Finding a Perfect Business Headshot Near Me

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Have you been wondering how to get a headshot for your website, social media, LinkedIn profile, or email marketing? You’re in luck! In this post, we will show you how to get a professional headshot near you.

How To Find a Professional Headshot Photographer Near Me

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There are several ways to find a professional headshot photographer. The first step to finding a professional headshot photographer is to look online. You’ll find plenty of companies that offer headshots, but some are better than others. One of the easiest ways is to ask around for recommendations from friends or colleagues – but only if you like their headshot:-) If you’re looking for an objective opinion, you can also check out websites like Google Local (or your city’s equivalent) to see if there are any reviews on photographers in your area.  (If you’re in Arizona, check out Google ratings for HeadshotProsAZ here). Once you have some recommendations and options, be sure to also check out their portfolio to see the style of images they offer and actual samples of their work. If you see consistent, confident-looking results, with good lighting and good color, you’ve probably found a photographer who can help you achieve professional results with your headshots.

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If you’re not local to Arizona, here’s a great list of professionally-trained headshot photographers across the country and around the world, trained in a similar way to what we offer here at HeadshotProsAZ, so you can choose a great photographer: You can search by zip code to find a great headshot photographer near you.


What to Look For in a Great Headshot Photographer

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When looking for a professional headshot photographer for your business headshots, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, it is important to find someone who specializes in headshots. There are many different types of photographers out there and not all of them are good at capturing headshots. it is important to have a good composition – your headshot should be well-balanced and have attractive lighting.  Look for someone who offers both posing and expression coaching, so you don’t end up with an expression that sends the wrong message to your target audience. Find a photographer who can help you create an image that is flattering and captures your natural features and genuine expressions.

Secondly, it is important to find someone who will be able to provide you with a variety of different types of shots.  This way, you can be sure that you will be able to find the perfect shot for your needs.  For example, at HeadshotProsAZ, we take care to photograph several different angles and expressions so we can capture the best look for each individual client. We also offer packages where you can bring multiple outfits, and try different backgrounds and different styles.

Finally, make sure that you are comfortable working with the photographer and feel confident during the session. Headshot photography is up close and personal. If you don’t feel comfortable with the photographer, you won’t get your best expression or energy coming through in the photo.  Even a quick phone conversation before the session can help you know if you’re going to click (pun intended) with the photographer or not.  We always welcome client calls as we understand that your headshot is a big deal, and we want to be sure we are the right fit for you.

Also, if you need to match existing headshots of others on your company website or have a specific idea in mind, make sure you share that with the photographer so he or she can accomplish what you need. Sometimes, even if the photographer is very capable, if you don’t tell them what you need, they won’t be able to guess what you want and you won’t get what you are hoping for. Also be sure to discuss how the photographer plans to deliver the final files so that you know whether you can print them out and/or use them as an electronic image file.


How to Prepare for Your Headshot

Your headshot is an important step in your professional journey. It can give potential employers a glimpse into who you are as a person and what your skills and abilities may be. To ensure that your headshot turns out great, follow these tips:

1. Try to schedule your shoot at a time when you’re feeling energetic and happy. This will help to produce an image that reflects your true personality.

2. Make sure that the environment is comfortable and professional-looking. You don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard or looking too casual in front of the camera!  Of course, this isn’t an issue in the studio, but when we come on location for your headshots, we like to be sure the setting is appropriate.

3. Let your true personality come through. We want to show the best YOU in your headshots, but we also want people who meet you in person to recognize you from your headshot. Having a great expression can really help people connect with you through your headshot.

4. Use lighting that is flattering to your features, and looks natural. A lot of times, artificial office lighting can make you look yellow and sickly. Lighting from above can accentuate dark circles and lines.  Instead, we use quality commercial lighting to minimize lines and wrinkles, shape your face and add sparkle to your eyes so you look vibrant and alive!

5. When you book with us, we’ll send out a detailed email of steps to help you prepare for your headshot. In the meantime, we have lots of info on our webstie including information about our makeup artist, personal grooming tips, what to do with your beard for headshots, and even how to tie your tie for headshots to make sure you look your best.  You can also check out our article on what to wear for headshots in Arizona, and how to prepare for your session.


