<![CDATA[Charissa H. Yong Photography - BLOG]]>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 12:50:27 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[How to Get the Best Lighting For Video]]>Sun, 01 Nov 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://charissahyongphotography.com/blog/how-to-get-the-best-lighting-for-videoAre you struggling with getting the right lighting for your videos or while you are in a video conference?

I got some lighting tips for you that can help!
  1. Position yourself in front of a light source when you are on a video conference or recording a video.
  2. Try to avoid having any bright lights/or window behind you because you'll be in the shadow​ and people won't be able to see you clearly.
  3. Natural light is the best so place yourself in front of a window.
  4. If your room is dark and no matter what you do, you can't seem to get  yourself well lit in your videos. You will need to buy artificial lighting and a ring light is what I would recommend because they are really affordable.
  5. I recommend buying a ring light with 2 adjustments (one to adjust the temperature - cooler or warmer; and the other one is to adjust the brightness). I personally don't like the ring light with different filter sets that you have to change it manually.
  6. You can also buy a smaller ring light for your laptop or one that clips to a desk with a cellphone holder. This is great if you are moving around or do your videos in different places that need additional lighting.

I hope you find these tips helpful!

I also shared these tips in my YouTube video, you can watch it below. If you like to get these short little 2-minute tips, subscribe to my YouTube channel!
<![CDATA[Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month]]>Thu, 01 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://charissahyongphotography.com/blog/pregnancy-and-infant-loss-awareness-month"I'm sorry but we couldn't find a heartbeat." These words still hurt even now.

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and I hope my story will help other women who are also going through a loss. You are NOT alone in this and it is NOT your fault.
My husband and I were so excited to find out we were expecting in 2015. We went to our first OBGYN's visit at 6 weeks and heard the baby's heartbeat, it was the best sound we've ever heard!

During those time, of course, as new parents, we thought about names, our dreams for our baby, and our plan to announce to our family when we reached the 1st trimester.

At 8 weeks, we went back for a second doctor's visit. The nurse came in and started the routine checkup and she used the doppler to listen to the baby's heartbeat. She was searching and searching and couldn't hear anything. Then she brought in the sonogram machine and again, tried it for awhile and nothing.

We were concerned but didn't think much of it. The nurse said she'll be right back and then left. When the doctor came in and he said "I'm sorry but we couldn't find a heartbeat."
He explained to us that the sonogram machine confirmed that there is no heartbeat on the embryo. Unfortunately miscarriage do happen a lot during the 1st trimester and it is nothing that I did to cause this.

I remembered the feeling of falling, my heart hurts, and I simply couldn't think.

We went into his office and he told us there are few options we can do, wait it out until I have a miscarriage naturally, take a pill that would expedite the miscarriage or have a D&C (Dilation & Curettage) surgery. We were just too sad to make a decision so we went home to think about it.

The first words I spoke to my husband was "I'm so sorry." as we were walking to our car. This was the hardest moment of our lives.
After a few days, we've decided to go for the D&C surgery. It was the worst day of my life, I couldn't stop crying after I woke up from the surgery. There was a nurse there who was so sweet, she sat with me, shared her story and gave me lots of encouragements. 

I'm so grateful that I had people in my life, some who had gone through a miscarriage or baby loss, and they were there every step of the way to help  my husband and I during this difficult time.

Then in 2016, we were blessed with a healthy baby girl. Now I'm a mom of 2 beautiful girls and every day I still remember about the one that I had lost.
​Photo Credit: Jordan Jankun Photography
Photo Credit: Jane DiMaggio Photography
If you or someone you know had a miscarriage or loss their baby, here are a few ways you can support them:
  1. Send meals to them. They may be too upset to even think about cooking or eating.
  2. Help them with chores - grocery shopping, laundry, etc.
  3. Listen to their stories especially when they are ready to share.
  4. Avoid saying "It's not meant to be." or "You have your other kids." or "They are in a better place." The best thing you can say to them is "I'm here for you." or a simple hug.

