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Tips to Prepare for Your Portrait Session by a Professional Portrait Photographer

Headshot of a real estate broker for her website     When you need a  professional “headshot” or portrait for you newest book cover, new job or website or even for your loved one’s desk, it is so important to have a phone conversation before your session. Why? A professional portrait photographer will help set you at ease about the session, and and help you feel and look relaxed since that photo will set the  impression you want to make on the world…and its got to be a good one.

     Talking on the phone or even in person begins the relationship with your photographer and it does make a difference. It’s important to prepare the photographer by having a thorough conversation with her/him about why you want the photo, how it will be used, and what audience it will target.You don’t want it to be a blind date when you go to the portrait studio. You want familiarity so you can relax and be yourself without being self-conscious.

    A professional photographer will discuss hair and make up tips as well and what kinds of clothing to bring to make you look the best. The professional portrait photographer will suggest women getting your hair cut about a week before the session for best results and a blow dry that morning before the session to give it life and buoyancy. Going to a makeup artist that morning would also lend itself to a fresh soft facial look. For men, it is suggested to have a haircut a day before the portrait session and shave the morning of to remove any stubble.

Final products should be “Pictures With Personality!” That can happen when you follow these tips! For additional portrait tips, more information and helpful advice about preparing for your portrait session, browse our Preparing For Your Portrait Session page.

Thanks and I look forward to our phone conversation about YOUR portrait!

 

Kind Words

Kind Words

I had the pleasure of meeting Joan Heffler for an event where I was volunteering. First thing is first- her pictures and variety she shared was unbelievable! Part of what makes Joan unique is her ability to capture that special moment and with her creativity, makes all of those pictures come to life. Not only that, but she has a wonderful personality and talking with her was an absolute pleasure. It is nice to know that behind the lens, is a real person looking to make your day special. She was professional, friendly and courteous throughout and I will reccommend her to everyone I know looking for photography services 🙂

Tim Sokol