Your headshot is often the first thing that people see when they are first in contact with you or your business. With the increased use of social media every Northern Ireland professional needs a compelling headshot that shows energy, confidence and uniqueness to make them or their business stand out from the crowd.
It doesn’t mater if you’re a one man band, startup or a Fortune 500 company your headshots are an important part of your brand personality. With better headshots your prospective clients are more likely to engage with you.
My approach is one of a relaxed, unhurried way of working, leading you through the process. I’m happy to collaborate and advise on a style taking into account your requirements. After all, this is about much more than a deceptively simple picture. We’re creating something that encapsulates your personality, character, energy, an image that is uniquely you. Your headshot photograph has the opportunity to shape your destiny… Engaging you with the right people, at the right time. It’s time to invest in your future.
You deserve the best. #YourBestYou
Headshots NI offer a number of options for those looking for a headshot or corporate portrait. Also, you can also get printed versions of the photographs. They can make lovely gifts for your loved ones when placed in a simple frame. Various sizes available from passport to poster.
By the age of 12 I knew I wanted to be a Photographer, nothing else interested me. When I was around 16 years old I started spending my Saturdays and spare time working in a wedding and portrait studio. I wasn’t getting paid but just being in and around that environment was worth more than money. Plus I knew my mother would feed me! They must have seen something in me, after a few months I was offered a job which I said yes to without hesitation. Just as well, academically I was probably never going to amount to much anyway. Pictures always spoke more to me than words.
Sadly, about three years later, the owner of the business passed away leaving his daughter to run the business. At this point I became the main portrait photographer which was a lot of responsibility at a tender age. I had a lot of growing up to do and fast. But I loved the buzz of being a fully-fledged photographer. It’s funny how quickly you can mature and adapt when you absolutely must. Several years down the road I had my own successful wedding & portrait studio winning many awards. These included 5 Kodak European Gold Awards and the British Institute of Professional Photography Portrait Photographer of the Year to name a few.
I’m a Commercial and Fine Art Photographer. The Commercial side of my business challenges me every day and the variety keeps me fresh and focused. My Fine Art is an indulgence but it’s something I need to do, it’s something I have always done. It allows me the freedom to be creative and freely express my vision. And it’s a true honour and privilege when others like that vision and proudly display my work in their homes.
Now you know a little bit about me, I’d like to know a little about you… go on… don’t be shy, get in touch.
Heres a few hints & tips to help you on your way to a more enjoyable photoshoot, add a dollop of common sense and you’ll end up with great looking pictures.
This one does’t really belong in the tips section as it’s more common sense. If you have a big night on the town planned it’s probably better that you reschedule. You don’t want turning up to your photoshoot after a late night, especially after a few drinks, best not to have bags under your eyes and that hungover look! Rest and hydration is the best preparation for any photo shoot.
What you wear will play its part in the message that you are conveying so choose wisely! Whatever you choose to wear make sure that it’s clean and ironed in preparation for your shoot. Lint and wrinkle free. Generally It’s best to avoid strong busy patterns, these are distracting. Its also best not to be to seasonal with your selection. Maybe try them on the day before to make sure they fit and that you feel good in them. You should also think about bringing a change of clothing.
Hair, don’t get a new style the day before the shoot, this can lead to tears. If you are getting your hair cut it’s probably best to get that done a week or so before hand, gives it a chance to grow out a bit and look natural. Make sure that you have nothing stuck to your teeth and maybe bring a good lip balm as chapped lips are not a good look. Always check that your makeup looks fresh and bring powder as it helps the photographer with shine. Guys if you shave the morning of the shoot, go gently, as a shaving rash can be difficult to deal with. Also don’t forget your hands and nails.
If you are going to be involved in the shoot for a while it’s maybe a good idea to have a lite snack beforehand (remember to check your teeth after) to keep your energy levels up and take a bottle / glass of water with you. Stay clear of chocolate or coloured items / drinks, etc. You don’t want coloured lips, tongue, etc.
Contrary to popular belief, Photoshop doesn’t have a magic button to fix all problems but with a bit of preparation a lot of time and expense can be avoided.