To those moms who are going through a pregnancy loss:
  1. Take your time to grieve.
  2. You are not alone and it is not your fault.
  3. Reach out to support groups or someone you know who had gone through a loss. Talk about it when you are ready.
  4. Read books that will help you to grieve. The book that had really helped me is "Growing Up in Heaven" by James Van Praagh.
October 15 is Pregnancy Remembrance Day, join me to light a candle at 7pm (all time zones) to create a wave of lights to remember all the babies who had gone too soon.

If you need someone to talk to, I'm here for you! Give me a call 201-663-8585 or email me at charissa@charissahyongphotography.
<![CDATA[Business Feature: Seimei Healing]]>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://charissahyongphotography.com/blog/business-feature-seimei-healingHave you heard of Seimei? I haven't until I met Katie Fasciano, owner of Seimei Healing located in Westwood, New Jersey. It's a non-touch practice originated from Japan to ease pain, illness (common sore throat or cough), anxiety and more.

We met through networking and we instantly clicked! Not only we are mothers of girls, but we live and work in Westwood, New Jersey. 
She shared her emotional story of losing her eldest daughter to cancer and how she had found Seimei.

She had given me a demonstration on Seimei to ease my lower back pain, which was bothering me after I had my second daughter. It was amazing! Instant relief! I've been her client ever since and I knew I had to do a business feature on this amazing practice.

So read on and find out more about Katie and her amazing services.
A woman putting her hands over her clients to perform Seimei, a non touch healing practice.
Disclaimer: My client and I were comfortable with removing our masks and held our breath during each shot to capture this.
Charissa: Can you tell me about your business and what you do?
Katie: My business is a holistic practice featuring a technique called Seimei. My passion is helping children with cancer and their families. Seimei helps improve physical and emotional symptoms. It's a technique that is non-touch. The person sits in a chair as the practitioner works around them. Seimei can be done for both acute and chronic symptoms. Acute symptoms usually resolve with one Seimei session. Chronic symptoms usually take a series of Seimei sessions. These sessions can be done virtually.
Charissa: What is your absolute favorite moment in your business?
My absolute favorite moment in my business is at the end of a Seimei session when a client is relieved of their symptom.
Charissa: What is the one tip that you would like to share?
There are Charms that are used with Seimei that anyone can use. Please reach out to find out more about it.
Charissa: Where can people follow you and find more information about your business?
You can find out about my services on www.seimeihealing.com. You can also follow me on social media - Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn
Need a photography service? Give me a call 201-663-8585 or email me at charissa@charissahyongphotography to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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<![CDATA[Coordinating or Matching Outfits?]]>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://charissahyongphotography.com/blog/coordinating-or-matching-outfitsChoosing your outfits for your photo session can be stressful! I completely understand that feeling because I book a professional photographer for my own family session every year and I have to choose outfits for everyone.

Should you go matching or coordinating? Well...let's dive into it.
Matching outfits means that everyone will be wearing the same thing. For example: White tops and jeans for the entire family or mom & daughter are wearing the same dress while dad & son are wearing the same polo shirt and khaki pants.

If that's not the look you want for your photo session, then you want to coordinate your outfits, which is usually what I would recommend.
​When you coordinate your outfits, choose 2-3 main colors, and maybe one accent pop of color. Mixing stripes and floral with plaids and tweeds would work great together.

Start with one outfit that you love and build from there for everyone else.

Laying the outfits on a flat surface or a bed with all the accessories (jewelry, scarfs, shoes, etc.) will help you figure out if the outfits look good together or not.
Need a photography service? Give me a call 201-663-8585 or email me at charissa@charissahyongphotography to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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<![CDATA[Feature: International Women's Day Business Summit (March 6, 2020)]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://charissahyongphotography.com/blog/feature-international-womens-day-business-summit-march-6-2020March 8th, 2020 was International Women's Day.

I celebrated early being a Her Story Sponsor at the International Women's Day Business Summit on March 6th, 2020 (hosted by the North Jersey Chamber of Commerce and title sponsor NJ Advanced Media). It was held in the beautiful Valley Regency in Clifton, New Jersey. The venue is as beautiful as I remembered when I attended a wedding here probably 10 years ago.
As a sponsor, I got there early to setup my table and the headshots station because I was offering a headshot mini during the event.

