A Headshot with a Little Drama
Angela needed a professional headshot for a speaking engagement. Her last one was done at least 15 years ago, and she really wasn’t looking forward to having her photo taken. I get it. I frequently stand in while Scott adjusts the lights, and then we scrutinize each image until we are satisfied with the set up. Staring at my own pictures is still a little weird. They don’t match the internal image I have of myself.
Angela did follow our advice, getting her hair done, and primping before her session with us. She chose a top that was flattering, and made her comfortable without being a distraction. Once she got to the studio, we spent awhile talking and getting comfortable with each other. We got to hear how a job at a data management company can lead to needing a security detail in Nigeria(!) Then she moved in front of the camera and settled in. Not that being told to pose is particularly comfortable for those of us that are not models. But she was game to try different poses and expressions until she had two headshots that she could use for her speaking engagement. A solid, effective, by-the-book headshot session.
Then we asked Angela to try something completely different. Our goal was not to sell her anything else, but to be creative. Most of our work is driven by what our clients need. We are trying to be intentional about going beyond client needs and trying things that riskier, edgier, and not necessarily commercially viable. I was really impressed by how willing Angela was to jump back in front of the camera when that wasn’t her favorite place to be. She had what she needed, but was willing to explore beyond that. I love the resulting dramatic images. I think they showcase Angela in an amazing way. She probably won’t use them for her speaking engagement, but I think they will show up somewhere else in her life.