Dentists get a bad rap. I really don't know anyone who likes going to the dentist (including me) but I guess I never realized how much people dislike getting their professional headshots done until recently. I've had a couple of clients openly express how much they were dreading the process. I promise you that getting your headshots done is definitely much easier and less painful than going to the dentist.
How do I know? Well, for starters I just had mine updated. My friend and fellow photographer, Sue Bruce, and I have made it an annual event to get together and do each other's headshots. For me that involves coming armed with several outfits on hangers, a few jewelry options, my curling iron and, of course, my hairspray. We even had our make-up professionally done by Kristina of Flawless Makeup Company, which is always a treat. Sue and I evaluated each other's outfit choices and background colors and then we took turns being on either side of the camera.
Although I prefer to be BEHIND the camera taking the pictures, I took the plunge and sat in front of the backdrop. How do I stand? Where do I put my hands? How should I smile? I know the answers to these questions, but somehow it all changes when you are the one being photographed. But with the right guidance and many laughs, we are able to put each other at ease and get the job done. And guess what? It really wasn't that bad. I survived. And I have a couple of great new headshots.
I've come to appreciate this annual event with Sue for a couple of reasons. First, we have a good time and we share many laughs. But more importantly, it is a great reminder of what it's like to be on the other side of the camera and how important it is to make people feel comfortable. I like to think that it makes me a better photographer because I can relate to the experience.
In case you were wondering how my nervous clients made out...there was no pain, no extractions, no root canals and they, too, left my studio saying, "that wasn't so bad"!
Thanks to Sue Bruce for my new headshots!