Choosing a Photographer

How do you go about selecting a photographer? This post may seem odd coming from a photographer (something about the fox in the henhouse comes to mind) so I’ll admit some of my views may be biased, if not self-serving – but I hope you’ll find value in at least some of the suggestions I have, and I’ll do my best to be as objective as possible.

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Portfolios for Entertainment/Actors/Musicians

There are many types of images that are appropriate for entertainers, actors, musicians, etc. Much of what is needed depends on how you plan on using the image. Here are some shots that should be included in your portfolio that reflect your look, personality, and who you are as an artist.

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Barry Braunstein
Tethered Shooting for Headshot Photography

For many people who are not used to being in front of a camera or performing, having a headshot taken can be uncomfortable. Part of the reason for this is that people often feel they either don’t look good in front of a camera, or can’t tell how they look. And while the photographer can provide direction, the subject is still left with doubt and cannot see the results.

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It's that time of year - updating your resume/LinkedIn headshot

With the new year approaching many people are reconsidering their current job situation and beginning to explore new opportunities. This often involves updating their resume, LinkedIn profile, and beginning to explore the job market. In today’s increasingly visual world, it also makes sense to revisit your headshot or portrait on LinkedIn if it isn’t very recent.

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Overcoming fears around having your picture taken

In today’s media centric world, it may surprise you to learn that many people have some form of camera shyness. Whether it be full blown hiding themselves when a camera is present, to avoiding updating their profile photo on LinkedIn (which is many years old), the thought of having someone take a picture of them can create fear and anxiety, or at best simple avoidance (people often compare having their picture taken to having root canal surgery…).

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Headshots vs. "Mugshots" vs. Selfies - they're not interchangeable

It’s important that you have the right photography that conveys the right message/image (no pun intended) you want to convey to the viewer of whatever platform the photograph resides on. It’s also important to note that employers, educational institutions, potential clients, etc. not only all have access to these images and can easily find them, but that they typically do so as part of their vetting process. 

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Barry Braunstein
What makes a great headshot or portrait?

Great portraiture/headshots are not accidents - they happen primarily because of collaboration between the subject and the photographer - for a photo to look alive, convey a message or evoke a feeling, "it takes a village" - the photographer and subject need to be on the same page in terms of the "look". That "look" involves everything from expression and pose to lighting, camera angle, etc. The photographer is the director, cameraman, lighting specialist, and the subject is the actor. 

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