Head shots do matter | atlanta portrait photographer

July 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Have you ever seen head shots on LinkedIn or people's websites and you were like "OMG" and not in a good way? Well I know I have. If you purport to be a business person, then you should have a business portrait. Let me just say that a picture of you, albeit a nice one, that you cropped someone else out of is not a proper business portrait. I know, I know...you really like that picture of you, but it just won't do. I am pretty sure that if you find the right photographer they will be able to create a portrait that makes you look even cuter than that cropped pic you have.

I hope it doesn't seem like I am picking on anyone, because I'm not. It's just that in this day and age, people may be judging you by your profile pic. If your profile pic doesn't at least look professional, how can someone expect for you to act like a professional? Yes, I understand that looks can be deceiving, but why go through that stress? Think of all of the opportunities you may have missed because someone thought your profile pic was subpar and so they thought that you might be too. You should never judge a book by its cover, but it many people still do. So put your best foot forward and walk from there.

Recently I had a new head shot client. She was referred to me by a friend/client of mine who I photographed a few years ago. It is always a blessing when people tell other people about me and my work. It just reinforces that I must be doing something right. Anyway, from what I was told, my friend didn't come out and tell her friend/co-worker about me. When Cynthia, my new client, walked into her office, she had seen portraits that I had taken of my friend/client and loved them. She is starting a grant writing business with a website and she needed some head shots, pronto. That is how I became connected with Cynthia. 

When I called Cynthia she answered the phone rather abruptly. Once I greeted her and announced who I was, she relaxed and was very apologetic. Turns out that she was in the middle of planning several rather large events that were all culminating at the same time. It was her 15th wedding anniversary, which ended up turning into a family reunion, which was going to have a cookout as well. To add to this, she is trying to launch her grant writing business. Oh yeah, she and her husband had just bought a new house and were still moving in. I don't know about you, but I thought that was a whole lot of stuff to be juggling at once. After she explained to me what was going on, I totally understood her frame of mind. She thought I was a relative or family friend asking for something else to be done by her. What I have learned is you never know what someone is going through, so make sure to treat the with kindness and understanding. 

We talked for a while and I was able to fit her into my schedule that week. She was ecstatic and I was glad that I could help. When I got a chance to meet her, we had a wonderful time. She is bubbly, warm, friendly and funny. She also tells great stories, so I was thoroughly entertained. She was still a little frantic, but once Jamecia of Beauty by Bowers did her makeup, you couldn't tell her anything! Cynthia snapped a quick selfie and sent it to her husband! After her makeup was done, Cynthia and I went upstairs so that I could see what outfits she had chosen. Since they were still in transition, all of Cynthia's clothes were not available to us. She had two good options, but I just wanted to add a pop of color, so we found a red scarf to add to her outfit. Here are  our absolute favorites images with that scarf. 

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She also selected a darker suit to give her a different look. 

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We had such a good time talking and laughing during the session that you can't see a bit of anxiety on her face or in her body language at all. I think each of her portraits says something about who she is. I also think that they say "beyond this cover is an excellent novel."


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