Headshots – Are They Worth It?

 

Headshots, for a lot of people can seem like a waste of time and money.  Most people are usually content with using a selfie as a headshot, and don’t really see the need to hire a professional photographer. 

Now I’m sure you’ve already guessed it from the title, but today’s blog is all about headshot photography: what it is, why it’s important, how you can use it, and I’ll also answer a few general questions as well. I really want to get it across to you guys that getting professional headshots aren’t as expensive as you might think, doesn’t take that long and can definitely help you out in the long run. 

Now it is important to note that while we do offer Headshot Photography, when creating this article, I did my best to write it in an unbiased and impartial manner. My aim is to clear up any misconceptions and misunderstandings surrounding this topic, and help you make your own decision.

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What Is a Headshot?

Now when most people think about a headshot, they imagine, a generic portrait of someone in a formal setting, probably hanging up in a boardroom somewhere staring deeply into your soul. Thing is, this doesn’t always have to be the case. A headshot is a specific type of portraiture that focuses on capturing someone’s face, for the purpose of giving an accurate representation of that person’s appearance.

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Why Are They Important?

Like we discussed in the definition, the purpose of a headshot is to take a picture that gives an accurate depiction of who you are. So if at any point you need to advertise yourself to someone else, but you can’t actually do it face to face, you might need to send in a headshot to put in that work for you!  We live in a world where personal appearance is very important and people see our avatar on social media multiple times a day. With that in mind, wouldn’t you want to use the best possible picture to represent yourself? I know I would. Matter of fact, here’s an example of our company casual headshots.  We have some a bit more formal but these are just casual and they are used throughout our social media outlets. 

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Alain Martinez – Chief Photographer / Founder

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Melannie Morfa – Lead Artist

Where Can I Use My Headshots?

A professional headshot goes hand in hand with a variety of different professions. We receive calls on a regular basis of people looking for Real Estate Headshots, doctor’s headshots, lawyer’s headshots and a plethora of other professions. The vast majority of these professionals end up re-purposing it for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, company newsletter, website and even business cards.  Imagine all this use out of just one photo!

I keep my LinkedIn profile updated and all my connections are able to put a name to a face when conducting business with me.  Keeping an updated headshot on your personal social media portals Facebook or Instgram accounts is a great way to help your audience relate to you. By seeing the face behind the content, they can feel a more genuine and personal connection with you.

In the entertainment industry, they play a very important role for actors, models and even musicians. It is almost mandatory for them to include regularly updated headshots with their applications and auditions for various gigs.  In the world of politics is an absolute necessity to show your constituents the real you.

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But I’m Not Photogenic

As a photographer, you would be surprised, how often I get told by clients that they aren’t photogenic, or they don’t like taking pictures because of some mark or scar they’re a bit self-conscious about. The truth is, we all have our flaws here and there. A skilled photographer will be able to position and capture you in such a way that these imperfections will not be noticeable. Just have a conversation with the photographer and let them know how you feel about it and let them guide you. Trust me, the right pose, posture and lighting will always get you flattering results!

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FAQ:

Q: How much does a headshot session cost?
A: Usually around $150-$500 for business headshots. Acting headshots can range from $500 – $1500

Q: How long does a headshot session take?
A: Around 20 minutes for business headshots. An acting headshots can easily take half a day

Q: What to wear for professional headshots?
A: Simple is best.  Dark colors for men, women can accentuate with colors.

Q: Will I need hair and makeup?
A: Women, highly recommended! Men, mild makeup to reduce dark circles and shine.

Q: Does it have to be from the chest up, or can I get a full body shot?
A: The strict definition of a headshot is from the chest up, but you can ask your photographer to take a few full body shots if you need them.

Q: Can my headshot have props?
A: Not typically recommended.  

Q: Does my headshot have to be in a studio?
A: No, but it’s highly recommended so the light can be controlled and not depend on weather.

I really hope that this blog post was helpful for you guys and gave you some good insight into the world of headshots. If you have any other questions about the topic, or anything else, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me and I will definitely try to help you out in anyway I can!

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