So you need a new headshot. But you want more than just your average portrait. Your headshot is your personal brand, it’s your initial identity. You have to look your best. People are going to look at your headshot and have a gut reaction. That gut reaction can persuade them to either work with you, hire you or not.
“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
~ Paul Caponigro
So Why Is It Not Just A Headshot
It’s not just a headshot because people judge you. People judge you based on the most insignificant and ridiculous things. Whether you like it or not, it’s just the reality that we live in.
But you can use that to your advantage and I can show you how. Your headshot needs to present you in a way where their judgment works in your favour. It needs to present the real you – the best you.
Speed or Results, Which Would You Prefer?
We get nervous when we first meet someone. Mental blocks go up, you appear tense and on edge and everything gets worse when a camera is put in your face! This feeling sticks around for about 30 minutes. That’s when the really good shots happen. 15 minute mini sessions are a waste of your time and money.
There are reasons you don’t like it and it boils down to not knowing how to look your best in a headshot. I’ve spent the time to learn the subtleties that help you look your best and help other people feel that they can trust you.
Getting a really good headshot shouldn’t be something you dread doing. I want you to look forward to it. I know how to make your headshot session the best and most enjoyable experience you’ve ever had in front of a camera. I guarantee it.
It’s All About Confidence & Approachability
A picture says a thousand words, right? Well, what’s your headshot saying about you? Your expression is the key. If you’re too confident, you’ll appear arrogant. If you’re too approachable, you appear inexperienced.
A balance between these two says you know what you’re doing and are easy to get along with. That’s something your resume can’t quite say by itself.
Retouching – You still need to look like you
Retouching is such a simple thing to get wrong by taking it too far. You need to be seen as you but also the best version of you. This isn’t a time to look plastic. It can throw people off when you meet in person and look nothing like your headshot. Retouching, done right, is included in your headshot finals.
Before I tell you about Adrian, let me tell you a little about myself. I have no experience in front of the camera, I don’t like all the features in my face, and I am my worst critic. However I needed new headshots as I wanted to put my best face forward during my job hunt for a more senior role. I found Adrian online, looked at his portfolio and made my decision. It was a leap of faith as I had no personal reference but looking at those sample pictures I could see something unique: they had a soul, it wasn’t the typical cookie cutter picture that everyone has in LinkedIn. I thought that that alone would help me differentiate myself. Adrian is amazing, he is approachable and down to earth so it was easy to feel comfortable right away. He shot a few pics and showed me the result, I knew right away that he was a master of his art, trusted him and forgot about my self doubt. I guess all that translated to the final result. It was hard to pick the “the one” headshot that I would use as there many good ones. In them you can see a mature man confident in his own skin. I’m glad Adrian was able to capture that.
I wanted a professional photographer for my headshot (and so should you). A hobbyist won’t necessarily know how to turn a vision – the statement you want to make – into a finished photograph. The communication of emotion and intention is what an artist does – and that’s why I was looking for someone like Adrian. The session is comfortable, the space is private and everything you would want or need has been thought of. Adrian takes the time to explain how he will capture what most photographers and subjects miss – the authentic you. This is so important because your headshot is your visual calling card – your first impression – and you need every advantage to stand out from the pack. You get what you pay for. Adrian has remarkable skill (and gear) to get you the headshot you always wanted. He has also has a library of really bad jokes to get you smiling (you’ve been warned). Really fantastic job! Go look at his website and you’ll see. Thank you sincerely Adrian! -Chris Williams, Owner and Podcaster, Badass Agile
Adrian is a total pro. From the moment I walked in, his goal was to make me feel comfortable and put me at ease.
He knows what makes a great headshot and shares his wisdom in the moment so that he can capture the essence of who you are. Won’t hesitate to return and work with him again.
Send me a message here and do leave your phone number too. Or give me a quick call. I’d love to have a short phone call to talk to you about what your goals are. Before we talk about price, let’s both understand what it is you need.