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High Quality Headshots Get You & Your Business Noticed

 

 

 

 

It’s critical today to have a great looking headshot on your business media pages, from LinkedIn, your website, business cards etc. Yet most people are nervous about getting in front of the camera. Why? Because they probably never had any direction from a photographer and/or the images they’re in are not lit well.

With good direction and posing tips, a photographer should be able to put you at ease so you can look confident, approachable and convey trust in your headshot images. The two women here from a corporate shoot I did last week were both nervous at first because previously they have not had good photographic experiences. I got them comfortable and relaxed in their sessions and the resulting images conveys this.

 

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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

 

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

Pin-Up Style Studio Shoot

Here are a few pin-up style images I shot last month. Model: Lucy. This was a 2-light setup with Photoflex strobes and softboxes in my studio. Camera: Nikon D800.

Post processing was done in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop PSCC, and Nik Color Efex Pro 4.

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

Odette

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Had a very enjoyable afternoon photographing Odette as my model. We used a few different lighting setups, for a fashion look to more dramatic images like this one.

Still going through and editing the various images we made. This one was shot with one light with a 24X32 soft box with a grid to keep the light from spilling on the backdrop. More images shortly.

Tech Note: Taken with a Nikon D800 1/200 sec, f/14 ISO 250, with a Nikkor 28-70mm lens at 50mm

Update: Here are a couple more images I’ve finished editing

All photos © 2014 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site may be used without written permission.

Photoshop World Las Vegas

Photoshop World is one of the leading educational conventions for photographers and creatives who are looking to enhance their Photoshop  and photography skills. I headed to Las Vegas earlier this month to learn from some of the best photographers and PS educators in the business.

Produced by KelbyOne, which offers unparalleled training courses, both online, live, on video and in books and DVD’s, there are over 100 different sessions you can sit in on, each about an hour long. Leading photographers, from Joe McNally, Alan Hess, Moose Peterson, Lindsay Adler, Jason Groupp, Dave Black, Peter Hurley to Tamara Lackey and more, provide great insight and learning about their respective photography genres, and are highly approachable and accessible throughout the convention.

Optional pre-convention workshops are held the day prior to the show and I signed up for the live concert photography workshop, where you are photographing a live band. There were about 40 photographers in this workshop and everyone got to submit their best photo for a contest where the winner received a brand new Nikon D810 (unfortunately, I didn’t come home with that!).

Additionally, there’s a product expo for testing out equipment, check out various accessories and software and buy product from retailers like Adorama and B&H Photo which have a presence on the expo floor. Plus, there’s the Las Vegas strip to walk at night for some great photos, which I took advantage of.

After four days of intense photography, learning and fun, you come away both energized, full of new ways to approach the craft — and a bit tired! But it’s well worth it.

Here are some images from the week’s event:

All photos © 2014 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site may be used without written permission. 

Jayne

Images from a model shoot with Jayne a few weeks ago.

All photos are © 2014 RZF Images. All Rights Reserved