What is the first thing your new employer or client will see? That’s right, YOU and your business. My headshot sessions are all about you and how you would like the world to see you, on a professional or casual level. I have put together some useful ideas and tips to help you prepare for your amazing headshot photography session.
I will provide you with the best experience and stylish photographs to show off.
The step-by-step process!
First of all let’s talk about your budget and goals. You will need to work out how much you want to spend and allocate yourself a budget. What do you need? Do you need a Lifestyle photoshoot with a number of different shots and photos of your employees? Do you need images for a working model portfolio, your own website or Linked-in.
For all of these you will definitely need high resolution and professional images. There are many different price packages to look at, this will be discussed beforehand.
-2- Photoshoot Schedule
It’s always better to plan your session 1-2 weeks in advance to get the best results. Each session usually takes an hour, so leave time before and after to get yourself ready. A make-up artist is not included in the price but can be arranged to join us for extra cost (to pay his/her fees).
Use the days leading up to your session to research looks and styles you would like to use, take a look on my website or Pinterest (they have some fabulous ideas).
-3- Studio vs Location
Always better to plan ahead to give you enough time and your team members a chance to prepare themselves. You will need to decide on what background you would like to use - now this all depends on how you want your company or yourself portrayed (professional, causal and relaxed/friendly). Make sure you communicate this to your photographer.
A grey background would suit a styled website or business profile.
An outdoor shot would compliment an artist or design company.
A plain white background will make you stand out and make you the point of focus.
Then to decided on full-body, up to the waist or just shoulders and face. If you aren’t sure, will can use different approaches and try a number of looks for you. We’ll take lots of images, so you have a range to choose from.
-4- The Outfit
Depending on the style of your company or personal preference, you can go for a conservative corporate look (Jacket/tie/shirt/skirt/dress) or you can go with a more modern fresh look (black jeans, fitted shirt/comfy jacket/floral dress). There are many ‘do’ and ‘don’t’ when you google the internet on what to wear, but this is your choice. Whatever you feel comfortable will show better in the images captured. The only thing I would suggest you avoid are busy patterns, narrow stripes or slogans.
Heres some things to think about:
Do you have a corporate colour or design?
Make sure your clothes are clean and ironed.
Try any new clothes beforehand.
Do not wear baggy, ill-fitting clothes.
Any jewellery or watches would look good.
Do you need a fresh haircut?
5- How to feel relaxed and comfortable?
I do understand that the photoshoot can be stressful experience for those who aren’t used to the camera and posing. We aren’t all models with knowledge on how to pose and smile. I have heard a number of people tell me they weren’t happy with themselves regarding certain angles and sides, often saying they are terrible on camera - but this isn’t true. There is nothing to worry about. I am here to make you look great, give you a relaxed and fun experience. I will give you posing ideas and make you feel at ease. I will help you with poses, angles to suit you, help positioning your hands and bring a natural smile to your face.
If you are still nervous, have a good nights sleep, give yourself time to prepare and have a cuppa. Think positively and the rest will follow - you will do an amazingly.
And there you go my tips and tricks to help you prepare for your session.
If you have any other questions I am always here to answer them.
I recommend plan, research your market (like any business) and relax.
I can’t wait to capture your images to make you feel great and help you stand out.
After speaking to some parents about their children’s anxiety and inevitable boredom, I have put together an activity for everyone to try at home this weekend.
So get ready for some creativity!
This tutorial is very popular at the moment, it's a great one and you can create a sweet keepsake. I have written down the ingredients and a step by step guide.
Preheat oven on the lowest setting.
Once you have your boiling water pour Into a bowl (preferably a glass one), then add the salt little by little NOT all at once. Keep mixing until you have dissolved most of the salt (don’t worry if it doesn’t all dissolve, just as much as possible). Then slowly add the flour and keep mixing (start with a spoon or it will stick to your hands), once it really thickens use your hands to shape into a dough ball, it should look and feel like playdough. This is where I needed to add more flour because mine was a little sticky.
Next, roll out - but make sure you have at least 2cm thickness.
Then make your shapes!! I used some cookie cutters to make my little ninjas, shaped some hearts and then (because is don’t have children) used my Cat and my hand - trust me it was very hard to keep him still!
Place all your masterpieces onto a tray and place in the oven, keep the temperature low, so the mixture doesn’t burn or cook. Leave for about two hours in the oven .Mine went slightly brown which means my oven was too hot, so unfortunately my hand print didn't make it! If you really don’t want to use the oven - leave on the side for 24 hours to air-dry.
Once done, leave to cool before painting! As mine came out brown, I painted a white base to make it easier to paint. I used Acrylic paint but Poster paint will work fine too. Once the paint is dry you can add PVA Glue to stop the paint fainting over time and to make it shiny.
Da-da! You have lovely keepsakes!
These are mine, I think the Cat's print came out the best. I felt I could have done better with the Ninja designs!
I would love to see your final results, so please drop me our photos!
Have a lovely Easter weekend and enjoy this time with family, stay home and take care xx
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