simple headshot SESSION
This is a quick headshot session for those who just need a simple head and shoulders headshot to use on their website, social media pages and so on. I come to you (your home, studio, workplace, or other location of your choice) to make things as easy as possible for you!
With the ever-increasing use of social media within business, having a great-looking profile shot has become essential. Which is good news for me. And good news for you! You get to use your good-looks to impress potential employers, clients, and friends.
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.
Please make sure that you fill in the questionnaire below so that I can tailor your session to your needs and wishes.
Portrait session for one person of approximately 20 minutes duration at a location of your choice.
Electronic delivery of at least 4 jpeg images (photographer selected), professionally retouched in both colour and black and white, sized for printing (up to 8x12 inches), and for web-sharing. Images are delivered approximately 2 weeks post-shoot.
Images are delivered in their standard 3x2 crop, as well as square-cropped for ease of use on social media.
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 to a session 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 from Justine O or Julz from Made You Blush, 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, ladies; pluck your eyebrows and have your roots/hair done, gents; make sure you are freshly shaven (unless you're going for the beardy look).
- 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?) and where the headshot will be used (job application? Linkedin? Facebook?) 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 black or all white (black and white together or with other colours is generally fine though). Please don't wear tops with brand names, logos, writing or graphics on them. Simple patterns like small polka dots, think stripes, even delicate floral patterns, can look great.
- Have a think about whether you have a side that you prefer to be photographed. If you're unsure, research has shown the left side of the face is generally perceived to be more attractive than the right side. People actually research this kind of thing, check it out here.
- Have a think about whether there a part of your face 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.
- Know that almost everyone feels awkward in front of the camera. The best advice I can give is to try to relax, have a bit of fun and don't worry about whether we're getting good images. Leave it to me!
- Please note that the final images I deliver to you will be selected by me. An important, dare I say essential, part of a photographer's work is to edit down the images from a session to the final, best images. I will take many images during the session, and while these images help me to create the final product by allowing me to test the light, exposure, poses, facial expressions and so on, they are not the final product themselves. It's very important to note that I don't release any images not included with the final set of images in your gallery. They were neither created nor intended to be the final product, they have simply enabled me to work out issues that arose to ensure you get the quality images you receive.
- If you become ill or have a genuine emergency, your payment is transferable to another date. If I have to cancel the session due to illness or emergency, you can choose between rescheduling the session or the return of all monies paid.
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