My headshot studio has been a dream and love for quite some time. I decided that I would save up some money to pursue opening my own studio.
In 2016 I realized that dream and opened a small studio with a nest egg to pay the expenses for two years.
Due to an unjustified lawsuit against my home, I have needed to spend a considerable amount of my start up money on attorney's fees.
That HOA Horror Story is discussed on this website: www.ShoholaPa.com
The result of those extra expenses is a big hit on the funds I had saved for my studio.
If I can get enough work in June to replace at least a good part of those funds I'll be willing to renew my lease.
If I cannot, I'll need to let my lovely little space go July 1st, with the hopes of returning to that building at some point in the future.
So, I'm running a 1/2 off sale for all in studio headshot sessions that are booked in June 2017.
If you'd love a wonderful headshot for a good cause, give me a call!
Celebrate a beautiful mom in your life with a personalized private portrait session just for her!
The gift certificate will be good for one session booked within one year of purchase.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to contact me! Happy Mother's Day everyone!
Midday: Two scenarios which include: 1. Harsh sun that requires some artificial or natural shade, or 2. Overcast diffused light.
More people are more active at this time too so car and pedestrian traffic can make it a little tricky. We can use harsh light to make a mood for the portraits, but, that is often not the intent of the subject so diffusers and fill lights can be used to provide more even areas. An overcast sky diffuses the light for us, but, often makes the sky areas boring. I consider that when composing an image.
Sunset is generally going to be the best time to make an interesting and dramatic image, especially when the sky is going to be included. Don’t count out nighttime for great portraits either though. Really amazing things can happen after dark (especially in the winter) and it sets us up to makes very unique photos! This is one reason that I like to schedule these shoots later in the day. That way you get the benefit of strong light, sunset light, and a dark sky. Everything is there, and, we don’t have to get up at 5am!
At any time of day, a landmark that is itself interesting, or, holds significance to the subject(s) gives the portrait a positive boost. Sometimes these places require some permission and sometimes not. Reflectors and lights are generally must haves, at least for backup, so it’s tough to be stealthy in public places and permission (when needed) is essential for a successful shoot.
Have you had a headshot done before? Show it to me so we can improve on it. If not, show me some headshot samples that you like.
Then we look at you. Are you a business type? A creative type? Is there a theme to what you need?
Headshots for professionals:
Generally speaking, most professionals will do well to wear clothes that they feel great in and would generally wear in their professional environment. Try for solid neutral colors with no logos or busy patterns. Hair, make-up and jewelry should be clean and simple, but, also reflect your day to day style.
Since this is a head shot, we will be photographing you from just below the shoulders and up. Keep that in mind when deciding on an outfit. Necklines, collars, ties: will be much more important than belts unless you have a longer style preference, or, we need to match an existing style that is waist up. The ultimate goal is for people to recognize you when they seek out your services.
My general inclination will be to go with a clean bright white background with even flattering light. This lends itself well to social media profile images, print advertising, websites, etc., etc. It’s classic and easy to reproduce if you add staff or need to change your images in a few years.
Headshots for creatives, athletes and any non-corporate needs:
Grab your instrument, tiara, paint brushes, football, or latest book and come on down! Headshots for creative types need to add a little zing. What that is depends on the usage and what you are trying to portray with your creative endeavors.
If you are into: pageants, acting, make-up and hair styling, you will likely want to punch up the image with hair, clothing, make-up and lighting. Musicians, performers, and artists can take a peek at Rolling Stone cover images to get some great ideas for both traditional and non-traditional headshots of creative people.
Modeling is a little different. The wise people over at Model Mayhem have a great article (or two, or three) on the subject so I defer to them on this one: http://www.modelmayhem.com/education/modeling/1882-building-your-portfolio
All the same ideas for professionals apply to creative people, but, you may want to add an edge.
So, send me your old headshots, let me know what you will be using the new ones for, and we’ll put together some ideas!!
Studies have shown it only takes one-tenth of a second for someone to draw conclusions about you based on your photo, and, on dating sites the text is less than 10% of what people think of you.
Wow! Now THAT is some harsh stuff.
So, how do we win someone over in less than one second online? Well, here are some photographic tips from my online research.
Dating Sites: Online Dating Profile Photos
LinkedIn Profile Photos
Social Media Profile Photos in General
Should you use smart phone photos? Absolutely.
Should you use group photos? It depends on the context.
Should you throw professional photos into the mix? Without a doubt!
Here is a little social media profile photo test I (very unscientifically) conducted.
With no tricks or crazy props, the studio shot had a 400% gain in likes IN TWO DAYS! It’s not all that different from the others. They are all black and white portraits. They are all simple and clean shots. There are no filters or wild expensive accessories.
It was simply a clean, clear, sharp, flattering version of him……and it worked!
So let’s put your best face forward! Call me to book your mini session.
Modeling requires dedication, passion, enthusiasm, and a great attitude. Model portfolios need to display some, or all, of these traits. I’ve been browsing a lot of model portfolios lately and I have some professional opinions to share.
So, take a good look at your portfolio and compare those images to a top modeling agency's images. Critique what you have and see where you need improvements.
Here is some great modeling information courtesy of Vogue.
Are you interested in creating a great modeling portfolio, or, working for me?
Teens and Tween – Outgoing Kids: I let them be happy. I let them make silly faces. Getting to the truer portraits of them requires a bit of getting their versions captured and then moving on. They will come up with great stuff there is no doubt about that. But, they don’t see themselves as other people see them. The unguarded, unposed, character they have. That’s were a lot of the really good stuff is. That’s the portrait I go after.
Teens and Tweens – Shy Kids: The fastest method of turning a shy kid who is getting a portrait done into an outgoing kid who is getting a portrait done, is to show them how nice they look. All a photographer has to do to relieve their anxiety is to keep them aware of what you’re capturing. I like to find their strongest feature and go with it, at least initially. If they are shy about some acne, no problem, we can deal with that. If they have a poor body image, no problem, we can deal with that too. They will look maaaarvelous, they just need to see it as the process goes on.
Special Needs Children - I should have mentioned this in my other blog post too: if you have a special needs child do not hesitate to contact me for portraits. I am quite familiar with developmental issues and I will likely know a good deal about them without anyone having to explain it to me.
Top 5 Portrait Session Tips!
I found these masks in AC Moore in Hampton and they had to much potential photography prop / Halloween fun to pass up buying them.
So with two masks and an old trench coat we headed out into the woods of Frankford Township.
The original photos are in color and can be edited in multiple ways, but, I really liked the high contrast, kind of unfocused, black and white photos. That gives the images a little extra creepiness. :)
Have a safe and Happy Halloween everyone!
Photography thoughts, tips, and tricks to make your portraits and photos spectacular.