Professional Headshot Photography Tips

Professional Headshot Photography Tips

Yesterday I spoke with a client about hair prep for the shoot. They asked me if “should I put my hair up, or should I curl my hair, or should I fix it this way or that way.” My answer is, it's up to you. Do what makes you feel more comfortable, do what makes you feel good.  Does this style make you look like the person you want to project to others? Does it make you feel confident? A headshot is a visual communication. A headshot is your first impression to others. What do you want your headshot to say? So that's where I am coming from. I'm coming from a position of why do you want a headshot? You might say I want a headshot to promote my personal brand. Okay, what do you want that headshot to say? You want your headshot to be approachable, and you want the viewer to know who you are: I'm an A-type personality; I run the ship, so don't mess with me. There are all different types of personalities, and your headshot should convey who you are. Do you want a dramatic look? Do you want a...

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Real Estate Headshots

Real Estate Headshots

I know a little bit about the real estate business because I was in the mortgage business for a couple of years. When a real estate agent or broker contacts me for a headshot I tell them that in the real estate business trust is paramount. First impressions are huge and clients loyalty is paper-thin. Real estate agents know they can run clients around and work hard for the sale and then the client will find somebody else that they like better, or they felt they were dressed better, looked better or had a nicer car. Sometimes, it's a small difference that will get you the business. In today’s digital world, you can bet that all clients will research you online, and their first impression is your headshot and the headshot creates a psychological impression. If a realtor has a headshot that was done by somebody in their office with their phone or a camera, it it is highly unlikely that headshot will have the sophisticated look you will get with a professional photographer.  Your...

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Actor Headshots

Actor Headshots

Actors need different looks for their headshots. More often than not most actors know what look they want, so my coaching is very different from a typical corporate executive or client.  I understand that you need different looks and you're going to need different lighting and backgrounds. I'll work with you to get the look that you need. You’ll tell me what you're trying to accomplish, and we'll make it happen. I'm going to dig deep and find out what each subject needs. I'm going to find out what they’re doing, what roles are they going after. If an actor tells me they need a happy headshot, I’m going to ask why do you need a happy shot? What's the happy shot about? What's what, what role were you going for? What did your agent tell you? What has been the response to your previous headshots? I’ll keep probing with questions! It’s not the statements that you make it’s about the questions that I ask. So I'm going to dig deep and find out exactly what each of my clients needs. That’s...

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Environmental & Editorial Portraits

People often ask what is the difference between an environmental portrait and an editorial portrait, and why would you need this portrait?  Prior to any shoot, I learn more about the client: Where does she work?; What clothing does she wear?; What accessories does she need to perform her job? I learn about her job history and so on. All of these factors are critical to capture a photograph that tells the story of the person in their natural environment. Magazines and newspapers need editorial photographs for articles, and more often than not, the editorial photograph is shot in an environment that tells a story about the person photographed. Recently, I was engaged to shoot an environment portrait of the PA Lieutenant Governor for Philadelphia magazine. It was important to shoot the portrait with a newly constructed bridge in the town center as the background for the photograph. So you can see the bridge and town center in the shot, as it was important to the subject and my editor. I...

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