Works for Me Wednesday: Professional Headshot Photos

Worksforme I finally ignored all advice to find a friend with a good digital camera and have him or her take my photo. Because of the writing I am doing for the paper and the acting as an extra in local TV commercials and movies, I decided it was time to finally go to the professionals.

But, how do you know if that person is worth the money? How do you know if you are going to like what he or she does? How do you decide which picture to use?

There are a couple of things you need to know:

1) Go to someone who does headshots regularly. Don't go to Sears unless you have a recommendation for a specific photographer. I went that route last year. Here's what I got. The woman running the casting company where I took a class about laughed me out the door, in a sorta nice, "I really feel sorry for you" way. It's brutal out there, people.
S42484ca109344_9_1 2) From the picture above, learn the following: Update your hairstyle before going for a professional picture. Don't get shading unless you are wearing costumes from the 1800's and want your photo in sepia tones to imitate that era. Don't wear a turtleneck or dangling earrings. Yes, I pretty much hit all DON'T's on this one which is why I am sharing advice with you today.

3) After that experience, I got my husband, who knows many things about photography, to take this picture (see below), from which I learned that you DON'T put your chin on your hand. I still used the photo for months but I am glad to have it replaced now. DO wear solid colors that compliment your eyes and DO look directly into the camera with "smiling eyes."
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3) Finally deciding to go the professional route, I got a recommendation for an awesome woman (named Betsy Brody) who knew that anyone doing any acting needs a photo that can be submitted either in color or black & white (B&W used to be the thing with headshots but apparently color is in now with the advanced technology and lesser expense) AND, who knew how to create an image with the name typed across the bottom. I picked a smiley and unsmiley picture from all the proofs and here's the smiley one.
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I ended up spending $238 for two photos and a CD to reproduce the photos myself. I saved money by doing my own hair and makeup AFTER a year of going to hairdressers for updated haircuts and to make-up stores and vendors to learn which products compliment my skin and eyes the best. I could have gone to another photographer who had a make-up and hairstylist who could be there in the studio but it would have been another $150. Perhaps next year but for now, I think this works. What do you think?

 

Comments

  1. Very nice did this myself just this week. Sooo glad I did.

  2. Looking great. I haven’t had a professional picture in years. But it looks worth it.

  3. I like it! Muy professional with just you in the photo, nothing else to distract the eye. And I love how that shirt sets off your eyes.

  4. But all that work was worth it! The shot is fantastic! I wouldn’t dare, wouldn’t try…no one would cast me anyway! You go woman! You stay very busy and your writing is awesome.

  5. Great photo. You look fabulous in green!

  6. It’s a great photo! ANd I love the green too!

  7. I absolutely love the new pix. The green is perfect on you and I like how you are sorta looking up. Very professional looking!

  8. You look awesome! I really liked the one your husband did too- seriously. And you look smashing in this new photo too!

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