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Why you need new headshots

Who needs headshots?

The short answer is - "we all do". In the past, it was probably just actors and models who needed headshots. But in today's digital age, we all need professional images that show us at our best.

Whether it's for the company website or for our social media profiles, we all need a good mix of 'formal' and 'not-so-formal' headshots to put online and show ourselves to the world at our best. A quick trawl through Linkedln will show you the professionals who care about the way they are seen by their clients, colleagues and employers and those who took a quick selfie on their phone, uploaded it and thought "oh, that will do!"

Pre-shoot consultation

Before the session, I'll discuss with you what you are seeking to get out of it (and perhaps what you are looking to avoid!). A big consideration is how you propose to use the images. ls it for social media (e.g. Linkedln), general use, or your company website (has the designer specified a particular, requirement such as a square crop or a white background?).

Equally important is the impression you want to convey with your headshots. Many clients are looking for a professional and approachable look, but your needs may dictate a more formal or perhaps more creative/maverick style.

Finally you may want to discuss with the photographer any other specific requirements for your headshots. I try to capture a range of different styles to offer a varied choice, but you may prefer strongly crisp white backgrounds or artistic black & white images.

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Selecting Your Outfit(s) For The Session

Clearly your outfit must be consistent with your purpose and intent; but it is also important that it is comfortable, fits with your personality, and makes you feel confident! Also bear in mind that you can change outfits during the session.

It goes without saying that your clothes should be neatly pressed. As a general rule, keep patterns (and certainly logos) to a minimum as they can be distracting. For the same reason, avoid lots of jewellery and accessories unless you think they are absolutely vital in conveying your personality.

While solid colours tend to be better, we would encourage the avoidance of items of clothing that are wholly black or white. Also if you would like portraits that go beyond tight headshots, it is also better to use similar tones on your top and bottom. Lighter colours often make people look bigger; so a light colour on top with dark trousers will make your top look larger (and vice versa). Using similar tones for your top and bottom will ensure one doesn't appear larger than the other.

Similarly, it will also be wise to wear a top with sleeves at least to the elbow - because uncovered arms often have more skin area than faces; and therefore might divert attention. 

Hair, Skin & Make-Up

The general advice is that if you are going to have a hair cut/colour (or even a facial), do it 2-3 days before he shoot. You don't want that obvious "freshly cut look" in the photos.

Make-up is obviously different and you should apply this just before the shoot. It's often a good idea to bring make-up to the session for touch-ups (and don't forget your hairbrush). Men should also shave just before the shoot (if you want a clean-cut look); and if you are feeling particularly brave, add a light foundation to reduce the shine in your photos (especially if you have a darker complexion).

Men should also check for those stray hairs that love to pop out of our nostrils and ears. Sort them out before your session with tweezers (ouch!) or a trimmer.

Finally, make sure you are well rested and drink plenty of water before the shoot.

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Glasses & Spectacles

If you wear glasses during the shoot, the photographer will try to minimise the reflections, but these are impossible to avoid completely. So whilst reflections may still be present for the proofing stage, I will remove them at the final stage for any images that you select (this takes quite a bit of intricate post production work).

Occasionally, to aid in this process, I may take a few photos of you without your glasses.

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It might seem a bit cheesy, but practising in front of the mirror never did anyone any harm (just make sure no-one is watching!). At the very least you will know what look you like best (example, no teeth showing); and you'll see what a forced smile looks like. Try squinting very slightly and see how this looks.

But once you have conveyed your requirements to the photographer, you should trust him or her to help you relax and enjoy the session. Listening to background music is often a good idea. The Lincoln Photography Studio has a wireless speaker system that you can stream your own music to. 

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Current Offers

The Lincoln Photography Studio currently offers the following options:


• 60 minute photography session

• Relaxed studio atmosphere

• Two outfit changes (3 looks) per session

• Multiple backdrops available to suit style

• Online gallery of all digital images for you to choose from

• Includes 10 fully re-touched digital images supplied in both print and social media resolutions

• Opportunity to purchase more (if desired)

All this for £125


• I come to your workplace and set-up a pop-up studio (3.5m x 3.5m minimum ideal space) • One hour set-up time required

- Minimum session of 20 mins per person

- Multiple backdrops available to suit style

- Online gallery of all individual digital images for each person to choose from

- Includes 5 fully re-touched digital images supplied in both print and social media resolutions per person

• Opportunity to purchase more (if desired)

8am - 5pm for £500, 8am - 1230pm for £350


You can call or WhatsApp me on 07900 805963, email me via bruce@brucehargravephotography.com or find out more (and read reviews of my work) on my website at www.brucehargravephotography.com You can book a headshot session with me for any time, seven days a week. I will fit in with your schedule.

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