Friday the 13th | Black and White River Portraits by Jordan Hefler

Dark Glamour Photography for Friday the 13th | River Portraits | Jordan Hefler

Alright alright alright we all know that Toni Terry is my muse when it comes to doing weird and creative fun shoots. I’d had this idea of doing a dark portrait session in the river ever since I saw this image by Matty Vogel of Jared Leto, as well as this iconic shot of Adele, though I’m not sure who took it (Toni kind of looks like Adele, no?) Good thing Toni has a friend that lives on the Amite river in Denham Springs, Louisiana and allowed us to come take some spooky glamour shots on Friday the 13th last month!

Back in college, a lot of my work explored darker imagery. I love horror movies and I’m generally kind of a creep. I don’t get to show that side of my work very often anymore (partially because I’m so busy with client work which is literally everything but that) so this felt like a fun happy medium!

River Portraits | Jordan Hefler | Louisiana Photographer

This river was ideal because it was super shallow all the way across. I was able to basically sit dead center the whole time and was fine. I used my Nikon D750 camera with my Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART lens for the entire shoot. We attempted to use a smoke flare for the last shots, but it didn’t really go as planned. Overall though- I am blown away with the photos and how beautiful Toni looks! Y’all know I typically specialize in color, but there’s something so compelling about shooting in black and white that just makes you rely on so much less. See my favorites below!

River Portraits | Dark Photography | Jordan Hefler

10 Easy Ideas for Branded Content by Jordan Hefler

10 Easy Branded Content Ideas for Social Media | Jordan Hefler

Something I always hear small business owners complain about is “I don’t have anything to post.” I firmly believe that content creation can be demystified and that there are probably plenty of things to post no matter who you are, what your business is, or what platform you’re using.

Branded content is essentially made from the stuff that you’re already doing on a daily basis for your business. All it takes is a little bit of practice to turn your thinking around from a “doing” mindset to a “marketing what you’re already doing” mindset.

Here are 10 easy ideas to get you started with some branded content creation for your social media platforms!

1. THROWBACK PHOTOS

This is a superrrrrr easy one. Find an old photo of you, your work, your staff, the building your business is in, WHATEVER and post it on Thursday as a #throwbackthursday or #tbt. You can do this with content you already created before- videos, blog posts, songs, designs, logos, it’s all fair game. This is so easy that it’s almost a cop out. People thrive on nostalgia and love to see how far you’re come/how much things have changed.

2. MAD LIBS

Create a fun “fill in the blank” game of Mad Libs that has to do with your business. Make it a printout or put it on your website for people to complete. Have them participate and post their results with a branded hashtag and pick a winner by searching it. The prize could be a simple re-post, or something tangible from your business.

3. COLORING PRINTOUTS FOR KIDS

This is somewhat similar to the Mad Libs idea. If you’re creative, make a coloring printout from something that is relevant to your business, or hire a local artist to make something for you. This can be a fun way to get kids involved if your audience includes them. Have the parents post their kids’ final designs on social media for a contest and boom, free advertising for you.

4. BEFORE & AFTER TUTORIAL OF SOMETHING

This is a really easy way to position yourself as an expert in your field. Record a before and after video or a tutorial of something before and after your business was the solution. Not video savvy? Just post a before and after photo.

5. GIVEAWAY CONTEST WITH ANOTHER COMPANY

Find a brand that is cohesive with what you do but not exactly the same. The goal here is to poach each other’s audiences and gain new relevant fans. Host a social media giveaway where people have to follow both accounts and tag a friend to win. BOOM, you’re gaining new organic followers and cross promoting your business with another business while you’re at it. It’ll be worth whatever each of you decide to donate as the prize.

6. INFOGRAPHIC

If you’re a non-profit or data driven business, design an infographic expressing why your product/service is helpful to XYZ. Post this on social media and it’ll become a resource for people. They’ll save it or screenshot or show it to someone and there you go, you’re organically marketing while providing value.

7. TRIVIA GAME

Use the Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook poll tools to create fun trivia games for your audience. The questions can be silly or not- either way it’ll be market research for you to get to know your audience, and they’ll feel like they’re part of the conversation.

8. TURN CUSTOMER REVIEWS INTO GRAPHICS

Did you get an awesome review on your podcast, Facebook, or Yelp page? Turn that review into a cute graphic or use it as the caption in your next social media post. The person who reviewed will be excited to see you shared their kind words, and it’ll be a #humblebrag you can use to reinforce trust with your customers and build credibility.

9. BEHIND THE SCENES

Maybe baking a cake, sewing a dress, or designing a graphic is mundane and second nature to you, but it might be wildly interesting to someone else who wants to know how it’s done. People are addicted to seeing behind the scenes stuff. Use that to your advantage and get on your Instagram stories, make a YouTube video, or share photos of what goes on behind the scenes in your industry.

10. USER GENERATED CONTENT

If you have a product or service where people can post their interactions/results with it, make a branded hashtag where people (and you) can follow along. Fans love to post why they love something, and with their permission you may be able to repurpose that content they shared into your own post.


Moral of the story… get out there! People won’t know your business exists if you don’t tell them. Content creation doesn’t need to be a full blown production- just get relevant and simple with it!

10 Easy Branded Content Ideas for Social Media | Small Business Marketing Tips | Jordan Hefler