I was also able to spend some time getting to know the other sponsors and panelists in the VIP mimosa happy hour prior to the start of the event.
The event started around 11am with a delicious brunch, open networking and Her Story Sponsor visits.
We were really excited to meet Miss Monmouth, Adele Ann Taylor (as a key note speaker) and I took a headshot picture of her! I was truly honored! She is so smart and her speech was so inspirational!
There were two sessions of the women panel discussions with some strong female entrepreneurs who shared their stories and tips that was so motivational to hear and learn from them. I'm so glad I took part in this unforgettable event!
At the end of the event, each sponsors has a prize for a raffle drawing and Thania Arango from M&T Bank in Wayne, New Jersey won my raffle of 2 AMC tickets and $50 gift certificate. Congratulations!

I can't wait to attend the next event in 2021 and being a part of this amazing women community. Thank you North Jersey Chamber of Commerce for hosting!!
We offer corporate and non-profit event photography.

To find out more information and get a quote, please 
email me at charissa@charissahyongphotography to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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<![CDATA[The Importance of Printing Your Pictures.]]>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://charissahyongphotography.com/blog/the-importance-of-printing-your-pictures​If you are my clients or have been following me on social media, you know how much I love to educate my clients, family, and friends the importance of printing your pictures, whether it’s on prints, canvas or an album. 

I'm going to share 3 reasons why you should think about printing out your family pictures.
​Why? Here are a few reasons:

1) TECHNOLOGY CAN FAIL – Your hard drive or your phone storage can fail, even if you back it up on the cloud. But if you print your pictures, they will be there even if you lost it digitally.

2) PICTURES SIT ON THE CLOUD – How many of us take so many pictures, stored it on the cloud or hard drive and never look at it again? Most of us I bet. If you print out the pictures, especially in an album, you definitely will look at them more often. My daughter will look at a photo album at least once a day.

3) FAMILY TRADITION – Why not print out your pictures, get a scrapbook, stickers, all the fun decorations and make a yearly family album out of it. You’re making memories while creating a family heirloom that you can cherish for years to come.
​If you need help in designing your family album, email me at charissa@charissahyongphotography to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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<![CDATA[Business Feature: Wayne YMCA]]>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://charissahyongphotography.com/blog/business-feature-wayne-ymcaOn February 3, 2020, I was so excited to photograph a community support campaign kick off event (Celebrate The Magic) at the YMCA in Wayne, New Jersey. It was a wonderful night of getting together, sharing lots of success (and emotional) stories and to celebrate the amazing donors!
As guests started to arrive, they were checking in with the staff who were all dressed in costumes that fit perfectly with the magic theme. The children got to request their favorite balloon animals from the balloon artist. The guest were treated to some delicious food and dessert donated by local establishments in Wayne.
The presentation and the speeches were so touching and we even got a treat from the children performing The Little Mermaid musical! They were so good and adorable!
If you would like to learn more about Wayne YMCA or how to donate, please visit their website.
Need a photography service? Give me a call 201-663-8585 or email me at charissa@charissahyongphotography to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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<![CDATA[5 Tips on How to Photograph Better for Your Business (Part 2)]]>Fri, 01 May 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://charissahyongphotography.com/blog/5-tips-on-how-to-photograph-better-for-your-business-part-2​In my previous blog post, I shared 5 tips that you can start implementing for you and your business to have images that are more consistent. Click here to read my previous 5 tips.

​So here are 5 more tips for you.
Tip 1: Photograph in consistent lighting – Whether using natural light (sunlight) or artificial light (indoor light or flash), photograph your subject in consistent lighting will make editing easier and your images will be more consistent.

