Why do I need a professional headshot?

In todays digital world most of us have some sort of digital identity especially if we use Linked in, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram our images are out there they are the modern version of an old business card.

Why is it not good enough to get my other half to take a pic on their phone or use one of my holiday snaps?

Because your headshot is representing your business this includes the background, the lighting and the clothing you are wearing. In order for people to take your business seriously you want them to look at your image and see that you have taken the time to present yourself in a way which reflects your business in a professional style and not taken any short cuts.

I had a shoot 3 years ago why do I need to get another one done?

I think you should get a fresh image taken every year because we all change, we grow our hair, we grow older, we have beards and then we dont (well I don’t but you might). Styles change, it used to be the thing to always wear a tie now its more modern to be shot without a tie with your top button undone. You may also of had some website changes, colour changes so need to keep your image in keeping with the design of your new site.

What colour background should I have?

You can choose a colour or colours if your website is pop art in style! I prefer grey either light grey or dark grey, I just think it’s flattering for most people and will fit well on most sites, its clean and subtle.

What should I wear?

I always say bring along a few items, with jacket without jacket, with necklace without necklace. I do like to keep the style of the image clean so would not advise people to wear loud crazy patterns or lots of jewellery unless it is part of their look and style every day. The key is to create shots of you looking your best, looking natural and showing a glimmer of who you are. I like to take shots of people smiling but also of them having a straight face as sometimes people see something which they like in both one for Linkedin one for a gift for your other half.

What should I look for when choosing a Photographer?

I think it’s important that you feel comfortable with your Photographer as they are going to be the ones to relax you and coach you on how to pose so you need to feel at ease with them. Talk with them or visit their studio before hand to talk through your shoot and any concerns or questions you might have. I would also look at their work make sure they consistently take good images but have a range of samples to show you of different people. Also check the process once you have had your shoot what happens next, I always send my images over as a gallery so my client can look at the images from their shoot in the comfort of their own home and ask for opinions from the people they live with before choosing. Also make sure you know exactly what you get for your fee, double check that there are no hidden costs maybe get your Photographer to outline in an email so you have that to info refer to.

For more info click on my image above to see prices or email me at: lindsay@lindsaywakelinphotography.com

Different headshots for different sites…

This is Izzy, for work she manages musicians and bands. She wanted images which look professional but also not too formal as they needed to reflect her work with the music industry. We experimented with a few ideas and lighting set ups, here are a few faves…

For more info on headshots please check my site or give me a call: 07756 184916. Thanks, Lindsay

 

A few shots from my product shoot for Metallic Elephants new website

Metallic Elephant are an amazing local engineering company who build and supply foil printing machines to companies like Jaguar, Radley of London and The Cambridge Satchel Company  (which btw sells gorgeous leather Satchels and bags). They are having a new website designed and needed some new images for their website so as well as spending a day at their factory photographing various processes I also did a range of studio shots for them.  EPC_2022-2 EPC_1885 EPC_1969 EPC_1508 EPC_1458 EPC_0445 Metallic Elephant 13.03.17 Test shots-801

 

Gifts for girls and gifts for boys

These parties are not just for Princesses, if you have a son or daughter and they fancy coming a long to my studio with some of their friends dressed as their favourite super hero’s I can take fun pictures of them messing around, playing with each other, posing with props and posing as a group. Give me a call on the number below to discuss your ideas…or visit my website The Family Photographer.PrincessPamper party & shoot