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Investing in a professional headshot photographer to capture your corporate headshot is a smart decision. The corporate headshot portrays professionalism. For those looking to land a new job, it shows that you are proactive in preparing yourself for success in the business world. It will likely be the first way your potential new employer or new clients will see you. You've heard the the saying, "you only get one chance to make a first impression". So make sure you get it right in your headshot.

 

Investing in a professional headshot photographer to capture your corporate headshot is a smart decision. The corporate headshot portrays professionalism. For those looking to land a new job, it shows that you are proactive in preparing yourself for success in the business world. It will likely be the first way your potential new employer or new clients will see you. You've heard the the saying, "you only get one chance to make a first impression". So make sure you get it right in your headshot.

There are many thing to consider when preparing for your headshot. In this blog I will cover 3 thing individuals often overlook when preparing for their headshot session.

 

1.   WRINKLED CLOTHES  

You wouldn't believe how many people fall in this category. Make sure at at least your top is wrinkle free. I say top because headshots are from usually shot from the chest up, so your top is the important area to maintain wrinkle free.

a. The collar is the usual culprit for women. Lots of tops for women are soft in fabric and can sometimes be a bit flimsy. Keep an eye on those types of tops. If you can's get them to cooperate, go with a different blouse.

b. The big one for men is they often wait until last minute to prepare and come to find they don't have a clean shirt to wear. So they run to the store before their session and purchase one. It's great to have a brand new, never worn shirt, but the problem is that there's  usually creases on the them from being folded. It tends to show pretty obviously in a photo. Guys, make some time to pick out a shirt early enough so you have time to iron out those creases.

c. Blazers get wrinkle too. Many are not pressed, look worn or just simply wrinkled.
Make sure your blazer is fitted or tailored to your body. Wearing a blazer larger than you will cause it to bunch up or create waves on it. Wearing a small blazer may not allow you to button it and you will not allow you to get the nice V shape in the chest area for your headshot image.

Flimsy Collar

New Shirt Crease

Large Baggy Blazer

 

2.   Lint on clothing
This is probably the most overlooked of all. Imagine, you spent a good amount of time getting ready for your session, you're looking super sharp and professional but your blazer has lint and fine hairs scattered all over. This situation is a real bummer. We should strive to keep an overall clean and sharp look. When wearing dark clothing especially blazers, make sure you remove all the lint. Blazers seem to attract lint like a magnet. Bring a lint brush to your headshot session and worry no more.

Lint On Blazer

 

3.   Hair
This one affects mostly women. She arrives thinking her hair is the same as when she left the house. Unfortunately, the hair has moved and is no longer in place. This can really be a problem if there is no hair dresser available. It's a good idea to always bring a brush and a small mirror that you can fit in your purse to touch up stubborn areas. Another option is to schedule your session in your home. In your home you have access to all your makeup, hair tools, and wardrobe. I did not post any pictures for this one because I do not want to offend anyone.

There are many more things to consider when preparing for your headshot session. These are just three of the most overlooked in my experience as a headshot photographer. Pay close attention to these three mentioned above to help you get a headshot image that looks good and portrays a smart, professional and successful individual.

 

 

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In all my time as a headshot photographer I have never taken a headshot of a person that has a perfect face or skin. Don't get me wrong, I believe everyone is perfectly unique as individuals and that's a beautiful thing, but what I mean is, we all have some type of flaw on our face like, pimples, blemishes, age spots, scars, lazy eyes, wrinkles, moles etc. Things that sometimes we wish we didn't have to display in our photos for others to see. If anyone reading this blog is reluctant to have their headshots taken for reasons mentioned above or other. I want to let you know that all the things mentioned can be remedied. With over 20 years of experience editing images, I've picked up a many tricks and editing skills that help diminish or eliminate many types of "flaws".
Recently, I took a headshot of a guy that had reconstructive surgery. Half or part his face lost the ability to move. Obviously, taking a picture while smiling looked very odd. Half his face smiled and the other half was serious. You can understand why a person like him wouldn't want his headshot taken. So he sought me out to help him with this problem on his headshot. Let me just say up front, this dude is a great guy, funny, confident, determined, very freindly and when I first met him I couldn't even tell he had this issue. It was when he smiled that it was a bit noticeable. It was my extreme pleasure to help him with his headshot. Image of him posted to the right.
I also added a few images below of common issues so you can see what is possible. In conclusion, I want to incourage you to not let small "flaws" or big ones stop you from having your headshot taken if you need one. Just make sure that your photographer has good experience in editing and can adjust according to your situation. At Tampa Headshots giving our customers great quaility headshots is what fuels us. I love seeing the joy and contentment along with hearing the gratitude extended to us because MY CUSTOMERS LOVE THEIR HEADSHOTS.

