A great Headshot usually has a neutral background, focused directly on the face and are either three-quarter or full face portraits. Eyes are almost always looking straight down the lens. Head tilt is optional and if not overdone can look good. Your choice of either slightly submission chin or slightly pronounced. Not a huge fan of eyes that are too squished together, like there’s some sort of discomfort going on.
Your character, your story should always shine through your portrait or if you’re aiming to grow in a specific direction use that future you persona.
Headshots in Sydney are used in professional settings, for example on resumes and social media sites like LinkedIn, for high profile business meetings, symposium and seminars and a range of other networking and personal branding situations.
While it might sound like a very simple photograph – and in one way it is – the professional headshot is a real test of a photographer’s skill.
Capturing somebody’s personality in a single picture, whilst also remaining within the constraints of a standard head-shot, is not simple at all! It requires a photographer who can rapidly build a relationship with their subject and put them at ease. Professionals can work from a variety of angles to obtain the most attractive image, and understands the role of light, background, pose and facial expression in creating a portrait that truly represents you.
Yes a friend can take your photo, no it shouldn’t be used to further your career. It’s really tempting to use the digital camera in your phone, but will it take a flattering portrait? Assuming your friend can do the same with their camera will result in your personal appearance being missed in a sea of selfies. It will not meet the standard of a professional corporate photographer, don’t make that mistake.
If your friend uses a modern camera phone, that camera can cost less than $50. A portrait lens that professionals use costs upwards of $1500 – $3000. It definitely has a different look. And that has an influence on photography prices.
While corporate headshot prices are actually very reasonable, it’s a certain fact that most people can tell whether a photograph has been taken professionally. In part it’s about the technical aspects of the shot which make it eminently shareable and memorable. But it’s also about the connection between the person in the photograph and the person viewing it.
A professional photographer manages to take the place of the viewer and create a connection in person that then translates to the eventual viewer. It’s indefinable, but if you go and look at an authors book jacket photo, or the main images that people place on their websites, you’ll find that the most compelling images nearly always have a photographer’s credit.
Media professionals always know this: actors and models invest so much in their portfolios because they know an actor headshot can make or break an early career, and what’s true for those professions can be true for everybody.
A great corporate headshot can push a career forward, not because we’re shallow or appearance-obsessed but because we all want to feel a connection. A good portrait makes that connection even when we haven’t met the person.
So yeah your friend can take your photo but no you shouldn’t use them for your career advancement, unless of course they’re a professional photographer.
Natural light portraits and headshots in Sydney can definitely be captured outside. Some careful selection of what time of day. Away from direct sunlight and consideration given to where we have some control with the light. Outdoor headshots can look great.
Natural light portraits can also be taken indoors too, see the photos on this page. The natural outdoor light when softened near a window either in a small office (near natural light) can create some of the loveliest soft skin tones. Can help take a few years off too.
Many of the Sydney CBD office high rises have an abundance of natural light. Perfect light for executive portraits where you’d like the person not to appear too chiselled or too hard and business like. Great for both female and male headshots.