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What makes a good Headshot, and why do I need one?

Updated: Sep 6, 2019


When I was on a social site this morning, I came across these questions from one of the members there. Being submerged in a world of photographers, I can sometimes take for granted as common knowledge, some of the basic elements of our craft, and answers to questions like these! So first of all, why would someone consider having a headshot in the first place? At first the answer seems obvious: to have a photo of themselves, but the answer is just a bit more complex. After all, we could always ask a friend to take a photo of us on our cell phone. A quality, professional headshot should definitely be more than something that your bestie (or yourself) can snap with their phone, or other camera for that matter. A professional headshot should present you in the best light (literally), and should convey the level of quality that your client, colleague, or potential employer can expect from you. Depending on your profession, your personality, and what message you want to send out to the world about yourself, your photographer should plan and style your shoot accordingly. Your skin should have good texture and skin tone, and should not be over edited (although choosing to diminish the appearance of wrinkles or skin imperfections is never a bad idea). Your pose and your expression are very important, and an excellent photographer will provide guidance and direction with both, in addition to wardrobe and professional hair and makeup, should that be desired. The quality and polish of your headshot will let others know that you are worth such quality, and of course...YOU ARE!

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