Before:

Red race

After:

Red in face removed

Before:

Red face

No jacket & tie

After:

Red dimished

Jacket & tie added

 

Before:

Lazy eye on right

 

After:

Lazy eye adjusted

Chin more defined

Neck slimmed

 

 

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For many, a business headshot is their signature; Whether a business is in the creative industry, service industry or corporate, your headshot will be seen through various outlets and media sources. A photo that will represent your business can turn away a potentially profitable opportunity, just as well as it can attract the perfect client. Here are 3 reasons why your business headshot is bad.

For many, a business headshot is their signature; Whether a business is in the creative industry, service industry or corporate, your headshot will be seen through various outlets and media sources. A photo that will represent your business can turn away a potentially profitable opportunity, just as well as it can attract the perfect client.  Here are 3 reasons why your business headshot is bad.

 

 

1. Your expression and eyes appear tired

Not preparing for your photo shoot may result in sloppy images. Always be sure to schedule your photo shoot in times where your list of things to do is not too long. This way you have time to prepare, your mood is good and you're not overwhelmed about all of the things going on in your mind which can ultimately reflect in your images. Getting enough sleep the night before is the best practice.

 

2. Your clothes attract more attention than your face

Clothing should enhance not distract. Ask your photographer. Asking the experts can be very useful to getting the best headshot possible.  A question to ask; what colors do you recommend I wear? However, when asking about what-to-wear, I would refer you to an expert wardrobe consultant/stylist.  Apply the same principal to makeup.

 

3. Your headshot is overly edited or has no editing at all

Photo editing is also part of the work that goes into imaging. Most photographers do provide is basic skin corrections and teeth whitening, at least.  Keep in mind when you're shopping around, a headshot photographer should have photo editing experience using software such as Photoshop. As the owner of Tampa headshots, I have 20 years of editing experience. In these times, editing is a very important factor in defining bad or good photos. Sometimes the editing service could raise the cost of purchasing your images, but can be worth your investment.    

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Recently, during one of my shoots a client expresses to me that they think the older generation prefers traditional headshots and the younger generation is drawn to modern style headshots. Of course, it was a personal opinion but it got me to wondering if it had any merit. So, I decided to research a little and pull from my past experiences. Hopefully, this will help some that may be struggling a bit with deciding which type of headshot to go with.

 

First, let me distinguish the difference between the two, Traditional and Modern Corporate Headshots
 
Traditional corporate headshot are normally taken in a studio setting. Artificial lighting is used to light the subject. A backdrop is placed behind the subject and come in various colors, usually has some type of cloudy design. The pose is pretty consistent, 45 degree angle, good posture and look at the camera. Modern corporate headshots are taken in natural surroundings. In my case usually outdoors with natural lighting, but can be done indoors, with natural or artificial lighting. There is no real structure for this type of headshot. It's more spontaneous and you just work with your subject and location to capture a great image.

 

After my quick online research, I found many describing traditional corporate headshots as boring, stale, stiff, the old way or forced. Modern headshots were described as fun, engaging and dynamic. Online there is good mix of new and older genertaion taking advantage of both styles. In my photography, the younger generation most often choose the modern style. Oddly, while doing my research I didn't find any real good explanations as to why. Nevertheless, here's my take.

 

Most Traditional Headshots are of well-dressed and well groomed individuals. To me they give a sense of being an organized, structured, and professional company. The word consistent also comes to mind when I see a large company that has matching headshots on their website. Although, I have to agree that traditional headshots lack some in personality and character. It doesn't mean the headshots can't be pleasant, friendly and approachable. A confident smile goes a long way. Perhaps, this is good because it keeps the focus on the business and their reputation to getting the job done.

 

Modern headshots are similar in that they're both well dressed, well groomed and look professional. An advantage over the traditional is that they show individuality and personality. In a world where competition is everywhere this type of headshot can give edge over the next guy. The key is to look confident, friendly and smart. I believe this type of headshot is good because it's more personal, natural, visually appealing and more relatable to the public.

