HOW I SHOOT HEADSHOTS
Do you enjoy having your picture taken? For many people the honest answer to this question is - no, not really. Let's face it, stepping in front of a professional camera with bright lights pointed at your face can be super uncomfortable and intimidating. Even downright terrifying. So why is this?
Do you dread having your picture taken?
Here's the thing - being in front of a photographer's camera can make you feel very vulnerable. It has a way of shining a spotlight (literally) all of our insecurities, and we immediately start judging ourselves. Even if you are a relatively confident person with decent self-esteem, seeing that big scary camera pointed in your direction can make all sorts of negative self-doubt start rising to the surface.
Have you been searching through different selfies?
On top of that, you are also basically required to relinquish most of your control over an already awkward situation, placing all of your trust in that person standing behind the camera who you met like 5 seconds ago. Yikes! When you spell it all out, it's no wonder so many of us avoid the camera. Right??
Tried to Crop yourself from a picture of a night out?
So the next question is - how do you deal all of that and still manage to end up with a fantastic headshot that you will feel good about showing to the world? Working with us, the answer to that question is simple. None of it is actually your job! Many photographers make it their client's responsibility to know what to do in front of their camera. That would be like hiring an accountant who makes you prepare your own tax return. Totally illogical and the exact opposite of how we work. Taking fabulous headshots is not what you do every day. It's what I do every day. With me, all you basically have to do is show up, and I will handle the rest!
Have you been using an image from years ago?
I hear the statement "I'm not photogenic" nearly every day, and I can honestly say that I've never worked with anyone that didn’t leave the session delighted. The truth is you don't have to be an actor or a supermodel to look awesome in your headshots. All you need is a skilled headshot specialist who knows how to illuminate your strengths (and diminish your perceived weaknesses) while helping you to feel as comfortable as possible in a situation that you may feel the least comfortable with.
Did you ask your partner to take a shot?
That is what I do and why a headshot session with me is unlike any experience you’ve ever had in front of a camera before. I guarantee that you will be pleasantly surprised by how fun and uplifting this process can actually be.
Everyone hates having their picture taken, right?
During every session there is some banter, giggling and making faces. You don’t have to be a model to look good in pictures…you just have to be yourself. We can't change how we look but I can change how you feel and capture a brilliant photograph of you.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR HEADSHOT SESSION
First up when you arrive at my studio you can expect a warm welcome and a big smile. We'll get your clothes hung up and start to get acquainted while we make you a cup of coffee.
I'll take a look at clothing you brought while we talk about your work, your life, your family so we can get to know you, your personal brand and how you want to look in your headshots.
After everything is looking camera-ready face wise, I'll get you to try on a few different clothing options so we can see how things fit and what colors compliment your features.
Once we have clothing sorted out, then it's time to step in front of the lights which are rather bright at first, so we like to give everyone a few minutes to let their eyes adjust. I will snap a few test shots to make sure everything is looking just right, and I will teach you a few simple techniques that I will be using to get you looking your very best in your images.
Then once your eyes have adjusted and you are feeling ready to go, we'll start shooting. I'll be saying lots of funny things to you to get you laughing and having fun as well as providing expert coaching, pro tips, creative insights and direct direction every step of the way. Remember, getting you to look awesome in your headshots is 100% my job not yours.
All of the advanced coaching and direction I give is designed to capture and convey your personality authentically and reactively so that you look confident, professional, friendly and approachable in your headshots.
As your session moves along, we'll stop a few times to review images on the computer to make sure you like what you are seeing and address any areas of opportunity that we have for improvement.
This is meant to be a collaborative effort, so I will want you to be very honest with me about what you love and anything you don't. My top priority is that I get results that you super happy with. I won’t be upset, and it's easy to shift gears if we realise something isn't working so there is no need to hold anything back.
We will continue to review images in between sets and wardrobe changes, deleting the bad ones and only keeping the good ones. Expressions tend to get better and better as the session progresses so towards the end is where we can expect to see the most fantastic looks coming through. If we haven't quite gotten there yet, that means we aren't finished shooting. I never enforce a strict time limit on the length of a session. I shoot until we have the shots we are after and we end the session only when we both feel fantastic about what we have accomplished.
+ What if I'm not Photogenic?
If you ever meet the person who admits to being photogenic, please send them my way because I can't wait to shoot their portrait!
My job is to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera, and to finish the session with the best headshot portrait you have ever had of yourself. I will coach you along the way, helping to achieve a confident, approachable, but more importantly, natural expression that you are happy with.
+ What Should I Wear?
Take a look at the Prepare link at the top of the homepage. There is some great information there about choosing suitable clothes for your headshot session.
+ What About Hair & Makeup?
Take a look at the Prepare link at the top of the homepage. There is some great information and video there about hair and makeup for your headshot.
+ Will You Retouch My Headshot?
All of my headshot sessions include at least 1 retouched image. Don’t worry about blemishes. They can removed, wrinkles can be softened, and any minor imperfections can be taken care of. The key to good retouching is for it to look natural. I don't use a skin retouching photoshop plugin - all retouching is done manually by hand. If you have particular concerns we can discuss retouching during the session.
+ How Can I Pay?
The session fee is due on the day of the shoot. Any additional images (or rush fees) need to be paid for before the files are sent. I accept most credit cards and of course BACS payments direct into my bank account.
+ Will You Shoot at My Office?
I can shoot at my studio or in your office. I need an area of approx 12' x 12' to setup my mobile studio and about 30 mins to get ready. For groups or special requests please contact me to get a quote.
+ How Long Does the Session Take?
Individual headshot sessions normally take around an hour. I book a maximum of one morning session and one afternoon session each day. So, if we need more time to get the perfect shot, we can take as long as we need. Group sessions of your team can be tackled in the same way or we can make the process a little faster depending on the desired result.
+ When will I Receive the Final Images?
Retouching normally takes up to 7 days. The final images are delivered via an email link. 24hr Rush Delivery is available for an additional cost.
+ Do You Offer Discounts?
Yes, I am currently offering a 10% session discount for anyone referred by an existing client. Existing customers returning within 12 months also receive 10% discount. Special pricing available for students or registered charities.