Snap Shot or Professional Head shot?
With cameras built into cell phones it is easy to snap a quick pic when you need a Head Shot. Easy is not always best. Take some time and look at images of your peers, the ones with a clean look, composed in a pleasant pose, and creating a positive impression are likely created by a professional photographer. The ones with dark eyes, awkward poses and dark are many times a quick snap.
Professional Head Shot
Your professional portrait is many times your first silent impression for colleagues and customers. Having a clear bright images, that shows expression in your eyes as well as your mouth gives people a pleasant first impression. Unfortunately there are expensive bill board ads with poor photographs. Wasting the money spent trying to increase business.
A true professional photographer knows how to correctly light your face to accentuate your positive attributes, and minimize your negative ones. Correct lighting can nicely shape your face. The way light and shadow paint your face will bring out your best features. Light is a key tool of a professional photographer. No camera can create flattering light only correct exposure. You can find natural light that is flattering, but usually natural light is too harsh, and strong.
PosingCorrect posing takes a three dimensional object and transfers it into two dimensions. The skillful photographer will use posing to create a subtle motion in the photograph. Good composition keeps the eye of the viewer engaged longer by giving them something pleasing to look at. You never have a second chance at making a good first impression. There is always the classic well posed studio style portrait, or life style portraits that tell more about your personally or interests.
Retouching and Color Correcting
In this era, natural is the key word. Retouching when done correctly does not bring attention to itself. Correct retouching makes you look like you are having a good day, first thing in the morning ready to meet it head on. No retouching can make you appear like we all do sometimes at the end of a stressful day, disheveled, tired, droopy eyes and sagging skin. Good retouching can erase ten years and ten pounds. All light is different color, mixed light, uneven light are often hard to color correct. Professional images are hand color corrected for pleasing skin color.