How to Find a Good Business Head Shot Photographer

1/18/2019 03:04:00 PM

Hooray, you have finally decided to up your branding game with a professional head shot! Now you have a new dilemma—who do you entrust with your face?

Get suggestions from friends

No advertisement can beat a recommendation from a friend or colleague you trust. First, it’s time to stalk your friends and colleagues—and even your competitors—online. What do their head shots look like? Do you like them, and would the style suit your brand?
If the answer is yes, ask your friends who did their shot and whether they would recommend their photographer. While your ultimate goal is a great head shot, you also want to work with someone reputable, who will give you your money’s worth.

Check out portfolios

Once you have a few options of photographers to contact, check out their websites. What’s their portfolio look like? You don’t need to be an art critic to figure out that photography styles vary.
See if their style meshes with what you’d like to see in your headshot. Are you looking for something playful? Polished? Casual? Be as specific as possible about what you want, and decide whether their portfolio demonstrates that quality.

Consult with potential photographers

Once you’ve narrowed down your options to two or three photographers, book a consultation with your favorite. A good head shot photographer will offer you a consultation so you can discuss expectations and how to best approach the shoot. If they just want you to show up and start smiling for photos, it’s a sign they might not be very professional. Your business head shot is your brand, and you don’t want to take risks.
At the consultation, discuss your expectations, talk about the quality you’d like to see in your headshot, and find out if you’ll be given different options and settings to choose from. Ask the photographer if they have suggestions on attire and make-up. While this might be your first head shot, the photographer is an expert and they’ll likely have some good tips for you.

You did it!

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