One of the things I hear all the time is– "the photos you take really make you feel like you know the person in the photo."
My response is always the same– it's because we don't edit people's faces away. That's really it.
- We don't photograph from way above to make people look slimmer– we shoot straight on just as you would look at someone.
- We don't remove wrinkles because you really do have wrinkles– everyone does!
- We don't smooth the skin– skin isn't smooth, it has texture.
- We don't make fake headshots and portraits!
We photography people and we leave them looking like real life people.
I get this question more than any other question. And as there is no real right or wrong answer for this question I hold firmly to the stance of "keep it simple."
Now as a commercial photographer my default on any question is keep it simple. So it should be no surprise that I feel the same way with your outfit for your headshot. Choosing a simple solid-color tops for your headshot will keep the image clean and the focus on your face. We want the viewer to connect primarily with your eyes not some busy pattern or bright color of your shirt.
Now I don't feel you need to have a bland outfit on for headshots, you can layer and what not to create some texture but we don't want it overbearing.
When it comes to having your teams headshots done there are many advantages to haveing them done on location. Here are the big three!
1. Time-savings and productivity!
This is HUGE! It's simple math if you send just 10 members of your team to a studio they will be gone for an hour or more. So you just lost 10+ hours of billable time and you are now 10 hours behind and you're having to play catch up. So we work at your location and spend on average less than 5 min with each person we photograph. This one simple change in how we work pays for your shoot on day one.
2. It's a familiar space.
It's no secret people are normally uneasy about getting their photo taken. In the photography industry in common knowledge that a portrait photographers first job is to make the person feel comfortable. So when doing the shoot in a place your team feels comfortable in it makes for better photos and a happy team because they are at ease–at least with the location–right from the start.
3. Great use of your space
Not always but at times, we're able to make original imagery in your space using the colors and textures in your space. This can make for original images that reflect your space and brand in a fun way. Our clients have some really great spaces, so at times we're able to utilize that to make great headshots.
So why do photographers have you come to their studio?
Really the only one who benefits from having you and your team to their studio is the photographer and it's our goal to serve you and your team in ways that are in your best interest even if it's more work for us. We understand there are times when you may need to come to a studio and we can accommodate that but it's not our norm.
It's no secret if you're a speaker you need a headshot. No one questions this. Its a must have and it's in everyone's kit. And like anything you can do it well or you can do it poorly. I hope these 5 tips help you improve your headshot– because your headshot is your logo as a speaker(point one)...
Everyone these days is asking "what's the ROI on this?" I'm ok with that and ask that question a lot myself. But if we're only asking about ROI in terms of money we are cutting ourselves short– your returns can come in many different forms.
It would be impossible to tell you how much money it'll make you in the 2 year lifespan of an average headshot. I won't even try to put a dollar figure on it.