Stress Free Headshots

You pay good money for your headshot session but for many people it can be a source of stress.  To minimize the frustration and stress, it's important to be prepared so your session results in many quality image choices.  To prepare, there are specific steps to guarantee your success.

The easy parts of preparing are starting with a talented, experienced, headshot photographer and possibly adding hiring someone to help as a wardrobe stylist and getting your hair and makeup done professionally are the most common ways to prepare yourself for the headshot session.  But, there are other considerations in your preparation.  If you had headshots done previously, you may have noticed that some photographers are more skilled at providing directions to pose your look. This means it's a good idea to practice posing at home which also helps you relax in preparation for your photo session.

Here are 6 simple steps to prepare for your headshot session.

1. Your expression. If you practice anything, this is one to do.  The camera can be your best friend, worst enemy, or that old friend you haven't seen in a while.  Your expression can convey one of those meanings when you don't expect it.  We suggest you practice a few smiles to see how they look.  The top three expressions are:

a. The Big Smile which can look forced or overly exageraged but some people have a natural, welcoming, big smile.

b. The Half Smile which provides a slight grin and it can look very natural on many people.

c. The Grin which is merely a closed mouth smile and it can look very natural too.

This may sound time consuming, but, with a little practice with a mirror, or your phone's camera, you can try to find a smile that looks the most natural on you. While checking out your expression, you can make sure you are not squinting the eyes too much or creating wrinkles on your nose and forehead.

2. Be aware of your jawline and chin. We help you pose to accent your natural jawline, but you can practice to increase your awareness of the ways to help define the jaw and minimize the double chin look. Start with the orange under the chin or turkey neck positioning. This is simply holding the neck slightly forward like you are holding an orange under the chin. 

3. Relax. Unless you are getting three-quarter length photos, your hands won’t appear in your headshots, but they are key to your appearing relaxed. Just let them drop, hang naturally, and don't tense up. Being tense will affect your posture and reflect in the body language of your photo.

4. Focus on your eyes. They are the window to your soul and they are the focal point of your headshot.  Your photographer is going to focus on your eyes. When practicing your expression, remember the eyes show your personality. Don't squint or go bug eyed.

Remember, your headshot session should be fun.  Your photographer should provide additional guidance to help your stance and posture to complete the look for your headshot.  To be prepared, just following these tips will help you prepare, be relaxed and create a great portrait. 

Invest in Your Self to Improve Yourself

Self help information abounds in books and magazines on the shelves of libraries and stores. Quite possibly, you either own a few or read a few. Don't forget, your image is one way to easily invest in and improve yourself.  But, many people don't know where to start when seeking that image update.

For starters, don't worry about the stereotypes or the strict, do-this-not-that rules. There are two key components to your image. You just need to decide what is your goal and what conveys your personality best? Don't worry, you can wear what you want if you feel it's going to help portray the image and style your looking to achieve. 

Basic tips for a good look:

  1. If you buy new clothes, have them laundered to be wrinkle free
  2. Make sure your clothes are clean, pressed, and support your new image goal
  3. Make sure your clothes fit properly as ill fitting clothes are very noticable

Clarify the purpose of your image update:

  1. What are these photos for and how will you use them?
  2. Will your audience or peers expect these types of images or is it appropriate?
  3. Can you describe in one word, the "environment" your image needs to fit into?
  4. We can create multiple looks, one for your career and one for your personality!

Clarify your style and preferences for the image update:

  1. You know yourself better than us, what are your stylistic instincts or preferences?
  2. Do you have a favorite color, or favorite outfit, you feel photographs best for you?
  3. Don't be shy, seek inspiration for a new look; if you love it - take a chance!
  4. The goal of an image update, is renewing or transforming yourself to create new opportunities.

Updating your image can a fun experience with exploring looks, trying new styles, and reinventing yourself to create new opportunities for career, personal, or individual goals. We can customize a shoot to fit your needs complete with style consultants, hair stylists, and make-up artists to create your new image.  Look at your next photo session as an investment in yourself. An investment in reaching your next goal. 



Photos Matter for Online Dating

You sign up with a social media  site, create your profile, but no matter what you write about yourself, your photo makes the strongest impression in your online profile.  The dating site, OKCupid published this article "Dating Deserves Better" a long time ago about the effectiveness of profile photos in online dating. It was true in 2009 and it's still true in 2018.

The OkCupid writer provides a universal "truth of online dating: no matter how much time you spend polishing your profile, honing your IM banter, and perfecting your message introductions, it’s your picture that matters most."  It was true when they published it and it's even truer today with social media use even more widespread. You need a complete profile to be successful and the shiny beacon to attract visitors is your profile image.

