Category Archives: Photography

How Often Should You Update Your Headshot?

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Are you still pushing that Steve Jobs look in a Black & White photo? It’s time to update your look. Credits: Left Photo: Karaminder Ghuman; Right Photo: Levi Sims

Take a good look at the headshot you’re using on your business social media pages or website and ask yourself: Does this headshot still represent who I am today?

You may like that image, but say you walk into an interview or a meeting with a new client whom you connected with through LinkedIn or your business website; or if you’re an actor and walk into an audition. Ask yourself: will you be recognized as the person in the headshot?

Think about it: For women — if you have a headshot on your LinkedIn page where you’re a brunette, and you show up to an interview, meeting or audition as a blond, that could unconsciously (or consciously) be surprising and distracting to your interviewer, or at a casting call, as they were expecting someone looking different. For Men, same issue — if you have a headshot where you’re clean-shaven and show up with a beard or mustache (or you shaved your facial hair since your last headshot).

So, when should you update your headshot?

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Party Photos for Business Headshots?

You’re at a party with friends and someone takes a group picture. You see the shot on your friend’s social media feed and decide to crop the photo and use that as your business headshot.

But is that the most professional way to present yourself on your business social media and your business website?

Think about this: would you wear that outfit from a party to a business meeting? Probably not. It wouldn’t look professional, or the way you’d want to present yourself in such a business environment.

So why use a party shot as your business headshot?

Consider the images above of the same person. On the left, is a shot taken at a social gathering with a group of people and cropped. Not bad for a social pic, but for a business headshot the exposure and the color is off, the background is cluttered, and chunky earrings and lace top are distracting.

The image on the right, from a headshot session, has a solid, uncluttered background, good lighting and has a professional tone. It’s a far superior image to showcase on a business website or social media sites like LinkedIn.

For your professional life you invest in your attire, your education, business organizations; and if you’re in a situation where you present information to people, you invest in the time to prepare for a presentation.

Investing in a professional headshot is one more business decision to further your career. It’s an investment that will pay you dividends.

Rob Feiner is the owner of RZF Images, a New York City professional photographer, specializing in headshot and portrait photography. Reach him at: rzfeiner@rzfimages.com  www.rzfimages.com

 

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2016

Been a little while since I’ve added an entry to my blog. I’ve been busy helping lead some modeling photo workshops and working on growing a headshot business. So if anyone needs headshots, let me know. I’ll post some of my work in that area shortly.

Last week the 11th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party was held on Governor’s Island, a 5-minute ferry ride from lower Manhattan. This Prohibition-inspired gathering attracts now thousands of people, many in period dress from the ’20s, ’30s & ’40s.

Here are a few images from last week’s event. More can be seen on my website: http://www.rzfimages.com/2016-Photos/Jazz-Age-Lawn-Party-16/

SantaCon Gets an Undeserved Bad Wrap in the Media

I did my personal SantaCon photowalk yesterday (12/12/15) around the East Village in Manhattan getting some images of the revelers. While SantaCon kicked off in Brooklyn this year, vs. Times Square, I decided to be lazy and shoot the assorted Kris Kringles, Elves & Reindeers later in the day in my home borough.

Being out around 4pm the conventional wisdom would have said that SantaCon participants–reveling since 10am–would have been all liquored up by then. But from what I saw, it was far from the case. People were having a good time but were far from drunk, and I went around to several of the sanctioned bars on SantaCon’s route to take pics. The NYPD, it was reported, make no (zero, nada) arrests for drunk & disorderly conduct.

Yet, it seems several New York media outlets (The Daily News, NY Post and Gawker being fairly egregious) have a narrative they want to put forward of a bunch of rowdy drunks in red, instead of seeing this as a fun celebration — which is what I’ve found over the years with people attending SantaCon. Frankly, I’ve seen worse behavior from spectators at the NY Marathon than at SantaCon.

Okay, rant over. Here are a few images from my SantaCon photowalk. More images on my website.

All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site or my website may be used without written permission.

NYC Marathon 2015

It was a picture-perfect day for the annual NYC Marathon. The weather was cool and the overcast sky kept the temps both comfortable and great for photographing this incredible race. Some 50,000 participants went the distance this year and what was striking to me, was something that while not unusual, and in fact quite typical, was the focused demeanor of the serious runners compared with those just wanting to participate, not worrying about their time, but just finishing and enjoying being in the moment.

Here are a few images from the Marathon. More can be found on my website.

All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site or my website may be used without written permission.

A Life Story Foundation Benefit

Last week a call was put out by renowned NYC headshot photographer, Peter Hurley, to his Headshot Crew to photograph an event dear to his heart, the NYC Best Chef’s Ultimate Family Dinner Benefit and auction for the A Life’s Story Foundation. This foundation was formed by one of his close friends, Kevin Swan, who contracted ALS in 2012, and is dedicated to funding research to effectively treat and ultimately find a cure for ALS. The images below are from Monday’s benefit dinner.

Five celebrity chefs each prepared a course for this benefit, they being:

Marco Canora from Hearth (where the benefit took place)
Seamus Mullen from Tertulia
Howard Kalachnikoff from Gramercy Tavern
Jordan Frosolone from Sessanta
Claudia Fleming from North Fork Table and Inn

It was a great turnout for this event and some incredible food as well. It was a worthy event to photograph as well as one to support with donations.

All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site or my website may be used without written permission.

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2015

Photographing at the Jazz Age Lawn Party is like shooting on a studio set for a period production. A vast majority of attendees to this ’20s event are dressed up in some great flapper and other period clothing at this festival on Governor’s Island, a 5 minute ferry ride from Manhattan. There were two stages where bands played swing and jazz and plenty of room for dancing.

Here are several images I made this past weekend, with more on my website.

If you weren’t able to come out this weekend, the Jazz Age Lawn Party is gearing up again on August 15 & 16.

All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site or my website may be used without written permission.