Headshot Photographer Tips: How to Make Your Clients Look Awesome

headshots chicagoThere’s only one problem that every headshot photographer will face and that is: client’s photogenic skills. Many times you will clients that approach you saying, “I don’t really do well in front of cameras.” and you probably even wonder why they come in the first place, but! This is your chance to show your skill because for a headshot photographer, you have to be able to make your single subject photogenic.

Friendly

Is it weird to see this as the first tip? Not really. Your clients will definitely, absolutely, tense up when they do headshot photography, especially the first-timers. They find themselves being eyed by an unknown stranger and feel the need to ‘guard’ themselves. Your first step is to get them comfortable with you, make them trust you as a photographer.

This can also be acquired through the process of getting to know them when you ask about their profession, what are they using the headshots for and how do they want to look like.

Several people do this by being smart with words while others are just deadly humorous, making their clients smiles excessively.

Convincing

Clients and customers sometimes come unsure with their decisions. They wonder if spending money on headshots will worth it. You are a headshot photographer and you ought to know why headshots matter. Telling your clients in a convincing and positive upbeat will also help them in the process of taking headshots Chicago.

Creating the right expression

Help your clients to express even more in-depth expression (aside from a simple friendly smile) to meet the purpose of the headshot; may it be professional, enthusiastic or friendliness. You can do this by engaging in a related conversation that your clients can understand, such as asking important questions to pull a serious look or illustrating a fun moment for a cheerful, friendly look.

Dress code

Depending on where they will use the headshots on, your clients will need to the appropriate type of clothing. It is also your job to tell them the best clothing to wear and how to not appear dull while considering the background that you will be using.

Typically, single bright color does great in contrast with plain grey background, especially if you manage to get that special smile from your client.

Camera

Your camera deeply affects the results of your pictures and between so many factors to consider, we will briefly mention 3 of them.

Lens

Focal length of around 90 mm is the best; though you can choose somewhere close to it or what comes with a range that includes 90 mm. It does changes from one photographer to another and from one style to another.

Zoom vs. Prime

It’s the battle between flexibility and absolute quality. Zoom gives you the freedom to change your style and perception once in a while. Prime lenses on the other hand have only one focal length with higher quality, lighter weight and sharper images. Of course, if your budget allows you to, you can go for both.

Focus distance

Taking headshots Chicago means that you will be in close proximity to your subject and you will need to know the limit of your camera’s focus distance. How close is too close?