Who is Miles + Raya?!

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Episode 1 | Season 1 Welcome to the Behind the Assignment podcast! We are so glad you are here.

In episode 1 we chat about who we are, how we met / starting dating, and a little bit about leaving our full time jobs to start our companies.

We want this podcast to support young creative entrepreneurs turn their passion into profit. We are here to share everything behind the assignment to get there. From lifestyle choices, mindset, self-development, business strategy, creating a powerful brand, entrepreneurship, working with your partner and so so much more. Let’s go!

Raya is a content creator and owns a brand photography company on the Seacoast of New Hampshire, Raya on Assignment. She has shared her story on multiple stages, given voice to the community on her platform People of Portsmouth, and inspires individuals with her positivity, mindset, and lifestyle choices. She co-hosts a podcast with her partner and videographer Miles all around inspiring other young creative entrepreneurs to take their passion and turn it into profit. Raya believes that living a life that is alined with our soul’s desire through radical personal responsibility is essential to moving into a live worth living. To learn more head over to: rayaonassignment.com

Check out Raya’s work over at:

Miles is a business brand videographer / content creator located in New England. Through his production company, Seacoast Flash, he tells the stories of a brands through capturing the people, products, services and spaces that make it up. He has produced multiple short films, documentaries, vlogs, travel videos and commercial work, which all can be found on his YouTube channel. Miles co-hosts and produces a Podcast with his partner Raya, a brand photographer, all around inspiring other young creative entrepreneurs to take their passion and turn it into profit. Miles believes that every human is a creative and if they don’t think so, then they just haven’t found it. To learn more head over to: seacoastflash.com

Check out Miles’ work over here:

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Places to Shoot in Portsmouth, NH

Finding a location for my online based business clients can be challenging. They want a home environment (that’s not their own house) to use.

I kept finding this coming up so my partner and I took the leap to convert our studio apartment into an actual studio to open up to our clients.

It took repainting our walls white as well as all the hardwood floors white. It look replacing light fixtures, removing cabinets to open up the space, taking off doors, getting some new furniture and accessories, as well as removing other things that just didn’t need to be in the space. It look making sure it was a space we could live in as well as shoot in.

What do you think?! Hop over here to check it out: Studio


How To Prepare For A Photoshoot

Self-care + preparation.

Putting some serious effort in this will pay off- promise! Think about how you’d like your hair, your make-up, nails, wardrobe to be. For hair, make-up, and nails do it yourself or hire someone if it isn’t your zone of genius. For wardrobe spend a day shopping around or hire a stylist.

Also, daily movement and eating well will help you shine and move in the most brilliant way throughout your session. Eat out less and move more!

The more time on the prep the better the photos are.

Also screenshot your fav shots for inspiration during the session. This will help keep the ideas going when you / the photographer may need some!

Take some time to visualize how you’d like to feel during the shoot and see what you can do to make that happen.

Where Should I Have My Photoshoot

The location that you chose for your shoot will say a heck of a lot about you and your brand.

It may help to look for inspiration in people you look up to and see if there are common themes in their location choices. See what resonates with you and see if there is a location around you that will work.

What To Bring To A Brand Photoshoot

Tools of your Trade

The things you use everyday to help you do the brilliant work you do are your tools. When you incorporate these into your shoots the images become much more powerful.

Try to brainstorm a list and also add in things that you enjoy and use simply as you (outside the work you do). This will allow people to feel like they know you and the work you do.

Also photoshoots can be damn exhausting. So much fun and takes a bit out of us. Bring along your favorite smoothie and snack to help keep you rocking it.

Along with that music can help fuel your energy to keep you going so create a playlist that you can have ready with your fav songs.

I Hate Having my Photograph Taken

I get it, it’s not everyones favorite.
I could retire if I got $$$ every time someone told me they hate having their photo taken.

I understand it can feel scary, vulnerable, anxiety provoking, etc. AND it just may be the most powerful tool we have to share with others who we are and what we do.

Great photography on our website and social media is undoubtedly what will set us apart from the rest in our industry and allow our greatness to come through.

It allows us to show and share why we do the work we do and what makes us different. It allows us to believe in our dreams and see them literally come to life.

It allows us to take passions and create professions around what it is that lights us up the most.

Outfit Advice for a Brand Photoshoot

Choose Neutral + Monochromatic

Neutrals look good in every setting + keep the focus on you. Dark colors tend to be most flattering. try black, navy blue, dark gray. It helps create a timeless look that is pulled together + will keep your photos evergreen.


Muted + Logoless

Muted colors + solids without logos / words keep the focus on you. When choosing patters go for smaller ones that won’t pull the attention away.


Texture + Pop of color

Texture is great – lace, corduroy, denim, + knits. A blazer or suit coat is a great way to tie a look together. Add a pop of color- perhaps red lips, statement glasses, or a scarf. maybe the color is your brand color to add cohesiveness.


Favorite Outfit

There is a reason why it’s your favorite outfit! Feel free to opt from a shopping trip + wear your favorite outfit. This guide is simply tips- not rules!


Why Brand Photography is Important

Gone are the days that phone photos will do to share about our brand in the best way possible. I am totally down with supplementing through your feed in between professional shots but overall on your social sites and exclusively on your website on brand professional photography is vital.

So what exactly is a brand photographer / brand photography? It is a super fresh take on ‘commercial photography’. It takes authenticity and journalistic storytelling into consideration during the shoot and for the strategy in getting the right imagery.

It’s about sharing all parts of a brand; the people, the spaces, the products, the services, the culture. Everything. It’s about sharing with your audience all about the brand, the behind the scenes parts too. It’s about curating the scenes that would naturally occur so the audience gains trust and converts into clients.

If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, hiring a brand photographer is a great place to start.