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Tuesday, January 06, 2015 8:33AM
By elaine zelker
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Head Shots by Elaine Zelker Photography


{Peter Hurley Head Shot Associate}


{See how I became an Peter Hurley Associate HERE}


 Head Shots are an essential for actors and models.  For professionals, most likely your image shows up on-line, on sites such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter or LinkedIn, or your own personal website…and it’s that first impression that will showcase you the most.  “Selfies” will not cut it.


You need a head shot that is current, high quality and one that showcases YOU.  We will attain that goal together. I want you to leave an impression on-line or with your comp card that instantly tells who you are. You only have one chance to make a first impression.





The Session


I typically shoot 3-5 different looks during the session. The goal is to get some “crazy good” shots that you are happy with. I will shoot you in an array of styles, poses and facial expressions.  I normally shoot anywhere from 200-400 images during a session. This will help us get the head shot you are looking for. Afterward, we will sit down together and review all of the images on my computer and begin the approval process. After the approval process is complete, we are left with 30-60 final images, which are then uploaded to a private on-line, pass code protected proof gallery. This will allow you to go through the images on your own at home or to give access to anyone else that might be helping you with the final decision process, such as your agent, family or friends. Plan on being at the studio for 2-3 hours.




Editing and Printing 


Once you have decided on your final 5 images, I begin the final editing process, which is done by me.  Once complete, the images are ready for online use or for printing. The final images will be sent to you on-line via “Dropbox” or on a CD via the mail.  You will own your 5 images and I will include a print release form. For quality control, I prefer you print through me for the highest quality leave behind available.  (Please don’t spend the money on great images then print them at Walgreens or Walmart…)  




First and foremost, bring clothing that you like. I ask that you bring several outfits with you to the session, as I normally shoot 3-5 different looks. Since we are doing head shots, you only need to bring tops (please iron beforehand).  Tank tops, solid tops, t-shirts, professional attire is great, but logos, or busy (zigzag or polka dots) prints are a no-no.  However, if you only wear bowties, then bring your bowties!!  You want to showcase YOU, not your outfit. Women, simple earrings only. No necklaces or scarves. If you want them in a few shots, that’s ok, but not recommended. 




Hair & Makeup 




I strongly suggest that you hire a professional to do your hair and make-up. While there is an extra cost associated with this service (about $40 to $100), hiring a professional make-up artist will not only enhance your experience, but also allow you to concentrate on your shoot.  Professional make-up artists know how to bring out the best in you, and know how to make you “camera-ready”. I work with a couple of great make-up artists in the area, who I can highly recommend.  You can hire your own make-up artist and come to the session ready to start shooting, OR if you feel you can do your own hair and make-up, please keep it natural.  I always recommend the “less is more” theory, we can always add, not take away…


Style your hair as if you are going for an audition or a business meeting. For women with long hair, it’s best to have your hair down to start. We will also have you put it up in a ponytail for an alternative look (bring hair ties). 



No makeup. If you have a break out on the day of the shoot, I will edit it out.  Moisturize in the morning if you can. If you want the “scruff” look, come unshaven. You can shave at the studio afterwards for a clean look. All other men, come clean-shaven.


Most importantly, both women and men should moisturize their lips. Dry chapped lips are hard to retouch. Start this process a few days before the shoot.


Cost & Scheduling 


The cost of the Standard Head Shot Session is $325 with a $100 deposit due at booking.

If you are interested in booking a head shot session with me or if you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact me: elaine@elainezelkerphotography.com.


Thursday, December 18, 2014 4:43PM
By elaine zelker
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I joined PH2PRO about one year ago (an online mentoring site for headshot photographers, created by a world renowned photographer, Peter Hurley), and I thought I knew a thing or two about headshot photography…boy, was I wrong!


The journey I took was challenging, humbling and rewarding. I learned that it’s ok if you hear, ‘it’s not good enough, or you need work, or what kind of operation are you running” and not feel so bruised that you can’t continue on. I learned to listen to my critiques from Peter and the other Associates on the site, learn from them, change things around and give it another go-around.


I began perfecting and sharpening my skills; studied and continued to mess up, try again, mess up, and then try again. I learned from Peter that client’s mustn’t just show up and just smile. It’s about me telling their story in one single image. I learned about hurleyisms, squinching, micro-expressions, the tilt, the lights, subtle changes in posing, psyphotology and so much more.


