Uh, I assume that you have some idea or you wouldn’t be here. Despite that, I have been informed that you need to know, so here we go: Generally, a headshot is a specific type of portrait that realistically demonstrates a person’s appearance for branding or casting.
Many head shots are promotional pictures of models, business professionals, actors, and just about anyone wanting to bring their best for online engagement through social media sites and “about us” website page. They are great for the entertainment industry, modeling, corporate and business.
Let’s face it, most of us have some sort of online identity these days, and when people think of us, our online profile photographs are what they often see in their minds.
Specifically, what I do is different than what most headshot photographers do. When I didn’t know anything about headshots and had a “professional” taken, the only help I got from the headshot photographer was being told to “smile.” I had no idea what to do and ended up looking crazy. I will not do this to you! I assume you have no idea what to do, so I will not leave it up to you. I will coach and direct you the entire time. It is like you are hiring me as a consultant for your face. I will teach you things you will not learn anywhere else.
As a result, my clients end up with photographs that make them look confident, like they are exceptional at what they do and successful at it. They also look approachable, like they are nice, trustworthy people. This confident and approachable look can increase their perceived level of expertise, which will often be the first impression they make on people including potential clients.
Also, the superior quality of the shots adds prestige to their online image. They look like they office in a zillion dollar, Class A building downtown rather than a strip mall on the Gulf Freeway. It is a simple heuristic that most people are unaware that they are using. Despite what mom told us, we all judge books by their cover. People will look at your Chris Gillett headshot and feel like you are exceptional.
If you are looking for someone who will get you in and out quickly or you don’t want to put in work to get the best professional headshot possible, I am not your guy.
The following are professional headshots on white backgrounds. White gives a clean, contemporary look and can be more positive. When the shots are shown as small thumbnails, the white backgrounds can read a little more clearly. They also offer good contrast.