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Vancouver Corporate Portrait Photographer – Amanda Armstrong

Everyone is great at something and we would like to think portrait photography is in our wheelhouse.

Though we pride ourselves on being able to bring out the best in everyone, shy/awkward or otherwise, it really makes our day when we get a friendly face that makes our job look easy.

Amanda was just one of those people. She came in with a great attitude and a ready smile that allowed us to easily showcase her professional and friendly personality. Amanda was looking for a headshot to bolster her online profile as she set out to hunt for work in a new city. We’re happy to hear that she was hired as an Analytical Management Consultant at a large firm. We could pretend that our headshot work helped play a role in her new position, but Amanda’s experience and education (probably) had more to do with that. All kidding aside, Highline West would like to congratulate Amanda in her new job and wish her all the best in her future ventures!

Vancouver Headshots: Gammon International

It’s always great to get new business. I don’t think we’ll ever get tired of seeing new headshot or architectural enquiries in the old inbox. In fact, the only thing that might edge out fresh work is perhaps receiving jobs from friends. It’s always so rewarding find out that people you know have been keeping tabs on your business and that they’ll think of you right away when the time comes.

It’s for this reason that it was such a pleasure to have the Vice Presidents of Gammon International, Justin & Stan Chiu, in studio for a corporate headshot session. They are both long time friends who just happened to be updating the print ad campaign and website for their property management company. Suffice it to say we jumped on the opportunity to help them out and the whole in studio session turned out to be a lot of fun (and even more easy going than our cold call appointments)!

We can’t wait to see how their new ads and website turn out.

A great headshot should look like you.

Whether it’s for that next big acting role or to show your clients that you’re approachable and easy to work with, a great headshot should first and foremost look like you. The main purpose of a headshot is to not only convey what you look like, but also what you might be like as a person. A friendly demeanor can only help in a corporate atmosphere where working with others is a essential part of your business. Similarly for actors, showing a wide breadth of personality will help strengthen your chances at landing that next big part. Cramming all of that information into an instant that can be captured on camera is no small task, but the end result could mean the difference between compelling your desired audience to choose you or moving on.

So why should a headshot look like you? With all of the advances in photography and post processing, wouldn’t it work to your advantage to shape your look to exactly what your audience would want? While this line of logic seems justified, landing a client or job based on a falsified headshot will only work against you at the end of the day as the person on paper will not truly reflect the real individual when you meet in person.

We here at highline west realize the importance of having a great headshot and it is with that mindset that we work to ensure several principles are upheld. Firstly, we want to spend the time getting to know you. Nothing shows up better on camera than a comfortable and confident person. Secondly, we aren’t just concerned with capturing a sharp image (although that does carry its own importance), but we make sure to bring out the best and most intriguing/compelling elements of your personality on film. These vital headshot components, amongst many others, are just some of the things that set us apart from the competition.

Our headshot sessions are built around creating images that not only reflect you as a person, but in turn help you further yourself in your respective career. From our introductory coffee meeting, where we gauge your end goals and build a comfortable relationship, to our meticulous hand done photo editing, we pride ourselves our product, which is a great headshot of you.

 

It’s all in the eyes.

Well, that title might not be 100% true. But the eyes, among many other factors, play a uniquely vital role in how compelling a headshot might be.

In my experience, and you may want to test this for yourself as well, the human gaze is naturally drawn towards eyes. Whether it is a passing stranger, individuals on TV or even checking out the animals at the zoo, we are compelled to look into the eyes of any living thing we come in contact with. This same phenomenon holds true for portraits and headshots. Casting directors use the eyes in a headshot photo to help them determine what kind of potential roles an actor could play or even if they might be suitable for a future casting.

We here at Highline West understand that eyes are an important factor. How they appear in a photo can suggest a great depth of personality, convey a versatility of character roles (for actors) and even provide a friendly and confident demeanor to potential clients and hires. Putting your best face forward for your career goes without saying and, because the eyes are where everyone looks first, we tailor our headshots with this in mind. So, if you only have a split second with which to impress or captivate an audience, why not capture their attention with your eyes?