Self Portraits (Headshot, Model, Personal Blog Profiles)

August 21, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Self Portraits

 

When you look in the mirror, you see yourself, but do you really see the real you?

I'm not trying to be confusing.  I'm just saying that most people don't see their true beauty inside or how the world sees them.  When you book a self portrait photo session with us, it is the photographer's job to bring out the best in your features.

Question:

What's the difference between:  Headshot, Model, and Personal Profiles?  Which Portrait package is right for me?

Answers:

1. Headshot - This is usually for business professionals.  (Ex. Doctors, Lawyers, CEO, Real Estate Agents, Writers, Church Leaders, Business Executives, or someone who is applying for a new job).  Photos are usually attached to resumes, business cards, powerpoint presentations and business reading materials.  If you are a man, you should wear a solid color button front shirt, prefer white or a color that looks best with your skin tone, a matching tie and a business jacket.  Hair is clean and neat, face is neat and shaven.  Included in your photo shoot, we also retouch the photos by removing small blemishes.  If you are a woman, a button up shirt or blouse, suit or jacket and minimal jewelry looks nice.  Hair and makeup is nice and not too excessive.  This is your opportunity to put your best face on and represent who you are to the world.  Your smile should be genuine and have confidence in what you do.  Your smile should say you are approachable, friendly and please contact us for your business.  Most of these sessions are between 15 to 25 minutes.  Please make sure to bring your own clothes, hair and makeup already done so we can begin the photo shoot as soon as you arrive to the studio.

 

 
     

 

2. Model - If you are a model, musician, actor/actress doing an audition, someone is going to ask you for a Model headshot.  These photos are mainly focusing on the "talent" of the model.  Showing different sides of the face and upper body, usually from waist up but sometimes can be full body.  The talent agency or judges will be looking for someone with a certain look.  All looks are good, but you never know what look they are searching for.  What to wear??  We suggest a simple shirt with no graphics or logos on the front.  Hair and make-up should be simple or none.  If you are an actor, be ready to pose different expressions (Example:  surprised, sad, annoyed, angry, funny, laughter, embarrassed, and so on.)  Sometimes your hands might be in the picture, so be sure to have your nails clean and well manicured.  Bring your own props:  hats, musical instrument, costume, glasses, etc.  Most of these sessions can be 30-minutes to 1-hour depending how many photos you need.  Please check our photo packages to see what is right for you.  If you need the photos to be customized with a name, please let us know your requirements before booking the service.  Also 1-2 outfit changes are allowed for the 1-hr sessions.

 

 


3. Personal Profiles - AKA "Selfies".  People love to take photos of themselves, why not get them done professionally.  Personal profiles are good for social media, LinkedIn, Facebook, personal blogs, or just a way to have an updated photo of yourself.  If you are reaching a milestone in your life or career, celebrating a new birthday, just lost a lot of weight, single, recently divorced, or just because, this is the type of photo shoot for you.  Some women like to get a picture of them every 6 months, others want to capture the beauty before they start to show wrinkles.  If you are a single man, this is great to add to your dating profile.  No matter what shape or size, everyone should have one good photo of themselves.  Personal profiles can be taken in studio, outdoors, at your own home.  What to wear?  We prefer these type of photo shoots to be fun, casual, fashionable and fully clothed.  Consider this a fun glamour shot.  We recommend that you get professional hair and makeup done.  Most of these sessions take time to get the right poses down on camera, we also suggest you carefully select what type of clothes look best on you.  Get a second opinion from a friend  or relative.  To get the most out of your session, we also recommend you look online on google or Pinterest for ideas what types of poses you like.  Search for your favorite classic actor or actress and please share with the photographer before starting the session, we can't read your mind and what you like, a picture is worth a thousand words.

 

I hope you like some of these examples.  Please let me know if this blog was helpful in selecting what type of self portrait session you need.  If I missed something, please call or email us and we can help you choose what session is best for you.    Thanks for reading and I hope one day to meet you soon!

 

Blog by:  Eve R.

Atlanta Professional Photographers

Poetic Photo Professionals.com


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