Do I really need a headshot?
In a world of digital everything you might ask yourself why do I need a headshot? Over the course of my career as a professional photographer I have worked with everyone from models to real estate agents. Whether you are a lawyer, a schoolteacher, an electrician, a plumber, a dentist, a doctor, or a CEO, your headshot is your first impression; it’s your brand. Every picture tells a story and whether it’s for your LinkedIn page, modeling portfolio, or a dating profile, it is meant to represent who you truly are. My amazing studio is the perfect place to have your headshot done; however, if you are an executive, let’s go to the 80th floor and take the photo in your corner office.
People often ask themselves what’s in a headshot? The answer is your appearance, your brand, your style, your age range, your potential occupation, your professionalism, your personality traits and your inner emotional life. I know that’s a lot of pressure to put on one picture but that’s why getting your headshot done professionally is so important.
So let’s make the best first impression possible! As Malcolm Gladwell said in the book Blink, “The adaptive unconscious does an excellent job of sizing up the world, warning people of danger, setting goals, and initiating action in a sophisticated and efficient manner.” As your headshot photographer I slow down these “micro moments” and fine-tune what’s best in your face posture, attitude, mood and goal. If you’re trying to look powerful and confident there are certain muscles that need to be activated in your face and there are certain ways you must sit in your chair. If you want to look fun and approachable for a dating profile, I would pose you completely differently. It’s important that a “genuine happiness” comes across in your photos. I am relentless in my pursuit of giving you exactly what you want when you come to my studio in Braintree MA. You are not allowed to leave until you are 100% blown away. I’m going to capture you in the best light, at the right angle and with the perfect expression that embodies your personality. You don’t just choose a professional photographer for the quality of their images.
Once I speak to someone on the phone or via e-mail and we decide that we are a good fit for one another I know that I am being hired for my expertise. I choose the backdrop for your photo based on the story you are trying to tell. I have over thirty different backdrops to choose from to perfectly accentuate your outfit, skin tone, hair and eye color. For example, if you walk in with a blue blazer on, my immediate thought process is to compliment the blue with hazel (amber, green and brown hues). If you choose to wear your favorite purple shirt then I would complement it with a yellow background. I am an expert in color design. I am constantly trying to accentuate my photos using triadic and complementary colors.
For over ten years I have been perfecting my craft and part of this is because I am able to truly make my clients feel comfortable and I have the ability to bring out their confidence while capturing their headshots. I always want to make my clients look friendly and approachable if that is your goal. Sometimes, it’s the things that I say to you in conversation during your shoot to get you to make those warm spur-of-the-moment expressions.
Your headshot is a part of your overall package. In most cases it’s the front page. Let’s face it, before you even walk into an interview a number of people (your recruiter, human resources at the company, and your potential future coworkers) have already scoped out your LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram page. Your interview, audition or casting call begins the moment you walk into a room and your headshot might be the very reason you were invited into that room or prevent you from getting in that room in the first place.
These days headhunters and human resources professionals ask two very important questions before any type of meeting, do you have the skills required for the position and are you a good fit for the company? When they see the amazing headshot that represents your whole package it makes the decision a whole lot easier.
What’s the process?
I am reachable twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You can call, email or text me directly and we will schedule a headshot session. We will discuss what the headshot will be used for (i.e: company website, business card, dating website, etc). I encourage my clients to send me pictures of their outfits/wardrobe before the shoot so I can determine the ideal background and lighting choices.
I will also provide suggestions. For woman, I always recommend heavy natural makeup as it photographs amazingly. For men, I suggest moisturizing really well. I also recommend bringing your brush, comb, lint brush, moisturizer, etc. I do have these items available in my studio but sometimes people are weirded out by the idea of sharing products with others.
On the day of the shoot, I will confirm your desires for the shoot and share my creative ideas with you. Then, I will inspect your clothing closely to ensure that it is lint free and your collar is down properly. I will also ensure that your hair is still in the right position and your makeup isn’t smeared.
From there I create a lighting profile based on what you are going for, your skin tone, and your outfit. I can add dramatic effect if you are looking for a more powerful headshot by using split lighting. If you are looking for something less dramatic I may opt to go with clamshell lighting. I have an arsenal of different lighting schemes including rembrandt lighting, loop lighting, back lighting, three point lighting, overhead lighting, and broad lighting. I also utilize lighting modifiers such as beauty dishes, large soft boxes, massive scrims, 7 foot umbrellas, parabolic umbrellas, five in one reflectors, snoots, strobes, speed Lights, and hot lights.
My goal is never to go with a cookie cutter headshot approach; I customize each session to compliment you and what you are looking for. Once we select the perfect lighting profile, the next step is to go over posing techniques. Double chins and wrinkles are easily corrected with a technique called turtling. By turtling or simply bringing your chin and forehead forward, you will look more attractive. Once we have discussed and practiced posing, we can start taking photos. I will take ten to twenty photos with the goal to bring out the best in you. While I am doing this you can see each individual photo as it is taken on my 4k 70 inch screen. Because so much preparation has gone into posing and setting up the perfect lighting and backdrop we can usually find a winner within this set however, if we do not then together we figure out what the missing attribute is and then we apply it to the next set of ten to twenty photos.
Once we select the winning photo, you have the option to have the photo professionally retouched. I can remove blemishes, scars, wrinkles, bags under your eyes, hair line defects, and even out skin tone in Adobe Photoshop. I can even make your face look slimmer, whatever your insecurity is, I can work my magic in Photoshop to make you look your absolute best! Once edited, the photos are delivered via email or Dropbox in a timely manner.
I’m so grateful that you have decided to check out my work. I look forward to setting up a headshot session with you and capturing amazing photographs.
For over ten years, I have been practicing and studying photography and I truly enjoy ever aspect of it. Photography is my passion and it shows through in all of the areas I specialize in, headshot photography being one of my many talents.
Thanks for thinking of purchasing my amazing headshot service. You will be wow’ed by my professionalism, ability to make you feel comfortable, picture quality, and my professional photography equipment.
Book your Head shot appointment with me and let’s get you the recognition you deserve.
I can’t wait to provide 5-star service for you!
Giovanni The Photographer
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