I've recently had a few sessions where a client wanted wanted some headshots but also needed a few images for online dating or a more casual form of social media. Since I offer 3 images in a headshot session I'm fine with allowing a quick clothing change and taking some fun shots too. There is a difference between a professional headshot and something that you would use for online dating.
I was recently hired to do just this kind of shoot and we had a lot of fun with it.
Headshots need to project confidence, approachability and present a business appeal. Headshots will also vary depending on the type of career that a person has and the level of casual or corporate look needed. Sherri works in the education business and needed headshots but wanted them to be less formal. We chose a strong color to go with her personality and she looks really good in jewel tones. For her purposes she only needed one headshot and this is the one that I gave her.
For online dating you want to show a lot more personality and you can use different camera angles. Sherri has a MINI Cooper named Precious that she loves. Given her love for the car and how it's such a part of her personality I got her to take the top down and start posing in the car. It was a freezing cold day but we kept the heat going and it all worked out. You always need a really good headshot for online dating and this is the one that we came up with. I put her in her happy place and her personality shone through. As a matter of fact after this image hit Tinder she quickly got a hit that has shown potential with a few successful dates. She has a happy and engaged expression that screams FUN!!!
Since she's a MINI Cooper person I decided to do some really fun shots that included some Photoshopping. Sherri loves the beach and loves her MINI so these two images were created to reflect that.
We turned a simple headshot session into Headshots PLUS. It's headshots plus some fun shots! I had a blast working with Sherri and really enjoyed getting to know her better while working with her. She said over and over "This is the most fun I've ever had being photographed." That to me is a sign of success, it's not just the images it's the experience.