There’s a saying you only have one chance to make a first impression. With that said many of your perspective clients first impression will be from your website or brochure, not in person.You will be judged by the representation that they see, their first impression. First. you should have an up to date image on your media, whether it is a business card or your social media. Photographs should be updated at least every 5 years unless you make a major change to your looks. The image should be well lit and a good representation of who you are and what you do. This can be a simple head shot with appropriate expression, all of the way to an environmental image that shows you in your work environment. Don’t wear a white shirt unless covered by a dark coat, otherwise the dominant thing you see is coat . Medium to dark colors, solids,and if you are not wearing a coat then long sleeves are best. If you hate to have your picture taken and never felt that you looked good in one then I would suggest a custom session, one where the photographer can take the time needed to help you relax. More and more photographers are showing you your images imediately after the session for you to make your choice, some will reshoot the image if you don’t like any of them. This would be before they retouch the image. You should like the image the way it is and then let the phtographer do the finish work. Let me touch for just a moment about retouching. It should compliment the person without overly changing the way they look. Digital is very sharp and has tendencies to show imperfections in the skin more readily. If you are good with make up then retouching is not quite as important, however most people don’t know how or just don’t take the time to do the make up for photography. Also most men look at make up like it is a cobra ready to strike. Ask other people who have used a particular photographer and see if you hear things like “they did so much retouching that it doesn’t look like me”. This is not what you are looking for in a professional or press release head shot. Generally speaking the people love this image until the first person says “that doesn’t even look like you” please use discretion when asking for retouching to make you look like you might believe you look like instead of gentle retouching that just finishes out the image. Now back to photography. Lets say you photograph reasonably well and you need a basic professional picture, you can probably go in with a group or at an event for photography head shots. These are reasonably priced and may offer retouching at a small additional cost. (It is well worth the cost) Especially if someone hosted the cost of the basic head shot to start with. Basic retouching should soften the wrinkles, the complexion and any blatant imperfections brought out by the camera (zits and shadow under the eyes). These are some of the major ways that a great press release photograph can make you money. You look professional to those who have never seen you and to those who have. People looking between more than one professional in your field may not know why they choose one over the other. Many times it is the subtle difference that turns the tide and makes the phone ring. Thank you for your interest in this article and if you have further question call or e-mail me. Mike Shea
Mike Shea Photography 352-377-1822 firstname.lastname@example.org
Some Important Information For You….
Simple, plain outfits photograph the best, they are classic and not distracting
Our aim is to produce a timeless, beautiful portrait of you, and the best way
to begin is in one word SIMPLICITY! Your cloths should be simple, solid colors
work best not loud and busy, unless for a special reason.Always wear long sleeves
they take away distractions from the face in group portraits.
Make-up: eye shadow should be applied lightly and with care; the center point of interest
in a fine portrait is the eyes. Apply two coats of mascara on both the upper and lower lashes.
If you want lots of lashes, there are tiny little lashes that go all of the way to the corners that
people sometimes miss when applying mascara. Wear your other make-up as usual for an evening
event. Bring all of you make-up with you, in case any minor modifications is required, or just for a
light touch up. V neck tops help top thin the face. Keep your jewelry to a minimum as large ear rigs
draw attention away from the eyes and face.
Be sure to shave just prior to your appointment, as there is no way to hide or retouch a five O’ clock shadow
in color photography.
When bringing children to the studio, they should be in the first out fit they will be photographed in (unless
very small and have problems with excessive drooling). Children have a short attention span and all planning
of a session should have been completed prior to their arrival. It is advised that the first stop from home should be
the photographer. All of this gives the children a sense of wonder and can improve a photography session greatly.
Children SHOULD NOT be instructed to “smile” or “do exactly what the photographer says” etc. A good photographer
has techniques that will help the children look natural in a photograph. Instead, simply let them know how excited you
are about the photography and leave the rest up to the photographer. In the event you have children that do not do well
with strangers, set up a time the children can meet the photographer prior to the session.
IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK
Be sure to ask at the original consultation what the studio policies are, concerning payments, cancellations, and viewing
of the images for selection.
It is not uncommon with the custom nature of photography to be asked to pre-pay to hold your session and for photographs
that you order.
Ask for an estimate of how long for delivery and tell the photographer or his consultant of any special needs as to the delivery,
such as a birthday or gift for someone. This gives them the opportunity to let you know what needs to be done for that delivery date
or if not possible other options that are available.
Many photographers charge differently for weekend appointments, such as a higher sitting / creation fee, or a larger minimum purchase
guarantee. Many photographers have already put in a full week of work and must justify the extra appointments. A photographer can only
be creative so many hours a week. This also applies to in home portraits, do to the amount of equipment that has to be taken to the home.
Also don’t be surprised if the photographer or studio isn’t open on weekends.
Ask about how you will view the images.
Will there be a separate viewing?
What if I need to view the images that same day because of out of town members in the portrait?
Is there a discount on images invested (purchased) the day of the original viewing?
Is there a discount for more than one copy of the same image?
Viewing images in a projected manner with the photographer or their consultant
is the best way. You can ask questions about retouching, cropping, and adequate sizing for your wall,
and what kind of finish will be on your finished portrait. Proofing even when projected is just a base,
without cropping, and retouching. Kind of like a cake without the icing and decorations that make it a finished
work of art.
Finally there is a great deal of difference from one photographer to the next.
Quality, experience, assistance in finding, meeting, and exceeding your wants, and the questions
that need to be asked to know what you are looking for. The best way to start is to visit with the prospective
photographer and see how you relate and how much they care about creating something special for you.
This information supplied by Mike Shea Photography
for further answers or a copy of my policies please give us a call at 352-377-1822
or e-mail us at email@example.com
Gainesville, FL 32605
By Appointment only