Your headshot needs to make a powerful statement about you and your business. Here are ten common mistakes people make. They can be found on most social channels but are particularly serious errors on business social networks like LinkedIn. Self-portrait taken with a camera phone standing under a light or with the light behind you Face too far away - people need to se who you are Sunglasses - if we can't see your eyes we can't see you A picture of your kids instead of you - who wants to do business with an eight year old? Holiday snap [...]
Welcome to the Just Headshots blog!
We’re obsessed with great headshots and business portraits. And we know what makes a good one and what doesn’t.
In our blog we talk about what works well and what doesn’t. The right and wrong way to take headshots and the right and wrong way to use them too. We might put up the occasional very short video too.
We’ll be talking about why headshots matter. We’ll be talking about little details such as the relationship between pictures and words and best ways to make the pictures lead people to the written word. We’ll talk about lighting, makeup, clothing, capturing those expressions which sum a person up to a tee, and how to create and capture them.
Does eye contact matter in photographs? I'm often asked this question. The truth is that it depends on the situation and the purpose of the photograph. What is the photograph for. If it's to create mood and atmosphere then it's fine for the subject to be looking in to the distance, at floor or wherever. So long as it tells the story. But what about a business portrait or headshot? This is where eye contact with the viewer is really important. Some would say that it's critical. But how often do you look at a business website or [...]
I met Frazer nearly ten years ago when he set up The House Crowd
Yes it does! And more so than many people realise. We're all becoming more aware of psychology and the way our subconscious decides stuff for us. This makes us aware of many things without us consciously realising it. One excellent example of this is where a photo of a person is associated with text. To engage with the viewer you need eye contact! Firstly the person in the photo needs to be looking straight into the camera. Otherwise there is no eye contact and therefore no engagement. Have you ever tried to have a conversation with a person who [...]
Natural light headshots Manchester based architects, Northmill Associates commissioned us to photograph new headshots for all their team at a new bar they had designed in Manchester's fashionable Northern Quarter. We decided that natural light headshots would work really well with the textures and materials used in the construction of the bar. The bar has some interesting features inside so a few of the photos were taken inside the bar using a Profoto B1 portable flash and 1200mm Octabox. Fortunately we had plenty of height to work with but it produces amazingly soft light. Manchester - a city rich [...]
Projecting the right first impression St Helens based Dewa Consulting provides mental health first aid training and consultancy services to companies and individuals. As well as training it provides wellbeing strategy and implementation. Deanne Walsh, Dewa's CEO came to see to one of our Headshots Days in Lymm near Warrington for new corporate headshots for her Linked In and other social media profiles. We asked Deanne to tell us in her own words about how she felt about her headshots session and [...]
Jo Baldwin's story Last autumn Jo Baldwin came to us for her new headshots for her Linked In profile and Facebook business page. She was really pleased with her new headshots and social media profile photos so we asked her if she'd like to feature on our blog and here we are. Jo helps women find a way to live a balanced life, increase their potential as a leader and make a bigger impact in their own corner of the world by accessing their unique Soft Power. She [...]
Essential when it comes to representing yourself in an ‘always on’ culture, having a headshot can help you put your best foot forward when it comes to promoting yourself or your business. However, many do not realise the importance of regularly updating their headshot and what risks may accompany a lack of diligence. So, why exactly do you need a modern headshot and what are some things to consider when it comes to taking one? What do you mean by ‘modern’? When a lot of people see the word ‘modern’, it’s common to think of something tweaked, stylised, or photoshopped. [...]
Whether you’re starting a new career, are an established industry professional, or seeking the right look for your portfolio – finding the right headshot provider can be difficult. If you are struggling to decide on a style, or simply don’t know where to start, it’s not at all unusual to find yourself feeling a little lost and unsure. So, why is a professional headshot important and what top tips can we provide for those considering one? Why are headshots so essential? In a modern interconnected world, being able to craft an image that you would like to project is incredibly [...]
While there are a number of variables to consider when taking a headshot, colour is rarely factored in. With a world of difference between a monochrome and saturated image, choosing the right style can help add value and ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for. What should you consider when choosing between colour or black and white? And what should you bear in mind when you finally step into the studio? What should I choose? Easy to spot at first glance, one style involves the use of full colour and the other is taken in crisp black and white. [...]
Whether you are a blogger, freelancer, or CEO, having a headshot on your website is an essential part of living in the ‘always on’ 20s. Delivered in portrait, a headshot is what it says on the tin – an image of an individual from the shoulders up, placing focus on your face. These can be fun and playful, or crisp and serious – granting you a large degree of control over how you choose to present yourself. An ability to craft your identity makes headshots an essential tool for a website, no matter what purpose it exists for. How can [...]
An essential part of establishing your representation, a professional headshot represents your brand and character. It can be a playful image for a creative design brand, clean-cut quality for executive positions or displaying your range for acting roles. No matter what you choose, ensuring you have the right ‘look’ is an important part of the process. While a headshot may focus on your physical appearance, wearing the right outfit can ensure the desired impact of your look is properly consolidated. If you’re struggling to find the right apparel for a shoot, here are essential pointers that can come in handy. [...]