How important and clothes, backgrounds and cropping? Last summer we did a fab shoot with Angela Langley. She wanted selection of headshots and portraits to use for her business profile on LinkedIn and for her other gig - she's a standup comedian. Now, you'd think that someone who can entertain an audience and keep them laughing for an hour or so wouldn't be worried at all about having her headshots wouldn't you? Well, it turned out that Angela was really worried about it. She came along to our Warrington headshots photography day with a great selection of clothes and loads [...]
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.
Personal branding, put simply is how you promote yourself. You are effectively marketing yourself as a brand , demonstrating the skills, experience, knowledge and most importantly, personality that you have to offer the world. Your personal branding is what ultimately sets you apart from the competition, makes you unique and when done properly, your personal branding can outshine that of any traditional business, offering the personal touch that simply cannot be matched. In traditional marketing your personal branding could be summed up in one business card but as we move into a more digital centric world, your personal brand spans [...]
As we live in a world dominated by social media selfies and perfect Instagram photos, we can all start to feel a little adverse to having our photo taken. It only takes one photo from a bad angle with the wrong expression for someone to start feeling camera shy, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. If you are looking at having business headshots taken you needn’t worry about not looking your best as a professional and seasoned photographer will be an expert at capturing you in the best light possible. Business headshots, unlike amateur photographs and selfies [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]