Being a headshot photographer relies on people skills as well as camera skills as you have to be able to communicate what you need from your clients and make them feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. It can take a lot of energy and effort to make people feel relaxed in front of the camera and although time restraints can be an issue it’s important to invest the time into achieving a great headshot every time.
Some clients take longer than others and that’s just the way it is but it’s important to know at the end of every session that you have at least three great images that you are happy for the client to use on their online platforms and be names as the photographer. Although I always end up taking tens to hundreds of pictures of one client it is always quality over quantity and that may mean investing the time into really coaching your client in front of the camera so that you can achieve the best headshot possible.
There are a lot of different things to consider and so many thoughts racing through your mind as someone steps in front of the camera. Everything from the position of the lighting to the way the client is dressed to the most flattering angle for the client. It’s important to be able to keep your thoughts in check and work through them simultaneously to capture the client at their best.