It’s morning. You stumble into the bathroom and slowly gaze into the toothpaste spattered mirror. You don’t recognize the face looking back at you. (Gasp!) You notice your eye bags, deep. There are dark circles under the stranger’s eyes.
So you want to make sure you end up with great headshot or portrait images from your professional photography session, but don’t know what you can do to help ensure a good photoshoot outcome? Here are 14 tips for getting a great headshot that you can do before your session:
Finding the best portrait or headshot photographer near you is not easy these days with photography skills varying greatly and advertising dollars influencing top search results. Recently I searched online for the best portrait and headshot photographers near me according to the Internet and for those paying to appear first, in order to find who my nearest competition was, who was rating “best” photographers (along with criteria they used), and what I might do to increase market share. I searched for a list of photographers and clicked links leading to a couple well known sites. I did this in several geographic areas. I also looked at recommendations from two sites that train and promote their student photographers. Since portrait specialties vary, I thought I might be able to identify gaps in my imagery and/or offerings. Did I display enough of a contemporary look in my portfolio? Did I need to show more ¾ length portraits? Did I need more headshots vs. portraits? Did I need more images with different color backgrounds? Did I need to add environmental portraits, and so on.
Looking for a Chicago Headshot Photographer? Is your business getting group headshots? Is your company hiring a portrait or headshot photographer to capture group photos or individual headshots? Be sure to read on. No, this isn’t a blog post about one photographer being better than another or why you need to look for a photographer with specific training or portfolio. It is about understanding the different types of portrait photography, so that you can best choose a photographer. Since this is not a subject many consider, I believe it is worth mentioning.