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Headshot Learning Curve
Most of us have a “go to” smile that we pull out when someone points a camera in our general direction. Being photographed can be an awkward process and that “go to” smile is equally awkward. We naturally produce these unnatural smiles that are not helping you land that new client or job. In 2012 we started shooting tethered to a computer. That’s a fancy way of saying that as we’re taking pictures, they’re showing up on the computer monitor. I use this as a tool to teach you what you’re doing right. We review the images periodically throughout the session and it’s had a huge impact on my coaching process throughout the shoot. It’s also a great data collection tool for me. The more feedback I get from you, the more I can customize things to make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for in a headshot.
Have you ever felt uncomfortable in front of the camera because you weren’t sure what you were supposed to do? That’s not your fault, it’s the photographers fault. I promise you right now that I’m not going to leave you uncomfortably hanging in the wind on the other side of my camera. Through a mixture of direct and indirect direction, it’s my job to make sure that you feel comfortable and confident during our session. Everyone’s different, and there’s a little bit of psychology that goes into it, so each session is a unique experience for the both of us. I’m constantly talking and giving you feedback. I talk a lot. You’ll learn all kinds of random facts about me while we’re working together, and I usually wind up learning a lot about you too. This may seem hard to believe now, but working with me is fun. That’s right, I said you’re going to have fun having your picture taken.
The final piece to the puzzle is lighting. Proper lighting cures a lot of problems. We start with a very flattering light. The beautiful light fills in all of the imperfections in the skin and brightens up your eyes. You can say goodbye to those dark circles under your eyes too. As you can see in some of the examples on my website, we vary up the lighting a little bit for some of our male clients. We do this to add a little bit more depth to their faces.