6 Tips For Camera Shy Men

How to Build Confidence In Front Of The Camera.

Gents If you find yourself running away from the camera here are our top 6 tips to help you build your confidence and start creating some awesome memories and excellent professional headshots.

  1. Before your shoot raise your arms above your head for 30 seconds. This may seem like a strange thing to do especially if you are already a shy person, but it has been said that Silverback gorillas do this in the wild to build confidence and assert their authority. So wave your hands in the air, get in front of the camera and absolutely smash it! (Metaphorically please don’t smash our cameras)
  1. Wear something that makes you feel like James bond, Smart sophisticated and ready to take on the world. Professor Pine from the University of Hertfordshire discovered that ‘Putting on different clothes creates different thoughts and mental processes.’ So wear something that makes you feel awesome and confident, this could be as little as a favourite pair of pants or why not go all out and wear your superman PJ’s underneath your clothes.
  1. A good photograph uses the whole face and body. While you’re in a shoot or having your photo taken, think of the last time you cried with laughter and let that memory fill into your whole body.
  1. Let the lens be your friend – Change your actions and it will change your mindset. When somebody gets out a camera to take a photo it’s easy to run away and hide. It’s even easier to say yes and get used to having your photo taken. Saying yes to having your photo taken helps you dramatically in three different ways. Firstly, it boosts your confidence, secondly, it stops the rest of the party asking “why don’t you like your photo being taken”, and finally you will have a wonderful image to make a great day last a lifetime.
  1. All the celebs do it, so why can’t you – don’t be afraid to wear a bit of makeup! A first photo shoot can be a little nerve-wracking. And all of us get a little bit sweaty from time to time, especially when we’re nervous. There’s nothing less shameful than dabbing a bit of powder on your forehead, to stop that glistening sweaty shine. Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Leonardo Di-Caprio all wear makeup during their films and photo shoots to enhance their appearances, why else do you think they look so good!
  1. Take a few minutes to relax with a few relaxation techniques. The facts are that simple breathing techniques reduce stress and muscle tension, they also slow your heart rate and build your confidence all at the same time! Here are two of our favourites you can do anywhere: 1. Breathe in through your nose for 6 seconds and hold for 6 seconds, and then out through your mouth for 6 seconds. 2. Close your eyes and imagine that your body is filling up with hot gold, imagine that the hot liquid is filling every part of your body right to the top. These two short exercises will make you feel more relaxed and empowered in minutes, plus you can do them anywhere!

Our friendly team have worked with every type of person imaginable so as long as you bring yourself and be open to being coached and directed, you won’t be disappointed. The tips above are not essential, but if you want the very best headshot they can help transform your confidence and make you think positively about having your photo taken.

We will continue lighting people up and if you ever think that you may want to give a shoot a go, to boost your confidence and to create a great new headshot, get in touch with our team and we will create the perfect look you are looking for. If you would like to find out more about professional headshots and where you can use them click here.

 

 

 

Why You Need A Professional Headshot

Would you risk turning up to a business meeting dressed in your office wear and trainers? Me neither, and just like a pair of shoes completes your look, so does a great headshot.

 A professional headshot is a long-lasting first impression for when you are not around.

 Having our heads attached to our bodies is a star quality we all have the privilege of living with. The face is one of the main features we as humans recognise each other by every day. However, professional headshots are much more than just a picture of your face.

A great professional headshot photographer considers body language, your smile, your brand colours, even the way you want to be perceived by your target market. Many people have forgotten the importance of first impressions online. The same way that you wouldn’t risk turning up to a business meeting in your trainers, some people risk their first impression being compromised, through lack of knowledge of just how dramatically influential a professional headshot has in association with you and your business. The fact of the matter is the quality of the visual representation affects the way people perceive the overall product or service, that product or service being your personal brand image.

 

If you are considering having your headshot taken for any purpose, have it taken by The Headshot Guy because It’s not worth turning up in trainers.

Click HERE to book your professional headshot

 

TRUTH OR LIES: How to spot a FAKE smile!

You know the situation, the awkwardly raised eyebrows, the tight curl of the lip, the flaring of the right nostril and the straight face that gives nothing away, then finally, it is the cherry on top, the fake smile!

