business headshots

Realtor Headshots: 5 Tips to Getting Good Ones

Let’s try to imagine a real estate world without the realtor headshot. Beside each realtor’s name and contact info would be one of those gray, generic avatars indicating only whether the realtor was a women or man. Of course, the all important marketing tool called “word of mouth,” would account for a good deal of new business, but without a headshot, how would a potential buyer or seller chose?

There are few professions where instilling a sense of trust and knowledge is vital to success. Doctors, lawyers and real estate agents have to look like the experts that they are.  A professional, real estate agent headshot with good lighting and the right pose can go a long way to getting you business. Here are a few tips according to Zillow on how a professional real estate photograph can make you more memorable.

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1) Make sure your photograph is current. There’s nothing more shocking than meeting someone who looks years older than their photo. Remember, you want to instill trust!

2) Do you have a specialty? Farm properties, lake properties or historic homes? Shoot your headshot on location.  If not, use a solid color background.

3) Get electronic versions in .jpg, .gif or .png format.  That way you can upload them to your blog, your LinkedIn page or anywhere on the web. Also ask for hi-resolution versions so you’ll have quality images for printing brochures and other marketing materials.

4) Don’t use props like “For Sale” signs or cell phones. And don’t include anyone else in your photograph unless they’re your realtor partner. No family members, friends, or pets!

5) Take it easy on the retouching! Blemishes are ok to remove, but totally eliminating any age lines or whittling away the waistline can appear to be dishonest.

Happy Selling!

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How a Professional Business Portrait Can Help Your Career

Let's face it, at some point in your career, you're going to need a professional business headshot.  Whether you work in hi-tech, real estate, law, science, finance or the arts, it's impossible to succeed without “marketing” yourself. If you want to develop new contacts and strengthen established relationships, your audience wants to see what you look like. Are you confident, trustworthy, approachable? But you say you already have a business headshot on your website, your Facebook page, your LinkedIn page, your Twitter account and your blog. Are you using the snapshot your office mate took with her cell phone?  Hmmm. Let's try to overlook the poor lighting and distracting background. The question is, “does it convey your confidence, trustworthiness and approachability"?  Probably not. But that's what a good business portrait should do!

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So, you've put this off because you don't like having your picture taken or you think having a professional photo of yourself suggests vanity. Not at all!  Don't think you look as polished as you could? We can work together to determine the best clothing for you and your profession. Need some assistance with makeup and hair styling? No problem. I work with several great  makeup/hair stylists. Don't worry. We won't be doing any major makeovers. Your new business portrait will still be “you” only better! I guarantee you're going to enjoy having your picture taken and love your new business headshot. If not, we'll shoot as many images as necessary until you're satisfied!

Give me a call at 443.840.0484 or to book your session, click here and we can get started on the new professional you!

The Social Media Headshot Session

If you’ve got 30 minutes, you’ve got a new headshot!

Did you just launch a new company, get a promotion or are you embarking on a new career? Don't forget to update your social media profile photo! You can do it quickly and affordably with this social media headshot session. Arrive at my studio in your best business attire and I'll provide the following:

  • 30 minute session

  • light or dark background

  • online proof gallery

  • 1 retouched high resolution image (standard retouching includes removing stray hairs, brightening eyes, teeth whitening and reducing age lines).

  • image delivered via download

  • Final image is typically delivered electronically within 48 hours after your selection.

  • Additional retouches are $45 each

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  • A non-refundable deposit of $85 is required to book your session.

  • Your deposit is applied to your fee. The remainder, due at the time of your session, can be paid by personal check, money order, credit card or cash. A 5% Maryland sales tax will be applied to all orders.

What to Wear for Your Business Portrait

Everyone has questions about what to wear for their business portrait. While there's no one-size-fits-all answer on what to wear, there are a few tips and considerations to keep in mind when choosing an outfit. Above all, it's important to wear something that you're comfortable in and that captures your personality and business. Your business portrait is part of your brand. If your brand involves wearing bold clothing, than by all means, wear that in the headshot. It'll make the headshot eye-catching and will cement your brand in a potential client's mind. Just keep in mind that certain bright colors, such as pink and yellow, may be very distracting to a client. Dark colors and earth tones are advisable, as they do not distract the eye from your face.

Stick with clothes that fit you. Squeezing into a dress or suit that fit you a few sizes ago is not only uncomfortable for you, it'll make the headshots look stiff and uncomfortable too. The same can be said for clothes that are too big.  Lost a significant amount of weight recently? Have your favorite jacket or pants tailored. It's money well spent when you look and feel great. Focus on the shirt more than the pants or skirt. Most business portraits are of the upper body only. That being said, try not to wear a low cut top or a strapless shirt if you are a woman. Depending on the angle of the photo, it may look as though you are topless, which is probably not the image you want put out there.

Even if you don't wear makeup in everyday life, it's best to put some on for the photo shoot. Professionally done makeup evens out your skin and hides any imperfections. It also prevents you from looking washed out.

Read more about why you need professional business portraits or call me at 443.840.0484!

Cheers,

Bonnie

Why wearing makeup will make your business headshots so much better!

The idea of wearing makeup in Western culture, especially in the United States, is fraught with emotion and much debate. I did a quick, unscientific search on Google to see what I would find.  "Whether to wear makeup or not" resulted in more than fifteen pages of results and a ton of other, related topics.

