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Investing in a professional headshot photographer to capture your corporate headshot is a smart decision. The corporate headshot portrays professionalism. For those looking to land a new job, it shows that you are proactive in preparing yourself for success in the business world. It will likely be the first way your potential new employer or new clients will see you. You've heard the the saying, "you only get one chance to make a first impression". So make sure you get it right in your headshot.

 

Investing in a professional headshot photographer to capture your corporate headshot is a smart decision. The corporate headshot portrays professionalism. For those looking to land a new job, it shows that you are proactive in preparing yourself for success in the business world. It will likely be the first way your potential new employer or new clients will see you. You've heard the the saying, "you only get one chance to make a first impression". So make sure you get it right in your headshot.

There are many thing to consider when preparing for your headshot. In this blog I will cover 3 thing individuals often overlook when preparing for their headshot session.

 

1.   WRINKLED CLOTHES  

You wouldn't believe how many people fall in this category. Make sure at at least your top is wrinkle free. I say top because headshots are from usually shot from the chest up, so your top is the important area to maintain wrinkle free.

a. The collar is the usual culprit for women. Lots of tops for women are soft in fabric and can sometimes be a bit flimsy. Keep an eye on those types of tops. If you can's get them to cooperate, go with a different blouse.

b. The big one for men is they often wait until last minute to prepare and come to find they don't have a clean shirt to wear. So they run to the store before their session and purchase one. It's great to have a brand new, never worn shirt, but the problem is that there's  usually creases on the them from being folded. It tends to show pretty obviously in a photo. Guys, make some time to pick out a shirt early enough so you have time to iron out those creases.

c. Blazers get wrinkle too. Many are not pressed, look worn or just simply wrinkled.
Make sure your blazer is fitted or tailored to your body. Wearing a blazer larger than you will cause it to bunch up or create waves on it. Wearing a small blazer may not allow you to button it and you will not allow you to get the nice V shape in the chest area for your headshot image.

Flimsy Collar

New Shirt Crease

Large Baggy Blazer

 

2.   Lint on clothing
This is probably the most overlooked of all. Imagine, you spent a good amount of time getting ready for your session, you're looking super sharp and professional but your blazer has lint and fine hairs scattered all over. This situation is a real bummer. We should strive to keep an overall clean and sharp look. When wearing dark clothing especially blazers, make sure you remove all the lint. Blazers seem to attract lint like a magnet. Bring a lint brush to your headshot session and worry no more.

Lint On Blazer

 

3.   Hair
This one affects mostly women. She arrives thinking her hair is the same as when she left the house. Unfortunately, the hair has moved and is no longer in place. This can really be a problem if there is no hair dresser available. It's a good idea to always bring a brush and a small mirror that you can fit in your purse to touch up stubborn areas. Another option is to schedule your session in your home. In your home you have access to all your makeup, hair tools, and wardrobe. I did not post any pictures for this one because I do not want to offend anyone.

There are many more things to consider when preparing for your headshot session. These are just three of the most overlooked in my experience as a headshot photographer. Pay close attention to these three mentioned above to help you get a headshot image that looks good and portrays a smart, professional and successful individual.

 

 

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Tampa Headshots answers basic beginner questions regarding headshots. Questions like... What is a headshot? What is a headshot used for? How many images do I need? What should I wear?

 

I've received some inquiries from young ladies and men alike that want to give the modeling/acting career a try. Of course, they have questions about headshots and comp cards. Questions like... What is a headshot? What what are they used for? How many do I need? Basic questions that many have when starting out. So I decided to make this blog addressing some of these basic beginner questions.

 

First let's start out with... What is a headshot?

A headshot is a photograph of your face. The image should try to capture your character and what you truly look like. Which means go light on the makeup. You want your images to show the best natural looking you.

Also, consider the cropping of your photos. I've seen really tight close up shots, cropped at the head, and from the chest up. My preference is from the chest up. I feel showing from the chest and above gives agents and their clients a little more insight to more than just your face. This is especially true for actor headshots because they normally only use one image (a headshot) on the comp card versus models that get to show more of themselves with multiple photos on the back of the card.

 

Cropped head

Close-up

Chest and up

 

What is a headshot used for?
A Headshot is used as an actor/model's business card. Normally 8" x 10" in size and printed on thick glossy card stock. Actors/Models give these cards to their agents and agents use them to submit to their clients in order to book work.

 

How many images do I need?

There are two types of headshots: commercial and theatrical

 

 

Commercial headshots should convey a feeling of being friendly, happy, attractive and approachable. You should smile and show your teeth in these photos.

 

Theatrical headshots are more serious. They show your character and personality. Take these without smiling.

 

If you are a guy. You should have headshots showing a cleaned shaved face as well as additional headshot with a short trimmed and groomed beard.

 

What do I wear to my headshot session?

Keep it simple. Wear solid colors. Textures are fine. Try to avoid white or black unless wearing it underneath your main clothes. White can sometimes be challenging to photograph because it is easy to wash out. Meaning it can become too bright in the photo and black can become really dark. Try colors that bring out your eyes. Ultimately, wear colors that look good on you and make you feel great. Your positive attitude will show in the pictures resulting in great images.

I hope this information is helpful. I do want to stress that if you are going into the modeling/acting career, it is very important to have a great headshot. Ask a paid working actor/model. It really is your foot in the door.

If you guys have any questions, please comment below. If there are any topics you would like me to blog about also comment below. I'm always looking for a good subject to blog about.

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New Face of Tampa Headshots

It's a new season for Tampa Headshots. Tampa Headshots has a new owner, WIl Lugo, and we are excited to show everyone our new website. For those of you that have never heard of us. We specialize in headshot and comp card photography. We service Models, Actors and professionals in Tampa Bay area and surrounding cities.

 

In honor of our new rebranding, we are offering a 50% discount on our headshot service or 2 for 1 headshots from September through October 6, 2013 .

 

We want to thank all of or clients for choosing us and a special thanks to all our returning clients. We wish you much success in your careers!

Blessings!

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