On December 17, 2014 I become one of his PH2PRO Associate Photographers. PH2 Associates are photographers that Peter personally recommends as a go-to photographer for headshots based on their quality of work; based on his quality of work. Peter does not give these nominations away so easily.


There are 6,602 photographers from 110 countries that have submitted 37,025 photos. There are currently 56 chosen Associates under Peter. They are from all around the world; including various U.S. Cities, Denmark, United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, New Zealand and Dubai (just to name a few).


It’s an extreme honor to be a part of this team. At times it was not easy, and I felt like throwing in the towel. That’s where the other “elite” team members came into play. The support you get from the established Associate members and Mentors who have been around longer is bar none! They really do care about helping and getting you to the next level. They are all honest, and if you are ready to embark on this adventure to step up your head shot photography game, then join on in!



Monday, September 01, 2014 3:38PM
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{Lisa + Brendan | Wedding Day}

I had the honor of shooting the wedding of Lisa + Brendan Van Ackeren.  We started the day at the Hampton Inn & Suites for the ladies. Make-up was done by Audrey Noel (freelance styling).  Met the guys at the lovely Chapel at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.  We proceeded to shoot on the campus after the ceremony at the gloriously detailed campus library then to the football field!! The reception was at Riverview Country Club in Forks Township, PA.  Fantastic day!! Enjoy the sneak peek!

Photography: Elaine Zelker Photography

Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites

Lehigh University

Riverview Country Club

Make-Up/Hair: Audrey Noel


<3 Elaine





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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 3:55PM
By elaine zelker
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There are days that take me back to a time when I only shot "still" photography...still a deep passion of mine. 








Friday, February 14, 2014 1:14PM
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Elaine Zelker Photography

 Spokeswoman Model Search

Senior Portraits are, by far, my favorite session to shoot!  I see young women come alive in front of me. I see shy, bashful girls blossom in 2 hours and walk away feeling self-assured and stronger then when we first met.  I see young women, who show up with doubts, leave with smiles and confidence.  Some girls never get the opportunity to have an experience like this.

Let’s have a contest with lots of perks!!

There will be 3 winners!


Here’s how to enter:

1. Fill out this APPLICATION, and make sure you download your image (image will be used for contest, no professional images please) by March 10, 2014.  Fill out the entire application to be entered. And be honest! (submissions period is over!)

2. It’s all about sharing and liking! Share the contest publicly. You can do this via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram BUT we prefer all three.  You must “LIKE” all of the vendors accounts to qualify!  (Elaine Zelker Photography, SAGE Boutique @ the Promenade,  TRU Salon & Spa, Park Lane (Lori Kantor) & Truth for Woman Ministries.)  Email me with which way you shared the contest so we can verify you shared it (the share must be public for us to be able to verify this step). elaine@elainezelkerphotography.com

3. Elaine Zelker Photography will post an album with all of the entries to Facebook by March 12, 2014 and voting will begin! The entry with the most Facebook “likes” wins! So, it’s up to you to get your friends, family and classmates over to Elaine Zelker Photography to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!! Winner will be announced on March 31st!





FREE Make-over, including Hair Style and Make-up at TRU SALON in Easton, PA

Clothing for the shoot provided by Sage at the Promenade, including a $100 Gift Card

 FREE jewels provided to you for the shoot and a $100 credit to PARK LANE JEWELRY from Lori Kantor

 Model shoot with Elaine Zelker Photography along with 10-15 fully edited,

high resolution, digital images (with EZP logo) to share


2nd and 3rd place winners will receive:


FREE jewels provided to you for the shoot and a $50 credit to PARK LANE JEWELRY from Lori Kantor

 Model shoot with Elaine Zelker Photography along with 10-15 fully edited,

high resolution, digital images (with EZP logo) to share




Benefits for all three winners…

Earn rewards by referring your friends! Whenever any Senior mentions your name while reserving their session, you will receive a $20 cash reward once their session is complete!  On top of the cash you can also receive huge rewards…depending on how hard you work!

3rd Referral – Free Senior Session – This means you get both a Spokeswoman and Senior Session for free! Elaine will create a custom, all about you, session to showcase who you are and what you are all about!  This session will take place in late summer or fall of your Senior Year.  This is a great way to have two completely different sessions, your Spokeswoman Model Session and your Official Senior Portraits!

7th Referral – 50% off all prints for one year & and $150 Apple Gift Card!

