Good headshots matter! Here’s why …
I listened to a great Podcast the other day. Up for discussion was how photographers and business owners can engage more effectively with their clients on Instagram. I was liking all the suggestions until we reached this point: you should post photos of YOURSELF regularly along with dialogue that helps clients to get to know YOU better.
My arm pits started to sweat.
The individual suggested every 10 photos or so in your grid should be a photo of you. More sweat. With something personal about … you. Whew…the sweat. My homemade deodorant was definitely not working. (How’s that for something personal?!)
Now, I don’t mind the personal info.
Honestly, it’s the photo part I don’t like. (And yes, I know I’m a HUGE hypocrite because I encourage people to get in front of my camera … something I myself don’t do!)
You see, I’m behind the lens for a reason. It’s where I’m comfortable!
But as I listened to the discussion, I vowed to stay open-minded.
New clients need want to get to know YOU … the person behind the lens. This helps them feel more confident about hiring you.
Eesh. It made good sense.
So, while I have a literal fear of being in front of a camera, I’ve decided to try a little harder to be more personal here. Actually, I’ve BEEN trying for a bit to be more open here. Buuut, this is a good challenge.
I decided to try and take some photos of myself for instagram. But as you can see … 1.) My camera phone stinks. 2.)I really, REALLY am not at ease.
All that to say … I GET IT!
We know we need photos for our web sites, social media, and print marketing. But it can be scary and stressful having our photo taken. Mostly because we’re just waaaay too hard on ourselves.
I love giving women photos that make them feel beautiful and confident.
We’ll get as relaxed or “professional” as you wish. Use your session for imagery for your social media account … for your web site … for your modeling portfolio … whatever you want. We’ll pick a spot to meet up and we’ll chat, swap stories, laugh … and all the while, capture some natural, beautiful photos. Bring a few outfits if you wish. These sessions are super relaxed and not stuffy at all … hence the ish ; )
- 2 hours of on-location shooting (I love downtown areas since we have tons of variety … but I’m up for anything!)
- 30 fully-retouched, full-resolution images (in color and b/w) for you to use to your heart’s content!
- 1 hour of on-location shooting (I love downtown areas since we have tons of variety … but I’m up for anything!)
- 15 fully-retouched, full-resolution images (in color and b/w) for you to use to your heart’s content!
HEADSHOT(ish) SESSIONS also available for kids.
INSTA LIFESTYLE SESSION
If you’re a blogger or insta-influencer, let’s team up! I might be able to offer you a discounted session fee! We’ll meet up for a lifestyle session, have a ton of fun, and you’ll walk away with lots of images for your site and social media accounts. Reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and please include the following information:
- name of your blog or instagram
- location you’d like to shoot
- goal for your shoot
- deadline for images
Let’s chat! Shoot me an email at email@example.com.
I know sometimes it’s hard stepping in front of the camera. But it’s SO worth it to have images that show the real you : )
Kate Callahan is an on-location photographer who LOVES to capture authentic memories for families. She’s available for weddings, senior photos, child photo sessions, and family photography. Kate works with clients throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC, Delaware (and the tri-state area), and beyond.