 

In the end, both types of headshots are good and there's no real preference by either generation. In my opinion, traditional headshots work well for large corporate businesses. The look of organized, structured, and professionalism makes me feel that I can do business them and they will be consistent in giving me results. On the other hand, modern headshots are perfect for small businesses, social networks like linkedin or Google+. Maybe, your company has a small footprint and few employees. Appealing to the public with your unique warm, welcoming character may just be what keeps your potential customer from moving on to the next website. If you really have a hard time choosing... why not get one of each and use them where they fit best.

 

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Tampa Headshots answers basic beginner questions regarding headshots. Questions like... What is a headshot? What is a headshot used for? How many images do I need? What should I wear?

 

I've received some inquiries from young ladies and men alike that want to give the modeling/acting career a try. Of course, they have questions about headshots and comp cards. Questions like... What is a headshot? What what are they used for? How many do I need? Basic questions that many have when starting out. So I decided to make this blog addressing some of these basic beginner questions.

 

First let's start out with... What is a headshot?

A headshot is a photograph of your face. The image should try to capture your character and what you truly look like. Which means go light on the makeup. You want your images to show the best natural looking you.

Also, consider the cropping of your photos. I've seen really tight close up shots, cropped at the head, and from the chest up. My preference is from the chest up. I feel showing from the chest and above gives agents and their clients a little more insight to more than just your face. This is especially true for actor headshots because they normally only use one image (a headshot) on the comp card versus models that get to show more of themselves with multiple photos on the back of the card.

 

Cropped head

Close-up

Chest and up

 

What is a headshot used for?
A Headshot is used as an actor/model's business card. Normally 8" x 10" in size and printed on thick glossy card stock. Actors/Models give these cards to their agents and agents use them to submit to their clients in order to book work.

 

How many images do I need?

There are two types of headshots: commercial and theatrical

 

 

Commercial headshots should convey a feeling of being friendly, happy, attractive and approachable. You should smile and show your teeth in these photos.

 

Theatrical headshots are more serious. They show your character and personality. Take these without smiling.

 

If you are a guy. You should have headshots showing a cleaned shaved face as well as additional headshot with a short trimmed and groomed beard.

 

What do I wear to my headshot session?

Keep it simple. Wear solid colors. Textures are fine. Try to avoid white or black unless wearing it underneath your main clothes. White can sometimes be challenging to photograph because it is easy to wash out. Meaning it can become too bright in the photo and black can become really dark. Try colors that bring out your eyes. Ultimately, wear colors that look good on you and make you feel great. Your positive attitude will show in the pictures resulting in great images.

I hope this information is helpful. I do want to stress that if you are going into the modeling/acting career, it is very important to have a great headshot. Ask a paid working actor/model. It really is your foot in the door.

If you guys have any questions, please comment below. If there are any topics you would like me to blog about also comment below. I'm always looking for a good subject to blog about.

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This weekend I had the pleasure of attending Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic. A Polo event benefiting three children charities, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children's Cancer Center and the Children's Dream Fund. These organizations are all amazing and do great things for kids. I snapped a few photos to give an inside look at this very fun event.

All the tables had gift bags filled with wine bottles and more.

There were many food vendors and plenty of tasty treats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like or would like to help children along with watching a great game of Polo, dressing up, mingling, networking, eating and having a few drinks... this event is for you.  Even better... consider sponsoring.

 

I had never attended a real Polo game before and seeing the size and strength of the horses and how the riders handle them at very fast speeds was really impressive.

 

 

The divots stompping seemed to be one of the best moments in this event. Half-way through the game, most made their way out into the field to stomp divots while sipping on champagne served from the back of two Ford pickup trucks.

 

 

 

As you can see everyone was having a great time. It was great to see such support for these charities. I hope to make it back again next year.

If you attended this event and are interested in any of these pictures or want to see more click here to see more images. Contact me through my website on how to aquire any images taken by Tampa Headshots.

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Are you a musician/artist? If the answer is yes... When searching for bookings, you will need a headshot to represent you and/or your band. One mistake that musicians make is not having a gripping image that's compatible with their music. Don't take your image lightly. Consider having your headshot taken by a professional photographer. Although making great music is a big part to being successful, having the full package is key.
 
I recently did a photo shoot session of a young aspiring rocker who is prepping to search for work. Our session took place in an urban setting. See his final headshot to the right.
 
The photos below are not edited, nor are they headshots but definitely show how he jumped into character. His emotion, passion and style really show through. This will give bookies a good visual and sense of what he's bringing to the table. 
 
