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First Headshot Session

In fact, your first headshot session can appear very daunting. As a result, you may feel anxious about what you are going to experience.

Therefore, whatever your reason for the photo-shoot

  • whether a friend said you needed one
  • whether you found out how short a time it takes to form your first impression
  • you felt that it was time
  • or you read this article at photo feeler
Picture of a lady First Headshot Session

Accordingly, good preparation is the key.

Preparation for your First Headshot Session

In the first place, it’s definitely an important step. Markedly, your first headshot session can appear very daunting. As a result, you may feel anxious about what you are going to experience. Equally, as a rule, people don’t like to be photographed.

As a matter of fact, a lot of photographers have information on their websites that tell you how to prepare. Accordingly, this ranges from what to wear, hair and makeup, drinking plenty of fluids to deciding the type of background you want. In this case, here’s a link to mine. In addition, if it helps I can also supply a photography brief available on my LinkedIn Profile

Consequently, the trick to good quality photography is to put the subject at ease. I usually do this before I start to take photos. As a result, by chatting with the subject finding something out about them relative to the shoot. Whilst doing this I also am looking at the subject’s face and stance. As well as this, I am also looking at the subject’s face and stance. Accordingly, I also like to establish whether the images are to be colour or Black & White. Consequently would inside or outside images be required.

All the aboves about finding out whether the image needs to be natural or playing a character.

In addition, there is a thought that the headshot is all about the head. However, it’s also about what you wear. In this case, the clothing you wear adds to the perception you portray. When you wear different things you feel different, you act differently.

Attitude

Accordingly, the majority of headshots I take are for businesses. Therefore, they require to display an air of friendliness and authority. In other words, people buy from people they “Know, Like and Trust”.

Moreover, at the end of the session, I ask if the subject would like to see the images. Of course, this is only viewable on the small screen of the camera. In this case, it’s to make sure that the subject is happy with the result.

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Photography Equipment

Photography Equipment I use for a photoshoot

In fact, the choice of photography equipment when I visit a client is important to me.

As a result, portability’s a requirement of the Photography Equipment. Accordingly packed in manageable loads and easy to put together for setup also helps.

Photography Equipment

With this in mind here are the important items

Camera Canon 5dmk2

Picture of a flash gun on a camera Basic DSLR Training Flash Photography Equipment

In this case, I have had this camera for a number of years. In addition, it produces high-quality full-frame images and has proved very reliable. Accordingly, I always mount the camera on a tripod.

Lenses

Picture of a lens

In like manner, the choice of lens is very important. As a result, I use Canon prime lenses 24mm – 70mm and 70mm – 200mm both f2.8.

Lighting

Picture of a soft box on a flash gun Basic DSLR Training Flash

Equally important is the choice of lighting. Moreover, each shoot is unique and may require a different way to light the subject. Therefore, in most cases, I choose flashlights and pocket wizards to wirelessly fire them.

Photography Equipment Backgrounds

In this case, there may be a choice of options. For indoors I use either a portable collapsible backdrop (with stand) or a suitable wall. Consequently, if I am shooting outside I choose an area that has a bit of shade.

Advantages

As a result of the above equipment, transportation is easy. Thus the setup time is minimal. Consequently, this gives the client, minimal downtime for themselves and their staff.

Post Processing

In like manner, at times it is necessary to take along a laptop to post-process the images. In fact, the screen at the back of the camera is small and only gives a representation of the image taken. Therefore to see the true image you require a laptop to see this on.

Therefore, as you can see the equipment required is not vast. Equally, it does allow for easy transportation and setup.

For your time-saving and minimal disruption, headshots contact Martin here.

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Business Headshots

Business Headshots

As a matter of fact, business headshots for your business are one of your best selling tools. Likewise, people that view your business headshot images form their first impression of you on what they see.

As a result, a business headshot that displays you clearly and shows you as approachable will give a good impression. In other words, a business headshot that confuses viewers will result in the viewer moving on quickly. That’s not just what they are viewing but also your website/social media. In this case, this will not be good for your business.

As an illustration, if you are looking for ideas why not visit Pinterest.

