I know that having a headshot can seem a bit scary if you’re not used to it but you’ve got to get over that. If you want to make a good first impression you need to get that camera in your face and let the photographer make you look awesome.
Seeing photographs of yourself and listening to a recording of your own voice are strange experiences. Your voice always sound different on a recording to the sound you hear in your head which can weird you out. The same can be said about having your picture take, it might not look exactly how you imagine yourself but there’s a reason for that.
Usually, you see yourself in the mirror, a reflection, your face in reverse. So, what you see is different to how other people see you. Combine this with the usual pictures taken of you and you’re probably used to seeing terrible pictures of yourself. Your friends at a restaurant, the guy in your office or the enthusiastic relative at a wedding probably think they can take a cracking portrait because they’re Instagram following is increds, but trust me they suck.
And that’s all you need to do – find a ‘good photographer’ instead of someone with a camera. A photographer who’s work you like. Have a good look at their portfolio and if you like what they do, chill the hell out.
As a headshot photographer, I see it all the time. I meet people and they’re at different degrees of the discomfort spectrum, from a little nervy to petrified. And I mean petrified – want to run away, almost in tears kind of scared. But once people have let me take a few shots and had a look at a preview image they realise there’s nothing to be worried about.
Some people are fine about having their picture taken. Some are excited, and some are indifferent. These are all people that understand the job of a specialist headshot photographer is to deliver the goods. Don’t worry if you don’t think you look good in photos, it’s my job to make sure you do.
What you’ve also got to remember is, what’s the worst that could happen? You delete the images and start again.
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