What do you do? What type of headshot represents you the best?
For creative types: actors, models, entertainers; or corporate professionals: lawyers, doctors, real estate agents who need one great photo – or several!
We’ll meet at a location that has great natural backdrops: A park (grass, trees + flowers); the beach (sand + ocean); an urban location (brick, steel + concrete). Client's yards may be an option as well if the light is right.
Come to my home studio, or I'll come to your office/house with backdrops and lights for more traditional head shot portraits. Choose up to three tops for different looks.
Hair and/or makeup available: I work with several talented and skilled hair and makeup artists. The cost is generally around $100 - $300 per look per person, or a day rate for larger groups of people.
The Rule of Thirds and "where's the top of my head?"
The camera photographs in a 4:6 ratio, which (usually) fits print sizes 4x6, 8x12, etc. Business cards might use a 4:5, 4:6 or 1:1 (square) ratio. Older style website profiiles use a 4:5 or 4:6 (vertical) ratio while the newer style website profiles are usually 1:1 (square) or 5:4 (horizontal) ratio.
Above are two different crops of the same image. 1) Before: Uncropped 2) After: The top of the head is cropped to focus on the eyes and best use of space and "the rule of thirds."
Another reason I crop this way has to do with “the rule of thirds.” The rule of thirds is applied by aligning a subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section. In the case of a headshot, I crop so the eyes are in the upper third of the photo.
This is what profile photos look like on Facebook, Linked In, etc. As you can see in the after image, most of the photo features you, as opposed to that empty space around your head, again following "the rule of thirds.