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About headshots

Who needs professional headshots

 

∗ Entrepreneurs
∗ Real estate brokers
∗ Models
∗ Actors
∗ Artists

∗ Public speakers
∗ Creative people
∗ Musicians
∗ Bloggers
∗ Athletes

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The difference between headshot and portrait 

Headshot is generally taken to mean a formal representation of a person for use in a professional setting. Businessmen have them taken to use on profiles or to accompany articles about them. Actors always need an up-to-date headshot for their portfolio, as do models. And in fact, these days practically everyone needs one for their LinkedIn or Facebook page. You need a headshot that is you on your best day and that meets your specific professional goals.

Portrait on the other hand should be less formal and more enlightening — it should in some way tell a story or illuminate who the sitter is. It can be head and shoulders, from the waist up or even show the complete figure. Whereas headshots need to be pretty straightforward, a portrait allows for artistic license — for example, dramatic use of light and shade could put the sitter’s features into shadow to create an air of mystery or props could be used to tell a story about the person.
 

Commercial vs. theatrical headshot

There are 2 basic types of headshots, and most actors should have both:

Commercial — advertisers usually like warm, friendly and trustworthy people to sell their product. Your headshot should make you look like one of these people. A typical commercial headshot features a nice smile and soft colours.

Theatrical — it is your chance to show off your type, a unique human being. These are usually more layered and nuanced than a commercial headshot. There is a certain amount of professionalism that is looked for here. Casting directors need someone who is smart, able and hopefully responsible.
 

How often to get new headshots done

When you get called in to audition, the casting director wants you to look like your headshot that you submitted. Hair is the primary factor. If you cut it, colour it or do anything drastic you will need to re-shoot. Weight is also a factor. If you lost or gained more than 5 kgs, you usually need to get new headshots.
 

Choosing proper clothes

Before sticking to any general rules, it is advisable to discuss the clothes in advance to match the purpose the photos will be used for. Here, good preparation is a key. Therefore I will avoid mentioning a list full of suggestions, we need to find clothes that serve the purpose best and you feel comfortable in. In general, make sure your clothes are pressed and clean.
 

Suitable colours

Solid colours and earthy tones usually work better. Patterns and busy prints distract from your face. The same goes for clothes with big buttons or other features that might take away attention from the face, including jewellery. Choose clothes that nicely complement your skin tone and eye colour.

Fair skin and blue eyes? Try blues, pinks and greys.
Green eyes? Try browns, greens and oranges.
Medium or dark skin and brown eyes? You can probably wear most colours, but avoid those that closely match your skin tone.
 

Preparation

Well in advance: Men, if you want pictures with and without facial hair, start growing your beard with enough time for it to grow in. You can shave it during the session, but it’s tough to grow it the day before.

One week before: Take care of all your beauty treatments (haircut, hair colour, eyebrows, etc.) so the treatments are fresh but look natural.

The night before: Sleep. Lots and lots of sleep.
 

Hair and makeup

A hairstylist can make your hair look its best for the shoot. If you hire one, do not get a hairstyle that is too fancy. You must be able to replicate the hairstyle when you go for auditions.

And do not underestimate the importance of makeup for your headshots. The makeup you wear in daily life or on stage is not the same as the makeup you should wear for a shoot. A professional makeup artist knows what makeup looks good on camera and will make you look your best. Men don’t usually need makeup. Just a little powder will eliminate shine.

Note: Upon request I can arrange a makeup artist for you.
 

Retouching

Retouching is an important part of the whole process. When I retouch your headshots, I mainly focus on your eyes, clean up loose hairs, remove blemishes and skin imperfections if they are temporary. Headshot retouching should not make you look 5 years younger or 10 kgs lighter, it still has to look like you.

 

 

About corporate portraits

Where you can find corporate portraits

 

∗ Company websites
∗ 'About us' sections
∗ LinkedIn profiles
∗ Real estate agents websites
∗ Book covers

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Why is professional image important

In today’s corporate world, much of the networking is done online. That is why personal branding is more important than ever and why a high-quality photo is your first meeting with the public. CEO portrait has helped hundreds of CEOs and senior executives present the professional image they need to be successful.
 

Benefits of having a professional LinkedIn profile photo

Having a professional headshot separates you from the rest of the crowd because it shows that you take your work and image seriously. It shows that you are willing to go the extra mile to make sure that people who see you for the first time have a good impression of you.
 

LinkedIn "Did you know"

  • 92 % of companies use social media to research applicants during their hiring process
  • an astonishing 20 % of hiring managers only look at your profile picture and nothing else on LinkedIn when determining whether to bring you in for an interview
  • according to a study published by LinkedIn itself, you are 14 times more likely to be taken seriously if you have a professional headshot on your LinkedIn page.
     

Choosing proper clothes

Appropriate clothing might be more or less dictated by your profession and the image you want to create. Make sure your clothes are pressed and clean and you feel comfortable. We should also discuss more options according to the final usage of the photos.
 

Preparation

One week before: Take care of all your beauty treatments (haircut, hair colour, eyebrows, etc.) so the treatments are fresh but look natural.

The night before: Sleep. Lots and lots of sleep.
 

Hair and makeup

This is a similar situation to headshots. A hairstylist can make your hair look its best for the shoot. A professional makeup artist knows what makeup looks good on camera and will make you look your best. Men don’t usually need makeup. Just a little powder will eliminate shine.

Note: Upon request I can arrange a makeup artist for you.


Retouching

When I retouch corporate portraits, I follow same principles as with headshots. I focus on your eyes, clean up loose hairs, remove blemishes and skin imperfections if they are temporary.

Note: If you have special requirements, I can offer you advanced retouching. From little things like scars, birth marks or tattoo removal to adjusting body proportions.

 

 

About casual portraits

Most of the tips mentioned for headshots and corporate portraits can be applied to casual portraits as well. With one significant difference — this is the time to get creative, playful and experiment as much as you want.
 

Choosing proper clothes

It is always important to know how the photos will be used in the end. Planning not only helps you with your clothes choices, we should take into consideration locations too. Then we should decide on the style of the clothes and suitable colours.

casual portrait

Preparation

One week before: Take care of all your beauty treatments (haircut, hair colour, eyebrows, etc.) so the treatments are fresh but look natural.

The night before: Sleep. Lots and lots of sleep.
 

Hair and makeup

A hairstylist can make your hair look its best for the shoot. Even though the sessions seem casual, a professional makeup artist knows what makeup looks good on camera and will make you look your best. Men don’t usually need makeup. Just a little powder will eliminate shine.

Note: Upon request I can arrange a makeup artist for you.
 

Retouching

When it comes to retouching of casual portraits, I will always discuss with you whether you want me to remove or adjust any permanent features, such as birth marks. Otherwise I will only take care of blemishes and skin imperfections if they are temporary.

Note: If you have special requirements, I can offer you advanced retouching. From little things like scars, birth marks or tattoo removal to adjusting body proportions.

 

 

Partners

Alexandra Vicenikova — Belle Studio

Certified makeup artist providing wedding, photo and creative image makeup. Also offers hairstyling services.
website: www.bellestudio.cz
 

Gabriela Pustejovska — Salon Esence

Certified makeup artist with years of experience, also offers cosmetic consultancy and massages.
website: www.esence-salon.cz

 

 
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