PortaitHER Session: Ronda // Professional DC Headshots

I love a good upgrade story! Meet Ronda. Ronda works for KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Something fun KaBoom! does is use childhood pictures as staff photos. After being at KaBOOM! for less than a year, Ronda was promoted to Vice President of City Partnerships. As a senior staff member, a current headshot was required for the website in addition to the childhood photo. And well, it was also helpful for when she was asked to be a speaker or be featured in an article! Little Ronda was cute, but wasn't going to cut it outside of KaBOOM! marketing materials. 

Before our session, Ronda was curious about which top to wear and sent me some recent photos of her. My response was simply, "it really depends on your brand." During our consultation, we reviewed the existing KaBoom! staff photos. We quickly realized that if the CEO of the organization was wearing a t-shirt in his official headshot, then a blazer would be too much to stay on brand with KaBOOM!'s playful brand. She brought several tops and jewelry options to her session, and we chose the top color that complimented her skin tone and makeup and the jewelry that had the right amount of pop!

I knew Shala was an expert and could make it work. During our session, I got great advice and guidance. I could tell she knew what she was doing and was very kind and supportive. When I saw my photos for the first time, I thought, “Wow, she did such a great job!” They were better than I could have imagined.
— Ronda Jackson