There was some beautiful weather this weekend and after a few headshots on Saturday I stepped outside into the courtyard garden of my building and snapped some photos of some flowers, plants, and a kitty. And my dog. Apparently living with a headshot photographer can turn a dog into a instant-headshot-poser. As soon as he sees my camera he smiles and I swear I can hear him say “cheese.” I have trained him well…
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Last week PepsiCo was in town for a series of annual sales meetings and marketing sessions with employees representing many of their different brands from across the country. What does this have to do with me? I took their photos. As part of the event a headshot station was offered, where people could have their headshot quickly taken and sent to them later. After 12 hours of nearly non-stop shutter-clicking, I had taken 207 people’s photos and pushed that shutter button 2,568 times.
I get a lot of requests for matching staff photos and I usually head to a client’s office and take their headshots over the course of a few days, depending on the size of the firm. But occasionally a company has all of their members from different national offices in one place and needs their headshots taken all at once and as quickly as possible.
I’ve created a workflow that’s scalable for every situation which varies from 20-minutes per person and viewing their photos to choose one during the session itself (which clients love, since they don’t have to chase down dozens of people to choose their photos later), all the way to about 1.5 minutes per person, while still keeping track of who’s who and organizing their photos later into galleries or individually marked folders.
I had a great time at the PepsiCo event and met at least 207 amazing people. Sometimes I just absolutely LOVE my job. And I may or may not be calling Guinness to see if I happened to set an actual record…
Picking out clothing for your headshot can fun and even easy, but how do you pick out your beard? I get a lot of requests for advice on glasses and beards- two things that can be transient on someone’s face. Sometimes you wear glasses, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you’ve got some facial hair going on, and sometimes you don’t. If you look completely different with or without glasses or facial hair, then how do you choose how to look for your headshot?
Most people who wear their glasses at least 50% of the time I’ll split their session into half with and half without glasses. Then they can have the option to choose from the two different looks depending on what they’re using it for. Same goes for facial hair. Lots of people will sport a beard, goatee, or mustache for a few weeks, and then shave it off for a few weeks. If people are going to see your headshot before meeting you in person (such as on your website, LinkedIn, etc.), then you’ll want them to be able to recognize you right away from the first impression they got of you from your headshot.
Keep track of how often you wear your glasses or have a beard, and then decide which look in your headshot best matches how you usually look. Maybe even ask some people you know or work with how often they see you with glasses or a beard and see what the general consensus is.
Or you can do what my recent client did the other week: we took some headshots with and without glasses, and with and without a goatee. And it’s good that we did- he looks like a different person in two of the photo where we took one with no glasses and a goatee, and the other with glasses and no goatee. So he can use each headshot depending on what look he’s sporting at the moment.
And of course, just for fun, here’s a chart of facial hair looks to choose from if you need some inspiration…
Yesterday I visited my Friend Richard in the hospital. He was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma, and although he’s going to be a-okay, he started a pretty unappetizing smorgasbord of tests and treatment. Yesterday was his first day of chemotherapy, and he took it like a champ! He joked around with his friend Nelson and I, and scarfed down a plate of Chinese food between drug treatments. At the risk of sounding like a hippie, Richard has an amazing spirit. With his wonderful attitude he’s going to be back on his feet in no time. Good luck, Richard, and we all hope you’re feeling better soon!
As you may recall, earlier this month I planned to load a 75-ish year old camera with film and take it out for a spin. I have two vintage Kodak Brownie cameras to play with (a small, but growing collection) and decided to run a roll of black and white film through “Mr. Black,” a Kodak Brownie Six-20 manufactured between 1933 and 1941; and a color roll of film I re-spooled myself (moment of pride) through “Mr. Brown,” a Kodak Brownie Bulls-Eye manufactured between 1954 and 1960. “Mr. Brown” I scored for $2 at a thrift shop.
However, “Mr. Black” is a little more special than a cheap thrift store find… “Mr. Black” was my father’s camera when he was a wee lad growing up in Brooklyn. I should mention (because my dad will be upset if I didn’t) that although the camera was manufactured between 1933 and 1941, my dad was not. The camera was a hand-me-down and at least 10 or so years older than my dad.
But the greatest part of having this old camera in the family for so long means that we can compare photos taken on the camera about 50 or so years apart. Behold! Here is a photo of my father taken on “Mr. Black” at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY somewhere in the neighborhood of 55 to 60 years ago:
Please note: he is wearing a pair of high-top Keds, NOT Converse Chuck Taylors. He says only the cool kids wore Keds and believes it is super important to make this distinction. However, he grew up to be a mechanical engineer and reads Consumer Reports on a weekly basis. With this data, I believe high-top Keds might have been the dorky shoes of the era. I’m just saying.
And now for my next trick, I present to you, two photos taken on “Mr. Black” earlier this month… THE VERY SAME CAMERA:
And of course, to let “Mr. Brown” have some fun too, here’s a photo he took this month. Note the better framing… it’s easier to frame a photo better when the camera has a viewfinder. I’m glad Kodak got the memo somewhere between 1941 and 1954 and started putting viewfinders on their cameras…
My next mission is to recreate the photo of my dad in his high-top Keds with the same camera, half a century after the first photo was taken. It’s going to take a little persuasion to get him into a pair of white shorts though… But I’m persistent. I will win.