How we can help

In the first place, the first thing that we can do for you saves you money. In this case, we do this by bringing the portable studio to your business. Consequently, downtime’s minimised by you or your staffs from there place of work.

On the positive side, the other benefit this brings is familiarity. As a result, this means that you and your staff relax better in a familiar environment. That is to say, this helps produce a more pleasing image.

What we bring with us.

In the first place the equipment, we bring to the shoot’s, compact. This includes

  • Collapsible Background (White/Green)
  • Lighting (studio lights or flashlights)
  • Tripod
  • Camera
  • Transmitter and trigger units
  • Light meter
  • Lens 24mm-70mm and 70mm to 200mm.

Furthermore, as you can see it’s not a lot of equipment.

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Picture of a sekonic light meter L478dr headshots
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Picture of a flash gun on a camera Basic DSLR Training Flash
Picture of aradio transmitter Basic DSLR Training Flash

What we need in the way of photographing space for headshots

In this case, ideally, a space of 4Metres by 4Metres would be good with no furniture to move. Because space is not always available, we need free space for the collapsible backdrop and the subject to stand. As a result, we can place the portable lights and adjust the light levels. For this reason, we do need an unobstructed view of the subject.

Taking the business headshot

Accordingly, with the equipment set up, light levels adjusted next comes the business of creating images. For one thing, we can create up to 6 peoples images in an hour.

We charge an hourly rate thus saving you money by you not having to pay for individual headshots. In addition, as we photograph each individual the next can be ready to take their place. For this reason, this takes the individual away from there workplace for a minimum amount of time.

When we have finished we pack the equipment up. Furthermore, the cost includes post-processing and delivery via internet protocol.

Now that you know what we do, give Martin a call and book your session.

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PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT IMAGE

What is a professional headshot image?

Accordingly creating the Professional headshot image is an art after all “Image is Everything”.

For one thing, it’s personality, a body, a face, an expression. For this reason, it’s an expression and energy that conveys realism, character and intensity.

Picture of a lady PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT IMAGE
Picture of a lady with glasses PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT IMAGE

What is the energy?

In this case, its someone who wants to be in front of the camera. As well as the ability to offer a range of expressions and acting naturally. As a result, this creates good commercial energy usually with a great natural smile. Consequently, the viewer senses the energy from the eyes projected right into the lens.

Accordingly, the image must look natural and not over styled.

Your headshot

In the first place, your professional headshot image is your ambassador. As a result, when someone meets you in person they will expect to see the person they viewed. 

Therefore, what impression will they form if your image is different from your appearance? In the first place, the impression that they then form may not be a good one. Surprisingly, the lifespan of a headshot is 2-3 yrs.

Picture of a man with a tie PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT IMAGE
Picture of a lady with blonde hair PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT IMAGE
Picture of a man in a tie and glasses

Composition

In the first place, it is not as simple as standing in front of a camera and taking a picture. Consequently, you have to consider the background, lighting, wardrobe, hairstyle, smile and look.  Specifically, the wardrobe and styling are to complement the subject not overwhelm them.

Equally important is the framing of the subject with a background that is either plain or out of focus. Accordingly, the background should not stand out, the viewer’s eyes should concentrate on the subject.

For one thing, the world wide web has probably been the largest drivers of white backgrounds. As a result, most templates for websites etc are white or off-white for profile images. For this reason, a professional headshot can integrate fairly seamlessly directly onto most websites and social media platforms.

Consequently, this has created the need for the background of headshots to be uniform. For this reason, white portrait backgrounds fit this bill very well. In addition, this helps in making them work best across viewing platforms.

For this reason, business profile photographers like Peter Hurley use light and white backgrounds to make the subject stand out.

Setting the professional headshot image mood.

To begin with, setting the mood is about relaxing the subject. Therefore a good way to start is by using music, find out what music the subject(s) like to relax to.

In like manner, the subject needs to be comfortable. As a result, avoid extremes of hot or cold indoors or outdoors. Accordingly, keep movement around the photo shoot to a minimum to avoid the distracting the subject.

Expression

In this case, framing is about creating a professional headshot image. For this reason, the photographer has to study the subject and talk to them. Consequently, some of the information is obvious to the photographer, like scars, different size eyes, broken nose, physical appearance.

