Importance of Your Headshot
Here are some head shots. And I took these myself, as I mentioned. Super anti-social. And I decided that I would just do my own head shots. So I did, and that's what these images are. And I think it's important to have some head shots with clean backgrounds, black and white, so dark or light backgrounds. Just for people to choose from. I've had a lot of different people have very specific specifications of what they need in a head shot, so sometimes they'll say "Please only send with dark background." Or "please only send black and white." For example. It's good to have lots of options that give different clients different things. This is good to know if you're not going to do your own head shots, which I don't always recommend. Then make sure that you tell the person that you're going to get to do your head shots, "Well I'd like a dark background," "a light background," "a couple of different outfits." Just get it all done in one go so that you have all of these options to send people...
. Make sure that you feel like it's your personality, too. That's why I created this image here with the profile. Because I felt like that was me way more than the other images. I felt really awkward just looking and smiling at the camera, but then I didn't feel awkward when I could just finally look away. And you know, you might say "But that's not professional." Well, I don't care about that. So if there's a place that's not gonna hire me because of my head shot looking like that, I probably am not a good match for that organization in the first place. These are some extra images which are clearly not head shots. Clearly. I know. But these images are still important to present to people depending on what you're trying to do. Now I'm not going to put these in an official press package. Like I would never print this image out, stick it in there and send it in to somebody. Because first of all, it'd be really confusing. It's not a head shot, but it's also not one of your fine art images, so what is this thing? So this is something that I would put on a website, on an about me page, on a blog for example. I have two different websites. I've got BrookeShaden.com, my official website. I've got promotingpassion.com my blog. I put this on my about page of my blog. Because it's fun, cutesy, whatever. Shows my personality. And I just love this image. I wouldn't put my official head shot on my blog. Because that would look too professional to me. Too nice and clean. And I don't like that. I'd rather put a picture of my dirty feet or something like that on my blog. These are just a few images that I have. I was having an argument about how cool I look here. My thought being very, other people's being not at all. So you can weigh in on that. I think the bloomers really kill it for people. But I don't care, I like the bloomers. So just another image. Now this is not an image that I would use for anything official because it's not good quality. I have so many pictures of myself from cell phones that just look kind of crappy when it comes down to it with the quality. And we're photographers, so we cannot put out crappy images, okay. Even if it's just a silly about thing, it should probably still reflect nice quality imagery if that's what we're doing. Because those are the associations that people make. If someone is looking at your site who's not a photographer, and they see an image that's like low quality cell phone picture, they might associate that with what you do, so I would just stay away from really low quality images. I wish that this was a high quality image. I love this picture. That is 100 percent me in every single way. But it's not, so I don't use it.
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