Look for variety! This is the single most important consideration. Your headshot must be unique to you. There’s nothing more disheartening than going to an audition with your brand new headshot, only to see ten other actors with the very same shot! Make sure the photographer you choose features a variety of angles, backgrounds, compositions, poses and expressions on their website. When looking through a photographer’s portfolio, you want each image to surprise you.
Feel comfortable with the photographer. Usually you can get a good idea of their energy through the website, but pick up the phone and give them a call as well. If you feel it’s important, sit down with them for a consultation. If you leave a headshot session wanting to hang out with your photographer, you’ve had a terrific shoot.
Make the investment in professional headshots. If you want to be taken seriously by the industry, the quality of your headshot must project professionalism. If you’re too thrifty, you’ll probably be told to get new headshots once you meet an agent or casting director. If you make the investment initially, you shouldn’t have to do it again until your look changes.
The More People You Know the Further You Will Go! Business people in today’s world have to network and build their communities. Business portraits or headshots are designed to help you network and leave a memorable first impression. They allow people to feel they know you before they meet you.
The most important thing in a headshot is that it reveals the real you. It has to say something about your unique qualities. We tell our customers to think about the headshot session as a conversation with friends. We want to show you being YOU naturally. Your headshot should look like you are telling a friend a happy or exciting story. Your legit or dramatic headshot should look like you are engaged in a more intense or serious conversation. We make that happen by creating a relaxed and fun atmosphere where you can comfortably express yourself.
We have been called one of the best headshot photographers in the Midwest has to offer. We constantly work and strive to make that statement a fact. Our mission is to create the absolute best headshots and that means a headshot that really says something about you!
How do we do this? Well to start with, let’s talk about the look. we can create a variety of different headshot styles for you: we can do indoor headshots using studio lighting, with a white, black or neutral background. With studio lighting we can create different moods from dramatic and artistic with lots of shadows, to bright and sunny with even light. I also shoot outdoors, using natural light with an almost unlimited variety of backgrounds and settings. Give us a call to talk further about your new headshot.
Many people believe that photography is too difficult or too expensive a hobby for them to get involved in, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Just like anything else in life, the best way to get started is by learning.
If you want to take high quality portraits, do not rely on your camera’s built in flash. Instead you want to look at investing in a softbox to use for external lighting. If you can’t afford this, look into purchasing an external flash unit with a diffuser for your camera.
When photographing headshots, isolate your subject. Use a medium telephoto lens or the medium telephoto setting on your zoom. That, combined with a large aperture, blurs the foreground and background. Focus on the eyes. Use diffused lighting for a flattering look. If outdoors, wait for an overcast sky or shoot with the subject in the shadows and the sun at your back.
Experiment with the focus on your camera to create interesting pictures. You can focus on your subject more by using a smaller depth-of-field to blur the background. This is a good technique to use when the subject is up close, such as in portraits. You can get a greater depth-of-field using a larger f-stop so that everything can be shot in focus. This can improve the scope and definition in landscape shots.
The memories of our life are precious, and it is important to capture them in headshots. Whether you want to try capturing yourself or call upon our professional firm, you will have a better understanding of the imaging basics.
One of the most common questions we get before our shoots is, “What do I wear?” There really aren’t any defined rules here. It’s best to avoid super busy patterns because they can play tricks with the camera. Solid, bold colors are always a great choice. Unless you’re in a studio with big lights, heavy powder make-up isn’t generally necessary. If you are standing for your interview, try to keep your feet planted. I say that, but you also want to feel natural. If you talk with your hands and tend to gesture, you should feel free to do so during your interview. In fact, we’re always looking for opportunities for you to show us what you’re speaking about. If you’re sitting for your interview, try not to swivel in your chair. The viewers will often only see your head and shoulders, so swiveling can look awkward. Despite the lights, camera and all the action, take a deep breath and just be yourself.
You can come to us or we can come to you. Either way we’ll move quickly to get your perfect image. Call us to talk further about our studio and location options. You own the images and can post them all over your social media and corporate websites. Should you need help with your web uploads, we can help you on that also.
Corporate or executive portraits are quite important in a world where communication plays a big role in the success and wealth of a company. Creating a visual identity for your firm by photographing the people who work in it, will give it the human dimension which can help in getting new clients. Corporate photography can range from classic and environmental portraits to be used in a company’s website, to the creation of photo stories and more fun shots for a company’s publications and for many other purposes.