What to expect when having your headshot taken

Have you ever thought of getting headshots taken professionally? It’s something a lot of us need, but something that many of us avoid - perhaps you’re thinking ‘I never look good in photos’; ‘I don’t want to waste the money’; ‘I’d feel too self-conscious’ or ‘I wouldn’t know what to do with myself’.

Well, if you need some encouragement to why it would be a good idea, keep reading! I recently photographed lifestyle blogger and writer Sara from Mind your Mamma, and today I’m excited to share a guest blog post where she’s talking about her experience having her headshot taken:

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I’ve known Carin for nearly 9 years now, and when she heard I recently started working as a freelance writer, also managing my own blog, she knew I needed professional headshots taken. Of course, she was right, but I was feeling so self-conscious and worried about what to do with myself, where to look etc. that I put it off for nearly 10 months! Crazy, I know. Until the day I finally took the plunge and told her we needed to get a date in the diary. And I’m so glad I did! When you create a service or a brand that’s

When you create a service or a brand that’s centered around you, there’s no way around it. You need to have photos of you - not of your laptop or desk! People buy from people, so they want to see who’s behind what they buy or commit to. And as good as you may be with the camera, selfie’s aren’t the most professional-looking photos either, are they?

So if you’re planning to get your headshots professionally taken by Carin, here’s what to expect, with some tips on how you can make the most of your sessions.

Before your session…

Carin and I didn’t talk much (not formally anyway) about what type of photos I needed, because, as I say, having my photos taken is something that had been on the cards for months! I needed a few nice photos of myself to put on my website and a few headshots to send to other blogs or publications when I write for them.

But if you’re booking a session with Carin, she’ll give you a chance to discuss all this in advance. I’d advise you to spend some time thinking about what your requirements are. And here are some of the questions you may need to ask yourself (or Carin might ask you!)

  • Why do you need the photos - do you need a few for different purposes?
  • How many (different shots) will you need?
  • Will they need to be portrait or landscape?
  • Will they mainly need to be of just you and your lovely face, or of you doing something? So, for example, will you need props?
  • Where will the photos need to be taken - at your home, in your office or elsewhere?
  • Will you need a few different looks? If so, think about ways where you can quickly change your outfit, top, or hairdo to achieve a different look if you’re having all the photos taken on the same day.
  • Do you want (or need) photos of you with your serious and professional expression on? Or do they need to be less formal and of you smiling or laughing, even?

Know what you want to say

I recently went through a career change to create more freedom and flexibility for myself - I wanted to be able to build a career that worked around my children. So I now mainly work from home (or from wherever I choose to), at the hours that suit me and my family, and I wear whatever makes me feel most comfortable and creative. I certainly don’t wear suits or formal clothing when I work anymore! And for me, it was important that my photos reflected that - they needed to show who I am and what I stand for now.

Remember that with your photos you convey a message, and this will help you decide what to wear on the day, where you want your photos taken, how you want to look in them etc.  I think the clearer you are before the session, the happier you’ll be with the outcome.

On the day… expect Carin to get creative

I know you’re thinking: “Duh! Photographers are creative by definition - that’s kind of stating the obvious!” Totally! But if you’re not a photographer yourself, she’ll make you think twice about the way you take photos. If you’re anything like me, you see something nice, grab your phone, and try your best at taking a nice shot from wherever you are. Well, Carin will go a step further than that. She’ll climb on chairs. She’ll move small furniture. Or objects that would look messy if they came into the shot. This is something I’ve heard her say a few times with regards to taking photos of children, for example - you want to take photos from different angles and different heights. And having seen her in action, I know she definitely experiments a lot with that. And I think the results are great!

What she also made me notice is where she took the photos from, in relation to where the light is. I often take photos at home but won’t necessarily know how to get the best light for my shots - just pay attention to where Carin takes the photos from, and I’m sure you’ll start to notice where you can find natural light in your home, if that’s where you’re having your photos taken. 

Relax and let Carin do what she does best

And last but not least, expect her to help you with your poses and positions. If you’re anything like me, the last time you’ve had professional photos taken was probably at your wedding! For me, that means not just a few years later but also a few children later! You may feel a little more self- or body-conscious than you were back then, and if you’re nervous, that can show. Carin will help you relax your body and expressions as well as suggest positions that may suit you or simply look good in the final shots! Try and relax and go with the flow - you may not believe it now, but you’ll enjoy it, I promise!

So if you’re thinking of having your headshots taken, go for it! Carin is also super-quick in turning her great work around, so you won’t have to wait months in trepidation. I really don’t know why I put this off for so long!

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I hope you enjoyed the read, and hopefully got a better idea of how a headshot session works! If you’re interested in booking a session, or just to have a chat about it and find out more, just get in touch on info@carinthakrar.com or 07726 136 885.

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