The importance of a good headshot.
Don't underestimate the importance of a good headshot. Have you ever looked at a council election placard and thought, "I wouldn't vote for them". Even though you may never have met them before or know what they stand for. Have you ever made a judgment about a business person based on that person's corporate image - whether you trust them or not, whether you want to find out more about what they stand for? This is the difference between a good and a bad headshot. The quality of your image will show people whom they're dealing with and how professional you are. This is usually the first impression you make on someone - so make it count. So many people these days simply get a friend or an in-experienced photographer to take their photo, without knowing how to light or pose people properly. It's the subtle things that matter here, like the tilting and angle of the head, facial expressions and body language. While the old adage, "never judge a book by its cover" has great truth - unfortunately when it comes to business images, first impressions can be the difference between getting the chance to show what you have to offer or not. So make it a good one and get it done right, the first time.
Who needs a professional headshot?
Pretty much everyone. If you have an online presence or a business you want to promote, you'll want to have a professional headshot. Business cards, profile pictures, promotional material, CV's, websites are all enhanced with a professional headshot. Some of the professions we have catered to include Real Estate Agents, Lawyers, Politicians, Teachers, Board Members and all sorts of small business owners.
Some things to think about before your photoshoot.
What do you want to convey?
The type of business you're in will determine what look and emotion to convey in your portrait. For example, a Doctor's headshot would look different to a Lawyer's. One would be happy, endearing and approachable, the other more confident and determined - to instil confidence that they'd get the job done. We talk to our customers and guide them to get the look they desired. It may take a little longer than a "sit here and smile for the camera" type of photography shoot but without the experience and attention to details, your images will look just like everybody else. Worse than that, they may convey the wrong message about you. This is why you choose a professional photographer to take a portrait that makes you stand out from the crowd.
What type of background do I want?
Something to keep in mind when contemplating a headshot is what do you want the background to look like. Do you want to be able to do a cut out to add to promotional material or the like, in which case maybe go for a solid colour.
Are you promoting lifestyle or activities, if so maybe consider a location shoot to incorporate some outdoors elements in the image.
For businesses adding staff profiles consider a white background or use the company logo in the back, these are easily replicated and show continuity in your images.
When deciding what to wear, I'd recommend bringing several changes of outfits as some fabrics will photograph better than others. Stay away from large logo's, busy patterns, loud colours and beige coloured tops. Layers always work well for both men and women. Pick clothing that compliments your style and character and makes you feel confident wearing it and of course make sure it's ironed. With respect to jewellery, a little looks classy but I'd recommend keeping it to a minimum, too much and it'll be distracting. A nice watch for men and elegant earrings and necklace for women.
Some thoughts on Editing.
All our final images are edited with Photoshop to a degree. I'll remove blemishes, pimples and most things that are deemed temporary. I like my images to look natural and more importantly, to look like you. Like how you feel after a good nights sleep. If you don't wish this to happen on your images we are happy to not edit in this style and can leave them as they were shot.
As an extra, I can do a more intensive style of editing if required like removing scars, lightening wrinkles, creating a fuller hairline, evening out skin tones and a digital nip and tuck. Once again I err on the side, less is more to keep the final image looking natural.
How does it work?
We understand it's often difficult to make time to come to a studio so we make it easy and come to you. You'll be surprised by what we can do in a small office space. If you prefer to do it in studio that can be arranged as well.
A typical session lasts around half an hour for Package 1 and up to one and a half hours for Package 4. We work out what type of imagery you're after and discuss things like what style or level of editing and photoshopping you'd like, if any.
Next, we'll ease into getting you comfortable before firing away a few shots. I'll show you how they're looking along the way to check that you're happy with the images so far. It's very much a collaboration, trying different expressions, head tilts and angles. It's the attention to details that plays a big part here.
There is no cap on the number of images I take but usually, it'll be around a hundred or so. Once we're satisfied we have the shots, I'll pack up and be on my way.
From there I'll edit down the images taking out the 'blinkies' and weird facial expressions, (nobody needs to see them) and upload the best images to a gallery for you to view and select which ones you'd like. We have several pricing packages available depending on how many images you need. These are detailed below. Once you've made your selection I'll complete the editing and upload the finished images to the gallery for you to download your purchased images from. This is normally completed in 3 days after the selection is made.
All there is left to do then is put them to work.
Pricing Infomation below is for a mobile service, in Studio sessions are an additional $100 to cover hire fees.
All packages include the session fee, online gallery and up to 3 dress changes. Images are supplied as a digital download, high resolution for printing and low res. version for social media or email. If needed prints can be purchased online through the gallery.
Package 1 $295 For someone who only requires a few images, includes 5 edited images.
Package 2 $395 More versatile with 10 edited images.
Package 3 $495 As above but with 20 edited images.
Package 4 $595 As above but with 35 edited images.
Group Bookings and Staff Profiles
For offices updating staff profiles, board members or teams photo's please contact me below and I'd be happy to talk over your needs and provide pricing details.
Before and After Selfie
Move the slider from left to right to see the before and after edit. This highlights some of the more intensive editing we can provide. In this example, the before is an unedited raw image. The after copy has had a range of manipulations done to it including spot, scar and blemish removal, lifting and opening eyes, fixing a wonky smile and beard as well as adding a fuller (receding) hairline. The bags under my eyes were lessened, maybe more than I would have liked and the overall skintone evened out.