It's time for new headshots, and that's a time I dread. I have read articles online and recently read a book on how to put your best self out. And you know what is most important? Headshots. I have a problem though and that is that I never like how I look on film.
The first real shoot that I did was with a friend about 5 years ago. Before that I just cropped a photo of myself to sort of look like a headshot. The photo to the left was from that shoot. At the time I was mostly happy. My only concern was that my hair had this weird flip in it. It wasn't until I spent a little more time in the industry that I realized it was weird I was wearing a suit, the photo wasn't cropped correctly for a headshot, and it doesn't really show my personality. I come across as generic.
This was no fault of my friend! He has some absolutely gorgeous photos of landscapes and city-scapes. But he doesn't photograph people often. That being said he did get the photo of me below, and that is still one of my favorites!
A couple years later I was working with a young photographer named Jenny Chapman who helped me get out of my comfort zone. It wasn't hard! She and I talked as we walked through a park and took photos. She adjusted the way I was smiling, and tried to get me to try new things. I felt so awkward! What came out of that is my favorite headshots. I feel that is shows off what I do that's different. However, even THAT photo is getting old now. I'm going to get new headshots taken this summer, and I think I'm going back to Jenni. I feel like I'm giving her a plug, but I have never felt comfortable in front of a camera. So now it's time for me to do it again. Headshots here I come!
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