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We are going to start posting some of our “recent headshot shoots” over here to the blog. So here is the first of 2012 headshot assignments for us which took place at the DFW Airport Administration Office. We were doing this large group photo, of which both Dallas Mayor (Mike Rawlings) and Fort Worth Mayor (Betsy Price) were part of. Grabbed them for a quick snap here and thought it might be worth sharing.
So, today I thought it would be worth getting a conversation going about hair & makeup at a corporate headshot photo session. As you may have gathered (if you have read this blog) we are corporate headshot photography specialists. We don’t shoot actors or actresses, but rather “corporate types” who can be just as dramatic! Especially when it comes to getting their headshots and portraits done. Since a lot of our work is done at the location of the business itself and the sessions are limited to a small time frame we don’t normally bring a make-up and hair stylist with us. We can provide referrals to the services, and are happy to do so. For the quickie headshot sessions, of which for us is the norm, we are doing anywhere from 10 to 15 headshots in an hour. A lot of times clients are using these very small for a website only and are not that concerned about getting “the perfect” look for their corporate types. But if it is a shoot for an executive portrait, or a serious photo of a big VIP for the cover of a magazine, or annual report, etc I would suggest offering this service to the client and encouraging it as well. Why? Well (IMHO) not only is a good hair and make-up specialist going to make your photo look better than it might have without her or him on-board, they can act as the second set of eyes that I referred back a few posts about. They are stylists. They have the eye for detail which the photographer may be missing out on while concentrating on just photographer stuff (focus points, lighting, conversation whilst shooting, etc.) This superceeds the typical photo-assistant (with all due respect) that some photographers bring along to the shoot, who typically are another set of hands, only. As mentioned. Having a pro onboard when doing a serious VIP executive portrait can help both the client and the photographer. Is it necessary for quickie headshot sessions, where time is of the essence and volume may come into play (meaning you are shooting 10 headshots in an hour?) Maybe so, maybe no, IMO. It depends on how the client is going to run the pictures, logistics of the space, time allotted to get the job done and the budget. Is having a make-up and hair person onboard for a studio session a good investment? Absolutely, and for all the obvious reasons we covered in this short article, plus much, much more. I”m hoping some folks in this industry might weigh in with some comments to add into the conversation. Pros. Cons? Pluses? Minuses? Photographers: do you bring hair and make-up to headshot sessions? Clients: are you interested in this service for headshots? Hair & Make-up artists? Do you do a lot of this type work? Can you offer any information pertinent to the article? Any comments are welcome.
So, dear client. Being the pinnacle of organizational fortitude, you are going to whip these guys into shape and make sure they get their headshots done. Your trusty headshot photographer thanks and appreciates you. Next thing you want to do is to start thinking about how to get them lined up. Of course, “different folks / different strokes” as they say, and I’m just sugessting what I have seen work for some (or should I say most?) companies I have worked with. Let’s take the example of 10 headshots in a one hour session. I like to see headshot clients break up the hour into four sections, each with 3 people in a section. This gives you a little leeway in each direction. But the folks having their headshots done know, e.g. they are 8-8:15, and the next three know they are 8:15-8:30, etc. etc. This “sort of” ties them down to the area (we could only hope) and as one comes out, one comes in. I have seen this work really well. At “Dallas Headshots” I like to meet with the client, and get a list of the names of the VIP’s who will be coming in to get their professional headshot done. Regarding how to ID the VIP’s. If it is less than ten we can always give the proofs back in order of appearance. With us, they get a link to an online proof page. We can simply number these, #1, #2, etc. But if it is a longer session we sometimes like to slate headshot subjects with a 8.5 x 11 piece of paper which has their first / last name on it. This helps us to ID them later, and give the client separate proofs by name so they can forward them to the appropriate executives for individual approval. Of course, don’t cha know, the execs will be forwarding these to their spouses, etc. LOL. Also, we like to rename them with last / first name to make it easier for the client to file the headshot portraits for future use. Hope this helps, and more, later.