Tip 2: Use selective focus mode – If your phone camera has selective focus mode option, use it to photograph your subject to emphasize it. This will bring the attention to what you want to show your audience.
Tip 3: Photograph in landscape orientation – Most website and social media use images in landscape orientation (horizontally) so photograph that way. You can always crop the image to portrait orientation (vertically).
Tip 4: Remove clutter – This can mean a busy background or messy room that will take away the focus away from your subject, it is best to remove it or use a plain color background when you photograph. Using portrait mode would help bring the focus back to your subject. ​For example, if you are photographing a product, use a large sheet of white paper as a background.
Tip 5: Use the same editing tool or filters – If you edit your images before you share on your website or social media, make sure you use the same editing tool or filters so your images look consistent. ​For example, if you use Instagram filter, use the same one consistently when posting. A free editing tool that I use on my phone all the time is Adobe Photoshop Express. Here is a link for the free photo editing software for your computer and this one is for your phone.

Click HERE to download all 10 tips on How to Take Better Photographs for Your Business.
These images can be used on your website, social media, email campaign or even handing them over to your copywriter or marketing team. They will love you for it!

I'd love to know what you think about these tips, comments below.

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<![CDATA[5 Tips on Taking Your Own Headshots for Your LinkedIn Profile While Staying At Home.]]>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 18:09:52 GMThttp://charissahyongphotography.com/blog/5-tips-on-taking-your-own-headshots-for-your-linkedin-profile-while-staying-at-homeI know that there are a lots of college graduates are missing out on their graduation and thinking about finding a job during the COVID-19 pandemic. I had the privileged of being a guess speaker at Berkeley College in Paramus via Zoom earlier this month and I thought to share these tips with you.
Why do you need a professional picture for your LinkedIn profile and not a selfie or a cropped picture of you at a party? Your LinkedIn profile is your first impression when someone lands on your profile and wants to get to know more about you. You want to make the right impression and you want to build your personal brand with a professional headshot.

Here are the 5 tips:

Tip #1: Choose Your Background.
Decide if you want a plain background (white or light colored wall) or outdoor.

Tip #2: Choose Your Outfit.
Select an outfit that fits and makes you feel good. For men, I recommend suit and tie. For women, I recommend business attire or business casual outfit. A little color is alright.

Tip #3: Choose Someone.
Ask someone in your household to take your headshot or use a tripod, then set the timer on your camera.
Tip #4: Choose Your Camera.
I always recommend a DSLR but a point and shoot camera or your cell phone would work. 

Tip #5: Edit Picture.
I found some free photo editing software for your computer and for your phone. Click on the links to see the full list.

Here's an example of a headshot that I did at home. My husband used my DSLR and took this picture in our dining room with a beige wall. I did some editing to it using Lightroom and Photoshop. There are plenty of free editing software out there to achieve this too! You got this!
​​I hope these tips help! If you would like to watch a replay of How to Take Your Own Headshot webinar, click HERE.

Need a photography service? Give me a call 201-663-8585 or email me at charissa@charissahyongphotography to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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<![CDATA[5 Tips on How to Photograph Better for Your Business (Part 1)]]>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://charissahyongphotography.com/blog/5-tips-on-how-to-photograph-better-for-your-business-part-1While we are staying at home due to COVID-19, there are so many ways to connect with your audience online. Here are 5 photography tips for you to get your images to look more professional and be sure to share it everywhere so you are on top of people's mind.
Tip 1: Use what you have and use it all the time – Whether you have a cell phone camera, point and shoot camera or DSLR camera, pick one camera that you will use to photograph all the time.
Tip 2: Clean your lens – Always clean and wipe your lens to ensure there is no dirt or smudge on your lens so you have clear images and don’t need to waste time editing.
Tip 3: Use a tripod – Using a tripod can help reduce camera shake that causes blurry pictures and can photograph at the same angle every time

​​Tip 4: Color scheme/logo – If your brand has a specific color scheme/logo that you want to incorporate into your images, you can place it in the background or as the main focus of your image. Do it consistently so your brand color scheme or logo can be recognized easily.
​Tip 5: White space – If you plan to add text on your images, make sure you leave enough space around your subject…we call it the white space. This way, you can add text or edit accordingly based on what you need share to your audience.
​I’ll share 5 more tips on my next blog post. But if you can’t wait and want to get them all now, click HERE to download the PDF file.

I'd love to know what you think about these tips, comments below.

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