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Is it better to be casual or professional in headshot

By |2021-01-11T16:57:36+00:00December 1st, 2020|business headshots, Personal branding|

In order to understand whether it is better to have a casual headshot or a professional headshot, we must first understand the purpose of a headshot. A headshot is a modern digital portrait which typically focuses on the head and shoulders of an individual and is a term that is most commonly used to describe a photo that is to be used in a professional capacity. Your headshot is what will make you instantly recognisable across all channels and is a clear representation of who you are. Where can a headshot be used? Headshots can be used in wide variety [...]

Here’s why people never smiled in old photos

By |2021-03-04T07:49:38+00:00November 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|

We’ve all seen photos from the 19th and early 20th century. And what do they all have in common? That’s right, everyone in them looks as miserable as sin. How do you react when you see these photos and what is the first thing you notice? It’s not the clothes or the background is it? No, it’s the expressions on their faces. I’ve been guilty of thinking to myself, ‘good lord, they look like they’d suck the fun out of anything’. They were probably really lovely people. But, let’s be honest, it’s nigh-on impossible to warm to them [...]

Filters – Leave them to the coffee machine

By |2021-03-04T07:50:34+00:00November 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|

You can do crazy things to the photographs you take with your mobile phones. If you feel the need, you can add rabbit ears, monkey noses, princess crowns – you name it, you can add it. While I’ve never actually seen a professional profile picture using these animal and prop extras, it’s probably only a matter of time. The filters we’re most likely to see on profile pictures are the ones that slim your face, make your eyes look like saucers and lengthen your eyelashes to make a camel jealous. You know what I’m going to say don’t [...]

Is a profile picture important on LinkedIn?

By |2020-11-16T06:53:24+00:00November 6th, 2020|LinkedIn, Social media headshots|

The importance of a profile picture, particularly a well shot picture, on your LinkedIn profile cannot be understated. Statistics show that LinkedIn profiles with a photo get far more engagement, receiving 21 times more profile views and 9 times more connection requests. Profile pictures on LinkedIn represent more than how you look, they are a snapshot of your personality, brand image and so much more. First Impressions First impressions are everything with studies suggesting that 55 percent of first impressions are made by what we see. This figure alone is enough to make you understand the importance of social media headshots and how [...]

Why don’t people like having their picture taken?

By |2020-11-30T10:14:28+00:00November 6th, 2020|business headshots|

According to a recent survey, 68% of adults won’t share photos of themselves with another person or online without editing it first. Whether people are editing their photos to make smooth the texture and imperfections on their skin or are simply putting on a more flattering filter, it would seem that an increasing number of adults are struggling with photos of themselves. But why is it exactly that people don’t like having their picture taken? Typically, those most adverse to having their picture taken will have an issue with some part of their appearance. It can be difficult for adults [...]

What are the best backgrounds for headshots?

By |2021-03-02T07:40:57+00:00November 6th, 2020|Colourful background headshots, Corporate background headshots, Dark background headshots, White background headshots|

A good headshot should draw your focus to the subject, appearing authentic and organic. This is achieved through a number of elements from lighting to posture but one integral element that is often dismissed is the background. Backgrounds can make or break a headshot depending on where you intend to use it, the impression you are looking to make and the intention of the headshot. Here we will be looking at the why headshot backgrounds are important and which are best to use. Why are headshot backgrounds important? Headshot backgrounds are important primarily because they can greatly influence how you [...]

But, I never look good in photos …

By |2020-11-30T10:15:25+00:00October 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Sound familiar? Guess what though – you do! You’re so used to seeing yourself in the same mirror, the same lighting, the same pose in the same spot every day you simply don’t see what others see. Believe it or not, the way you see yourself in the mirror before you leave the house in a morning is just one tiny part of your story; it’s doesn’t show the bigger picture, your personality, your true reflection - it’s the wrong way round. I find it really interesting that people perceive their mirror images and a photograph of them-selves completely differently. [...]

The psychology and science behind the squinch

By |2020-11-30T10:17:11+00:00October 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Yes, this is a thing and no, I haven’t made up a word. To prove it, this is how squinch appears in the dictionary: Squinch (skwintch): to squint the eyes. The psychology and science behind the perfect profile pictures is a big deal, the topic is stud-ied and researched continually by some very clever boffins all over the world. Some of the biggest global companies pay huge sums of money nailing it because they know that getting the right headshots influences their audience, gets them more followers and ultimately gets them business. The great news is, this psychology [...]

Is there a difference between male and female headshots?

By |2020-10-09T11:49:47+00:00October 1st, 2020|Female headshots, Male headshots|

When it comes to taking the perfect headshot, the first and most important thing to consider is the subject. There is no rule in photography that dictates how male or female headshots should look but perception is everything and when someone views your headshot, you will want to convey the right message. It is therefore the job of the photographer to capture you in your best light and create the right first impression. So what differentiates male headshots and female headshots? The answer is that there is no real difference and people will make judgements based on what is in [...]

What are the different ways you can use staff headshots?

By |2020-10-09T12:07:04+00:00October 1st, 2020|business headshots|

Investing in headshots for your employees is one of the best ways to innovate and solidify your company’s brand. Staff headshots can be used in a variety of ways to help grow your business and demonstrate the professionalism and personality of your team and your brand. Here we’ll be exploring the different ways in which your company can make the most of your staff headshots to promote your company image and help employees boost their personal profiles. Promoting Company Image Company image is one of the most important assets to any organisation. Your image is what comforts and reassures customers [...]

An interview with Becs Bate – Social Media Trainer

By |2020-10-12T08:09:16+00:00September 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Last month I was invited by Becs Bate, Social Media Executive, to join her in one of her Monday livestreams to reveal ‘What Makes A Great LinkedIn Profile Picture’. This took me out of my comfort zone; it’s a common myth that photographers are comfortable on the other side of the lens – I’m like you, I notice things that others don’t – in this instance I realised that I wriggle about way too much. But it was a great experience, it does me good to put myself in the shoes of those who choose me to take [...]

A lovely experience with Just Headshots

By |2020-11-19T16:37:24+00:00September 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Recently Angela Langley came to see us for new headshots. When we chatted on the phone she said she was dreading it but needed to get it done. We had a lot of fun doing the session and she wrote this lovely testimonial for us after she had received her photos. What she has written will strike a chord with many people who feel like she did. It took a lot of courage to have these headshots done.  I needed new headshots, I’d avoided that ‘nightmare’ for ten years but I had [...]

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