Why You Should Hire a Professional Photographer for Your Headshot
Your brand-spanking new iPhone has a high-tech camera with all the bells and whistles. You’ve got a friend who can hold the camera steady, perfect lighting in your dining room, and your sister can do your makeup. So who needs professional headshot photographers, right?
Well, that depends. Do you want to land that job, the date, or the high-net-worth client? If so, invest in yourself and spend the money on a professional photographer.
In any of the above-mentioned endeavors, you’re going to have some healthy competition. A head shot taken by a professional headshot photographer who understands lighting and shadows, camera shutter speeds, cropping, editing, and everything else that goes into making a great headshot portrait might be the only thing standing between you and the other guy or gal with similar skills, experiences, and/or business acumen.
Don’t you want every advantage when it comes to your career or your love life?
Sure – you can cut costs and corners by having your friend take your picture for you. But you will run the risk of having a picture that looks like you cut costs and corners. If you want to be taken seriously, you must budget for a professional photographer who has the skills and knowhow to get you to relax, find the perfect angle that shows your best side, asks great questions about how you intend to use your headshot, and will crop and edit the portrait to make your face truly pop.
Think about your own professional – or personal – attributes. What makes you good at your job or a great catch for a potential romantic partner?
How long did you spend developing the skills that make you the perfect job candidate or entrepreneur?
How many years of training and practice went in to getting you where you are today?
Now think about your friend with your iPhone or Android camera. How much professional photo training does he or she have? If you’re lucky, they’ll have a bit of experience beyond taking vacation selfies. More than likely, though, that friend is a novice who agreed to take your picture in exchange for a six-pack. Isn’t your future worth a more significant investment than the cost of a few beers?
5 Characteristics of a Quality Headshot Photographer
1. They ask probing questions so they can understand exactly what you need your headshot to accomplish for you.
2. They have professional equipment and can recommend the best setting for your photo shoot.
3. The photographer has many professional references and a deep portfolio with pictures of many prior clients.
4. Their work has been featured in newspapers, magazines, online, etc.
5. They take control of the photo shoot, both inspiring new ideas you may not have considered and putting you at ease about looking your very best.