The U.S. Presidential Election

U.S. presidential election infographic

The U.S. Presidential Election

Are you as confused as me about how someone wins the U.S. presidential election?

With all the misinformation available on the internet and social media sites, what information is considered trustworthy?

I am hoping the information provided by the U.S. government itself, should prove to be, If you’re anything at all like me, a visual diagram would be most helpful. Thankfully, this website provided an infographic diagram of the whole process.

I believe the most confusing part of the entire process concerns the electoral college. So why vote – many seem to ask.

It does indeed count after you cast your ballot for president, but your vote goes to a statewide tally. In  Washington, D.C.and 48 states, the winner gets all the electoral votes for that state, however, Maine and Nebraska assign their electors using a proportional system.

While the Electoral College consists of 538 electors, a majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. In the posted infographic above, you’ll see the allocated number of electoral votes post for each state currently. That number was determined based on the Census. Each State is allocated a number of votes equal to the number of senators and representatives in its U.S. Congressional delegation—two votes for its senators in the U.S. Senate plus a number of votes equal to the number of its Congressional districts.

Every State, except for Maine and Nebraska, have a winner-take-all policy where the State looks only at the overall winner of the state-wide popular vote.  However, Maine and Nebraska appoint individual electors based on the winner of the popular vote for each Congressional district and then 2 electors based on the winner of the overall state-wide popular vote. 

Well I don’t know about you, even with the facts presented, my head is spinning! Regardless, be sure to get out there and vote, because your vote does count – at least indirectly!


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Are you as confused as me about how someone wins the U.S. presidential election? With all the misinformation available on the internet and social media sites, what information is considered trustworthy? I am hoping the information provided by the U.S. government...

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Have you heard about our referral program?!!

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Read all about it! All About You Portraits has a referral program that gives YOU $100 credit towards your next portrait session. 

For each new client you refer to me who books a portrait session, you receive a $100 gift certificate. I will give this to you either hand-delivered or mailed for your convenience.

Word-of-mouth referrals is how I grow my business and this gift certificate is my way to thank you for your referral.

I humbly value the trust you have placed in me to take your photographs. And I promise to give the same time and care to any of your friends or family that you refer to me.

The only way I can continue my business to give memories to last a lifetime is by growing my client base.

Remember, I’ve invested the time to learn how to control different light forms.  I’m committed to continuous learning  and am trained and certified as a professional photographer by the esteemed Professional Photographers of America. 

I do all this to ensure you, and all my clients, look their very best in their portraits.

Certified Professional Photographer

I have an air-conditioned residential studio available for everyone’s comfort during times of inclement weather or unbearable heat, .

As you know, families are more mobile than ever before.  This makes it more important that the images you have today, last for generations.  Therefore, they can be  placed on your walls as artwork, or on your coffee table as a beautifully created album.

As a certified professional photographer, I know how to recognize and find quality products.

I am really looking forward to working with you again!

How Wall Photos Will Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Here is an important article I’m sharing published by Design Aglow.


One of the hidden but powerful aspects of family photography that moms and most photographers rarely consider is how it can help us raise children with stronger confidence in their own worth and abilities. Psychologists and experts have done some work in recent decades exploring the link.

A revealing study was conducted in 1975 with a group of fourth graders at a Tennessee school by Tulane University. During a five week period, the children took Polaroid instant photos of themselves with provided cameras in a variety of assigned poses, compositions and expressing various emotions. The children worked with the printed images of themselves and created scrapbooks once a week over those five weeks. Testing of the students and teachers at the conclusion of study revealed a significant increase of 37 percent in the students’ average self-esteem behaviors. This Murfreesboro Study shows some evidence personal photography of children seen and enjoyed in a specific way can help boost a child’s self-esteem.

But how can family photography, specifically family portraits, help boost a child’s self-esteem?  

David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio says, “I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit. A photographer’s job is to create and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids where they are safe and protected. Kids get it on a really simple level.”

Krauss is one of the earliest pioneers in using people’s personal photography and family albums to assist in mental health counseling and therapy. He co-authored “Photo Therapy and Mental Health” in 1983 that is considered a founding text for the use of photography in therapy.

“It lets children learn who they are and where they fit,” says Judy Weiser. a psychologist, art therapist and author based in Vancouver. “They learn their genealogy and the the uniqueness of their own family and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves: ‘These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from.‘”

Weiser has spent more than 20 years using all manner of personal photography to assist in the treatment process of her clients. She is considered by many to be the foremost authority on these treatment techniques, called PhotoTherapy.