In contrast, others may not, such as a lazy eye, the subjects best side. As a result, this information helps the photographer bring out the best in the photo shoot session.

The aim of the professional headshot image session

In the first place, the aim is to provide a professional headshot image. Therefore this needs to convey warmth, confidence and authority.

For this reason, the image should have a natural smile, pleasing eye contact, shot from a flattering angle and at eye level.

Additionally, for further information or to book a photo shoot, act now by  contacting Martin

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STUDIO LIGHTING (part 2)

STUDIO LIGHTING (part 2)

In this case, this blog is about Studio Lighting Setup.

To begin with, in the last blog I wrote about the choice of studio lights available. As can be seen, in this blog, I am going into a bit more detail about setting the lights up.

Coloured/Dark backdrops.

Furthermore, as mentioned in the previous blog, for this type of backdrop four lights give you a good photo. In this case, my studio lighting setup for four lights is:-

  1. Main/key light.
  2. Fill light
  3. Hair light
  4. Backdrop light

Studio Lighting Setup

Main Light

In this case, the lights placed to one side of the camera to highlight the subject. Therefore this lights one side of the subject. In general, the light level for this would be around f8-f11.

Fill light

Generally speaking, you would place this light on the opposite side of the camera that the main light is on. In contrast, the role of this light is to put light into any shadow created by the main light. To clarify, it lifts the shadows and is not a strong light. In general, the light level for this would be f5.6-f8.

Hair Light

In addition, the hair lights placed at a high level over the top or at the side of the backdrop. In this case, this light lights the hair of the subject. The typical value for light level is f5.6

Coloured/Dark Backdrop Lighting

Accordingly, this lights placed low level behind the subject light the backdrop. In like manner, the light level is similar to the hair light.

Diagram for coloured/dark background STUDIO LIGHTING SETUP

White Backdrops

In this case, the main light and fill stay in place. At the same time, the hair and backdrop lights become redundant. With this in mind, place these lights to the side to illuminate the white backdrop. In this case, the lighting levels for the two side light is around f11. Equally important the lights must light the backdrop evenly.

Diagram for white background STUDIO LIGHTING SETUP

As an illustration, the diagrams above should help with you setting up your lighting for profile headshots. However, feel free to contact me if you require help.

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Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting (part 1)

Accordingly, studio lighting takes many forms. As a matter of fact, there are flashlights, continuous lighting and strobe lighting.

As a result, you have to consider which benefits you best.

Flash

In this case, Flashguns used off camera.

Picture of a gary fong diffuser on a camera Studio Lighting

Continuous Lighting

Likewise, as the name suggests the lighting does not change although it can be dimmed or brightened.

Picture of studio lighting continuous light

Strobe lighting

Accordingly, this normally has a modelling light that allows you to judge the final lighting setup. In addition, it has a strobe light that supplies the actual lighting for the subject when fired.

Picture of Strobe Lighting Studio Lighting

My Choice

When I started the business I choose Stobe Lighting.  For this reason. that it was a portable unit. In this case, the units are mains electricity or battery powered. You can also use a variety of light modifiers over the strobe to soften the light.

Set Up

Moreover, all forms of studio lighting require setting up for light level and colour balance. That is to say, to do this accurately you need a light meter and a using a grey card. If you don’t do this then you will get inferior results. Must be remembered, each light requires setting up individually to produce the effect the photographer is looking for.

You can use 1 or multiples of, in most cases, you would use more than 1. In this case, the ideal studio lights for portraits is four.

1. would be the main/key light.

2. would be your fill light

3. would be your hair light

4. would be your backdrop light

For this reason, these lighting setups are normally used for coloured backdrops.

White Backdrops

Generally speaking, if you’re using a white background, you remove the hair and backdrop lights. These then get placed pointing at the white backdrop.

In addition, with the lights in position and set to the levels required, the cameras set to the settings. In this case, the cameras set to the main/key light setting.

Watch out for part two. Want to know more then drop me a line.

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BUSINESS PORTRAIT

BUSINESS PORTRAIT

In the first place, a business portrait requires an expression that conveys realism, confidence, character and intensity. In this case, for a business portrait “Image is Everything” which makes this an art.

