What to expect during your Headshot Photo Session

You enter the studio nervously, unsure what to expect. You say hi to the receptionist, and take a seat until you're called... 5 minutes past your appointment time. As you're escorted to the back, you notice racks and racks of equipment; you stifle a giggle as you notice the grey backdrop that reminds you of school photos way back when. The photographer points you towards a chair, sits you down, and begins adjusting lights and his camera. Before you know it, you hear 'smile!', there are bulbs flashing, and you're not even sure where you're supposed to look. "Wait! What are my hands supposed to do?!" 

 
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Honestly, I don't think there are many photographers that still operate this way, and certainly none that I consider colleagues. But I do know that many of my clients EXPECT this to be the experience when they first start to understand that they need new headshots. And guys, I gotta tell you, it's just not true. Don't let this outdated vision of what headshots are stop you from stepping up your online presence. 

 
It’s important to have chemistry with your photographer so you can relax and look your best in camera.
— Kristin Hardwick
 
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Here's what you can expect during your headshot session with me: 

Easy booking - seriously, shoot me an email or call, and we can find a date that works for , you pay your session fee, and it's booked. In PEN (but also in Google because we live + die by the online calendars, amiright?)

A What to Wear Guide, that helps you figure out what the heck to wear! It's not that tricky, I promise, and the answer isn't always a blazer or suit (unless of course that's your power suit, then it's probably the answer!)

The option for hair and makeup. Not sure how to do your makeup for camera? No problem, because Sarah does! If you're anything like me, you'll want to be sure that your hair is also looking salon perfect in your photos, so you can book her for that as well. P.S. KHP clients get special pricing just for us!

 
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A laid back, millyard studio, that's filled with sunlight, some gear, and a lot of good energy. I know this because I felt it the first time I came in, and it's hands down the comment I get the most about our beautiful studio. It's got good energy. We also have those traditional grey backdrops, along with other colors, exposed brick walls, and so much more. And if your brand warrants something outdoors? We have everything from urban chic to rural fields all within a 5 minute walk from the studio. It's pretty darn perfect. 

Posing instruction, from your pinky finger to your chin. Unless you're Beyoncé, I'm not going to expect you to know how to pose in front of my camera. None of us do, and it's my job to see where the light is hitting those cheekbones, and which side is your best. Leave it to me to pose your shoulders, your hips, and yes, even your feet. I got you. 

 
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Real conversation. I need my clients to be comfortable with me, to really relax and open up to my camera. Those real conversations lead to real expressions, (and oh so often, real friendships!) This doesn't mean I'm going to be asking about your childhood fears ha! but I do want to know about your business, why you're getting photos done, and anything else you want to share with me!

Light retouching of your photos. Things I do edit without you asking: fine lines, acne, stray hairs, and weird bulges from your shirt not laying flat. Shadows under your eyes that are MY fault (not yours). Things I could have changed in posing. I am happy to further edit, but I am confident that you're going to see your photos and feel great about yourself, without my photoshopping you within an inch of your life :) You want your photos to look like the best representation of you - not a false image that people are going to feel distrustful of. 

A GOOD time. I can't tell you how many times I've had clients say "That was way more fun than I expected!" or my personal favorite "That wasn't painful at all!" And that's all before they see their final images...

 
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If you're ready to get your headshots done AND spend some time brainstorming your brand, talking my ear off about your latest project, and practicing your 'chin down and out' (that'll make more sense after, I promise!) then shoot me an email - STAT. Or give me a call, I'd love to answer whatever other questions you have!

 

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All photos of the lovely Laurie-Ann Murabito, Public Speaking Coach and Leadership Expert. Find her online at https://laurieannmurabito.com/ Hair and makeup by Premiere Makeup and Hair.