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The Portrait Photographer’s Guide:

Pro Tips and Insights

Is It Worth It to Pay for a Professional Headshot?

by | Personal Branding and Business Headshots, Photography Advice

Hey there! So, you’re wondering why you should hire a headshot specialist?

How a Headshot Specialist Coaches You into the Perfect Pose

Well, let me tell you! First off, a portrait photographer is not just a camera expert, they’re also a coach. A headshot specialist knows how to make you look your best and feel comfortable in front of the camera. They guide their subject through posing. It’s important to have a good pose on a portrait because it can greatly impact the overall feel and message of the photo. A well-posed subject can appear confident, approachable, and professional, while a poorly-posed subject can come off as awkward or uncomfortable. Additionally, the pose can also help accentuate certain features or hide flaws, creating a more flattering image. A skilled photographer or portrait specialist can help guide the subject into poses that bring out their best qualities and convey the intended message.

Genuine Expressions for Stunning Portraits

Now, let’s talk about expression! Having a good expression in a headshot is important because it can convey a lot about a person’s personality and character. A genuine, engaging expression can make a headshot stand out and help the person connect with potential clients, employers, or collaborators. On the other hand, a forced or uninterested expression can give the wrong impression and undermine the person’s professional image. A photographer should adapt to the personality of their subject when trying to bring out the best expression.

Every person is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. The photographer should take the time to get to know their subject, understand their personality and style, and work with them to create a comfortable and relaxed environment where their natural expression can shine through. This will result in more authentic and genuine portraits that accurately reflect the subject’s personality and brand.

Attention to Detail in Professional Photography Leads to Exceptional Results

Don’t forget that a professional photographer pays attention to details like the subject’s clothing, like the positioning of the tie and the collar. These details can impact the overall appearance of the final portrait, and it’s the photographer’s responsibility to ensure that the subject looks their best in the photo. By adjusting small details like these, the photographer can make sure that the subject looks polished and put together in the final portrait.

Choose the Perfect Expression for Your Headshot

Next up, selecting the right expression can be tough, but don’t worry, a professional photographer has your back. They’ll help you pick a genuine expression that truly represents you. No more second-guessing which photo to use on your professional profile or website. People often have a hard time selecting the best photo of themselves because they may be overly critical of their appearance or may be unsure of what expression or pose looks best.  A portrait photographer can definitely help in this regard. They have an eye for what looks good in a photo and can guide their clients in selecting the best one. They can also help by providing options and suggestions that the client may not have considered. Providing options and suggestions can include selecting the best image for different platforms such as website, social media, or business cards.

Your Photographer can help you choose the Best Portrait for Different Media

And speaking of your professional profile, that’s where the importance of a headshot that fits your brand and profession comes in. Whether you’re a dentist, lawyer, or actor, your headshot needs to showcase the right qualities.  A professional photographer works with you to capture the perfect headshot that represents who you are and what you do.

So, why hire a headshot specialist? Because I’ll help you feel confident, comfortable, and capture a headshot that will create a headshot that fits your brand and your need. Don’t hesitate to book your session with me today!



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High school senior girl with a bob haircut, wearing a light purple and gold dress, posing with her hand on her chest at Marie Feutrier's professional portrait studio in Gilbert, AZ, for her glamor senior photo.
 Marie Feutrier, a French transplant in Gilbert, AZ, masterfully captures personalities through her lens. With an accent as charming as her photos, she doesn’t just take your picture, she tells your story, one click at a time.

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