Posing and Expression Coaching

Regardless of the purpose, it’s important that your photographer can capture your best self in each pose. Most people don’t have experience posing so it’s up to your headshot photographer to help you look your best. To help ensure that happens, here are some ways we help with expression and posing coaching:

1. Avoid looking too serious or angry – This can make you look stern and unapproachable. Instead, we’ll try to inject some fun into your poses and expressions so that the photos come across as lively and engaging, and helping you get a genuine, approachable expression.

2. Looking comfortable might be uncomfortable – We may ask you to get a little uncomfortable in certain poses – like straightening your spine, pulling out your chin or turning in a specific way. Here’s a sneak peek of how we help you get the very best jawline and avoid double chins in your headshots.  If something feels uncomfortable or awkward, it probably means you’re doing it right:-)  A professional headshot photographer will help you pose in a way that’s most flattering for you. It’ll show in your photos and will help reflect well on you or your brand.

3. Pose with confidence – No matter what pose you choose, we’ll help you make sure you pose with confidence and powerful body language – looking good in front of the camera is half the battle!

4. Be yourself – Show your true personality in your headshots, and don’t try to be someone you’re not. That will only come across as awkward and unnatural in the photos.  We’ll help you feel at ease and coach you with expressions that come across the right way in the camera.


How much do headshots cost?

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Before you ask what a great headshot costs, you should ask yourself what having a poor headshot is costing you: lost revenue, lost clients, lost promotions, lost networking opportunities, and more.  You should also ask yourself if you are willing to pay the price of a bad headshot.  I see headshots as an opportunity to help my clients get more business while giving them a great headshot they will be proud of.

Wondering what prices are for headshots near you? As you are comparing costs, be sure to include the time it takes to take the photo session, the location, the training and experience of the photographer, and the equipment needed.   The price of headshots varies greatly, often between $75 and $2500+. Prices can vary depending on whether it’s in a professional studio, on location, or outdoors, the expertise of the photographer, how long the session is, how many images you get, and whether they include retouching or not. If you’re looking to have a professional photographer take your headshots in a studio setting with sophisticated equipment, expect to pay upwards of $200-$500 per session plus the cost of each image you are licensing. If you live in the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona, you can see headshot pricing and book online here.

TIP: Professional headshot photographers generally include a commercial license with headshots that allow you to use your headshot for most business and marketing purposes.  There may be extra fees involved with licensing large print runs, such as a book cover, or for high-traffic usages such as a billboard or national magazine.  Discuss the intended usage with your photographer beforehand to be clear on any extra usage licensing fees.  If the photographer doesn’t know what you’re talking about when you ask about a commercial license, they probably don’t specialize in professional headshots. Most non-commercial photographers only include personal usage in their licensing rather than a commercial license, so be sure you can use your headshot how you want.

How to Use Your Headshot to Grow Your Career

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When it comes to professional headshots, your photographer will want to capture you with different expressions, different poses, and different outfits, depending on what you do for a living, the message you need to communicate with your headshot, and how you intend to use it. The type of headshot you choose will depend on the purpose of the photo. For example, if you’re applying for a position or need to use your headshot for marketing purposes, you need to think about the expression and the intended audience, and it may be different depending on the type of position and level of position you’re applying for, or if you are using it for client-facing or internal facing, or what type of job you have. Is your headshot for LinkedIn? Does it need to match what other headshots in your company or organization look like? Is it for a more professional B2B (business to business)-type position or a B2C (business to consumer) field where you may want a little softer look?

Ways you can use your headshot to promote your business include using it in your LinkedIn Profile and other social media profiles, as a cover for videos and reels, printing it on your business cards, using it in your email signature, using it on Zoom when you don’t want to be on camera, posting it in marketing materials, including it in business proposals and so much more!

Getting a headshot is a great way to show the world who you are and what you stand for. Follow these tips to ensure you find the best headshot photographer near you to help you get the most out of your headshot session!

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