Category Archives: Portraits/Headshots

Business Prospects Should Focus on your Headshot, NOT Your Photo’s Background

The first impression someone will come away with of you on a company website or LinkedIn page is your headshot — and it’s critical to make a great first impression. Images and graphics tend to attract a person’s eye before anything else.

The main aspect of your headshot image that recruiters and/or potential clients should see is: YOU!

Don’t distract people from seeing getting the right first impression with a headshot containing a background that fights for their attention. While the background of your headshot image might be interesting, the following will occur to clients and recruiters either consciously or subconsciously:

  • Your face won’t be the most memorable part of your headshot image since your background is competing with you.
  • A distracting image may convey you can’t be bothered about certain business details.

Recruiters can be more attune to the second point, coming away with an impression that you’re not investing in yourself professionally with a distracting image, which may make them wonder about your attention to detail. Remember, what you put on your business social media sites tells a lot about you, in some cases even before they read anything.

It’s best to have a solid background on your headshot. White, grey or black backgrounds allow you to stand and burn a positive image of yourself into someone’s subconscious.

Take a look at the two images above. The one on the right with a white background allows your eye to focus on the subject. There’s nothing wrong with the image on the left, it looks great—if I do say so myself  🙂 — but your eye is fighting for where to focus. The solid background of the right hand image allows you to clearly focus on the subject.

Commissioning a professional headshot photographer to make your image for your business social media sites will pay dividends for you.

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

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Are You Hiding Something? Show Yourself and Get Noticed

Does your LinkedIn profile picture and header look like this image above? In other words, no profile photo and the default header?

LinkedIn studies have shown that users with a profile picture get 21% more views than LinkedIn accounts with no profile image.

Since your profile on social media, whether on LinkedIn or other social media (business and personal) sites are your first, you want to make the best impression possible. A blank profile picture sends a subliminal message that maybe you’re trying to hide something about yourself.

So to make the best impression to business colleagues and prospective recruiters it’s critical to have a great headshot for a profile picture. For business purposes, go with a professionally produced headshot. You’ll more likely get higher a higher amount of views for your profile vs. a smartphone photo in bad light or a cropped shot from a vacation or dinner at a restaurant.

The lighting of your business headshot should be bright and focused on you, and your background uncluttered so it doesn’t distract from your image. And it’s best to be in professional attire for your industry as well as having confident and approachable expression that will get people to stop on your profile page.

I’ve heard the excuse, “I’m not photogenic”. EVERYONE is photogenic, it’s just that you haven’t had a good image made of you by someone providing direction and good lighting and composition. That’s what a good professional headshot photographer will offer you.

Invest in yourself with a professional headshot and you’ll find will pay dividends for you long-term. And, if you’re getting a professional headshot done, also bring along casual shirts/tops to change into for your personal social media sites’ profile pics. It likely won’t cost you much more—if anything. Since you’re scheduling a professional headshot session anyway, take advantage of the time you have and make the most of it.

Now go get that headshot done and upload that image to your profiles!

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.comwww.rzfimages.com

All’s Swinging at the Fifth Ave. Easter Parade

Photographing the Fifth Avenue Easter Parade is a blast. There’s really no other parade where you’re in the midst of the parade because the people are the parade. Styles abound from self-made hats & headware, to people (and some canines) dressed to the nines. It’s a fun and eclectic mix of humanity.

This year I discovered a swing band and dancers kicking it up on one of the side streets off Fifth Ave. Jazz singer Molly Ryan and reedman Dan Levinson and his band held court and about 15 pairs or so of swing dancers were kicking it up for a great time.

Here are some images I made from the parade. Many more can be found on my website. Happy Easter!

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

Tia

Had a couple of model shoots last week. Here are some images from one of them, with Tia:

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Macy’s Annual Flower Show

The Macy’s Annual Flower Show debuted on Sunday (3/23) and I had a new lens that needed testing out, making this a perfect opportunity.

I just got a Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro lens, (Macro in Nikon parlance is “Micro”) which is great for both close-up photography as well as a nice portrait lens.

This is a very impressive lens, which is great for close-ups of flowers as you’ll see below. I also starting using it for some headshots and portraits, the results which I’ll post shortly. In the meantime, enjoy these images. BTW, the Macy’s Flower Show runs through April 6.

Ica

Photos from a Studio shoot this week.   Model: Ica   Stylist: Keila Sone

All photos are  (C) 2014 RZF Images. All Rights Reserved

Alexandra

Photos from a portrait/headshot session with Alexandra last week.

All photos are  (C) 2014 RZF Images. All Rights Reserved