Tampa Head Shots
It seems like lately I’ve been getting more and more calls for head shots and professional portraits in Tampa and it makes me so happy! Not just because I get to work but because these images are so much more important than most people realize. There are so many bad head shots out there… I see social media like Facebook and Linkedin all the time with horrible images of people and it makes me cringe. This is your calling card! This is your first impression! The day is long gone when we can treat a professional portrait like an annoyance to be done once every decade or so. We live in a world of images now.
Think about your head shot the way you would think about a job interview. You want to look your best, you want to be prepared, you want to smile and be confident. Well, you want your picture to reflect that and that means good lighting, good posing and a professional photographer. I can’t stress enough how important it is to treat your online image the same way you treat you real-world image. The two cannot be separated.
It doesn’t matter what type of image you need. Modern or Environmental… they both require a photographer with a solid set of skills and experience. It’s funny but you would think that a head shot would be one of the easiest things to do as a photographer but it’s exactly the opposite. It’s easy to do but hard to do well. The results of a good head shot session are obvious. A little retouching goes a long way as well. Not so much that you look fake but just enough that you look your best is the secret.
We just wrapped up the big, 50 page custom Bar Mitzvah Album for Luke this week. Luke’s Bar Mitzvah was late last year at Schaarai Zedek Temple in south Tampa. If you’re wondering how long it takes to get your Bar Mitzvah album it can actually be pretty fast. We always work at the best pace for the family so sometimes it’s 2 weeks and sometimes it’s 2 years (yes, we have people who take 2 years to pick their favorite images all the time.) We really believe in not rushing people to get it finished. We want it to be an enjoyable experience for them and we’ve even been told that sometimes waiting a year gives them a new perspective about what images are “album-worthy.” Regardless of whether you want your Bar Mitzvah album right away or at a more leisurely pace, we aim to please!
Luke selected the custom image cover for his album. This cover is a full wrap-around image that is really something to see. It’s a great introduction to what’s inside the album:
The pages you see below are panoramic. That means you are looking at two pages. Our albums lay flat with no gutter so you get a big 12×24 inch print across two pages.
So, I’m browsing the web this morning when I come across an article from GQ Magazine about a journalist who decided to have a Tinder Photographer take her picture. There’s no such thing as a Tinder Photographer… it’s just a photographer who takes a headshot for you and you use it on Tinder. It’s not like there’s some special rules that have to be followed for the picture to be used. It’s not a passport or anything, it’s just a headshot. For Tinder.
Anyway, the great thing about the article is that the journalist saw immediate results on Tinder after she switched to the new portrait. In fact, she sees such a change that she uses the photo for all her accounts: Facebook, email, Linkedin… the works. She finally concludes, “Voluntarily having your portrait taken by a stranger is the most earnest thing ever, but I think it’s worth it to have even just one good photo of yourself. Just like in the olden days.”
This just validates what we photographers are always trying to tell people: A good picture of yourself is vital today. Your persona online is as important (or more) than what you are in-person. Having a good Tinder portrait, Linkedin portrait, Facebook portrait… these are all essential.
It’s a great article and well worth the read. Get a good Tinder portrait. Get a good Linkedin portrait. It takes about 15 minutes and it will make your life better. Honestly.
Here’s the whole article: