Dannie | Writer, Musician & Photographer

 
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Dannie is a dedicated musician, photographer, and writer. When he came to me for new pictures, he explained that he wanted to bring all of these passions under one singular brand. We’ve know each other for a few years and I was excited at the opportunity to capture his warmth, depth and passion.

We did the shoot at his home office where much of his creating happens. It was early in the morning and the light streaming in from the basement windows was soft and beautiful. The warm and rich tones carried through all of his activities to create a cohesive brand. Here’s a peak into what we got!

 
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Dylan | Actor & Model

Dylan has a big personality and is not afraid to take risks. He makes statements with his comedic, sitcom-like acting and his bold fashion. My favorite thing about this session was how unexpectedly magical it was. Dylan came to the session ready to give any and all expressions. We were able to create a variety of looks and capture the wide range of his personality. And I am proud to say that these pictures caused him to stand out for a project he had applied for.

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Tina | Medical School Student

This was one of my favorite headshot sessions in February. I try to get a variety in my sessions so that my clients can find an image that they love of both themselves and their environment.

Here are two favorite looks from Tina's session! She needed one with a completely plain backdrop for her med school application, but I also wanted her to have one with a bit more personality.

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4 Reasons to Update Your Headshot

With 2018 off and running, I seem to be getting requests for headshot sessions almost every day. New Year's resolutions must have people making moves on that new picture they'd been procrastinating or finally deciding it is time to get out of that boring job.

If you have been thinking about updating your headshot, here are my top 4 reasons why you should do it this year!

 

1. You want to make a great first impression.

Your headshot is the first opportunity to make a great impression with a potential client or future employer. Thanks to LinkedIn and other forms of social media, we all research people before we ever meet them or work with them. Your picture should demonstrate competence, elicit trust and make people excited to work with you.

2. You look completely different.

If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t updated your headshot in a long time. You may even be actively avoiding getting a new picture. However, time has passed and you may have changed your style, cut your hair, or just become increasingly wise-looking. Your picture should represent who you are today. Find a photographer who will make you look and feel awesome!

3. Your picture is just ok.

Your current headshot may be a selfie, a cropped wedding photo or a shot that your hobbyist friend took for you against a brick wall. It’s time to put your best look forward. Hiring a professional photographer will ensure you feel comfortable, exhibit trustworthy body language, and capture your most flattering angles. Don’t cheap out on your personal brand.

4. Your picture is boring or nonexistent.

According to my research, a LinkedIn profile with a photo is 11 times more likely to be viewed. A great headshot will make you stand out from the sea of faces while a recruiter or client is endlessly scrolling.


Hope this helps give you the nudge you need!

6 Ways to Prep For Your Best Professional Headshot

I love taking headshots. As a photographer, I have the privilege of helping people put their best foot forward when searching for jobs, building a personal brand and growing professionally. 

Since last October, I've taken over 400 headshots through my initiative Headshots 4 Hunger. Here are 6 tips to help you get the best headshot of your life... so far.

 

1. Good Prep

The week leading up to your session eat healthy food and drink lots of water. Your skin will look clearer and you will feel more comfortable. Also, get plenty of rest and avoid alcohol and coffee which can make you look drained.

2. Keep it Simple

The goal of your headshot is to highlight YOU. Avoid busy patterns, bulky jewelry, fluffy fabric and logos that will distract from your beautiful face.

3. The Right Color

Choosing the right color is an easy way to make sure that your face stands out and look great. It's important to wear clothing that contrasts your skin tone. 

If you have a lighter skin tone, avoid white, beige and pastels.

If you have a darker skin tone, avoid black and dark shades.

4. Be Comfortable

Wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Pick out clothing that you actually wear to work (unless you work from home in sweat pants). If you never wear a formal suit to work, you don't need to start now.

5. Pump Yourself Up

Think positive things about yourself before you go to your session. Do NOT say 'I am the least photogenic person ever.' I forbid all of my clients from saying this before their sessions because every person is photogenic when they naturally smile.

Getting an awesome headshot is all about relaxing and feeling great about yourself. Take a deep breath and remember that you are beautiful.

6. Smile!

People want to work with and hire individuals who look trustworthy, approachable and positive. Unless you are someone who absolutely never smiles, save your serious face for your next spread in Vogue or GQ.