When it comes to picking out a headshot for your business or personal use, it can sometimes be hard to justify the additional expense that a professional photographer adds. With a camera phone in everyone’s pocket, it can seem easy to take a snap yourself and cut out the middleman. And while this is possible, it is rarely ever advisable.
So, why should you consider hiring a professional headshot photographer and what additional value does securing one add to your session?
What does a professional photographer do?
In addition to pressing the button on their camera…quite a bit. A professional photographer works with you to achieve the unique goal that you’ve set for your session. This can range from capturing a quality professional image, a sense of your unique identity, or something to commemorate an important event.
Highly trained and with access to top-line equipment and with the professional experience to help back it up, the right photographer will ensure that your session runs smoothly, and your headshot adheres to industry standards. This helps ensure that your image looks fantastic in professional materials, in portfolios, or whatever situations you want to deploy it in.
No matter your needs, a professional headshot photographer is there to accommodate your requirements and use a skillset that few others have access to.
Why should I bother?
Put simply, while it may be tempting to avoid hiring a professional photographer, it is important to remember that you will always get what you pay for when it comes to holding a shoot. Choosing the right photographer brings a number of significant benefits, some of which include-
Technical Expertise: If we’re being honest, it’s unlikely that you have a Canon EOS 1D and professional portrait lenses at home. While a photographer is much more than their kit, the access to a professional space and gear will help elevate any headshot session and ensure that you end up with a high-quality image that will look fantastic for years to come. This helps make each shoot run smoothly and guarantees a result that looks better than taking a pic against your bedroom wall with your iPhone.
Professional Guidance: If you’re struggling with any step of the process, your photographer is there to support you and your vision. With a wealth of professional experience, a seasoned photographer can help provide best-practice advice to ensure that you look your best and put you at your ease in front of the camera. And if you have specific requests or an aesthetic that you are looking to capture, they will be able to work with you to ensure that you hit your goals with aplomb.
Optimised Aftercare: Once your images are complete, an experienced photographer can use digital tools to optimise your image and make sure that you secure the best look possible without running into any problems. This can be a massive confidence boost for anybody with insecurities about the way they look, ensuring that you end up with a quality image that is right for you, and helping you to put your best foot forward when it comes to professional use.
Ease and efficiency: While it may not seem it at the time, stepping into a photography session lifts the weight from your shoulders and ensures that you enjoy the most streamlined and stress-free session possible. This helps capture and deal with all the variables and ensures, once you’ve settled on a goal for your shoot, that it’s a hit. This also includes making sure that you are confident and comfortable and that your time spent in front of a backdrop is completely stress free.
What should I ask?
While it may be tempting to keep schtum during your session, asking a few questions before and during the shoot can massively improve the quality of your end-product. Some great options include:
What should I wear? While you may first think that only your head and shoulders matter, taking time to consider the clothes that you wear is essential – especially when so little of them is visible. Picking out the right outfit before a shoot or bringing several different options can help ensure that you have a variety of options to choose from when capturing your session. And a little bit of guidance (“Dress slightly smarter than you would normally”) can make all the difference in the long run.
Can you give me some guidance? Many people come into photography sessions with anxiety and doubts. As the centre of attention, you can end up feeling stiff or apprehensive, and every photographer will do their best to make you feel at ease and capture the best content possible. If you’re feeling out of your depth, feel free to stop a second and ask for a steer about how to proceed. Or just take a break for a minute. It’s your session.
Can I see the images? One of the biggest misconceptions from individuals getting their headshot taken is that they have little say over the process. At any time during your shoot, you will be able to review the images taken or be shown the material captured by your provider. This helps ensure that you’re securing the ‘look’ you need and allows you to make any essential tweaks necessary.
Get in touch
If you’re looking to find the right level of professional care for your unique session, our team at Just Headshots is here to help. With many years’ professional experience, every member of our team is trained to provide you with a high-quality, stress free session to capture the material you require for your personal or professional needs.
If you want to learn more about what a session involves or talk through any unique requirements you need, you can contact us and let a member of our team know exactly what you need to get the right headshots today.