I’m not photogenic, how do I…?
Wait, wait, wait, let me stop you right there!
I’d say 98% of the people I shoot say that they’re not photogenic. That’s no exaggeration. A lot say they have never seen a good photograph taken of themselves. Let me take care of that. Being photogenic is simply doing the right things in front of the camera. And that part isn’t your responsibility, it’s mine. The aim of these photo sessions is to end up with a headshot that shows a confident, approachable person. Not many people are naturally confident in front of a camera. That’s completely normal. It takes a little time, some coaching techniques, some team work, and some beauty lighting, to get that look for your headshot. I’ll get you there. Don’t worry, you can leave that part up to me.
What can I expect my finished headshot to look like?
I shoot on a solid background, usually grey to white, because as well as looking modern and clean, this helps make your eyes pop and skin tones look healthy. To accentuate your features, I set custom lighting for each client. You’ll also be given advanced coaching techniques to give your shot the impression of confidence and approachability. Did you know that confidence comes from the eyes, and approachability comes from the mouth? We want to incorporate both confidence and approachability into your headshots for maximum positive effect.
We’ll modify your look, adjust your jawline, we can make you appear slimmer, or even more solid if you’d like. You will walk away with an honest image that shows genuine expression. My aim is to make you look and feel like you, at your very best.
Do you offer on-location shoots?
Yes, I do. Some business and corporate headshot clients prefer me to come to them for convenience, some prefer to shoot in the headshot studio which is located in Preston Melbourne. I also travel country-wide for clients who require me to travel out of state to them, or to multiple locations. Contact me for more details.
Do I need to book an appointment?
Yes. All headshot sessions whether for individuals or large groups are appointment-only. In order to get the very best out of my time and yours, pre-planning goes into every shoot. Whether that be in the Melbourne Studios, or at your location, so you get the very best quality and value.
Do I need to leave a deposit to book a session?
I require a 50% non-refundable deposit upon booking the session. Shooting dates fill up fast so in order for me to keep an accurate studio calendar, the deposit is taken and applies to the final cost of your photoshoot. At the same time, I understand that sometimes life happens and things come up that mean you can’t make it. If you can notify me 48 hrs prior to the shoot we can look to reschedule within 30 days, I’ll happily apply that deposit to your next shoot and book somebody in your place. Please note that for no shows on the day, without warning people forfeit the deposit.
What should I wear to the shoot?
Avoid busy patterns, textures, or distracting necklines. For Business or Corporate Headshot sessions, wear your favourite suit or business dress, your crispest & ironed shirt, your go-to tie. Have all clothes cleaned and pressed before the shoot and bring on hangers. Pay attention to older shirts which have collars that have become soft or floppy over time, or fit too loose around the neck.
If we’re going for smart casual, wear your absolute favourite clothes. No matter what type of shoot we’re doing, bring a selection of clothes to the shoot. There’s no time limit on our session, we shoot until we get what we need out of the shoot, so make the most of that and bring all of your favourite outfits! In short, bring clothes that make you feel great. I want you to look and feel your very best and you’ll be amazed the difference it makes in how people feel in front of the camera when they’re wearing their favourite outfit.
If you’re an actor, actress, or entertainer, we want the biggest range of ‘looks’ possible from our shoot. So let’s chat more in detail on the telephone to decide on target age ranges, character ranges, and role targets that you may have.
Hair & Makeup
For men, 99% of the time I generally don’t recommend using a makeup artist. If you feel that you want to work with one, we can arrange that but let’s speak about your needs first. For women’s makeup we just want to keep it simple. As much as we don’t want distracting patterns or necklines in clothes, we don’t want heavy makeup. I definitely encourage you to use my hair and makeup artist. If you choose not to, the trick is to keep the makeup simple and clean, this is especially important for headshots. When we’ve got a few shots in the bag, you can apply more liberally to suit your tastes. Come with your hair ready for how you’d like it for the shoot. Again, I’d recommend keeping it simple and clean looking. Whether you’re using our makeup artist or doing your own makeup, it’s a good idea to start a regime a few days before the shoot of drinking plenty of water and moisturising your face more than usual. Hydrated skin looks amazing on camera.
What does my retoucher do?
Well, not over retouching would be one of them. Over retouching can make a great headshot look cheap, and a bad headshot look worse.
All of the final images you get from me will be professionally retouched. The days of heavy retouching and fake looking features are, thankfully, coming to an end. Sure, we could all do with a little bit of help in retouching, but I still want you to look natural at the end of it, like a human being. I want you to look like you.
I instruct the retoucher to only remove any temporary blemishes. Skin discolouration and skin tone is evened out for a more flattering, and natural look. Colour correction, hair flyaways are tidied up, lint etc. removed from clothing. This minimal, but highly skilled process is really important to give your headshot a high end, polished overall feel.
If you’ve got any questions for me, or would like to book your free consultation either on the telephone to discuss what options there are for makeup or hair or anything really, drop me a text or email.
There’s a saying that goes, “Nothing lasts quite like a first impression” and it’s a fact. Research tells us when we see a photograph of somebody, we almost immediately make a subconscious assessment of that person and their character. Almost immediately, on the spot! This is why it’s so important that your headshot has substance.
Businesses large and small invest in beautiful offices, expensive furniture, brilliant people, the best equipment, and rightly so, to send out a message to potential clients, that they are professionals, experts in their field. But businesses are only as good as the people who make up the business, and part of that is how these people are perceived by others; and not just internally.
How do your employee’s headshots look on LinkedIn? If they’re bad, it can reflect badly on your business as well as them personally. So, it’s important that we understand why a headshot is necessary. Absolutely, it’s great that people can put a face to a name. But the real reason a headshot is necessary is so that before potential clients meet you or have the chance to walk through your doors, that they have the impression that you’re an expert in your field, a confident and approachable person, prior to meeting you.
Probably the most cost effective way to increase your perceived confidence and approachability, is a professional headshot, shot by a headshot photographer who knows and understands why you need a headshot. I believe that it’s important to provide you with a headshot that puts the work in for you online, even while your whole company sleeps, 24 hrs a day, every day of the year.
I’m passionate about headshots, they’re really interesting to me and there’s a psychology behind them that can really help you and your business if done the right way.