March 13, 2012
|Douglas Anderson ( DA )|
Yesterday during a networking breakfast I was asked by an associate to critique his headshot image. I looked at it and knew exactly what to say, but did not know how to say it?
His Portrait was flawless, great lighting, dark grey background, he dressed as a young business professional should… A nice smile, everything was fine – except that there was no soul behind the image. He was simply a subject matter.
“I was the Headshots Photographer for this image”, my associate said. ” I set my camera for the timer to shoot, I am a videographer and have all the equipment”.
Now, I was forced to tell him the truth… “A Headshots Photographer isn’t much about photography but more about people. You look fine, its professional, I just don’t see you, your soul, your personality & intelligence. It is an image but not a portrait that builds relationships”.
Headshots Photographers, are people astute towards their clients story and experiences revealing an image that captures essence. Not a picture with a vacant smile or nice clothing, but a sense of the person being photographed.
Look at the image of DA, what do you see? Can you relate or almost hear his story in this image taken a couple of months ago? I clicked the shutter following his disclosure of an experience where he protected a friend in Junior High, from being bullied.
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