The idiom, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" was never truer than today in our culture of the swipe left or right world of online dating.  Attractiveness, sexyness, or beautiful are very subjective terms and the "special something" that "catches the eye of the beholder" varies from person to person.  It makes sense to stack the deck in your favor, right?  So, why rely on a poorly lit, hastily composed, cell-phone-selfie to make your lasting first impression?

A while back, I had a divorced client a request a photo session to update her social media images that she said were ineffective. She specifically asked for a portrait for her online dating profile.  Several weeks later, she emailed me:

"I love the new photos.  Since I posted them, I've met someone online and we have started going out.  Honestly, I didn't think it would happen this quick.  ~ Sandra

Quality photos help you make a great first impression. Let us help you with an image update to stack the online dating odds in your favor.

A Profile Photo Attracts More Views

How do you make a good first impression on social media platforms (like LinkedIn, Facebook, Tinder, Match, or your own website)?  For starters, have a profile photo because many articles on the topic tell us a profile without a photo is less likely to viewed than those with photos.  This Forbes article from Marcia Layton Turner lists 8 Ways to be more effective on LinkedIn.  Her leading tip, "a current, professional headshot."  She closes the article by saying profiles with photos are 21 times more likely to be viewed.

If having a profile photo just doubled the chances of potential client viewing your profile, that would be helpful.  At 21 times more likely, a quality profile photo is worthwhile expense for making a great first impression.  Whether your goal is networking, job hunting, or date finding; it pays to make an investment in quality, professional portraits.  

To close with quote from Tom Humbarger’s Social Media Musings blog, there is this:

The worst thing you can do on LinkedIn is to not have a profile picture, and the second worst thing you can do is have a profile picture that leaves an unprofessional impression…

The simplest advice is to look at your photo and ask yourself, would you hire this person?

Do you want to make a great impression?   Visit our scheduling page and set up a session to upgrade your social media presence today.

Update Your Image in 2018

It's a New Year and with so many economic indicators on the rise, this is a great time to update your headshot. Now days, it seems everyone has some sort of online presence be it for business use, personal, or the many ways to use social media.  The important thing is you have to manage your image and that starts with updating it to keep a fresh look.

The digital age has given everyone a bit of celebrity in their lives. No longer are professional headshots the exclusive need for celebrities.  Anyone with a social media presence should consider their image as their brand.  That social media photo is the first impression potential customers, clients, or employers get of you. Don't let an outdated image hold you back!

For 2018, wants to give you a leg up on the competition.  For starters, we are rolling out new, simplified pricing. Look for changes to the website in the coming days. We are offering two headshots for just $150. No cutting corners, you get to pick out your two favorite images at the session and we will have them ready the next day. Need more variety, we will continue to offer the longer sessions where we take more photos to give you even more options for your final images.  




Affordable Can Mean Quality

Affordable Headshots Can Mean Quality Headshots

Everyone loves a deal. The best deals provide a combination of high quality along with an affordable price.  This combination works and it applies to many situations. Some people call it price shopping while others call it deal hunting. Getting your updated headshot is no different.

Many photographers offer headshots as a sideline option for their photography business.  This also means there are variations in price and quality when you on the web checking the various websites.

You will find many options for how photographers light the images as well as varying levels of quality. The way light is used separates the unprofessional “cell phone selfie” from professionally lit portraits.  We want to eliminate the “cell phone selfie” look for 2018.

By getting a professional headshot photographer, you get great lighting. Additionally, you get a photographer with experience capturing expressive looks and conveying emotion in your images. All you have to provide is the wardrobe for your headshot look.  Even there, a professional headshot photographer can help you pair parts of your ensemble for the best look.

At you will get affordable headshots that are quality headshots.

You Need Fresh Images

You invest in your company to make grow and for it to become successful.  The same way you invest in your business, you must also invest in yourself and your team to develop an image to support the business branding you work to create.  The best way to do that is by having professionally created, business headshots that portrays an image to future clients that projects you, your business, and shows both at your best.  

Now more than every, the importance of a good looking, professional image cannot be underestimated.  The internet dominates how customers find your business. Social Media determines how those customers see you and faster than you can swipe left or swipe right, those potential clients make an instantaneous buy/don't buy decision. Your profile needs to be one that conveys who you are, is a current image of you, and does not look like a cheap cell phone selfie.

How does a professional headshot help you? For starters, it looks great and it's a recent image of you. Many times, people use a years old image which makes it harder for people to recognize you.  A current, professional headshot adds a level of authenticity to your business by showing you care about your personal image and your business image.

A professional headshot from Headshot MKE is for all the managers and leaders in your business who deal with the public.  Headshots are no longer just for corporate executives.  Today's customers want to put a face with the name of that person they talk with on the phone in your business.  You need professional headshots for your key people for your company website, for your social media outreach, and for your marketing plan.