Yes, I have said it the ‘fake smile’, is there anything more threatening, more aggravating, more irritating? I hope not! For me, the ‘fake smile’ is a big no-no!

Just so you can clearly understand what I mean here is an over exaggerated version perfectly demonstrated by Chandler from Friends.

Real life isn’t like friends and professional headshot photographers are above and beyond anything you have just seen in that video. But in all seriousness how do we tell if a person is giving a ‘fake’ or genuine smile?

Well, psychologist Richard Eastman has looked into the phenomenon and now gives a few practical tips on how to solve the issue that lies at the heart of whether someone is being true or false. He states that the key to the fake smile is empathy. ‘Empathy lies at the heart of detecting a real smile! Crucially, a person who is more empathic will notice a real smile.’ In fact, research has shown that the real smile is detectable because of the way the skin crinkles around the eyes, named the ‘Duchenne smile’ after a French physician who enjoyed playing with electrodes and shocking his patients….Nice!

Some of us have trained ourselves to re-enact the ‘Duchenne smile’ and trick other people into believing that we are smiling. This may work in real life but be sure that a camera will pick up on this, and the vast majority of us can spot a fake smile on a photograph a mile off.

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Having a genuine smile is important for our ability to trust each other and relate as human beings, it’s not only important for how people come across but it also affects our decisions when interacting with other people.

A good headshot photographer will never ask you to smile but will encourage it through the way they guide you through the shoot, ensuring you have the best headshot with a real smile. That’s why The Headshot Guy is recognised as the best in the business.

 


 

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Six tips for Camera Shy Ladies to Build Confidence on Camera

If you find yourself running away from the camera here are our top 6 tips to help you build your confidence and start creating some beautiful memories and excellent professional headshots.

  1. A good photograph uses the whole face and body. While you’re in a shoot or having your photo taken, think of a memory where you could not stop laughing and let that memory fill into your whole body.
  1. Ask your friends to take more photo’s of you, so you can get used the feeling of seeing a still image of yourself that’s not in the mirror. A study shows that Nationally, men check their face 27 times on average each day, against 34 times on average for women. We look at our reflection so often in the mirror that now; when we see a photograph of ourselves we appear to look different. This is because we do look different in the mirror. The more photos other people take of you the better. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for “selfies” as they imitate the way we look in a mirror, so you are going to have to ask a friend to take a photo or pop on a self-timer.
  1. Be cautious of what styling products you use, some hair products can appear to make your hair look stiff and unnatural. Reveal that natural look by researching what hair products suit your hair colour, texture and style.
  1. Select an outfit that makes you feel great and positive! In a study, researchers found that the clothes you wear actually affect your mood. “The strong link between clothing and mood state suggests we should put on clothes that we associate with happiness, even when feeling low.” This is because when you put on clothes you associate with being happy it makes your mood happier. Ensure your photograph looks great by wearing an outfit that makes you feel positive and confident.
  1. The Power Pose – also perfect for an interview, the power pose is a simple exercise you can do to make you feel relaxed and confident. Just before having your photo shoot pop somewhere quite, stand with your feet firmly on the ground, hands on your hips and stay like that for two minutes without saying anything. This makes your non-verbal communication confident, and after two minutes this confidence soaks into your body and into your shoot. For feeling strange for two minutes this in return enhances your photographs making you look and feel more confident and relaxed.
  1. Visualise the ideal outcome of your photo-shoot or photograph. It doesn’t matter whether you are taking part in the activity or visualising it, the same neural networks of the brain are still being used. By closing your eyes and Visualising the outcome in as much detail as possible it enhances your senses making them more receptive. This helps you feel more confident about achieving your goal because you have already done it in your brain.

Our friendly team has worked with every type of person imaginable so as long as you bring yourself and be open to being coached and directed, you won’t be disappointed. The tips above are not essential, but if you want the very best headshot they can help transform your confidence and make you think positively about having your photo taken.

We will continue lighting people up and if you ever think that you may want to give a shoot a go, to boost your confidence and to create a great new headshot, get in touch with our team and we will create the perfect look you are looking for. If you would like to find out more about professional headshots and where you can use them click here.

To check out some of the ladies that have had their headshots taken with us click here.

 

 

Don’t be a Toblerone, Close the Gap!

