Isa Battaglin of Lilly K Photography Explains 5 Things You Shouldn't Do During a Photo Shoot

Isa Battaglin of Lilly K Photography Explains 5 Things You Shouldn't Do During a Photo Shoot

You can expect to have a lot of fun during your photo shoot with the right photographer, but there are some things you'll want to keep in mind.


You're getting ready for the big day of the photo shoot. This is a fantastic step to take since having a fabulous headshot is important for connecting with others, getting your brand out there, and putting a face with your product or service. Sure, you may be a little nervous. That's normal. You may not know what to expect or what is expected of you. You can expect to have a lot of fun during your photo shoot with the right photographer, but there are some things you'll want to keep in mind. You want to make a good impression and conduct yourself in a professional manner. As a professional international portrait and fashion photographer who runs Lilly K Photography based in Los Angeles, California, I believe there are five things you should never do during a photo shoot.

Isa Battaglin's advice on what to avoid to ensure a successful photo shoot:

1. Give advice on how to do the job

If there's one thing that can put a hamper on the atmosphere during a photo shoot, it's trying to tell the photographer how to do his or her job. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't give ideas for how you'd like the overall shot to look. Actually, your photographer will probably ask you what type of look you're going for. But the line is drawn if you begin to give advice about how to do the lighting, which lens to use, or how to operate the camera. Some photographers may take it patiently, but just remember this is what they get paid for. They've learned the business and know just what to do. So, let them do their job and relax.

2. Take off your shoes

When getting a professional headshot, the photographer will be focusing on your face but that doesn't mean you can forget about the rest of you. Kicking off your shoes may seem like a harmless idea, but it's a bit on the tacky side. Unless your photo shoot specifically involves the feet, leave on the shoes. Everyone will feel more comfortable. Save the bare feet for the beach.

3. Eat food

You won't want to partake in eating during your photo shoot. One reason is that it's rude to eat in front of others. In addition, the photographer has to wait for you to finish and you may get crumbs on your face or clothes. Even if it's in between shots or you're waiting for the photographer to set up the background, don't attempt to get a quick snack or few bites of that donut you never finished earlier. Save the food for later.

4. Chew gum

You won't want to chew gum either because your picture won't be as good as it could be without it. You'd be surprised how photos often capture the glob of gum in someone's mouth. People may think they can hide it on the inside of their cheek, but often times they forget and when they smile you can see a bit of it. That ruins the entire picture. Further, the chomping sound of gum may be irritating for some photographers.

5. Fix your appearance

You want to be prepared for the photo shoot by the time the photographer arrives. That means your hair should be combed, you have the proper attire on, and your face is the way you want it to be. No time to pull out the brush and begin fluffing the hair, no applying lip balm, and please don't pluck those few stray eyebrows. Have your appearance 100% ready to go when the photographer arrives. This includes your clothing too. Don't add or take off any clothing items.

When it's done, you'll be glad about the results. Make the session fun and relaxing for everyone by remembering these simple etiquette tips.

About Isa Battaglin and Lilly K Photography: Whether she is capturing the faces of children or adults, Mrs. Isa Battaglin uses her camera to echo their spirit for others to see. She is a master of taking headshots in natural light and her artistry in editing beam through her photographs in her clients' eyes. While her home base is at Lilly K Photography in Los Angeles, Isabelle travels the world taking headshots and fashion photography.

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Here's Why We Need To Stop Referring To Them As The Central Park Five

Their names are Antron, Korey, Kevin, Raymond, and Yusef and they were children.


On the night of April 19, 1989, a jogger by the name of Trisha Meili was raped in Central Park.

The police questioned boys of color and had already decided that these five boys, Antron, Korey, Kevin, Raymond, and Yusef, were all guilty and the only evidence the prosecution had on them were confessions that were coerced.

Despite there not being any physical evidence linking them to the crime, they were all found guilty of the crime. No DNA matched between the boys and the jogger.

Eventually, the man who committed this awful crime came forward and was already serving time for similar crimes just like Trisha's. The five young men, who had served time for crimes they did not commit, were eventually vacated and the state withdrew all charges.

The man who committed this crime had committed crimes of a similar nature, he was able to give information to the police about what happened, and his DNA was a match.

The prosecution, instead of trying to find the perpetrator, insisted that it was these five boys who had no ties to the crime whatsoever and they were forced to grow up in prison.

Their time spent with loved ones was taken away and there is no amount of money in the world that can give that back to them.

They should no longer be referred to as The Central Park Five because of the stigma, the pack/gang mindset attributed with the name, the way it dehumanizes the children who were wrongly accused and imprisoned, and was a name given by the media who took this story, along with our now president, and spun it way out of control.

Their names are Antron, Korey, Kevin, Raymond, and Yusef. They were children and they were innocent. They are not The Central Park Five, but The Exonerated Five.

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Victor Mitchell, CEO of Lead Funding, Reveals 5 Things that Increase Employee Satisfaction

Different things work for different people when it comes to having a productive work ethic.


