Tag: Professional

Adding Value To Your Corporate Headshot

How do you add value to your corporate headshot? I had a situation the other day where a doctor was coming to my studio for a new set of corporate headshots for his website. His wife did all of the communication prior to the session. The afternoon before the session, I gave him a call for a quick chat to ascertain who I will be having in front of my camera. For most of my headshot sessions, I need those few minutes to find a connection while informing the potential client about their headshot session and answer any questions they may have. He also informed me of his aversion to camera and photography as the subject. I jokingly advised him that on the day I would rip off what he perceived as camera avoidance malaise away and it would then  become my problem hence he would not need to worry but have fun. He proceeded to say, if I could guarantee it then we were on. My word was ‘’done’’.

From our chat I knew that he was actually an awesome guy to be around socially but his serious aversion to being in front of a camera was also vivid. Bruno The Corporate Headshot Doctor diagnosed that he suffered an acute case of Picture Avoidance Syndrome. So in order to combat that, I would have to prescribe the following:

  1. One dose of welcome and salutations upon arrival at the car
  2. One dose of massive social interaction
  3. One dose of role playing (college buddies reunion)
  4. One dose of One To One on the fly (discuss family, kids, grand children) – this I called Sherlock Holmesing my client.

The morning of the session, I made connection with my client right away as I stepped outside of the studio to greet him at his car. His first words were ‘’Gosh you are much taller than I thought’’. I am actually 6’8’’ (203cm) tall. My reply was ‘’Here goes another one picking on me instead of picking on someone their own size’’.  He was in company of his wife, we all had a great laugh and there was our connection. At that instant we all were almost on a friend to friend basis. Now that I got him chilled, all I needed to do was to beef him up for his headshot session. Since we were already on a friend to friend basis, we carried on with our pleasantries and jovial interaction.

All along I was already working on him. I was Sherlock Holmesing his face to judge which side was more prominent and favourable to the camera. We must have spent 30 minutes just goof-balling and finding out more about each other literally. When it was time to get the show on the road, I noticed his picture avoidance syndrome kicking in. A few test shots confirmed his aversion. So for the remedy, I decided to instigate another conversation that did not have anything to do with corporate headshot session. I introduced our pretended old university buddy days and got him to play that role. He took off with the role and started recounting a true story of his college days with one of his friends with whom he and his wife had spent time with just days prior. His demeanour was completely transformed and we played with that story telling for a few shots. Once I got him where I knew I could finally get that awesome shot for him, I instructed him to go change into one of the shirts he brought along for the session. Only a handful of shots after he returned in front of my camera, BOOM SHAKALAKA ”I got the shot” I told myself.

Just to confirm that I crafted the headshot I was happy to give him, I went through the process of reviewing the images with both he and his wife. As I cycled through the photos, all three of us exclaimed in unison ‘’THAT ONE’’.  I turned around for some Hi-5 action, my client said that his grand children would love this photo. There was a slight moment of silence as we both got emotional. It then hit me again that it was never about the dials, buttons and whistles on my camera and the big lights in my studio. It is all about our character and charm as individuals. Making our characters attractive to others does add value to our services and products. The value here for my client was the experience, the fun, the interaction and the photography was just the vehicle to craft the headshot he really needed for which he was so adverse to because he had never had such a pleasant experience.

My Mentor and friend Peter Hurley says ”I am 90% Psychologist and 10% Photographer”

This client is actually a Clinical Psychologist.

YOUR HEADSHOT – DON’T THINK IT OVER

When is a good time to have a new headshot? Some will say when they are thinking about changing jobs. Thinking this way means that you may be missing out on new opportunities that are knocking on your door. Chances are that they (the head hunters) are looking at your online profile all the time.

So first impression is matters because when someone lands on a good looking headshot in a profile, they might want to find out more about you and continue to look at your profile.

Studies have shown that your professional headshot matters more when it comes to first impression.

People will see you as an interesting person by how proud you are of yourself and how good you look both offline and online. Now there is no reason to think about when you should have a new headshot. This month of August Lightbent Images & Photography is offering both of its sought after cinematic and stylised headshots at a very attractive discounted prices.

Make that investment in your career and future opportunities.

Needless to say that you are always looking your best offline, so why not look your best online all of the time.

Book your discounted session now

Perth – World Class Headshot At Your Doorstep

Lightbent Images & Photography is in a very special class when it comes to creating your headshot. Though I do portrait as well, my specialty is headshot. As the driving engine behind Lightbent, my specialised ability and artful way to bring your personality to the fore is no accident. Being the first Australian Associate Photographer  of NY based, world renown Headshot Photographer, Author, Speaker, Educator Peter HurleyThe Art Of Behind The Headshot – Illuminating The Face sets the quality of my work on a world stage.  

Also being a Mentor in the Headshot Crew which is Peter’s coaching platform which consists of over 15,000 headshot and portrait photographers from 134 countries, I help in the development of many photographers to hone their craft and skills for the opportunity to become one of handpicked associates of Peter.  

Peter commitments to excellence are infused in my work on a daily basis to give my clients the best headshot they had ever had. 

Is It A Headshot Or A Portrait?

Headshot

Chances are that you think your portrait can be used as a headshot. However there is a big difference between a portrait and a headshot.

Your professional headshot is about capturing, representing and encapsulating your personality, expression and looks by showing only the shot of your head (Headshot) and enough of your shoulder just below the clavicles. Any information below your chin is of no value to the viewer.

Professor Gary Martin CEO of Australian Institute of Management WA

Portrait

Your professional or environmental portrait tells more of a story. In the shots below of Professor Gary Martin, the portrait conveys to the viewer more about him. We can perhaps guess how tall it may be. We can ascertain his style by his posture and demeanour. Sometimes in a portrait, even by wearing the same clothes or outfits, having the same hairstyle, something like a dramatic lighting, expressive posture and poses will transform the image completely.

Professor Gary Martin CEO of Australian Institute of Management WA

What is the easy way to tell the difference?

Is the photo only showing only the upper part of the bust and is the person being themselves engaging the camera with their personality? Then most likely it is a headshot.

On the flip side, is the image is showing more between the head and waist line and more environment around the subject? Then you are most likely looking at a portrait.

You want that stylish professional headshot for your branding or a portrait to tell your story, I am just an email or a phone call away. Get in touch.

Why Do You Need A Professional Headshot?

Nowadays, most individuals and businesses use online presence to initiate contacts to establish a relationship. As such in order to find someone, they look each other up on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other online social media platforms. The first impression they encounter will encourage them to dig further into the words on the page next to or below your photograph to find out more about you. Picture

As such the picture you publish for your professional opportunities must show a summary of your personality and both business and personal experiences.

You will be surprised, how interesting it is for head hunters or potential employers who may want to know more about you from the impact of your headshot on LinkedIn that they will go even further to look you on Facebook as well. This is why, you should never underestimate how important it is to have your headshot done by a professional headshot photographer for your online profiles.

Without an effective professional headshot, your online profiles are just plain words on a screen or a piece of paper.

As such the picture you publish for your professional opportunities must show a summary of your personality and both business and personal experiences.

You will be surprised, how interesting it is for head hunters or potential employers who may want to know more about you from the impact of your headshot on LinkedIn that they will go even further to look you on Facebook as well. This is why, you should never underestimate how important it is to have your headshot done by a professional headshot photographer for your online profiles.

Without an effective professional headshot, your online profiles are just plain words on a screen or a piece of paper.

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