There were lots of articles like Should You Wear Makeup at Work? published in the January 2017 issue of Scientific American, and a recent article in the New York Times Style Magazine, To Wear Makeup or Not to Wear Makeup, with a before and after photo illustration of singer Alicia Keys. What's a professional women to do about whether to wear makeup when it comes to her business headshots?

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I've decided to make the decision for you. Well, not really. Actually you've made the decision for yourself. If you're thinking of working with me, or any other professional business headshot photographer, you'll need to dig deep and think what your end game is. Why do you need these business headshots anyway? Do you want more clients? A promotion or advancement in your career? Maybe you want to make more money. Nothing wrong with any of those goals. I’m right there with you! However, I nor any other photographer can guarantee any of these wonderful aspirations happening for you, but I do know putting your best foot (in this case face) forward in your business headshots will go along way.

Maybe you're a staunch feminist and think that wearing makeup objectifies women. I totally get that. I came of age in the 70’s when not wearing a bra, much less makeup, was a right of passage. I understand that going bra-less is back into vogue. Thank god I’m too old for that!

I’ve also had clients tell me that wearing makeup makes them look phony or not who really you are since they rarely if ever wear makeup. That makes total sense. If you don’t wear makeup and start with full on foundation, contouring, blush, eyeshadow and fake eyelashes, I’m pretty sure you’re not going to know who that women is in the mirror, and, maybe no one else will either. But you still want to look your very best in your professional headshots. Here are some suggestions to quell the makeup vs. no makeup debate.

5 reasons why I'm all about you wearing even a little makeup for your business headshot session

You want you to look your very best! We all suffer from blotchy skin, bags under our eyes and thinning eyebrows. A little cover stick and brow pencil can go a long way. And don’t forget the mascara and lip gloss. It just makes for a more polished look.

Digital cameras pick up EVERY LITTLE THING. Modern photography cameras see it all. Porous skin, tiny blemishes and every little scar you've probably forgotten how you got. A small amount of accurately matched foundation carefully applied will tale care of that.

Stage actors wear makeup for a reason. Bright lights in theatrical productions can overwhelm features, making them and you virtually unnoticeable. That goes for photo studio light too. Eyes in particular, the gateway to the soul, can look small and lifeless in digital images. A little eyeshadow and again, mascara can help you stand out and be noticed.

A professional makeup and hair experts know how to make you look like your NOT wearing makeup! Forget about your wedding day when you had your makeup done by a professional makeup artist. She/he did your makeup like you've never worn it before. You looked like something out a glamour magazine. Woo-hoo! But wedding day makeup is not what you'd wear to your office, so why would your business headshot makeup look like your wedding day makeup? It shouldn’t. My makeup and hair professionals know that our photo session is about creating professional business images for Linkedin and your corporate or business website, etc. My Power Session includes light, even makeup coverage, that enhances your looks by NOT changing your looks. When looking at your business headshots photos, no one will ever know that you worked with a professional makeup artist.

Professional photographs ain't cheap! If you're going to go to the expense of spending a few hundred dollars on a professional headshot, why not look you're very best? You've already made up your mind as to why you need those business headshots. Why not take it a small step further by having professional makeup done. You’ll look great. You'll feel great. You’ll exude confidence that will show in your images.

I've never had a client regret having her makeup done. But I have had clients who were super critical of their images when they didn't hire a pro makeup artist. I truly want you to look amazing and I want you to love your photographs!

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Prepping for Your Headshot Session

FAQ's About Your Headshot Session

How do I book a headshot session with you?

You can do this a couple of ways. The easiest is to click here. It will take you to an online scheduler where you can easily select the service, date and time convenient for you.  You’ll also be asked to make a deposit. The deposit is refundable—if you cancel 48 hours before your session.

If you’re not quite ready to book your session and have additional questions, please call or text me at 443.840.0484. I’d love to chat with you!

What should I wear? Of course it depends on whether you’re getting actor headshots, business headshots or online dating portraits but here are some suggestions to cover it all.

Ladies: A simple boat or v-neck style looks elegant and casual on just about everyone, no matter your size or shape. For a business headshot be sure to bring a nice fitting jacket and any understated jewelry you might like to wear. Even if you don't wear makeup in your everyday life, it's best to put a little on for the photo shoot. Without makeup, you will look tired and worn out.

Gentleman: I suggest jeans/casual pants and crew or turtleneck shirts in muted colors like gray, navy or brown. Long-sleeved goes without saying unless you're really buff!  Also, a knit sweater with no pattern in small knit will also look good. And if you have a nice suit or outdoor or dress jacket, bring it along too.

Everyone Please avoid loud patterns, stripes, logos or “messages”, wrinkled and ill-fitting clothing. If you're still not sure what to wear call me and check my Pinterest page for some examples.

How long does a typical photo session take? A two to three outfit shoot should take about an hour. While you're changing into your different outfits I'll change lighting set-ups and/or backgrounds. This will give you a variety of images to choose from.

What exactly do I get for your fee? Depending on your package and service we’ll be taking anywhere from 20 to 100 images or even more. I'll then post your proofs anywhere from 5 to 40 images on-line in your own personal gallery to review within 48 hours of our session, usually sooner. Choose your favorite(s) to retouch and after they are complete you can download your hi-resolution digital images to your computer or flash drive.

Where are you located? My home studio is located in Columbia, Maryland, not far from the Route 32 and I-95.

I am so looking forward to working with you!

Cheers,

Bonnie