For this reason, it’s important to get your image right, have a look at this study from Photo Feeler

Conveying Confidence

Furthermore, the biggest challenge a photographer faces is getting people to relax and look “themselves” for a good business portrait. More often people are simply too tense or self-conscious when facing a camera to really let their guard down. Consequently, this causes a problem by denying a chance to capture their relaxed, smiling and natural expressions.

How To Create A Pleasing Business Portrait.

In the first place asking someone to smile for the camera, can look a little fake. Surprisingly a fake smile does not show in the eyes.

Likewise, to achieve the genuine smile you need to employ a few tactics, what’s the best way to do this?

For one thing, never ask people to smile or ask them to say “cheese”.

Relax

In like manner, it’s important that the photographers relaxed and smiling as its contagious. Consequently, if not the client will sense the uptight feeling and they won’t relax. For this reason, if they feel uptight this will show in the photos.

Therefore start by asking them to think about someone or something that makes them laugh. As a result of that way, you get a great reaction and a genuine smile.

Conversation

In the first place, get the conversation going, take the pressure off by chatting. Therefore, ask them what they like or dislike, what the weather is doing, what was there best night out. In other words, DO NOT stand behind the camera and not say a word.

Use Jokes.

Using jokes is a good way to break the ice. Beware though keep within acceptable limits. In this case, you can use corny jokes or even knock-knock.

Tongue Twisters

Surely you remember the fun you had at school with tongue twisters?  Prepare a couple on a card and ask the client to repeat them aloud. Then in front of the camera ask them to repeat them quickly. As a result, yes, you guessed it they will start to laugh/smile.

Compliments

Compliment them, find something that is part of them. Like their eyes instead of their outfit.

Sing

Furthermore, try and find out what music they like. During the session randomly start singing. See what happens when you sing the lyrics wrong?

Ask Them Not To Smile

As an illustration, make a point of asking the client to keep a straight face. Particularly if you’re still smiling. As a result, when you tell them not to smile they find it hard not to smile.

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On the positive side, I hope that you enjoyed this. For further information, contact Martin

 

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Camera Equipment and accessories I use when undertaking a corporate headshot shoot.

Camera Equipment and accessories I use when undertaking a corporate headshot shoot.

When I undertake a headshot shoot the camera equipment and accessories I take are all portable. For this reason, it’s important for my clients to not be away from the workplace for too long. As a result, this saves them time and money by taking the studio to them.

Consequently, being away from the Office brings challenges with it. Therefore if you forget a piece of kit this could cancel the shoot. For this reason, I like to work from a list that I can alter depending on the shoot.

What do I take?

The important bits are:_
Camera
Lenses
Flash.

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Normally for these items, I double up so that if one item fails I have a backup, yes, it happens.

Accessories

A collapsible backdrop 2.4M x 2M with a choice of green or white background.
Three light stands, two for the lights and one for the backdrop.
Two-pocket wizards for remote control of the flash guns.
One pocket wizard controller to set the flash exposure remotely
Batteries for flash, pocket wizards and camera.
Battery charger for the camera, just in case.
Tripod to mount the camera on
Stand to mount the laptop on.
Laptop and leads.
Camranger to operate the camera remotely.
Lens cleaning cloth. These can be lifesavers when dust shows up.
Cables for cameras and lights.
Sandbag weights for light stands and backdrop
Reflectors. To help boost natural light.
Clamps of various sizes for holding down anything from fabric to backgrounds.
Bags and cases for everything.
Food and water. Snacks and hydration are keys to success on set.

In this case, the beauty of a list is that I take everything I require.

Accordingly, you have now had an insight into the equipment I take on a shoot. Therefore to book your session contact Martin to find out how he can improve your first impression.

 

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LinkedIn Photo

LinkedIn Photo

As a matter of fact, your LinkedIn photo identifies you to your viewers. With this in mind does your LinkedIn photo create the right impression?

For this reason, have you given much thought to your LinkedIn photo profile? In fact, have you updated it recently?

People who join LinkedIn do so because it is the largest professional networking site. Consequently, by making connections you expand your circle of businesses that could be looking for what you offer.

