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Do all photographers do headshots?

Headshot Photography, Headshot Photography FAQ
Headshot of Liz Jones with Cotswold stone backdrop

Do all photographers do headshots? Although many photographers will do headshots, when it comes to choosing a photographer for a headshot, it’s worth searching for a photographer that specialises in headshots.

Just like any industry you’ll find photographers specialise in certain areas.

There are so many different specialities, from fashion photography, to architectural photography, wedding photography, new-born photography and headshot and branding photography, to name just a few.

Each area of photography requires different skills and equipment, so you’ll rarely see photographers operating in different sectors.

A photographer that specialises in headshot photography will have developed skills in lighting, posing and direction and they normally have great communication skills as well to help their clients relax in front of the camera.

A fashion photographer on the other hand, will be used to photographing professional models who are in front of the camera every day. A model will instinctively interact and take direction from a photographer, allowing the shoot to run at a much faster pace.

When it comes to professional headshots, for many it may be the first time they’ve been photographed by a professional photographer. So the process requires more guidance and gentle encouragement to get the most out of the session.

If you’re looking for a headshot photographer, here’s a few tips and ideas to help you choose the right one for you.

  1. Have a look at their website and check out the quality of their work.
  2. Do you like their photographic style?
  3. Do you prefer a studio style headshot or an environmental headshot? If you’re not sure, ask your photographer.
  4. Explore location options with your photographer. A good photographer should be able to help you develop your ideas.
  5. Is time an issue? If it is, ask if they can travel to you?
  6. Check out their Google reviews – what are other clients saying?
  7. Do they specialise in headshots or is it just an add on service?
  8. Find out what’s included in the package and ask them to explain the licensing agreement.
  9. I’d encourage anyone considering a headshot to book a consultation call with their photographer. It’s a two-way process, so ask plenty of questions.
  10. You should also expect your photographer to ask you lots of questions too, so they can understand what you’re looking for.

If you’d like to find out more, I’ve written a series of headshot photography FAQs. Clients often ask me these questions, so I hope you find them helpful.    

If you prefer a chat instead, or you’d like to plan a headshot session you can book a complimentary consultation call here. 

Learn more about headshot photography and the other services I offer including business storytelling photography, personal branding photography and corporate event photography.