I love having my photo taken!
Said very few people I have ever photographed, ever. If you do great! If you hate the idea of getting in front of the camera or dislike the photos you've taken before you're not alone. Your job isn't to look your best in photos, it's mine. My job as a headshot photographer is to coach you through the process, create lighting custom for you taking the time to craft an image that showcases you, in short it's my job to make you look great. As a photographer I take the time to make sure you look good because I care about the images we create and you pay for. I believe in continually learning and honing my craft by understanding lighting, posing, branding and the psychology behind decision making and how that relates to images. Images have the power to cross all barriers and with social media that has become even more apparent. I create images that represent the value and expertise you bring to your role that showcase your digital self as expertly as you represent yourself in person.
What's your headshot doing for you?
If you take pride in how you present yourself, professionally, socially, and individually, your headshot should match that, after all it is you only online. We live in a day and age where you no longer have to be in the room to make that connection, build your brand or make money; at this point we don't even have to be awake! So is your headshot doing everything it can to create those opportunities and make those connections? Or is it a cropped photo from a holiday card from the early 2000's?
Every time someone see's your image there's an opportunity to showcase your confidence and authenticity, to showcase your expertise and the value you can bring. What are people seeing when they search for you now? Find out now, google yourself, do you feel that what you see showcases your expertise and displays the value you bring? If not it's time to #getyourheadshot because this is the same thing everyone else that searches for you is seeing.
What can I expect?
I design my time so I only take on 2-3 clients per day, this removes the pinch of time and rush that can be felt when you only have 30 minutes or 60 minutes for the session. I feel it's important to allow everyone that comes through my studio time to get into their flow. I won't keep you there longer then is necessary, I know we all keep the hustle alive in our own time zones but the last thing I want is you to feel rushed. The process to make a photograph that creates a connection with the viewer takes time to build to that expression, the subtitles in headshot photography are substantial, I think Alfred Stieglitz said it best "In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality."
The expression is the part that separates the photo from the average everyday to something that creates the connection and memorable quality you want out of a headshot. The expression is also the part that can take time to craft, if it does don't worry were ready and not in a rush, if you nail it on the first shot that's cool too, either way we'll be able to craft a headshot that makes an authentic and confident first impression.
My goal for every session is to have you leaving knowing exactly what we captured and being excited to use your photos anywhere and everywhere! I care about the photos we capture together that's why I photograph the way I do, I feel it's important for you to be able to see what we are capturing while we are still in the process. Throughout the session I will pull you out from in front of the camera so we can look at what we've photographed so far and make any adjustments you see fit. This allows you to see what we are capturing removing the mystery while ensuring we're capturing exactly what you want.
How memorable is your headshot?
Today there are hundreds of millions of photos uploaded everyday, yes like over 400 million photos per day. I don't take snapshots that add to the sea of images, I create images that stand apart from the others. You may be wondering why it matters if you have a memorable headshot, well it really comes down to trust and being able to create a connection.
What's the Science?
Curious to know more about the science behind first impressions and body language be sure to check out, Amy Cuddy's TED talk Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are and First Impressions: Making up Your Mind After a 100-Ms Exposure to a Face.
“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”
— Alfred Stieglitz