Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Bad Headshot

I get it. I really do!

Who has time for scheduling a headshot? It feels like a daunting task when you already have enough daily items on your ‘To-Do-List’. This can easily live at the bottom of the list!

If you are like me, there are somethings I’ll always find an excuse to avoid… like taxes- bleeeh!!

And for a lot of professionals, headshots fall right in line with doing taxes. We find excuses to avoid them but what if I promised you a high quality headshot AND it could be fun?! (*Most clients report enjoying their photography sessions with me.)

I’m here to help you with tips on how to dress to what angle is your best!

It’s my job to direct you in front of my camera so you can relax and let me do the hard work! I’ve helped hundreds of other business professionals, artists, educators, politicians, and fellow entrepreneurs showcase their best selves to potential clients!

Don’t underestimate the power of a BAD headshot!

Do I want to know more about you when I see your headshot? Or do I think you look fake & therefore unworthy of my business? A bad headshot WILL turn people away from doing business with you.

Still plenty of individuals and businesses alike, rely on snapshots taken with a cell phone or poor quality images taken by an in-experienced photographer. The fact remains= better photos get more likes!

Portraits sculpted with light and crafted to perfection distinguish you from your constituents in a way few other things can.

While I provide branding sessions to help small businesses, artists and other entrepreneurs promote themselves; I also provide larger businesses, law firms, medical practices, etc. with headshots for all staff on site. Creating continuity throughout all headshots for staff directories and web presence.

The following list of questions is designed to get you started on the right track!

What style/ look does your business require?

Are you matching a headshot with other headshots taken previously? If so, tell your photographer so we can recreate similar lighting and background colors.

If you are starting fresh and building your brand, your images should illustrate your business in a way that resonates with your ideal clientele. Often this requires multiple scenes or what we often call ‘looks’ in branding photography. What kind of environment tells about your business? What type of ‘look’ connects you with your clients?

Do you need more than one ‘Look’?

Clothing can say a LOT so plan accordingly. Do you identify with ‘the suits’ or do you see yourself with your sleeves rolled-up? How many different ‘looks’ do you need?

Communicating your ideas to your photographer?

Open communication is the best way to receive your desired outcome from your branding session! Together we’ll brainstorm and make a list of ways to tell a story about your company. Screenshot & collect images which inspire you. Seek out photographs which demonstrate the feeling/look/style/lighting you’d like to achieve with your own images. Share all of this with me.

Here are a few examples to get your brain running-

  • Urban cityscape- business portraits in the heart of the city
  • Park Setting walking dog, everyday man
  • Talking with people & shaking hands
  • Place of Business, working at your desk, making calls
  • Fashion Portraits in-studio, Dynamic portraits
  • Singing in the shower, (Just kidding, checking to see who’s still reading!)

Standard Headshot Requirements for applications

If you require a headshot to complete an application, verify the requirements before booking your shoot. Typically a 3/4 length shot is required on a standard grey background. However a few different lighting variations have gained popularity in recent years.

  • Corporate Professional- Standard Grey Background
  • High Key- White Seamless Background
  • Low Key- Black Background
  • Black & White or Color

How much do headshots cost?

Just like with anything, you get what you pay for. On the low end you can expect to pay $100 for a headshot and on the high end expect to pay $1000+ for several set-ups and a variety of gorgeous options.

It’s best to discuss what makes your business dynamic and determine how you stand out from the crowd. The best way to achieve this is by hiring a professional photographer who can create magazine quality, editorial images to promote and illustrate your brand.

These days we buy and sell everything online. Images are what grab our attention- 95% of the time our decisions are solely based on the aesthetic look of packaging!

So friends? How will you stand out from the crowd?

What does your current headshot say about you?! Use the contact form on the right to send us a message. We’d love to help create headshots to help promote your business, artistry or organization!

xoxo adrienne signing off
Amaples Photo
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