In September, when things were a bit more relaxed, Debbie Francis came to see us for new headshots and a photo for the cover of In Cumbria Magazine. Debbie was being featured in a big editorial piece in the magazine and they wanted to put her on the cover. They also wanted some photographs to open the article. We were holding our September headshots day at The Outset in Warrington, so Debbie booked an afternoon session. We had a good chat on the phone about what Debbie needed, the style and feel she wanted the photos [...]
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.
Christian Roddy, Marketing Director at Warrington based CDX Security commissioned us to shoot new profile photos and headshots for all their management team in the Summer of 2020. He had a very clear style and brief in mind as they relaunched CDX into the next phase of their growth. They wanted to show the quality of their people, operations and services. They needed headshots and three quarter body shots too. Many parts of the security sector are very price driven with many small operators. CDX wanted to set themselves apart from them. As well as offering [...]
Is there a difference between a profile photo, a business portrait and a headshot? Yes and no. A profile photo is any photograph you use to identify yourself on your social media profile or website. Usually that's a photo of you and it's better if it is. But it could be a photo of your dog or cat, although we wouldn't recommend it. The term profile photo is all embracing and covers business portraits and headshots or, for a company, any other photo which is used to identify the company. A business portrait is usually a photo [...]
Here’s something you can’t do with an iPhone In previous blogs I’ve talked about how important facial expressions and eye contact are, about having a good hair cut and wearing the right clothes. All these elements are key to creating that perfect first impression and there are loads of articles on our blog about it. You can read about them elsewhere on our blog. But what if you want to reposition our personal brand and just target those people who get you, are [...]
Your Content Goes Here Your Content Goes Here Maintaining consistency in corporate headshots This week’s featured post is about Chris Illingworth, property lawyer at Watsons Solicitors and all round top bloke. I’ve known Chris for a few years and when he moved to Watsons Solicitors in Warrington last Autumn I was asked to take his new headshots for the firm’s website. Watsons is a very well established and well respected Warrington law firm offering a mix of family, property and commercial law disciplines. I’d done new headshots for Watsons in 2019 where we [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]