5 Tips on choosing the right Headshot Photographer
- Have you chosen the right photographer?
The most important thing when choosing a professional headshot photographer, is choosing one you connect with. Not everyone is confident when being photographed. Choosing a photographer that connects with you the person in front of the camera breaking down your anxieties about being photographed is important. Great headshot photography is all about creating genuine expression and connecting with the viewer. Your headshot is all about you, and you need to work with a photographer that understands that.
- Once you have chosen the right photographer...
When you think you have found the right photographer, do your research. Look at their portfolio on their website. Read the testimonials to see what others are saying. Make sure you are happy with the style of photography they shoot. If you know other people that have used that photographer, ask them about their experience. And don't be afraid to ask the photographer questions. Any professional photographer worth their salt will be happy to help, with any questions.
- Does your photographer have the right equipment?
An important consideration is equipment - does your chosen photographer have the right equipment. Having the appropriate range of equipment to create a suitable image is a must for any professional photographer. This will obviously include the camera, but also different lenses, lighting, studio equipment etc. A professional photographer will understand what is required for different types of photography. Turning up with an iPhone and making you Stand against a wall is a big No...
- It's all about you!
Your headshot should be clean, crisp and modern style, with no distracting background. You should keep jewellery down to a minimum, if you want to wear earrings. Keep them simple wear something like studs. Do not wear clothing with heavy bright patterns. No hats or scarfs unless they are part of a uniform. Turn up to your appointment hair and make-up ready. Having said that, no heavy make-up. keep it simple. If you're not confident with make-up, ask your photographer if he or she can supply a make-up artist for you. A good professional photographer will offer this service for an additional fee.
- Posing and Post production
Listen and work with the photographer. A good headshot photographer will know the importance of posing. Different body shapes, skin colours and clothing types will lend themselves better to different poses, and a professional photographer will know how to get you looking at your best, and how to accentuate your best features, and minimise those you are less confident about.
A professional photographer will edit your photograph. Most of the hard work has already been done in selecting the appropriate equipment, lighting, clothing and pose for the photograph. However, there is always just a little bit of magic that can be done at the last stage to ensure that the colour range and balance is just right, skin blemishes are appropriately edited, and the image is presented in the best possible way.
Photography by David Wellbelove