots to tell you about. We’re soldiering on, sniffling our way through a speedy recovery and a lot of photo processing, so we’ll definitely be sharing new work with you soon!

To get the ball rolling, here’s a headshot from our recent outdoor model portfolio session with a lovely new full-figured model. She’s new to modeling, but we definitely see potential in her… what amazing eyes!

Model: Keri
MU/Hair: Abibat Durosimi of Tabiba Styles

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Enko Photography – fashion, editorial, and commercial photography based in Portland, Oregon

March 6, 2009

Fashion hair and makeup photography

Here’s another shot of our recent work with Paul Kovacevic of Blue Chair Salon. This was a bold, contemporary haircut with geometric shaping, so we placed light on both sides of the head, to draw even more shine out of the perfectly straightened hair. The soft pinks and strong blacks make for a very cool, retro-inspired look!

Makeup: Sabrina Cayne
Model: Allison

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Enko Photography – fashion, editorial, and commercial photography based in Portland, Oregon

February 27, 2009

Hair salon marketing

We recently worked with Paul Kovacevic of Blue Chair Salon, shooting several different models, each with a unique haircut, color, and style applied by Paul himself. The photos we created will not only be submitted to hair industry publications, and industry competitions such as NAHA, but they’ll also give a much more polished and stylish look to the salon’s online and print marketing efforts in 2009!

Each photo was lit to bring out the shine, color, and texture of Paul’s masterful cut and color work, and each model was given her own unique styling theme, so we quickly communicate the diversity, creativity, and personalized beauty of what the Salon can achieve when styling its clients. This is just one of the photos we shot for the Salon’s new looks for 2009.

Makeup: Sabrina Cayne
Wardrobe: Sweetz Clothing Co.
Model: Courtney

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Enko Photography – fashion, editorial, and commercial photography based in Portland, Oregon

January 29, 2009

Environmental portraits

Filed under: Artistic,Creative,Headshots,Photography,Portraits — enkophoto @ 10:33 pm

One alternative to a standard headshot is what’s known as an environmental portrait. It’s a great approach for artists, authors, and crafts- or businesspeople, because we can shoot with you in your work space, using that as a backdrop to tell more about you and what you do, rather than just showing what you look like. And, if you’re the camera-shy sort, it can definitely help you feel more comfortable during your session, because you’re shooting in a space that’s already familiar to you.

Here’s a shot from a recent environmental portrait session, with an artist who recently relocated to Portland, and some of her tools of the trade. This was shot with natural light, but we can always bring our professional studio lighting to your location, if it needs a little extra boost of light.

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Enko Photography – headshots, model portfolios, and portrait photography in Portland, Oregon

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