Your Headshot Session
If you're reading this, then first of all, thank you for booking your headshot session with me! If you've already read the headshot preparation guide, then the day of your session should be all about trusting your photographer, embracing your inner rock star, and having fun! ...Ok, I can already hear the sighs and your insecurities about being in front of a camera and I'm aware that it's quite possible that this is not something you necessarily "want" to do, but rather "have" to do and I'm okay with that! Trust me, if people's looks bothered me that much, I'd be a landscape photographer. My job is to make you look like a legit professional in your field so leave the obsessing to me ;) Now that we've cleared the air on that, let's talk about some key factors that can affect your photo experience...
#1: Time is of the Essence
Make it a point to arrive on time so that you don't feel rushed or stressed. I try to be as accommodating as possible for all of my clients but, it's not always feasible to extend our session time if you arrive late or unprepared. I want you to get the most out of our time together and more time means more shots in your proof gallery!
This means that when you arrive, you should arrive "photo-ready". For ladies, this means showing up in full makeup, dressed, and hair already styled. Trust me, in this situation, you'd rather spend less time in front of the mirror and more time in front of the camera. Otherwise, you will be eating up your session time rushing to get your makeup right.
That being said, arriving super early is not necessary either. Within 10 minutes of your session time and we're golden!
#2: Bring Moral Support
This one is entirely left up to your discretion, but if you are one of those who needs a little help bringing out your natural smile or if you can not drive yourself to the studio, then bringing along a supportive friend or family member who knows how to make you laugh can be really beneficial and make your session more relaxed and fun. The idea is not to capture you laughing hysterically, but to capture a moment when your smile is genuine and not forced for the camera... That being said, be sure to let your buddy know that they may be called upon as my assistant! Hey, sometimes your girl could use an extra set of hands ;) Don't worry, I won't make them my slave and most are happy to help make your photos look that much better as an extra set of eyes looking out for you!
* Please note that if you are under the age of 18, then you are required to have a parent or legal guardian present throughout the entirety of our session. There is absolutely no negotiation on this one. Don't make a girl call your mama if you show up with a fake ID!
#3: Embrace Your Inner Rockstar
Bring your playlist, wear your favorite fragrance, hell even wear your lucky underwear if it makes you feel more confident (as long as they're washed). Remember that this session is ALL ABOUT YOU and what you have to offer the world, so I absolutely want you to GET IN YOUR ZONE! Please refer back to your headshot preparation guide if you are questioning acceptable wardrobe.
#4: Don't be Afraid of Cats (or Katz)...I know, I know, I had to...
I have no shame in letting you know (since you probably already know by now) that my studio space is within my home. While I pride myself on being clean to the extent that even people with cat allergies wouldn't know I had a cat without him being present, I feel it's my responsibility to let you know that there is a cat within my home. I'm happy to put him away in a separate room for the duration of our session, but if you have no aversion to cats, then know that my cat is super friendly and loves to be around people. He is far from temperamental and may even gently greet you at the door with a friendly sniff of your pant leg. (Pretty sure he thinks he's a dog).
Well guys and gals, that's pretty much the in and out of it. If you have read this as well as the preparation guide I've sent you, then I invite you to relax and just enjoy the experience. Remember that I'm not judging you or expecting you to show up looking like a supermodel unless you actually ARE one! All I expect is for you to bring your best self to the photo session and let me guide you along the way. Remember that I'm just a person, but the difference between me and your average person with a camera is that I know a bunch of stuff about photography. It's literally my job to kind of know what I'm doing when a person is in front of my lens, and I've worked with people of all shapes, colors, and sizes.
All that being said, let's do this thing and get you the recognition you deserve whether it's for Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, your website, or even a dating app...I LOVE making people look awesome in photographs and you'll soon find out that you have nothing to be afraid of! I can't wait to meet you!