According to a Gallup poll conducted in 2013, around 63 percent of workers surveyed across countries all over the world claimed to be disengaged from their jobs. In other words, almost two-thirds of employees are unhappy in their current positions, although not necessarily enough to quit. Instead, they tend to push through each working day with little energy and enthusiasm, while a further 24 percent despised their jobs altogether.

The same study found that only 13 percent of workers felt actively engaged with their jobs, genuinely enjoying their typical working days and taking their responsibilities seriously. Unsurprisingly, these workers tend to be the most loyal and productive ones, since they have a genuine interest in the direction the companies they work for are heading.

Naturally, not all employees share a deep connection with their employer and company. However, Victor Mitchell, a life-long entrepreneur and successful businessman who has successfully founded, acquired, and/or turned around numerous diverse business ventures over the past 30 years, firmly believes in five elements conducive to greater employee satisfaction:

1. A Good Team

Studies have shown that by far the most common reason people like their jobs is that they like the people they work with. After all, it shouldn't come as any surprise that a workplace without a team-driven atmosphere can be an awkward and unpleasant working environment for everyone involved. It's difficult to have everyone get along at all times, but building a good team is undoubtedly crucial to success.

Morale in the workplace is heavily determined by the integrity of your team and how people work together to complete common goals. While no employer wants to sacrifice productivity, it is essential to adopt a work-hard-play-hard philosophy by allowing time for personal projects, encouraging teamwork through fun team-building activities, and recognizing both individual and group achievements.

2. Flexibility

Many organizations adopt an unyielding approach that feels like a soul-destroying chore to become a part of. Those office cubicle farms, fluorescent strip lighting, and grey carpets hardly make for pleasant places to work in. While building a comfortable, bright, and enjoyable workplace is essential for keeping your employees happy, it's also important to give people a reasonable degree of flexibility.

When employees have the freedom to work independently, make improvisations, and feel their actions and decisions are supported, they'll feel more responsible and more important. The risk of becoming disengaged with the job will be significantly less as well. Some ways to increase workplace flexibility include allowing employees to work at home on occasion or choose flexible working hours.

3. Productive Work Ethic

Having a good team and a pleasant physical environment to work in is essential, but those factors alone will not lead to a productive work ethic. After all, no employer wants their staff to be having fun during working hours if it comes at the expense of productivity. A productive working culture requires clear communication and trust above all else, as well as recognition of good work.

Different things work for different people when it comes to having a productive work ethic. Some work better when they prioritize persistence, while others need focus, and others work better when under a sense of urgency. By recognizing the strengths of individual employees, you'll be better equipped to help promote and encourage their skills to increase their productivity.

4. Variety

Some jobs are inherently dull. For example, not many people would claim anything is exciting about data entry, accounting, or telephone marketing. Nonetheless, with creative thinking, it is possible to break the tedious routines typically associated with such jobs by adding some variety. When each day is slightly different, and there's an opportunity to learn new things, people will be happier.

To help keep employees engaged, it is essential to offer the option to carry out other tasks as much as possible. However, this solution may not always be possible, in which case you'll need to take some steps to make boring jobs less so. Short but regular breaks by the water cooler can help a lot, but others might work better when multitasking or setting themselves some productivity goals.

5. Being Challenged

If an employee isn't being challenged at work, then their job is just a job and nothing more. They won't ever have that feeling of pride they would have if they have just completed a challenging task, and there won't be that important sense of accomplishment that helps push people to work harder and earn greater rewards. Challenge often marks the difference between a follower and a leader.

The average person spends almost 100,000 hours of their lifetimes working, so it stands to reason that they want to spend this time learning, developing, and bettering themselves, rather than wallowing in boredom and frustration. Pushing employees to their limits by giving them new responsibilities might sound harsh, but when combined with a highly motivational rewards-driven system, it will more than pay off.

Final Words

Everyone needs to earn a living, but money is not the only thing that influences job satisfaction. Employers often underestimate the importance of other factors, instead offering pay raises to keep people happy. However, about half of the employees who accept such offers still leave within the next two years. When it comes to longevity and loyalty to the company, employee satisfaction cannot merely be bought.

About Victor Mitchell:

Victor Mitchell, 52, of Castle Rock, Colorado is a successful businessman and life-long entrepreneur who has founded or turned around varied companies ranging from wireless to technology to real estate services to finance. Currently serving as CEO of Lead Funding, Mitchell is widely known for his innovative business strategy.

Mitchell previously founded several successful wireless communications companies and turned around several others. His innovative management strategies allowed numerous "mom-and-pop" wireless retailers to achieve financial success by aggregating their selling power to bargain successfully for favorable rights from national wireless service providers. In 2000, one of his companies was named "Colorado Small Business of the Year" by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The Denver Business Journal placed Mr. Mitchell on its coveted "top 40 under 40" list of business executives, and Mitchell was also a finalist in Ernst and Young's nationally recognized "Entrepreneur of the Year" contest.

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