The person behind the big black lens, clicking buttons and telling you to look this way and stand that way is your photographer. They are the ones responsible for capturing your pretty face on “film”. Choosing the right photographer is important. Make sure they have taken headshots before and ask to see samples of their work. If you like what you see, go ahead and book a meeting.
When meeting your photographer, make sure to ask all the questions or concerns you may have ahead of time. Know what you want and be specific. If you are unsure about exactly what you are looking for, have a conversation about it. Try and do some research; look online and bring in examples of other people’s headshots that you like; doing this will prepare you for shoot day. Also, try to get to know them a little bit. If you know the person who is taking your picture, you are more likely to feel comfortable and speak your mind about what you want.
An organized photographer is one of the most important characteristics. If they have a nice portfolio to show you, they are on time to the meeting you’ve set with them, and seem to have their stuff together, that’s a great start. You really want a professional. You don’t want to go to your photo shoot and feel rushed because they scheduled too many people that day and were running late and then don’t see your photos for 8 weeks.
Everyone has a friend of a friend who is an “excellent” photographer. They may be good, but if they have never done any headshot photography, be careful. That’s not to say they won’t be good, just know going in that they are inexperienced, and that might be reflected in the final product.
Even though this seems like a lot to think about, trust your first instincts after meeting your potential photographer. Don’t let anyone talk you into working with them. Keep in mind, they are working for you, and in this tough economy, they need your business. Make sure to get what you want.