15th Referral  – $350 Gift Card to SAGE at the Promenade – Treat yourself to a brand new pair of UGGS or great clothes! You have worked hard and you deserve to be rewarded!  Nothing says thank you like a little shopping spree before you head off to college!

 To earn your referral credit, your friend or classmate must let us know you referred them by giving us your name while reserving their session date. Your friends will also enjoy a savings perk just for knowing you!


MOST importantly, with every single booking that comes from any of the three winners, Elaine Zelker Photography will donate $25 to TRUTH FOR WOMEN ministries right here in the Lehigh Valley!

What is TRUTH for Women Ministries?

A non-profit organization that transforms women from the inside out by confronting life issues through support, education and advocacy.  

They specifically fight against Sex Trafficking. 

*1.2 million children will be forced into sex trafficking?

*In America, the average age of a sex trafficking victim is 12-14 years old?

*Worldwide, some victims are as young as 5?

*1 out of every 4 females in the USA are sexually abused before the age of 18?

*27 million people are in modern day slavery? 80% are women and children.


This epidemic needs to stop! We need to educate the public and assist our young women to grow up to be strong, confident and powerful without putting them down, beating them, raping them, or forcing them into a sex-driven underground world of violence.

It’s about RAISING them UP!! 

Ladies…let’s do this…it’s great to win a contest,

but how humbling is it to HELP another woman who is down.



****Disclaimer**** Entries MUST be made by students who are currently enrolled as a Junior at a high school (or Cyber School) within 30 miles of Easton, PA. Entry photos MUST be emailed to elaine@elainezelkerphotography.com by March 10, 2014 at 6pm and can not be taken by a professional photographer. All other entries will be disqualified.


So, do you have what it takes to be Elaine Zelker Photography’s 2015 Senior Spokesperson?

Do you love social media?

Do you want to earn money and prizes just by referring your friends and classmates to Elaine to get some amazing, one of a kind senior portraits and perks?

Do you want to help other woman who are struggling and support Truth for Women by sharing and referring people to get their pictures taken in a safe, FUN atmosphere?







Elaine Zelker Photography

Sage @ the Promenade

TRU Salon & Spa

Park Lane Jewelry

Truth for Women Ministries

Friday, December 06, 2013 2:22PM
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I had the opportunity to shoot the Cover and 6-page spread for Lehigh Valley Style Magazine's December 2013 issue.  Here is a BEHIND the SCENCES Video shot by Zeke Zelker, and images from the shoot.  Enjoy and Happy Holidays! :)

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Thursday, October 03, 2013 8:06PM
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Saucon Valley H.S. Senior

Kairi K.


Class of 2014


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Lehigh Valley and Surrounding Areas 

Friday, September 13, 2013 11:00AM
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Senior Portraits


Parkland High School, Class of 2014

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Little brother got in on the action!! :)











for more information, or bookings, email: elaine@elainezelkerphotography.com

hope you enjoyed the sneak peek!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 11:38AM
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Want something different!!?? I am working with Z Arch Barn Farm this year and we are setting up some Mini-Session Days!! 

 Here is our first...if we book, more will be added...LIVE Reindeer and an Antique Sled for your holiday photo!


ONLY $149 

(a bit more than my usual mini-sessions, but I have to pay for Rudolph to be there!)

Nov 23, 10am-4pm (20 min sessions)
$50 Deposit required to hold spot  


All spots have been filled!! FULLY BOOKED 



Email me at: elaine@elainezelkerphotography.com for your spot


10:00am {Booked: Ebert}

10:20am {Booked: Ashe}

10:40am {Booked: Kasper}

11:00am {Booked: Colbeth}

11:20am {Booked: Horner}

11:40am {Booked: Kanewski}

12:00pm {Booked: Selvaggio}

12:20pm {Booked: Schuddeboom}

12:40pm {Booked: Smith}

1:00pm {Booked: Konish}

1:20pm {Booked: Rotella}

1:40pm {Booked: Bognar}

2:00pm {Booked: Kauffmann}

2:20pm {Booked: Korin}

2:40pm {Booked: Story}

3:00pm {Booked: Della Cruz}

3:20pm (Booked: Caggiano}

3:40pm {Booked: Griffin}


All spots have been filled!! FULLY BOOKED 

Sunday, September 08, 2013 8:04AM
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{Engagement Session}

Chad + Tricia

Bethlehem, PA

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for bookings: e-mail: elaine@elainezelkerphotography.com


Lehigh Valley and Surrounding area