What to look for when hiring a Headshot Photographer. How does it work?
This is the first question I get when someone contacts me for Headshot Photography. What’s involved in hiring a headshot photographer? Hiring a professional Headshot Photographer is NOT something you do every day.
This might help. Here’s how it works.
Style. Find a photographer whose style you like. It’s probably the most important thing. Look for consistency and see if the photos on the website ‘speak’ to you.
Availability. Does your schedule and the photographer’s work? When do you need this project completed by? What is your required turn-around time? Be sure that not only are they available for the shoot BUT can that they promise a delivery time that works for you.
Needs. Does the headshot photographer understand your needs? What is the headshot going to be used for? What do you want your headshot to ‘say’ to your clients?
Costs. What are the total costs of the shoot/session and how and when will you pay for it? Are there any additional charges you need to be aware of?
Format. What electronic format do you need your headshots delivered in? What size? Square for social media. Landscape, portrait sized?
Dress. Does your photographer have a good understanding of what you should wear for the best look? Things you should stay away from? Patterns, colours, seasonal clothes and so on.
Location. Does the photographer come to you or do you go to them? Depending on the number of headshots there are options that will save you and your staff a ton of time and money.
Choice. Will your photographer help with the final image selection process. How long does it take?
To me those are the main things to look for when hiring a headshot photographer.
The gentleman above was looking to update his Linkedin profile. He also needed photos for a project his company is working on. the timing was important. The last photo he had was from a while ago. That’s pretty common.
He wanted something that would show him as friendly but knowledgeable and professional. Even though he is relatively young the work he does is pretty important and he often collaborates with people much older than he is.
We worked together for about an hour in the studio. We took about 100 photographs and together we chose images which we thought would do the trick. I uploaded these to my online web gallery. He took a day to consider them and picked 4 or five final images.
I did my post processing magic and returned the finished images to him by the same web gallery. The final images were delivered in full resolution size. Full resolution means big and printable, as well as web sized for his marketing department. I also delivered square sized so he can use them on Linkedin.
The process involved about two hours of his time and four of five of mine. All pretty straight forward.
That’s the process.
If you’d like to have professional Headshot photos taken and the feeling you get from headshotphotos.ca resonates with you feel free to reach out right here. I’d be happy to help.