Although I'm known mainly as a baby, family and branding photographer, headshots is also an area of photography that I offer and really enjoy!
Outdoor or studio?
Studio sessions are done in the home studio, with backdrops and off camera lighting, which gives a very corporate, professional look. Alternatively, you may wish to have an outdoor headshot, with soft natural light and beautiful green backgrounds - this gives a more friendly, approachable feel to the picture. Whichever you'd prefer just let me know and we can plan accordingly.
What to wear
Colour is really important, along with pattern - or lack of! Choose an outfit that doesn't distract the eye from your face, so little or no pattern is preferred, solid colours work well, along with colours that you know work well with your skin tone. If you're unsure which colour(s) work well for you, take a look at this website, which has some great information.
As headshots are just that - usually from your torso upwards, it's always best to choose tops with long or 3/4 length sleeves and outfits that are well tailored to your body and not baggy or loose fitting.
What to bring
Apart from an extra tie, sweater or jacket, you'll just need to bring some styling products such as your brush/comb and lip salve/gloss (chapped or sore lips need to be avoided!) - and of course, a relaxed, confident smile!
Preparing for your shoot
Before the shoot there are several things you can do to prepare yourself for the session.
#1 Plan ahead - think about where you are going to use your headshot images and let me know the look and feel that you are after.
#2 Get your outfit ready - try this on a few days before the shoot, make sure there are no gaps in shirts/blouses, they fit well and add an accessory if you feel this compliments the look. Don't leave it until one hour before the shoot, to then find out you don't feel happy with the outfit - feeling stressed or sweaty is not conducive to a good shoot!
#3 Drink lots the days before your shoot - clear bright skin always looks great and it's amazing how drinking lots of water and eating healthily affects your skin.
For March and April (only) I am going to be offering Mummy and Me Photo Shoots. This is a new shoot specifically designed for mums and their kids (from 0+), to capture precious images of whatever age and stage you're at. You may wonder why I’m offering these shoots? Please read on...
More often than not, mums will be the ones behind the camera as their little one grows up, capturing those fun trips out and recording all the ‘firsts’ that need to be documented. But looking through the iphone the pictures will be mainly images of the little one playing, eating, laughing, running – none with mum, or if there are some they are the selfie shots, which taking a good one seems to been a mythical world that only a few know how to do (ideas on a postcard please!!)! But you were there! You wiped those tears and cuddled those fears away, played those games and read that book a thousand times!
So mums, please book yourselves in for a Mummy and Me Photo Shoot – give you and your child something tangible to show your bond, your stage in life, that you were there and you loved every moment! I would love to capture the memories that will last a lifetime, so to book your shoot in please message me today.
If you think this would make a lovely gift for someone then Gift Vouchers can be purchased and delivered in time for Mothers Day (27th March) – just send me a message and I can sort this for you.
1. Choose the right time for them
As a photographer golden hour (1-2 hours before sunset/after sunrise) is always my preference for shooting outdoors, as the light is warm and creeps through the trees to give a beautiful backlit glow. However, this is not always suitable, especially in the middle on summer time, when this time can be between 6/7pm. So book your session when you know your child(ren) will be at their best, so maybe after lunch when they have lots of energy or after dinner time when it will be a treat to be going outdoors instead of having bath time. Tired children seldom want to participate if they are lacking energy, so think about nap times and feeding times.
3. Be patient
Sometimes children take a little while to feel at ease in front of the camera and not adding pressure is crucial to bringing the child around to actually wanting to have their picture taken. Sometimes I start with the parents, or the older siblings, so the younger ones can see it’s nothing to be scared of. By the end of the shoot I normally find the children are directing the shots and telling me what to do! If the children need a break, that’s OK too. I encourage parents to bring snacks, treats as bribery and definitely some water as they usually end up doing lots of running around! So if the children need a snack break we’ll set them up with food and a drink and then I’ll do some parent shots while we wait. Normally when the focus is diverted away from the child they are more than willing to get back involved after snack time!
4. Be prepared
Before the photo shoot I send my clients a Pre-Shoot Guide and this gives all the information in terms of what to wear, what to bring and what to expect at their shoot. Planning your outfits and colour scheme will help you feel comfortable on the day and confident in what you are wearing. Don’t leave it to the day of the shoot to think about this and always bring back up clothes for those unexpected moments! Bringing a few accessories can also be fun, such as a hat, scarf or blaser – just to give some different looks to the pictures. I don’t encourage my clients to bring change of outfits as there are usually no areas to change discreetly and also uses up precious shooting time! Checking the weather too and dress for the temperature and season will also help. Cold or wet children are unlikely to be happy, so just think ahead in terms of your planning.
Above all, have fun and enjoy the session! We are capturing moments and precious memories for you to love and cherish for years to come!
For more information or to book your outdoor shoot, please click below.