General Photography

Headshot Photography: More than a Selfie

headshot photographySo, people think that headshots are all about taking pictures of the face. It’s not really different from a selfie, especially since we have smartphones with 16 MP front camera. It’s good enough to capture all the features and even the skin tone perfectly.

Is becoming a Chicago headshot photographer that hard?

Not everybody is photogenic

If you go to Google images and type headshots, you’ll see lots of pictures of people posing and expressing just the right face. They look awesome in all of those, and you thought, “If they can do it, I can do it, too.”

That’s the right determination but based on simplified reality. The fact is that when you open this business, you’ll see lots of people come and tell you that standing in front of the camera is the next thing they hate.

This requires you to be able to not just capture headshots, but also guide your clients to show the right expression.

What they should wear

Bring at least two to three different outfits of their favorite colors. Mind that this outfit should be casual/formal, and not party-themed. Plain colors with simple patterns are the best as they don’t distract people’s attention from your face.

They don’t have to buy new clothes, but these outfits do have to look clean, neat, and ironed. Appearing best in your pictures is one of the best ways to appeal to people that haven’t met you.

Choose the location

Depending on the type of headshot or portraits, the session can be done in a studio or outdoor. Typical headshots that are taken in a studio can be seen here: The difference between the two of them is obviously the backdrop. You’ll get more colorful, natural background for your headshot if you shoot outside.

Studio session usually uses plain background but will bring out the characteristic of the subject better. Because the attention of people is brought to the face and the only person in the picture.

Guide them

It’s important that you learn to lead clients to face in a certain way and smile just enough to get a nice headshot. To do this, you will need to talk constantly during the photography, which means it’ll get super awkward if you’ve never met each other. Somehow, suddenly, one guy tells you to look that way, smile like this, and think about things. Yea, you paid for that, but it’s still awkward.

So, before the session, chat a little and talk about basic things, like what do they do, where did they study, and how do they feel about themselves. Simple things like this will help you in bringing the best out of them in terms of expression.

90mm lens

Your shots will be done in a close range where you have to focus on your client and will typically blur the background. There’s should not be even a little blur on your subject’s face, so 90mm and above lenses are the most recommended option you should get.

End with positive experience

One of the reasons that anyone would ever recommend you is that they felt good working with you. It’s part of the business; we prefer to work with people that we like, understands us, and does not annoy us. Although there are people that might be performing better than you as a Chicago headshot photographer, showing enthusiasm and providing better service as a better person will definitely work.