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6 Tips for Your LinkedIn Headshot

On LinkedIn, your headshot is the first thing people judge you with, in about two seconds. In about 5 seconds, after glancing through the headline and top few lines of “About”, most people (subconsciously) make up their minds if they like you or not. This is the cruel reality in the internet age: too little time, too much information. More and more people are now too tired and lazy to read, and they rely more and more on visuals which can lead to superficial decisions and premature judgement. As a branding expert focusing on developing brand DNA with strategies, narratives …

Blackhawk Museum Hired Joanne Tan to Photograph China and Africa Exhibits

Last week, the prestigious Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California hired me to photograph their newly opened Africa exhibit’s and soon-to-open China exhibit’s sculptures, murals, replica throne and ancient musical instrucments, paintings, artifacts, wood carvings, ornaments, clothing, musical instruments, architectural interior and exterior, etc. These stunning photos will soon be posted in my “Commercial” portfolio.

Joanne Tan, CEO, digital brand-marketing full service agency, Owner and photographer

Kaiser Permanente Bought My Two Landscape Photos

These two fine art landscape photos I took at the Lafayette Reservoir, California, were purchased by Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Walnut Creek Behavioral Health Center for permanent collection, as prints 24 X 30. Their agent found me through this website!

Winner, 2nd Place, End of Year Competition 2015, Professional Photographers of Greater San Francisco Bay Area, Illustrative Category.

My “King of the Wild” was taken in the wilderness of Black Diamond Mine, in Contra Costa County, North California. The majestic wild oak tree towering and dwarfing over the background of small trees and shrubs inspire me to name it “King of the Wild”.  The End of Year Competition was not easy to win, since submitted photos by professional photographers must have also won monthly competitions during the same year.  It was anonymously judged by well-known master photographers with careful deliberation, according to the standards set by Professional Photographers of America.

US Congressman Mark DeSaulnier Took My “Mt. Diablo” Photo Art To Washington D.C.

When Mark DeSaulnier was running for United States Congress as a California Senator, he saw my photographic print on canvas, “Mount Diablo Under a Glorious Sky” hanging in Danville Chamber of Commerce, California, and he loved it. Now after he won the election, he bought it and took it to Washington D.C. This piece of fine art will be hanging in his new office. I also gave him a poem: “Mount Diablo”: Mt. Diablo so named by the Indians as the Mountain of the Devil. He’s the king among a pack of lions, maned head yawning out morning mist: Regal. …

My landscape photo is featured on PPGBA Bulletin’s Cover, with its story

My landscape fine art photo, “Yellow Mountain No. 1” was featured on the cover of November 2014’s Bulletin of Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area (PPGBA): The Bulletin’s second page published this “Cover Story” for this photo: “This month’s cover named ‘Yellow Mountain in China’ was created by Joanne Tan. She earned a Blue Ribbon in the September Illustative category this year. Joanne tells us, ‘The Yellow Mountain, a/k/a Huang Shan, is one of China’s most scenic mountains, in Anhui. I went there in early summer 2012 with my two teenage sons and my nephew. Huang Shan is …