I'd say if my clients and I were to give another word or words for head shot it may be "necessary evil". I've heard it all, "I'd rather gouge my eyes out, I'd rather sit at DMV, I'd rather go food shopping...etc... than have my headshots taken!" Oh Dear!
We all know headshots are a good idea and necessary to portray "a thousand words" in the picture.
Of course there's your daily physical appearance to consider, however, what else goes into the look of a headshot? Well...I'd say there's quite a bit that I think about when bringing in a client for a headshot.
As a photographer, I consider what you do for a living? What is the level of professionalism you want to portray? How about your personal traits, right? Your photo should portray your personality, yes? What are the top 3 things you want to say about yourself professionally? How about top 5 things?
It's so much more than what color to wear and what should my hair look like? You want the photo to be age appropriate and depending on what you do, perhaps it should portray a serious feel, perhaps creativity, warmth, fun, or another aspect of your personality. In other words, focus more on your personality and allow aesthetics to be secondary. Portray your charm, charisma, what makes YOU your awesome SELF. That's what people will connect with.
We're all concerned about our looks, just look at how popular selfies and mirrors are. This is where the professional photographer comes in. Have a pre-session discussion about what to bring, how to bring your "A-Game", what to wear, what colors & styles to wear, how your hair and makeup should look. I offer a week-to-week guide to my clients depending on how much time they have before their appointments. This is all part of 'branding'.
I offer suggestions on everything from complexion and wardrobe to practicing your smile and gaze. I recently had a woman coming in for a headshot and she's telling me she's nervous and going to need some help. Well, that's what I'm here for! I want to get this RIGHT for you! You're not in front of a professional's camera every day, I know it can be a little stressful and perhaps uncomfortable, so I'm going to help turn those feelings around into confidence and relief. We talked, I guided her through it and this is where your professional photographer and you have a meeting of the minds. I think it's important to "BRING IT!". I know I'm bringing My A-GAME, it's important that you do the same and I'm going to show you how to bring your A-game for best results. What do I mean? Do a little prep work; professional hair and makeup can make a big difference, not only for how you look but for your confidence level as well. Have your clothes chosen, prepped and dry cleaned for your big day. The more you prepare, the smoother your session will be and you'll be prepared for untimely little things like waking up with a pimple or how about this- I had a guy come in with donut powder on his sleeve...(you know who you are!), I laughed - it's part of who he is, right? (but we werent' showing that in camera), so we cleaned it up and hey, stuff like this happens for sure and we can cover these little things but bringing your A-game will help your confidence level and THAT, my friend is what will come across in camera.
Then there's what I call the "P- Word" PHOTOSHOP - YES, let's discuss this photoshop thing... What does photoshop mean to you? I can tell you for me, what it doesn't mean. It doesn't mean you're going to end up looking like Jennifer Aniston, Lopez or Lawrence, or Brad Pitt, Lenny Kravitz or Thor.. You want to look like YOU! There's only one of you and let's get that awesomeness to SHINE! Yes, some wrinkles will get ironed out, skin blemishes, I may even thin you out a little perhaps but I'm not going to make you look like someone else all together. Think about it... if your headshot says one thing about you and a client shows up and you look totally different, what does that say? What level of trust is there? What level of confidence does that portray to a potential client? Just keep that in mind...
These two black and white photos are ME...YEP- this is me...I wanted a new headshot and some moody images this time instead of the bright white happy clean headshot look. The left one isn't even edited yet, however, I wanted to show you unedited, too. I'm just like you, I have insecurities. I feel like a troll, I'm only 5 feet tall and that's if I stretch lol... I'm a little heavier than normal right now, my roots are getting done next week so right now they're out of control, I don't like certain features, ugh. I can go on, can you relate? Does it matter? A little yes, but it's the fun, the moody shadows, the textures & dimension that I wanted to stand out in these photos and..of course...some personality, too. This was MY very own almost VOGUE moment, with me both in front of and behind the camera as I'm using a remote control to click my camera and set off my strobes.
So, really, what it comes down to is this...don't worry about being perfect. Please please don't let your insecurities get the best of you. We ALL have them. Let me put you in some good lighting, let your guard down, let's have a few laughs to help that personality shine through.....just be YOU! Let the confident, awesome YOU shine through for the perfect headshot!
So, yes, I'm offering a headshot day, Friday, February 19th of this year. I'm debating on calling it something like, "I'd rather spend the day at DMV" day, what do you think? To schedule your appointment, email me for more information through the contact page on my website: Contact Morris County NJ Portrait Studio | Millie Dee Photography that will start the consultation process. Sessions will run up to 30 minutes in studio, however, the prep time depends on YOU. I'm happy to help you and guide you through what I hope will be a wonderful experience.
I hope that you would trust me to guide you through the headshot process!
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Where did the name Millie Dee come from? It's my 2 nicknames, my maiden name is Miller, so some friends call me Millie and some call me Dee instead of Denise, so I jammed them together and made Millie Dee...