When you hire me to photograph you or your staff, I will do it in a way that will give your brand an edge. Creative lighting, positioning, professional retouching along with wardrobe and branding advice are some of the things that make my photography work successfully for my clients.
Finally a photographer that took his Time to get the lighting and every other detail just right! Very accommodating and professional. You can tell he cares about the work he puts out. Thank you Chris!
Basics Of Headshot Photography
In our online world where people make a decision based on what they see, headshot photography is more important than ever. A headshot photo, professional headshot, or business portrait is a visual representation of someone. Nowadays the images are often in a digital format ready to be posted up online as well as printed.
The objective and what my clients expect from their professional headshots varies from person to person. Great professional headshots are used to brand and market individuals as well as companies. Corporate headshots and business portraits are a great way to put a face to businesses through websites, social media, email signatures, and professional memberships. Additionally, a world-class professional headshot will help make new connections, gain new followers, and open new opportunities.
A great headshot must firstly, connect with the viewer. Professionally photographed headshots should be in focus, correctly lit, and composed to give the viewer a favorable impression of the person they are looking at. Aside of revealing a little about the person, a great headshot should promote confidence, approachability, and an inviting personality.
An experienced professional portrait photographer can light, compose, and retouch headshots that clients love, use, and get a good return on their investment from. Good headshots should have depth – an almost three-dimensional look to them – that’s when lighting and experience are critical to getting a great professional headshot. This is important for actor headshots when the headshot image needs to clearly show ability and expressive looks.
Oftentimes, shooting with a wide aperture during photography sessions creates a softer look to the skin while holding the sharpness that defines a great professional headshot. Light sources are important particularly when outdoors, or when using supplemental light on location.
The catchlights in the eyes of the subject are very important as they give the person a very natural look that gives the image life.
Professional Headshots can be taken at my studio, at my client’s office, or on location to give a more natural, outdoors feel to the images. Some of my clients like to get more of a workplace look and I can bring in my lights, reflectors, and backdrops to their location to create portraits of them in their work environment.
Professional headshots and personal branding photos can be shot on location, such as in an area where there is a famous local landmark. This will promote a strong sense of being part of the community as well as having longevity if the landmark is old.
Studio headshots are the most popular but shooting in a controlled environment, outdoors in a park, alongside the river, or with the ocean as a backdrop, can also be very effective in conveying a sense of being part of the business community.
Whether in the studio or outside in natural light, getting the best from a professional headshot is often down to how the photographer poses the client. The way I light and position a client is gender specific. There are ways to light and instruct a client to get a more masculine look as well as methods for female clients who require softer, feminine lighting and posing. We are all unique and having a complete understanding of how light, shadows, lenses, camera settings, and editing will affect the final image and is critical to creating headshots that work 24/7/365!
The cost of a headshot or investment in a headshot is small compared with the return. Typically, a headshot session runs around $275 with each retouched photo being $65. At the end of the photo session, clients choose the images they would like me to edit. This ensures that clients have photos they love, and are in control of the whole process as opposed to being locked into a specific package. One of the best headshot photography tips I can give is to pack as many wardrobe changes into your photo session as you can! You’ll have a lot more variety and selection plus you’ll get more value out of your session by creating a small library of headshot images you can use online or in print.
A modern professional headshot is an investment in yourself and your business that is bound to yield exceptional results. We will work together to create a look that you love resulting in warm, approachable images that will work for you 24/7/365!