How to take natural looking headshots

By |2020-09-09T11:51:11+00:00September 3rd, 2020|Hints & Tips|

The best headshots accomplish one key goal; highlighting the subject’s face in a natural setting. Natural-looking headshots allow people to get a glimpse of your personality before they meet you, and with the right expression and pose, you can convey the right message. Three key elements combine to make a headshot appear as natural as possible; lighting, makeup and posture. Lighting Lighting is one of the most important elements in creating a natural-looking headshot. Natural light is the preference for every photographer because it creates the perfect setting in achieving a well-lit headshot (provided the subject is not stood in direct sunlight). However, on [...]

10 common headshot mistakes

By |2020-07-30T07:39:11+00:00July 3rd, 2020|Female headshots, Hints & Tips, LinkedIn, Male headshots, Personal branding|

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 see 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 [...]

I can deliver!

By |2020-09-15T08:29:05+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Corporate background headshots, Hints & Tips, Personal branding|

The headline reminds me of an old joke about a man who goes into a butcher’s shop… Anyway back to the story. People who are in business for themselves, whether they’re 
self-employed or own their small company, are business leaders or are looking to change jobs or advance their careers tend to have a presence on social media, and more often than not, have a website. Marketing takes up a lot of time. Keeping the pipeline full whilst getting the work done is a constant challenge for many of us. What we’re trying to do is build trust with [...]

Have you ever noticed how really successful people 
have stunning headshots?

By |2020-09-15T08:28:27+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Black & white, Business portraits, Corporate background headshots, Headshots, Hints & Tips, Personal branding, Uncategorized, White background headshots|

I have but I’m supposed to notice these things. Successful people invest time and money in projecting their success, their credibility and marketing their marketability if you like. Actors do it, business people do it, politicians do it, sports people do it. Hell, if we’re in business and trying to push forward, we all do it to a degree. As a portrait photographer, I look at every portrait photo and study it. The first thing I notice is how it portrays the person. What does the photo say? What messages does it transmit? Can I see their eyes properly? [...]

The eyes have it! Or do they?

By |2020-07-09T09:42:51+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Hints & Tips, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Does it matter which way your photo faces?

By |2020-07-09T09:56:24+00:00June 9th, 2020|Branding, Headshots, Hints & Tips|

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 [...]

Why do you need a modern headshot?

By |2020-06-24T08:16:28+00:00March 30th, 2020|Branding, Business portraits, Corporate background headshots, Hints & Tips, Personal branding|

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. [...]

Top tips for the perfect male headshot

By |2020-06-14T08:27:48+00:00March 30th, 2020|Branding, Headshots, Hints & Tips, Male headshots|

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 [...]

Are headshots better in colour or black and white?

By |2020-06-14T08:26:50+00:00March 30th, 2020|Black & white, Branding, Design, Headshots, Hints & Tips|

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. [...]

Why should you have headshots on your website?

By |2020-06-13T05:36:12+00:00March 20th, 2020|Headshots, Hints & Tips, Personal branding|

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 [...]

What should I wear for a professional headshot?

By |2020-06-13T05:36:28+00:00March 20th, 2020|Branding, Business portraits, Corporate background headshots, Fashion, Hints & Tips|

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. [...]

How to make your corporate headshots stand out?

By |2020-06-13T05:36:39+00:00March 20th, 2020|Corporate background headshots, Hints & Tips|

Neat and professional, a corporate headshot is designed to give a strong first impression – establishing your personal identity and that of your business or brand. An essential part of marketing and establishing yourself in a marketplace, presenting a high-quality professional headshot can help give you a ‘leg-up’ on the competition. That can be as simple as being able to put a face to a name, raising awareness through advertising or using a striking look to plant a memorable image in people’s minds. Technically, these focus on an individual’s face in semi close-up and are semi-formal – putting the subject [...]