At some point in your life, you had your picture taken for the first time. And at some point, in your life, you may need a professional headshot taken for the first time, and this can definitely jangle the nerves. Being that I am new to the Hughes Fioretti team, I recently had my first-ever headshot taken by Hughes Fioretti Photography, and I had a lot of feelings about it that I imagine others share. When it comes to being photographed, we all have our personal insecurities and levels of comfort. Below are the top 3 concerns I had coming into the shoot as a first timer.
1. I DO NOT KNOW WHICH COLORS LOOK BEST ON ME IN PHOTOS.
We all have our power colors – I am partial to jewel tones – but that does not necessarily mean they work on camera. A general rule is to avoid white tops, busy patterns, and shiny material. Go with muted, solid colors that complement your natural coloring. Read through this article on our blog on how to pick the right colors for your skin tone.
2. I DO NOT LIKE MY SMILE.
I do not like to smile with my teeth. My photographer seamlessly pivoted from the planned shots with an open smile to more of the shots with a closed smile. It is important to have a photographer who respects your insecurities and works with you to obtain beautiful results that you are happy with.
3. I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO MAKE MYSELF LOOK GOOD IN PHOTOS.
This is where your photographer comes in! You have picked out the right outfits, perfected your hair/makeup, and arrived at the studio on time, and now the anxiety may be kicking in. My photographer guided my poses, adjusting fine details to get the perfect shot, all while explaining what they were doing so I could understand what the camera was seeing. Once you have been shown how to elongate your neck or relax your shoulders, you can utilize these poses moving forward.
Getting my headshots done by Hughes Fioretti Photography was a surprisingly calming and empowering experience. Once I had gone through the process, I realized that I was going to be supported by the photographer, and that it’s more of a collaborative effort than I realized. I showed up with an open mind and a positive attitude. Overall, my experience was pleasant and informative, my anxieties were alleviated, and Gary provided expert coaching throughout my session to come up with fab photos that we both love.