People are now looking at the famous yellow Prism as incomplete, sub-standard and untrustworthy.

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Once a bar being admired by chocolate lovers everywhere, now an old edible brown bicycle stand waiting to be sent back to the manufacturer. The Swiss T, no matter how great of a chocolate bar it may be, has now widened the gap not only between the blocks but also between itself and its audience.

In our terms, the gap in this new chocolate bar (if you can still call it that) symbolises the gap between what people think you look like and what you actually look like.

For example, you might think you look professional on LinkedIn, using a cropped headshot of yourself in a nice suit or dress, but other professionals may think your profile looks incomplete substandard and untrustworthy. The headshot guy aims to close that gap by giving you the perfect headshot, appropriate for your own brand image.

Professionals and other business people want to see you looking at the top of your game when you’re networking with them, this builds their trust and influences their decisions, therefore closing the gap. This could be the deciding factor for that promotion or the new job you are looking for.

Close the gaps between you and your potential business partners and who knows you may be the next Willy Wonka.

Call us on 0800 0234565 for a free consultation of how to close the gap with a great headshot.

 


 

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Horror Headshots on Halloween…

The Tale of Michael’s Horror Headshot

It was a cold dark Monday morning and a medium sized business owner called Michael had just uncovered one of the most terrifying things known to business today

He had all the qualifications and experience needed to confidently manage one of the most successful business deals of all time. Everything seemed perfect after all the time, effort, emails and meetings – a 15-year contract was waiting to be signed. The inquisitive potential business partner, who Micheal had been in conversation with for months, had finally decided to take the plunge by purchasing some of Michael’s Company’s state of the art security software.

All of a sudden something terrible happened… Moments before the potential business partner signed the contract, something told her to check Micheal’s Linkedin Profile. She checked LinkedIn for reassurance that Michael was a professional businessman that could be trusted with the security of her business. Michael’s profile appeared on the screen and in that instant the potential investor decided to not sign the contract.

Michael dreamt all night of how this new deal would change his life and the lives of the employees at his company. He turned up to work on Monday morning to an email stating that his potential business partner had pulled out of the deal.

Every time there is a full moon Michael wakes up at midnight with terrors of what more he could have possibly done to seal that deal.

Unbeknown to Michael, the LinkedIn profile photo he was using at the time spooked his potential business partner. His professional photograph that should have been screaming, “I am a secure, trusted, businessman” was instead screaming “look how relaxed and fun I am!” The image Michael used was a cropped photograph of him at a wedding two years ago. His professionalism and his company’s success may have been the best in the world, but his ghastly profile picture made for a very unhappy ending for Michael.

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Nightmare situation – Dressed for the occasion, but the wrong occasion…

Don’t make the same mistake as Michael, remember wedding photo’s have no place representing your business or personal brand image on linkedIn. Wearing a stunning dress or fancy suit isn’t enough to create a trusting online profile that business people take seriously. You wouldn’t wear a Halloween outfit on Christmas day or turn up to an interview wearing a cravat or wedding dress, so don’t make the same vital error by the representing yourself online wearing the wrong attire.

Book a dream photo shoot with The Headshot Guy to ensure your brand image is represented throughout your entire business online.

For do’s and don’ts about your LinkedIn profile and headshot click here.

To get your free quote on your dream Headshot Guy photo shoot click here.

 

 

 


 

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Even the Victorians had fun in front of the camera…

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Many of us enjoy being silly in front of the camera – in fact being silly in front of the camera can work wonders for your headshot. It’s pleasantly surprising to see that our Victorian ancestors also had lots of fun during their photo shoots.

These refreshing photographs show that our Victorian ancestors, who are renowned for their stiff and proper personalities, weren’t afraid to let their guard down and produce photos with oodles of character.

 

We have no idea who or what is known about the people or dog in these headshots or the reason for them being taken. What we do know is that, apart from their clothing, these photos are very much like the fun ones we often take in our shoots as you can see.

The Woodhorn Museum in Washington displayed The Victorian headshots as part of an expedition, less than two hours away from our Leeds studio.

The Headshot Guy encourages you to let loose in your shoots by pulling funny and unusual faces. From our experience this builds confidence in front of the camera whilst creating a brief stress release for those hectic weeks. A photo shoot like the one in the video generates vibrant engagement with the colleagues in your business, providing them something positive to talk about on the commute home.

