Friends getting headshots
I was recently contacted by Cecile to create some headshots for her. She wanted to mix it up a bit and have some for LinkedIn and a few that were more casual portraits. My headshot package gives each person 3 images (with an option to pay for processing for more). So we set up the shoot and started planning. Then her friend Jennifer decided that she needed headshots for her new website. I give a discounted price if two people book together so they did and I shot both at Cecile's house.
I brought my lighting and first thing I did was look for a good location in the house to shoot. It was too cold outside so I set up my lights and shot in the house. I used an area where she had a fairly large window and a hallway that allowed me to get the amount of space that I needed. I like to position people in front of a window but not directly near it, they need some distance from it so that it blurs into the background and puts the focus on my subject.
Here is Cecile's professional headshot. the lighting is natural and she is portraying confidence and approachability. I'm a big believer that in a professional headshot the subject should be looking directly into the camera, it helps the viewer to feel a connection.
Here's one of her more casual images. She changed up her outfit and put on more fun earrings. The angle I used to shoot is from slightly above and is very flattering. I also processed it to bring out a different feeling.
Next came Jennifer who was a lot of fun to work with. She said she was nervous in front of the camera but I never saw it. She relaxed and really showed some confidence.
She's a psychologist who's doing over her site and planning to move offices soon. She needed an updated headshot for professional reasons. The favorite headshot of the shoot was this one.
She looks confident, relaxed and approachable. The colors are soft and they also coordinate nicely with her website colors.
Besides giving them some images that they love we had a lot of fun. I helped them pick out outfits that would work. We discussed the intent of the session and how they were going to use the images. I listened to create their vision and we had fun doing it.
If you need headshots please don't hesitate to call me and let me know what you're thinking of. Every headshot session is a little different and I tune them to your needs.
I had just gone through a very tough couple of years personally and I needed to restart my life both personally and professionally. Getting head shots done for both career and dating sites was something I had been thinking about doing for awhile. Once I was finally ready to take the plunge Alicyn made the whole process very easy; she was easy to get in touch with, responsive, available, she came to my house and brought what she needed. She had lots of advice on colors to wear, make-up, jewelry, etc. this was important because I was going for two very different looks for two very different purposes. Although I was at first nervous, she immediately put me at ease. It was obvious that she knew just what needed to be done in terms of lighting, angles, head and hand placement, etc. – things I would not have known anything about! She showed me pictures right on her camera as we went along and as soon as she did I was thrilled by how good they all looked – this got me right in the groove and eager to do more! I actually had her take some extra shots of me and my Mini Cooper just for fun. Working with Alicyn was so easy and fun – she never made me feel rushed but nor did she settle for “good enough”. If she was not happy with a shot she kept at it until she felt she got the look she was going for. It was a wonderful experience all the way around! I highly recommend working with Alicyn for any personal or professional photography needs you may have.
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