8 Tips and Tricks for Choosing Your Headshot Photographer
Updated: Oct 18
Headshots: there are so many variables to think about it can be hard to know where to begin:
Which photographer to shoot with?
Is indoor or outdoor lighting best?
Colour or Black and ; White?
What should you wear?
Hair up or hair down?
How much makeup is too much makeup?
Bearded or clean shaven?
What should you tell your photographer?
How many photos should you have on your Spotlight?
When is it time to get new shots?
Thankfully, I have a few tips and tricks on how to find a photographer best suited to you and your needs.
8 Tips for Choosing Your Headshot Photographer
1. Check out the photographer's portfolio.
It's an obvious one, but look at as much of a photographer's work as possible; not just the online portfolio that shows your their best work, but on social media and other online sources that reveal their daily shooting. This should give you a good gauge of their aesthetic and consistency.
2. Don’t be led by price alone
What is your budget? The most expensive option won't always mean the best results for you, but bargain-rate sessions can have pitfalls too: it's most important you're clear the photographer offers reliably professional service & high-quality results.
3. What style of headshots do you need?
Different photographers have very different visions, so look for a style that suits your ambitions. Do you want studio lit or natural/outdoor lit? Are you looking to focus on film, TV, commercial or theatrical work? Shop around!
4. Can you relate to the photographer?
Do you feel you will be able to engage with your photographer? Their website and email will give you a sense of their people skills & personality, but word of mouth is a strong force. Talk to other people who have shot with your prospective photographer(s) to get a sense of whether they'll be a good fit to bring out your best side.
5. How much time do you need?
It can be tempting, in order to save money, to book the shortest shoot available, but make sure to reflect on the looks you want to achieve in your shoot and book a session that gives you the time to breathe, relax and experiment. Generally, most headshot photographers would see an hour and half as a minimum.
6. Read the small print!
Don't get stung by hidden extras or misdirected by a low session rate. How many retouches are included in your chosen package? How much are extra retouches if needed? What will happen after the shoot? How long will your images be available and how long will it take to get edits back? All those details should be clearly discussed with the photographer.
7. Where do they shoot?
Are they studio based, work form their home, or shoot on location? Does this affect how you will feel on the day? Do you need somewhere to prepare make-up hair or are you turning up ready to shoot?
8. Is it the right time for new headshots?
Are you 100% happy with your current look - hair, skin, wardrobe - and if not what is it creating the need for a new shoot? These images will likely be your portfolio for a couple of years at least, so make sure they reflect the version of 'you' that you want to sell.
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