 


 

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Is your face like the back end of a bus?

If you decide to use your face as an advertisement on a London bus, you better use a professional headshot to prevent looking like the back end of one.

Including a face alongside your message instantly humanizes it and makes it trustworthy. We as complex human beings have an inherent trust in other people, a simple way to gain that trust to improve your brand is through the use of human faces in your advertisements, posts, designs, business cards, the list goes on.

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With over 8.6 million people living in London and over half of all UK bus trips taking place in London, It’s no surprise that top organisations are advertising their faces on the side of the famous red bus.

MiddletonMurray develop great careers for the next generation of employees and build future-proof workforces for all their SME clients. They decided to use their founder and CEO Angela Middleton’s professional headshot for the launch of their new head office in London.

‘’The strapline we created for the official opening of our new Head Office in the Strand, Westminster was  ‘We haven’t moved…We’ve Arrived!’ Central to this was the graphic we created of a London bus featuring the MiddletonMurray logo and John Cassidy’s superb headshot of our founder and CEO, Angela Middleton. The promotion was a great success and the ‘We’ve Arrived’ graphic was widely shared on social media’’.

If you’re thinking of using a face for any branding ensure you have the right headshot to implement the precise brand image you need – and avoid looking like the back end of a bus.

 


 

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Even criminals demand a good headshot…

If you found yourself on the wrong side of the law and the police took your mugshot and released it to the media would you be cheeky enough to ask them to use one of your own?

aussie-mugshot-518-year-old Australian escape convict Amy Sharp did because she knows that a good headshot is key to her brand image. So much so, that when Amy was on the run from police after she escaped from a correctional facility, she took to social media to ask police and news teams to change her mugshot to a more credible photograph of her own.

With a surge of followers and over 52,000 likes, Amy’s decision to request the photo of her to be changed to one she prefers is, in my opinion, pretty cheeky. While concentrating on fleeing from police, Amy still couldn’t resist the temptation to try and change her brand image. But it’s still unknown as to what new branding Amy was attempting with her new photograph.

screenshot-2016-09-25-14-02-54Although Amy’s idea to change her mugshot was brilliant, unfortunately, her preferred photo left out half of her face which, as we all know, is where the money is. As funny as this story is, it does raise some significant questions for the rest of us.

 

 

 

 

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And it’s not just Amy,  another Australian man in an exchange with police on Facebook asked them to change his mugshot. Daniel Damon, who was wanted for failing to answer bail for traffic and drug matters, replied to the post and to a number of other users commenting on the situation.

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If you were on the run or god forbid, you were to get arrested, do you have a great image you could use to portray the fun professional side of you?

Whatever your profession, The Headshot Guy will light you up and create the perfect headshot inline with your personal brand image.

If you’re curious about what a good professional headshot looks like or just want to have browse at some lovely faces we’ve shot click below.

 


 

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Developing Headshots

The modern world we live in is a strange place. Everyone wants everything yesterday at the latest and if it can’t be done then it’s just not good enough. It’s easy to forget how far we’ve come in a relatively short space of time and even easier to forget how rapidly technology has developed.

Headshots have been around long before they were even called headshots and although some people still find it awkward to be in front of the camera it has to be said that the results have come on leaps and bounds to what they once were. In the days before cameras there were ‘tintypes’ and even before then there were portraits. People have always wanted to capture the image of themselves – whether it’s for business, to remember a moment or as part of family tradition.

Having come so far already, at The Headshot Guy, we often wonder and discuss where technology will take us next – what piece of equipment will be used in the future to ‘photograph’ people? Have we peaked with cameras or will there be more developments and new technology that our children’s children will be using?

Even if cameras stick around for the foreseeable future just how compact will they become? Having said that, it is great to see that DSLR cameras seem to have made somewhat of a comeback in the last 2 years or so… Who knows what technology the future will bring or what may come back around again. I have to say I have always admired the ‘tintypes’ effect on pictures , maybe that will be the next retro trend to resurface.

For now, we’re sticking to what we know best! Take advantage of our skills behind the camera and let us capture you at your best for your online profiles. Click here to find out more about what we can do for your online brand and why it’s so important to be seen in the right light.

 


 

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