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3 Steps to Prepare for your Personal Brand Photo Session

3 Steps to Prepare for your Personal Brand Photo Session


Rest Up &


The night before the shoot get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water so your skin looks fabulous and fresh! Schedule your “LNO” after your session to celebrate not the night before!

Fun &


Have fun with your session! This is all about you and  your brand so enjoy yourself.  Be silly, natural, loud, share all your stories…be your authentic YOU.

Props &


Tell all your stories as creatively as you can and don’t be afraid to use props to share your process.




Here are a few prop ideas…make sure you include them on your Pinterest Session Idea Board.

Solopreneur/Coach – phone, computer, planner, pen, favorite mug, calender, headphones.

Artist – brushes, paints, recent work, easel, paper, pencils, clay, art books, inspiration.

Interior Designer – Mood board, swatches, computer, ipad, phone, pen, pad, planner, fav mug.

Writer – Books, pad & paper, post it notes, journal, typewriter, chair, computer, fav mug.

Graphic Designer – computer, inspiration board, computer pen & tablet, planner.

Musicians – Instrument, pad & pen, chair, blanket, tuning instrument, instrument case.

Realtor – listing contracts, for sale sign, clients, ipad, computer, champagne glass & client gift.



Remember to include people as your props they can help tell your stories more clearly!

Finally, don’t forget to include your hobbies…
Hobbies – your favs…books, instruments, art, garden, recipe, exercise, bike, game, decorating, antiques, boating, wood working, pottery, jewelry making…whatever you enjoy.

Chef –  Bowls, recipes, knives, cutting board, pad, pen, spatula, apron, hat.

Yoga Instructer – Yoga mat, blocks, books, towel, water bottle, tea cup.

Jewelry Designers – Tools, safety gear, loose jewels & clasps, organizers, inspiration boards.

Chiropractor – Skeleton, diagram, table, pad & paper, computer, exercise ball, straps, fav mug.

Dear Beautiful Procrastinator

Dear Beautiful Procrastinator

Dear Beautiful Procrastinator,

Relax, I am your fearless leader and I’m here to help both of us.

One of my favorite memes is…

Five Ways to Stop Procrastinating


It’s funny but it’s not because it’s where a lot of us gets stuck and never move forward on that goal, project, or sometimes life. There are lots of reasons we get stuck but perfectionism is the biggie and causes procrastination. We come up with a million reasons why we can’t do “it” yet and we’ll keep finding a million more if we don’t just let go and take the next small step.

This post may not be perfect but I’m getting it out there for you and I hope it resonates and makes you post something you’ve been wanting to share because the truth is someone needs to hear it and they will only “hear it” from you. That’s why there are a multitude of people in the same profession…they all may be sharing the same general information but not everyone is going to really hear them.

I want to speak to the women who will “hear” me…Begin Here…Begin Now. Whatever that goal is take the next first step….post that image, write that blog, call that lead, send that email, put on those running shoes and step outside, take those frames to Goodwill so that you make the space to do your art…whatever it is do it now. I don’t care if it’s 9pm or 6am just do it. You will feel so good when you take the first next step that the steps after will just get easier and then surprise…you’ve reached your goal…Congratulations?

Contact me when you do please I’d love to share your success!

Celebrating the New Me!

Celebrating the New Me!

Dear Beautifully Named Woman,
What’s in a name? Apparently a lot. It took me a few hundred dollars and a court hearing to get mine back. Drum Roll please…I am legally Lesley Bowling Whitehead again just like it states on my birth certificate that’s right Bowling is a family name and it has a long beautiful history of some amazing women so it’s mine again along with my Whitehead and all it’s Scottish heritage. My mom was shocked when I told her that I kept Bowling since I complained about it so much growing but I’m older and wiser now…for the most part.

When I got married 20 something years ago I happily took my husbands last name and made my middle name my maiden name. Last year I got divorced and at the time wasn’t emotionally ready to tackle this next step with all the other big changes happening so I held off.

This decision felt big because for the last 10 years I’ve been running my business as Lesley Arlasky and eventually even used it for the last few years as my business name The L.A.B. I knew it meant more changes…new business name, new logo, new look hell, new brand. It’s a complete overhaul but I realized that new is necessary for me to begin this next chapter and it’s actually a good thing, an exciting thing and it’s something to celebrate.

So today I’m celebrating being OG me again as well as looking forward to adventures in my new business…Lesley Whitehead Photography.

What do you want to manifest this week?

What do you want to manifest this week?

Hey Beautiful

Is there something you desire but don’t know how to make it happen? Want to stop wishing and make it real?

Denise is one of my favorite mentors so I just had to share this opportunity and the best part is it’s FREE! She just launched a FREE 5 Day Manifesting Challenge where you can learn the five proven steps of her manifesting formula.

Join the challenge here:

5-Day Manifesting Challenge

Denise Duffield-Thomas has helped thousands of female entrepreneurs manifest a first class life and business and bonus she’ll make you feel great about your beautiful self!

She’s a practical, no holds barred, tell it like it is, Virgo badass with a cool Australian accent and she’s challenging us to manifest something special this week.

If you find the Law of Attraction too fluffy and woo-woo then make sure you sign up for this video series.

Denise has personally manifested world-wide travel, competition wins, bank errors in her favor, her dream house and has built a million dollar business helping women to manifest their dreams and embrace abundance,

The first video is all about step one of the manifesting formula and trust me, this first video alone, has inspired me… this will be a fun week.

Here’s the link to join and watch now:

5- Day Manifesting Challenge

If you want to kick start some positive momentum in your life come join us and let’s get manifesting. If it’s not for you but your bestie would love this please share!

Can’t wait to hear what you manifested beautiful!


P.S. The first step is super important and trips up a lot of women trying to create change in their lives, you can watch the first video here:

5-Day Manifesting Challenge

P.P.S. I am a proud affiliate partner of Denise Duffield-Thomas and may receive a commission in the future if you purchase one of the Lucky B programs. Even if I weren’t I’d share her with everyone she’s awesome!





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Ok Ladies I feel your pain…

Ok Ladies I feel your pain…

Musings from the other side of the lens

Ok Ladies I feel your pain…I had to be on the other side of the lens for a quick AliKat Boutique shoot…needed an image with Free People and wanted a more “mature” model so I had to volunteer. My daughter Sydney was kind enough to take over camera duties and all I have to say is Thank God for photoshop. If I had more time I would have booked my wonderful makeup artist Elisa who brings out everyones best features with her magic brushes. It was really uncomfortable being on that side of the lens but it was a good lesson on how my clients are feeling and what I can say or do to make them feel more comfortable.

Photographed by Sydney Arlasky

“Believe me if I looked good it’s not an accident”

 – Nora Ephron

Believe me I work hard to make all my clients have fun and feel beautiful. If you are considering updating your BRAND images or just want more information click the link below…there will be no “accident’s.”

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