It is always good to build good professional relationships with the people you work with. Even if the interaction is fleeting nobody will say “the job went well even though I loathed that coworker/colleague/boss”. This same principle applies to the field of photography as well. It goes without saying that the best images of you will most likely occur if you foster a friendly relationship with your photographer. Regardless of whether the subject happens to be a professional model and/or the photographer is one of the best in the world, if a connection is not established between the two then the images will fall far short of their full potential.
Now all that being said, it is important for those looking to have their headshot taken to invest the time into looking for a photographer that they can not only get along with, but maybe even share a laugh with. It is this back and forth interaction that I find helps produce some of the better images in our portfolio and there is no doubt in my mind that building a sense of trust in the headshot process helps to make everything run that much more smoothly. If you think back to photos of yourself it’s easy to point out the ones where you might be having fun with friends or family in a setting that you are comfortable with as opposed to images where you may not know the person behind the camera very well. The contrast in body language and facial expression between being uncomfortable and confident is night and day.
To help grease the social wheels, all of Highline West’s headshot photography packages include a no extra charge casual meeting session to assist you in deciding if we are the right fit for the job. This meeting happens before your time in front of the camera and helps to relieve any tension or awkwardness that might occur. We also like to utilize the informal meeting to start building a professional relationship and innate level of trust with you that will help add that extra bit of confidence to your photographs.
So in this modern day and age that has fostered a culture of averted eyes and feigned interest in the inanimate (cell phones have killed personal interactions!) to avoid friendly conversation, wouldn’t it be nice to make a few more friends?