You get the perfect outfit, you sit for a few minutes with your photographer, and then it’s over until you book your next photo shoot. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that headshots are now an essential part of your professional image. With the ever-growing need for great photographers and their services, it can be difficult to keep up with all of the new tricks and techniques that photographers have developed in recent years. However, once you’re up to speed on everything there is to know about headshot photography, you are sure to come up with some creative uses that will make you look at other photos as well as your own images in a whole new way. In this blog post, we are going to cover some interesting and useful tips on how you can use your headshots even after your photo session is over.
Don’t Forget the Action Shots
Before you even think about making your headshots look gorgeous, there is one thing that you need to get right first. That is the action shot that you show in your headshots. If you’re not sure what your action shot should be, then you should probably just sit down and write down one or two “activities” that you most often see yourself doing. Once you have that down, you are one step closer to having a great headshot.
When you take action shots, you want to look like you are performing your activities in real-time. You also want to make sure that your pose is natural and not posed at all. If you are unsure of how to pose for an action shot, ask a friend to be your photographer. If you are taking the shot outdoors, make sure that the surroundings complement the activity.
If you are taking the shot indoors, add a few accents to better fit the activity.
Change up Your Environment to Give Your Headshots a New Twist
If your studio is in a space that feels a little stale and uninteresting, then why not change things up and use your studio for something more creative? Of course, you might be thinking that this is very difficult to do when it comes to headshots, but it really isn’t. There are a ton of ways that you can change up your studio environment and use that as inspiration for your headshots. Here are just a few examples of how you can use your studio environment to give your headshots a new twist.
Make it look like you are deep in thought or daydreaming. Make sure that the environment around you supports this look.
Make sure that you change up your studio lighting. You can use the lighting in your studio for accentuating the color of your eyes or for posing your model.
You can also use your studio for more creative studio decor. For example, if you have a painting in your studio that you love, then why not use it as inspiration for your headshots?
Use your headshots to build your online presence
If your headshots are just sitting on the wall in your studio, then there is no point in celebrating them. However, if you take these photos out into the world and use them to build an online presence, then you have made these photos so much more than just photos.
Online presences are often built by using images that tell a story. Online, images have longer than short-term memory that short phrases or sentences can build upon.
If you are looking for a longer-term online presence, then your headshots are an excellent place to start.
When it comes to using your headshots as a way to build an online presence, there are many creative ways that you can do this. Here are just a few examples.
Make a blog post and use your headshots for the header image.
Use your headshots for your social media profile pictures.
Make a slideshow that uses your headshots as the images in the slideshow.
Make Your Headshots Work for You in Print Media
If you are considering booking a print media shoot with a talent agency, then you should remember that headshots are just as important in print media as they are in headshots. This is because print media often uses your headshots in print ads, brochures, and business cards.
When looking to make your headshots work in print media, there are many ways that you can do this. Here are just a few examples.
Make your headshots work for you by making sure that they are well-lit, have good composition, and are styled appropriately. You can also use your headshots to add some color to your business cards.
Frame the shot like an art piece
If your goal is to make your headshots look like pieces of art, then why not frame them like one? In fact, why not frame your headshots in an unconventional way that is more like a painting? For example, why not frame your headshots like an artist would frame a piece of art?
This framing will create a look that is much more striking than simply framing your headshots with one of the standard frames you can buy in a store.
Congratulations on booking your first headshots! Now that you are all done with your session, you are going to want to use them. However, don’t just put them away and wait until your next booking comes around to use them. Instead, take these photos out into the world and use them to build your online presence, frame your shot like an art piece, make your images work for you in print media, and more.
With these tips and tricks in mind, you will be able to make the most out of your headshots once they have been taken. In fact, you will be able to use these photos in creative ways that you wouldn’t have even thought of before.