Leading lady sessions
Hi there! I'm Bree.
Thank you so much for agreeing to be photographed for Agency Iceberg's blog series, Leading Ladies! We have interviewed an incredible selection of women so far, so you're in good company. I'm sure that having your photograph taken is not among your favourite things to do, but I am pretty easy to work with and aim to make the process as painless as possible.
How will the sessions work?
I will get in contact with you directly to organise a time and date for your session (if I haven't done so already). Please fill in the form below to confirm this date and give me important information such as your address.
Your session will probably take 30 minutes, but set aside an hour just in case. Please make sure you have two outfits (or at least two different tops to be photographed in. We are looking to get some lovely 'environmental portrait' style images of you to go along with your interview answers. The images and your answers will then be featured on the Agency Iceberg website and social media pages.
An 'environmental portrait' is an image that tells a story about the subject, giving us an insight into who they are. For our Leading Lady sessions, we generally take photos of the ladies at their workplace. Have a think about the type of environmental portraits that might work for you (we can work it out on the day if you can't think of anything!)
Once the session is over, I will edit the images down to about 5 final images to present to Agency Iceberg. Agency Iceberg will then chose between 1 to 3 images to go with your interview answers.
I will also email you a model release after you session that you can sign online. This gives Agency Iceberg the right to use your images. My model releases have a clause that allows you to withdraw your release at any time, or place restrictions on your release if you wish. With your permission, I may also use some of the images to promote recent work to potential clients.
How to prepare for your session
I must apologise if some of these tips sound pedantic, obvious, or are not applicable to you. I have learnt, though, that it is always better to give every client these tips rather than risk having a client turn up unprepared.
- Try to have a good night's sleep and not drink the night before.
- Iron you clothes. Little details like a cease in your shirt may not be noticeable in 'real-life', but become noticeable in a photograph.
- Wear some makeup to bring out your features, the camera tends to wash people out slightly. If you plan to use the images professionally (on your website for example), you could even have your hair and makeup professionally done before your session. I can personally recommend Justine O, but you may already know a hair and makeup artist, or you could ask friends for recommendations.
- Bring a hairbrush. I generally advise women to wear their hair down or partly down. If you wear it in a ponytail it can look like you have no hair from some angles.
- Make sure you are looking generally 'well-groomed'. For example; pluck your eyebrows and have your roots done.
- If you commonly wear both contacts and glasses, consider wearing contacts. This will mean that we don't have to deal with glare on your glasses. If you prefer to wear glasses, we will of course work around this.
- When choosing your outfit, have a think about the image you are wanting to portray (professional? creative? casual?). It can be a good idea to bring a few different tops so we have a choice. Simple clothes tend to look more timeless. Fitted clothing tends to look better as baggy or flowing clothing can make you look bigger than you are. Mid-tones tend to photograph better, and it's best to avoid all white or all black (black and white together or with other colours is fine though). Please don't wear tops with brand names, logos, writing or drawings on them. Simple patterns like small polka dots, stripes, or delicate florals, can look great.
- Have a think about whether there a part of your face or body that you generally dislike in photographs, and I will do my best to minimise this. Please don't be embarrassed to tell me, we all have these insecurities! For me it's my double chin and teeth that are too big for my face. If you're interested in learning how to minimise a double chin in photographs, have a look at this video by renowned headshot photographer Peter Hurley. It changed my life.
Contact me here if you have any questions or concerns.