What does a professional photographer bring to the table?

Experience

  A portrait photographer understands exposure, the capability of different lenses, light sources, off camera flashes and other light modifiers. The ability to work efficiently on a job, able to quickly adapt to different scenarios in studio and on location is a must.

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Gives great posing directions

Nothing makes me happier than when a client tells me " I never thought I can look this good!" As a portrait photographer it is part of my job to give clients great posing directions. Most of us are not models and don't have that natural fluidity in front of the camera. Every single body type has it's sweet spot and a seasoned professional knows how to guide a client there. Posing people in an organic way (having a starting point ) does not mean that the client literally has to freeze into that position.

Makes you look "unposed"

Why work on posing if everyone is wishing to look unposed and spontaneous? What clients perceive as a naturally occurring moment in front of the camera,  most of the time is a carefully composed picture by the photographer. Knowing how to pose different body types is essential to hide or accentuate features,  by itself it is still not enough to make a great portrait. What ultimately ties everything together is expression.  

 Gets great expressions from clients

This is actually my favorite part. While posing and lighting are key, in my opinion expression is the most important element of making an image that stands out. I don't want fake smiles and uncomfortable looks in my imagery, neither my clients. Being photographed in a studio surrounded by professional equipment is not what we do on a daily basis. It could make us feel quite shy and uneasy. Since I know that expression makes or break a portrait it is literally my number one mission to make my client feel comfortable in front of the camera. I am genuinely interested in people and starting a conversation comes very easy for me. I let my clients talk and I listen. I never just give directions in a quiet studio, we talk through the entire session and I stay engaged and work at the same time.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

The power of a professional head shot

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if you own or run a business the importance of a professional headshot simply cannot be overemphasized. Whether you are meeting your customers in person or you are running an online business having your head shot taken by a portrait photographer is imperative. 

Why hire a head shot photographer?

 A professional head shot on your website taken can increase your audience significantly. It is your chance to make a first impression. Prospective clients look at your profile picture before they read your bio and have an overall feel about you based on that head shotThe difference between an iPhone selfie and a professional headshot conveys to your customers and clients you are serious.

Is booking a new job worth investing in your image?

Your head shot is your visual brand. You are investing in your brand that reflects the values you wish to convey. It also determines the nature of the clients that you'd like to attract.  People are visual creatures and they are more likely engage with you if you have a great head shot on your social media profile.

Social media response on images vs text updates

People are ten times more receptive to images than post updates and more likely to engage with business owners who represent their brands along with a professional headshot on their website. Having multiple head shots also allows you to change them up from time to time. Getting more likes and comments also drives more traffic to your website and draws more attention to recent posts.  

The importance of having a recent head shot

 Too many times business owners and working professionals are hanging on to a head shot that was taken many years ago. Some of them may be thinking they can not look as great again. I am a firm believer of the opposite. We all have our insecurities,  whether it is aging, facial features or weight. I believe anybody can be photographed well in the hands of an experienced photographer. 

 

5 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Portrait Photographer In Jupiter, FL

1. The portrait photographer's work

Look for lots of great images when looking for a portrait photographer in Jupiter. Don't be fooled by a small portfolio. Do you see yourself being in his or her photographs? You don't have to be a photographer to tell the difference between lousy snap shots or work of art. Without stating the obvious look for lots of great images that fit your style. Is the photographer good at getting natural expressions from clients or you see fake smiles, uncomfortable people. Expression is everything in photography. 

2. Personality

Yes, personality actually comes second since we would not hire anyone unless the quality of work checks out first. Standing in front of the camera can be intimidating. Most of us are not used to being photographed by professional photographers and being in front of big lights. It could feel quite unusual. You want someone on your team who is kind and easy to talk to and of course knows what it takes to take a good photograph.

3. Price

While price is matter it should not be the only contributing factor when making a decision on who to choose as your portrait photographer in Jupiter or in any other city. When hiring a professional photographer you are making an investment into your business. Your headshot is the first thing your clients are looking at your linked in profile, your website or on any kind of social media. It should scream class and quality.    

4. Ask questions

Besides the obvious questions regarding cost and turn around time you may want to ask the photographer if he or she is offering discounts for businesses. Head shot photographers often offering packages for offices. It might be worth asking in case you have colleagues who are also interested in having their pictures taken by a portrait photographer.

5. Reproducing rights

Keep that in mind that in most photography contracts the photographer owns the exclusive rights to the images. However when you are purchasing digital images you are purchasing the right to reproduce the portrait photographer's work. Make sure that upon purchasing the digital files you are also receiving a written release from the photographer. It can save you some trouble when printing. 

Anita Davis is a Jupiter based portrait photographer for more information about her work visit Jupiter Portrait Photographer

What to wear for a portrait photography session in Jupiter, Fl?

 As a portrait photographer in Jupiter, Fl. this is the most commonly asked question that I get from my clients. Depending on whether we are shooting for professional head shots or a bit more casual portraits we can go two ways. Chic or casual. I always ask my clients how do they normally dress for work and what would they like to convey to their clients through their photographs? If my client have high end assertive customers they already know the drill and they are dressed to kill. 

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How to dress to kill?? TWO WORDS- wear a FITTED SUIT. It is the single most powerful piece of clothing any man can ever wear on this planet. Why? Because it is costume made for each individual  emphasizing features that should be accentuated and drawing attention away from the weak spots. It is chic, elegant, speaks class and if you are targeting high end clients it is simply a must have.

what makes a fitted suit?

1. Shoulder pads end with your shoulders.

2. Your flat hand should slip easily into your suit under the lapels when the top (or middle) button is fastened. If you put a fist in, the suit should pull at the button.

3. The top button of a two-button suit — or the middle button of a three-button suit — should not fall below your navel.

4.  With your arms at your sides, your knuckles should be even with the bottom of your jacket               

             5. Jacket sleeves should fall where the base of your thumb meets your wrist.

6. Between a quarter and a half inch of shirt cuff should be visible.

7. One inch of break.

That sounds great if you are an established business owner but what can you do if you don't have a fitted suit? Should you not be entitled to an amazing head shot?

 Heck no!  As a seasoned portrait photographer it is my job to make you look your absolute best. There are several ways a photographer can alter ( without damaging ) a non perfectly fitting suit.