Headshots for Business Professionals
We just finished up a little cropping, resizing & optimizing for internet on the image above, for Shorewood Real Estate Broker, Darren Pujalet. Darren was a pretty easy going guy with a very sincere vibe & relaxed friendliness. Probably not bad traits to have as an agent 😉 His friendly nature really shines through in the shots we did for him – and honestly it was tough to choose a favorite!
But, let’s be real…most of us don’t love getting our picture taken professionally. When we’re out with friends and family, pics are being snapped almost constantly – but those are no pressure, just for fun pics.. When you’re paying someone to take your photograph…especially for your business card or business website, there’s often a nervousness that goes along with it. The picture is important, because it will often be the first impression a prospective customer gets – and it’s probably going to be circulated for several years before getting a new one taken. Most of our Corporate Headshot clients express some degree of anxiety – and that’s usually why they tell us when booking, that they want to “get in & out” – taking as little time as possible. As photographers, we know that rushing is a terrible idea, so once our subject arrives, it’s our job to get them feeling as relaxed as possible. Any awkwardness with your photographer almost always leads to an uncomfortable session…as many of us have experienced!! ….having shot headshots for so many years, making people feel comfortable from the minute they walk in is just something that comes naturally to us – and is one of the main things that have kept us in business.
Once our client is settled in & we’ve talked about what kind of shots we’re going to be doing, it’s a good idea to jump right in. The longer we stall on actually beginning the shoot, the more time they have to build up the experience in their head as one that’s going to be terrifying & full of self-consciousness. Once we shoot a few frames & can show off what the images are looking like, most people are so happy with they way the pics are looking they actually get excited to keep going. It’s always fun to see someone go from extremely reserved to suddenly throwing out ideas & trying out different kinds of smiles. The sessions are still pretty quick – a lot shorter than a headshot session for actors – – but, instead of going quickly b/c it’s painful, we end up finishing up quickly because it was easy 🙂