“You are indeed a miracle maker as it’s been hard to select as I like so many of them. As we know, me ‘liking’ photos of myself is a miracle indeed… It’s such a great feeling to know I will have images that I feel good about and can share with the world, so a HUGE thanks!”
I recently received a call from Film producer Nicole Carmen-Davis needing some up to date headshots and for her soon to be launched film production company Mighty Atom Films.
Not only was Nicole in a super rush for these images so they could be ready for this week’s Cannes film festival, but she also warned me that she is nothing short of phobic about having her photograph taken.
I think probably most adults who come to me for a photo session say similar – it is rare to have someone who actually relishes being photographed – but I sensed with Nicole that this was a serious & genuine aversion and that I would need to pull out every psychological stop & trick of the trade to get her relaxed and being herself, and especially as her brief was for me to produce a number of different expressions and moods to be used for the wide-ranging clients and markets she engages with in her work.
I’ve noticed in the last 5 or so years that people generally seem to be getting more and more camera- shy, and I’ve been pondering what the reasons for this might possibly be.
In part I think it is about a pressure that has been foisted upon us all for a long time now: to be flaw-free to the world both in our physical appearance and the how we behave. But I also think this fear has a lot to do with the ‘democratisation’ of photography itself – where everyone, not matter if they have an eye or skill or not, can take photographs and circulate them at whim. Too many ill thought out amateur snaps of oneself flying around the web actually does very little for one’s confidence!
There isn’t much you can do about this, and of course the pros of everyone being able to take photographs now far outweigh the cons, but what you can positively make time for – for your own personal confidence and the face of your business – is a proper professional photographic portrait session and a set of images that describe you, flatter you and that you are happy to show to the world. A couple of hours of your time on the day and a little pampering and preparation beforehand can truly transform your confidence, outlook and the messages you send out to others.
Nicole and I had at least an hour’s consultation in advance of the session so that I could fully understand what she was looking for, understand her new brand concept, design and colours, and discuss location, any props, ideas for clothes, hair, make-up etc.
From my edit after the session, Nicole chose a number of images each for different purposes. There is one for when she is being interviewed about something serious, a couple for her website, one for Linkedin, a super relaxed and fun one for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and so on…
Once the final images have been chosen, I then return to these for retouching and enhancements, to produce both colour and black and white versions for you and present you with online and print ready versions on USB stick ready to roll.
If you are in need of some professional portraits of yourself for whatever purpose, please get in touch. I’d love to discuss the best way of approaching them with you.
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