The Difference Between Good Headshots and Bad Headshots
When you think about headshots, you may envision a simple portrait. But it’s more than that. A headshot carries weight – it tells a story, conveys emotion, and often makes a lasting impression.
The Good Headshots: Good headshots are more than just aesthetically pleasing photos. They serve a purpose.
When you see a good headshot, you feel connected. It’s like meeting the person in real life. Their emotions, experiences, and essence are captured in that single frame. Unfortunately, not everyone has a great experience getting their headshot taken. Some of my clients have shared that their previous sessions were unpleasant, and it’s evident in the resulting photos. A negative experience can undoubtedly overshadow the outcome.
The Bad Headshots: A bad headshot might not just be unhelpful; it can actively set you back.
I recall coming across a promotional event for a speaker series. Everything seemed intriguing until I visited the ‘About Us’ page. The presenter’s portrait made me doubt his credibility. I couldn’t help but wonder how much potential business he might be losing because of that one image.
Two common types of bad headshots we often encounter are:
The Truly Great Headshots:
The iconic photographer, Yousuf Karsh, once said, “If it’s a likeness, alone, it’s not a success… if you see a photograph and say, ‘Yes, this is the person,’ with a little new insight—that is a beautiful experience.”
Take the “Afghan Girl” portrait featured in National Geographic. It’s so compelling that it resonates with audiences worldwide. We’re drawn into her story, wanting to delve deeper into her emotions and experiences. That’s the power of a truly great headshot.
In my own experience, I once captured a couple who ran a business together. As I dug into their story, unraveling their unique journey from childhood friends in Jerusalem to a destined reunion in Canada, it was clear that their tale had never been pieced together before. The authenticity of their narrative translated into powerful portraits, leading them to return for more sessions.
Art of Headshots specializes in corporate and professional headshots for websites, social media like LinkedIn, and advertising. We have over 13 years of experience guiding you into authentic and professional portraits.
10 Tips for Choosing the Right Headshot Photographer
When it comes to headshot photography, proficiency with a digital camera is just the tip of the iceberg. Good lighting and exposure are foundational, but the real magic lies in the connection between the photographer and the subject. Here are ten essential tips to consider when choosing a headshot photographer:
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