 

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When you think of headshots, we tend to think of actors and models, because they need headshots to book work. This still holds true for their profession but nowadays with the popularity of search engines like Google and Bing, everyone is searching names to find information about individuals and their companies before they engage them. People want to meet you sort of speak and feel like they know you before they actually decide to meet face to face or pick up the phone to call. Think about that for a second. Let it marinate. If potential client wants to see you before they decide to meet you, don't you think that you should represent yourself in a professional manner?

People are more likely to do business with those they know, like and trust. A polished professional headshot should portray what you want others think about you and your business. Your headshot should reflect professionalism, trustworthiness and friendliness.

What about social media? Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linked in etc… These are a few of the largest social media websites out there in the world and almost everyone is subscribed to one, two, three or maybe all of them.  Your online appearance could possibly be more important than your day to day appearance. Your profile could be viewed by hundreds, thousands perhaps even more.  So make sure your putting your best face forward. 
 
Someone could be searching to hire for an amazing high paying job and your headshot might just be the thing to set you apart from the rest. While everyone else is submitting average resumes, yours could be the one they connect with just because of the great headshot you added. Hmm… starting to sink in yet? Here's another example. What if something big happens and a major television network, magazine or newspaper asked for a headshot? Don't scramble to hire a photographer. Success tends to happen when one is prepared.  Having your headshot taken by a professional photographer is smart and important. In my opinion it's a big investment with a small expense. For a couple hundred dollars and one hour of your time you can have a professional image that conveys to the world that you are trust worthy, hardworking, likeable individual. Doesn't getting that professional headshot feel like a smart decision?

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This past Sunday morning I had the pleasure of shooting with a very popular local blogger, Farrah Estrella of Estrella Fashion Report. The goal was to capture a professional headshot she could use to present herself before all her followers and readers.
 
The shoot took place in downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Farrah arrived early and prepared. She booked her own makeup artist and had her makeup done on location. She also brought some comfortable sandals to walk in, plus extra blouses just incase she needed them. The day was off to a good start. Coming prepared definitely set the pace. After the makeup was complete, the shooting began.
 
The day was almost perfect. The natural morning daylight was great but the humidity was not playing nice. Which brings me to a good point. Weather is always something to take into consideration for an outdoor shoot. For this reason it's always smart to check the forecast in advance. If all is clear... you're good to go but make sure you have a hair and makeup artist standing by for any touchups needed throughout the shoot.
 
In the end minor obstacles were overcome thanks to our MUA. The session lasted almost exactly one hour and we had a really good time. I was really happy with the outcome. We took some really great shots, but more importantly my client was very pleased.
 
The photos below were Farrah's favorite.
 
 
And the winner was...
 
 
The image above is the final edited version. If you want to hear more from the clients perspective, click here to read Farrah's blog on her experience.
 
Let me know what you guys think. Feel free to comment or ask questions. Thank you for reading.
 

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So you decided to get into modeling, acting or perhaps both? You've done a little research and now it's time to take action. It's time to get your headshot done. For some it can be a little scary or maybe it makes you a bit nervous, especially if it's your first time. If that's you, DON'T WORRY... Take a deep breath, relax, it's really easy and can be fun too.
 
First and foremost, We want to say Congratulations! For making the decision to act on your dreams. Some people dream but never take the steps needed to achieve them. We wanted to write this blog explaining a little about the experience and what to expect when working with us.
 
Our process is simple, comfortable and quick!
 
It all starts with your initial contact to us, either through our inquiry form on our home page (www.tampaheadshots.com) or via phone call. The best way to contact us is through the inquiry form. From there we will guide you the rest of the way and answer any questions you have concerning the headshot service. We'll discuss location of the shoot, common questions about hair, makeup and what to wear. Then we'll schedule a date and time for your headshot session. Now that's pretty simple, Right?
 
On photo shoot day, we'll meet at the agreed location and take as many pictures needed until we get the right one. Don't forget to bring comfortable shoes to walk in. Even though I like to plan and know exactly where I'm shooting, often times some walking and exploring is involved.  The session normally last 30 minutes to 1 hour. After we're done, we'll shake hands and shortly after you will receive an email link to a gallery of your images taken during your session. This is where the really comfortable part comes in. You get to browse through all your photos in the comfort your own home. Once you know which photos you want, all you have to do is email us the corresponding number to the photos you chose and we will start the editing process.
 
Here's the quick part. Our turnaround time is two weeks from the time you respond back to us with the images chosen. More often than none, we will have your images ready within one week depending on the amount of photos ordered. I hope this blog eases your mind and encourages you to book an appointment with us.
 
Thanks all for reading this blog. Please feel free to drop any questions or comments.

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