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Headshot Session: Public Relations Colby Sharple-Terry

With a new position in public relations and communications for the travel industry, this “Pawnee Goddess” (see reference in her interview below) was ready for new headshots.


I've had the pleasure of knowing Colby for almost five years - we're work buddies and friends. She has an energy that you're naturally drawn to. Her warmth and laugh are infectious. All perfect attributes for her new role.

I was thrilled she asked me to photograph her new headshots. I don’t know if I’ve had more fun on a photoshoot. So. Many. Laughs. Which is pretty much all we do when we’re together. Sometimes all it takes is a side-eye look and we’re off.

When choosing a location for our session, I opted for something environmental (or location) over the studio. Creating an ambiance and energy. Something that would feel intimate, but inviting. All these items were found at a local hotel - perfect for a tourism professional.

The Cyrus Hotel here in Topeka couldn't have been a better backdrop. Built just a few years ago, Cyrus is a boutique hotel with an equal flare of vintage and modern (much like Colby). It also offers a number of beautiful backgrounds. Each with its own unique vibe - but it still looks visually consistent and work well together.


(Andrea Etzel) What did you want to be when you were a child?

(Colby) A fashion designer

AE: Who have been your strongest influences in life?

C: The women in my family. The quote “Here’s to strong women; may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them” is a testament to my upbringing. Also, Dolly Parton. (AE: yes!)

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