When It Comes To Having The Greatest Positive Impact For Your Child, Which is Better, Digital Images or Paper Prints?

Obviously, rather than print and display family photographs, families are increasingly enjoying their images in a digital form, be it a mobile device, a laptop, or simply on social media. But does an image on a tablet, computer screen or social media site have the same impact for helping families boost a child’s self-esteem?

“My bias is very simple. I think they (family photographs) should be on the wall,” says Krauss.

“I am very conservative about self-esteem and I think placing a family photo someplace in the home where the child can see it every day without having to turn on a device or click around on a computer to find it really hits home for that child this sense of reassurance and comfort. They have a certainty about them and a protecting quality that nurtures a child. It let’s them know where they are in the pecking order and that they are loved and cared for,” says Krauss.

The importance of printed photographs displayed in your living space was echoed by other experts.

“My personal and clinical bias is there is something very powerful in touching your fingers to an actual print,” says Craig Steinberg, a licensed psychologist who works with children ages five through 13 near Eugene, Ore. “Touching the photograph where a face is smiling or the shoulders, it is the same thing as touching a book when you read it. There’s a lot of stimulation of the brain when you have that sensory experience. That is a bit lost in the move to digital. You are touching a keyboard, mouse or a touchscreen but you are not touching the image.

Displaying photos prominently in the home sends the message that our family and those in it are important to one another, and we honor the memories we have experienced,“ says Cathy Lander-Goldberg, a licensed clinical social worker and a professional photographer in St. Louis, Missouri and the director of Photo Explorations, which offers workshops to girls and women using portrait and journaling for self-reflection.

Additionally, Krauss recommends having photographs of that child with their family placed in the child’s bedroom so it can be among the last things they see before sleep and the first thing they may see before beginning their day.

“It says we love you and care about you. You’re important.”

by Chris Cummins, Contributor to Design Aglow, Images by Elizabeth Messina

How Important is a Professional Head Shot?

First Impressions

Need I say more? We all know only too well how important first impressions are and with business nowadays normally first conducted via an online search for your product or services, it’s important you represent them well with a professional head shot. Virtual personal branding is as important as a firm handshake once was in introducing yourself to the world.

Especially for Small Business Owners…

Your face represents your business! It’s so important to update your visual brand annually. So taking a photo with your phone’s camera just doesn’t cut it. In fact, it will reflect poorly on you and your business!

Potential Customers

Your potential customers want to know who you are as opposed to just what you do. And without a head shot available on your website or social media site, no initial trust can be formed. People only want to do business with people they feel they can trust.

Job Hunting and Recruiting

Depending on your industry, many professionals are on LinkedIn and it is used to keep others posted on a current job status and for looking at peer’s statuses. I’ve heard from others that if you’re not getting messages from recruiters, then you’re LinkedIn is not serving it’s purpose. Therefore, keeping your LinkedIn up-to-date is key! You’re probably already aware that One of the first things people see on LinkedIn is your photo. If you want to show a recruiter or a future employee that you’re serious and experienced, then your photo should show that too.

The Importance of a Professional Photographer

This is when it becomes really important to choose your photographer wisely.  The right photographer will prepare you in advance about what to wear and, if applicable, where to do the session for atmosphere, to achieve the desired effect in your profession. She will know how to make you feel at ease on the day if  you’ve never spent any length of time in front of a camera lens. She will use her trained skills to  be able to set up lighting, composition, backgrounds and props appropriate to your goal and advise you on posing. She will show you the camera’s images from the back of her camera as you do them to ensure you’re getting what you need.

Some Steps to Consider

  • Hire a professional photographer
  • Hire a professional makeup artist
  • Consult with your photographer or stylist to assist you in choosing the most flattering outfits for your head shot
  • Select at least two outfits in which to be photographed; pick a colorful jacket, tie or scarf, but not so much to detract attention from your face
  • Plan on spending $200 – $800 to get exactly what you need
  • Be sure to get both web-sized and full-resolution files for online use and print, respectively
  • For the full-resolution files, be sure to get a print-release from the photographer


Make sure what you choose to wear for your head shot is up-to-date.

Investing in a professional head shot can do wonders for your business!