My friend Daniel was in town for a hot second (aka: not nearly long enough for us to catch up) earlier this year, and he asked me if I’d snap a few photos of his tattoo. Uh, yeah! Dan’s tattoo, which reads “make your own luck”, is hand drawn by the talented Mara over at Neither Snow. Her calligraphy is gorgeous, and you should check it out now!
While Dan and I grabbed these photos in about 15 minutes right before he left town, a mini session would be a great way to get photos of your tattoo – and a couple head shots to boot – this fall. You can find more info about my current sessions right here.
A few months ago, I had the chance to do some head shots for Kelly, the lovely lady behind Creatively Yours Photography. I realized then, that it’s been a long time since I’ve had mine done. When I did the math and realized it had been four years — yikes! — I knew I should blog about head shots.
I get it, it’s hard to make time, and to figure out what you want your head shot to say about you. Your head shot is often the first impression people get of you. You don’t want it to be a random cell phone photo or one where you’re cropping the [bride – groom – wedding party ] out of the last professional photo you got, but you’re still in a pink dress (although you never wear pink). You want to look sharp, trustworthy, like the kind of person that get things done. Your photo is going to give a first impression even before they read your witty and perfect about me page.
If you’re in the creative world, it can be tempting to throw the idea of a professional head shot out the window. After all, you’re an artist! Your face doesn’t need to even be on the internet! Your work speaks for itself! Don’t think I haven’t had those conversations with myself. I panic about figuring out what to wear when I’m in front of the camera. I’ve debated not having a photo on my website. Then I realized: other people don’t think the way I do. That’s just the way the world works. I need a head shot on my website. But how often should you get head shots? And what kind of head shots do you need?
Five reasons to get a new head shot:
It’s been a while.
— A basic reason, but if your head shots are more than a year old, you need a new head shot. You could push that to every two years, but really, don’t be like me and wait until they are four years old. Aim for every year, and if it takes two years, well, sadly, that’s how life works sometimes.
You’ve changed your look.
— Head shots should be current, and you should look like the person who is in the photo. So if you have cut your hair, grown a beard, have constantly changing hair color, or you’ve gained or lost more than 10 lbs, you need a new head shot.
You have to look the part.
— I love the photo of me that I used to have on my about page. It’s me, in Alaska, standing in front of a glacier. But while that screams “world traveler!” it doesn’t scream “professional photographer”. You need to look like a professional.
It makes you stand out.
— Just like having a great product, if your website and social media platforms look professional – which a head shot can help do – you’re going to stand out from the crowd.
You have five seconds.
— We are skimming everything – even this – and because of that, our attention span has gotten shorter and shorter. You’ve got just a few seconds to catch someone’s attention, and make them want to book you. A professional image is going to make them stop and pay attention.
Who needs head shots? Many people don’t think they need professional head shots. But if you’re a small business owner, you need a professional head shot. If you work in the wedding industry, 100% you need a head shot. If you’re looking for a new job — get those head shots done and get them up on your Linked In profile! If you’ve got an online dating profile, let’s get some more casual, I’m cool, I just don’t like picking up people in bars, kind of head shots. Basically: if you’re on the web in a professional capacity at all, you need a head shot.
Ready to update your head shot? I’m booking sessions right now for head shots, and I’d love to add you to my schedule. You can contact me through the link above, or shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s make your business awesome! <3
Happy 2014! Before I recap my favorite shots of 2013, I wanted to share this beautiful styled shoot I did for Apple Brides back in October. I know I briefly mentioned it, but I never got around to blogging it more. But what better pick-me-up than a beautiful sunny post on a week where we’re all thrown off by the mid-week holiday?
This gorgeous shoot was all set up and styled by Melissa of Apple Brides. If you’re a Spokane area bride and you haven’t seen their site, I highly recommend it! When I arrived at Camden Ranch, Melissa took me on a quick tour. Almost before she was done, the rain started coming down. We quickly covered everything and decided to wait it out. In true Spokane fashion, it wasn’t long before the weather changed! The rest of our afternoon passed in the same manner: wait for the downpour to stop, then shoot. Had I known it was going to pour, I might have worn more sensible shoes. Instead, I wore my cute little canvas shoes and had to wait days until they dried out. I’ll be keeping extra shoes in my kit from now on!
I’ve got a list of our amazing vendors at the bottom, but I have to give a special shout-out to our shoot venue, Camden Ranch. It is one of the most beautiful facilities I’ve ever seen, and they were great help all day when Melissa, Sabrina (our model), and I tried to keep everything and everyone dry. We only shot outside at the facility, but their indoor area is fantastic as well. The owners really took every detail into consideration when they built the event facility and it has fantastic getting ready rooms, a wonderful kitchen, and so much more. We shot in a few places on the property, but there were so many little nooks we didn’t even get to.
One of the benefits of shooting in the rain? Rainbows!
Venue: Camden Ranch
Model: Sabrina Mallah
Hair & Nails: Melissa Johnson of Blush Beauty Bar
Makeup: Evelyn Mauro
Dress: Cameo Bridal
Florals: Floral Design
Rentals (cake table & settee): the Attic
Cupcakes: Sweet P Cupcakes
Decor (banners): The Glittered Barn
Meet the lovely Jana. We met up a few times at WDS this year, and I don’t know how we didn’t meet last year. Because we have many wonderful friends in common! Jana is a coach and she’s fantastic. Her business is called Love Work Now. She spends her days helping people find the work they love, and do that work. And kicking butt at CrossFit.
We did the first part of our shoot at Powell’s bookstore, which is my favorite spot in Portland! Then wandered around the Pearl District, shooting around breweries and the Anthopologie store. Jana, thank you for the part you played in my Portland adventures. <3
Before we up and moved to Spokane, my July was already supposed to be busy. The moving made it crazy busy though, and I feel like I’m just now catching my breath. So, of course, August is just around the corner! I’ve got something like 8 or 10 sessions to share with you, so it looks like we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled, couple times a week, blogging soon. Including (maybe, hopefully) a post full of our new life in Spokane, and a giveaway. Yay! [side note: keep me accountable friends, or I’m liable to get sidetracked and forget!]
About a month ago, I met up with the lovely Dani to get her a few new head shots. She’s a recent transplant to Seattle (from Florida!) and a fellow WDS attendee, and a wonderfully sweet lady. I’m only bummed I didn’t meet her sooner!