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LinkedIn Photo

In the first place, your LinkedIn photo matters have a view of this piece of work by Alexander Todorov.  LinkedIn photos do matter, in fact, it is a powerful marketing tool.

For this reason professional headshots important, it is your first chance to impress the people that visit your profile. In other words, it creates your first impression. From the article by Alexander Todorov, it’s less than 1/10th of a second for someone to form that first impression.

For example is by using a selfie, a photo from a wedding/party, business people are doing themselves a disservice. That is to say, the square box on your profile is really important. In other words, go on give yourself a chance you never know who is looking.

Consequently, have you looked at the people your connected to? In addition to how many of those profile photos stand out as a good first impression?

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What makes a bad LinkedIn photo that lets people down?

Selfies

Likewise, selfies have their place, but not where you are portraying yourself as a professional business person. Consequently, you are more likely to impress people with what you do, can do or what you have to offer. Thus a poorly taken selfie is unlikely to create that great impression.

Old photos

For one thing, giveaways are the hair, medallions, flairs, glasses, holding the brick phone these reveal a dated photo. As a result, what does that say to the viewer?

Accordingly, it portrays how seriously you take your online presence, viewers are likely not to take you seriously.

For this reason, I would recommend updating your profile every 2-3yrs.

Photos that look nothing like you in real life

Equally important is that your LinkedIn photo should reflect you as you are. When you first meet someone they want to see the person they have been looking at. Consequently if not they are likely to ask themselves “can I trust this person”.

Photos not showing the face clearly

By the same token, people make first impressions on what they see. For this reason, people have a tendency not to trust people whose face they can’t see. In this case, it could be something as simple as sunglasses. Therefore as the saying goes “the eyes are the window to the soul”. Also, don’t wear a hat that shields the face, people need to know who you really are.

Feeling awkward or false smiles

In my opinion, a natural smile looks far better than a forced or fake grin. When people enjoy themselves smiles come naturally, therefore, you look relaxed in a photo. For this reason, this is something that you probably won’t be able to replicate with a selfie.

In the first place to relax a subject its all about communication. Consequently the more communicating you do the more at ease you feel

LinkedIn Photo

The first thing to remember is your photo needs to show your personality and how relaxed you appear. Your face requires to be visible, so viewers can relate to you when they communicate.

Equally important is what you wear and how you prepare for this a whole new subject.

For your updated LinkedIn profile photo get in contact with Martin and book your session.

 

 

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Corporate Headshot

Corporate Headshot with a Cityscape Backdrop

First thing to remember is that a Corporate Headshot is a personal and a business selling tool. For this reason, it is important that you have a quality image that portrays you and your business. In this case, it’s this that forms the first impression of you.

CREATING YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION

To begin with, the start of the process is to capture your headshot. In this case, I attend your office and set up the lighting and a white or green collapsible background. As a result, the main point of this exercise is to capture a well-lit professional headshot.

For this reason by shooting at the client’s office means that I am in full control of the lighting. Consequently, the major benefit of this method ensures the headshot looks like it taken in an office.

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POST PROCESSING

With this in mind, green is good for replacing the background of an image (as in green screen).

In this case, white is perfect for web-friendly images. Unfortunately, when you photograph against a white background you always have a hint of grey in it.

Then in post processing, I work on the photo to remove the remove the original background. The client is then able to have a white background or one of there choice.

As a result, the white background is highly acceptable for professional headshots. However, sometimes the client likes to match a current corporate website background colour and drop that in for the individual.

Picture of a man white background landscape Corporate HeadshotPicture of a man new background landscape Corporate Headshot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accordingly, the next process is to email the client a range of backgrounds. In this case for them to choose from and then we add these to the headshot.

When the client has selected the backgrounds(s) the subjects placed in the image. Indeed cares taken in placing the subject in the right place. That is finding the right place and ensuring the background is not pin sharp. Also reviewing the angle of the background ensuring it matches the subject.

For this reason, I ask the client to choose different backgrounds as not all of them will work. Therefore choosing the right one is about making the image look real.

Another great benefit once I have captured your headshot, you can review our photo library for a variety of backgrounds that you feel suits the headshot.  Accordingly, you could use these for different media or profile photographs.

Find out more about this service corporate headshot with a city backdrop contact Martin

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