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The Perfect Outfit: What Clothing to Wear for Your Personal Branding Portrait Session

Choosing the perfect clothing for your personal branding session can be stressful. Here are tips to help you feel more relaxed and confident during the shoot.

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My Analysis of the Sue Bryce Education Acquisition

The Announcement “NEW YORK, NY. (April 5, 2021) — Emerald Holding, Inc. today announced the acquisition of Sue Bryce Education, a member-based portrait photography education platform; and its affiliate, The Portrait Masters, an online photo education destination and conference created by Sue Bryce and Digital Product Studio.  Sue Bryce Education and The Portrait Masters offer photographers online and in-person learning and community, inspiring them to grow creatively and build successful businesses as photographers. As part of the business agreement, all four […]

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Clubhouse App: My First 2 Weeks

Clubhouse is the latest and greatest social media app, and I am all-in on it.  I joined in late January, 2021 but there has been a set of power users or influencers that have been building the community since fall of 2020.  At the time of this writing it is still in invite-only beta, but there are already thousands of users from all over the world. Not bad for a company that has only 9 employees. What Is the Clubhouse […]

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Personal Branding and Headshots process at Stonetree Creative

Headshots vs Personal Branding Portraits

Headshots vs Personal Branding Portraits? Is there a difference? In contemporary photography, there is certainly a difference between traditional corporate-style headshots and more customized Personal Branding portraits. A lot of people argue this point and say things like “Personal branding portraits is just a fancy sales name for headshots”  The truth is, headshots and personal branding portraits go hand in hand. They are two sides of the same coin. https://vimeo.com/426769428  What are Headshots? One of my mentors said to me […]

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Get to Know Stonetree Creative owner Matt Stagliano

Get To Know Us

What is the story behind Stonetree Creative? When people start to get to know us, they quickly realize I never set out to be a photographer. But I’ve learned that life tends to be most interesting when you just let the universe unfold like it should. My Background After corporate career in the Fortune 100 working for Cisco Systems and then as a management consultant in Mergers & Acquisitions, I switched my focus to photography where I felt more alive […]

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Our Portrait Process

What is the Portrait Process? A lot of things about photography have changed since I was a kid. I remember heading to the mall photo studio and all of the stiff, awkwardposing, the weird backgrounds, and the packages of photos that had like 400 wallet-sized images. I don’t think I even know 400 people. Well, all that has changed. A portrait experience today is drastically different. When you come to Stonetree Creative, my goal is to be the only photographer […]

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Photography Gear We Love

In a former life, I had a severe case of G.A.S.: Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Well, after years of packing and unpacking bags for road gigs, carrying too much stuff from shoot to shoot, and realizing I spent WAY too much on stuff I don’t use, I’ve begun scaling down my rig. As we test, evaluate, and report on our equipment, we’ll update this list. I’ve become somewhat of a minimalist which goes against my gear pack-rat nature. A few years […]

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A Journey to Iceland: Part 2

…Continuing the story from Part 1 of my journey to Iceland… When I started writing this second installation of the story, I wanted to recount every minute of every day because they were so packed with information, emotion, and imagery. But it still wouldn’t do the workshop justice, so I will stay at the 30,000 ft view of my experience. So here’s the thing about a Parker Pfister workshop: don’t overthink it. You need to find a way to give […]

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A Journey to Iceland: Part 1

I sat in the audience transfixed by the presenter on stage. He was dynamic, engaging, childlike, funny, but held the confidence of a master craftsman unphased by anything. I watched as he defied all logical convention and photographic norms to create stunning imagery live in front of 500 people. This was at the Portrait Masters 2018 convention in Arizona, and his name was Parker J Pfister. My art would be forever changed. So how the Hell do I go from […]

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Prepping for Portrait Masters Conference 2018

Here it is a week before I fly across the country and attend my first multi-day photography conference, the Portrait Masters. While I regularly attend workshops provided by the Maine Professional Photographers Association (MPPA), I always think it’s wise to invest in yourself at least once a year and really get outside of your comfort zone. For me, that is finding new ways to create portraiture. Sue Bryce is one of the world’s foremost figureheads in the contemporary portraiture space. […]

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