I hear the same phrase from almost EVERY SINGLE CLIENT... they think it's just them. They think they are different from everyone else; but really - they are not alone in their thinking: "I am horrible at taking pictures".
It is really rare to get a client who loves getting their picture taken - and then loves every single picture. And this is with all of my clients, not just head shot clients. I hear clients telling me, "I am awkward in front the of camera." or "I don't have any good pictures of myself that I like."
First, let's be real, everyone has insecurities, even if you don't voice them to me right away, everyone has them. I have my own insecurities too - so I understand!! Second, don't beat yourself up about having insecurities - it doesn't help to dwell on it. If you feel better about being upfront about what you are nervous about, it can prove to be helpful as I'm shooting.
You would think that hearing these kinds of phrases and stories, would make me nervous and intimidated to work with new clients. But I have a secret weapon - I'm a ninja at making people feel comfortable around me.
I can talk to anyone and make them feel at ease.
Here are a couple of my recent head shot clients - two people that told me the same thing: "I don't smile well for photos."
Derick sells athletic equipment to schools, gyms and recreation centers: SAS Athletics
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By looking at these pictures, would you have known that they felt awkward in front of the camera? Probably not; their smiles are authentic and their eyes are sincere - just like a good head shot photo should be. What you don't see, is that I am talking a lot - really the whole time; and we do a lot of laughing (usually at my stories - I have some hilarious dating stories that you won't believe). But I have found that by telling embarrassing stories about myself - makes me human to people that don't know me. I'm not just a stranger with a camera in my hand asking them to be authentic and approachable - I'm a friend goofing off with them.
So don't expect me to act stuffy and "business-like", I'm not. It's not in my nature to pretend to be anyone else than me. It's good to note that I'm not a traditional head shot photographer. I don't have a studio, but I have a lot of great places that we can go to show off the real you. I typically work with small business owners, so I do photos that are considered "modern head shots" - in an environment that speaks to your personality or to your business. I'm not a fan of backdrop head shots. (sigh), I can do them... but just like you show your best self when you're having fun, I show my best work, when I'm having fun too. And those aren't as fun for me. (Just being honest).
If you are ready for a REAL head shot experience that you'll actually enjoy - then first read through these FAQ, and then shoot me a line. I look forward to meeting you!!
Q: How much?
A: Heads shots start at $125
Q: How long is the session?
A: Sessions last from 30-45 minutes.
Q: Can I have a shorter session for less money?
A: No, like the blog above talks about, most people come to me nervous about getting a good head shot image, so in order to get a great photo that you'll be happy with - comes with spending a little bit of time with me.
Q: Do you have a studio?
A: No, I shoot on location only. But I have indoor and outdoor locations that I can tell you about.
Q: How do I pick my photos?
A: I will be showing you the back of my camera throughout the session, so you are choosing what you love and we are deleting what you don't like as we go. At the end of the time, I will review what we have left with you - and then edit those images and send you ALL of those photos.
Q: How much editing will you do to the photo?
A: I do quite a bit - more than you think I do: besides the basics lightening and color correcting; I will brighten your eyes and teeth (if they need it), I will remove facial blemishes, and and fly away hairs. If I think the angle makes you look bigger than you actually are, I may slim your face just a tad (not enough that it's noticeable when you look at it). If you want me to do something special, you need to ask. If it's labor intensive, there might be an extra fee.
Q: When can I expect these photos back?
A: I can usually turn head shots around pretty quickly - within a week. But it depends on my season. Fall is really really really busy. If you need a rush on them, then there will be a rush fee of $75 - and then it can be a 2 day turnaround. If you need a same turn-around, it's an extra $175.
A girl with a camera, trying to be creative out loud. I keep my clients as friends; and believe in endless possibilities.