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WHAT TO DO IF YOU HATE HAVING PHOTOS TAKEN

All is great, but you just hate having photos taken! You know you need a professional photographs for your business, but there is no way you will willingly put yourself through it.

I hear it so often and I get you. Here is the thing though: IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU. If you have something to offer/say/sell – it’s all about your offer and your business portrait is just another business tool. Get out of the way!

You still hate having photos taken…

Tell me why. Let’s talk about your fears and address them. Let’s discuss bits of you that you are not so keen on and we can work around them through posing, light and lens choice.

OK, you might even try this, but you are not photogenic and you are just awkward in front of the camera.

You wouldn’t know how to pose, what to do with your hands, should you smile or not, where to look…I’ve got your back, there is nothing you need to know prior to your shoot.

I will guide you through every step of your shoot from pre-shoot consultation, choosing locations, outfits, props and during your shoot I will pose you in the way that best works for you.

Karolina, photographer for businesses

My Uncorporate BUSINESS PORTRAIT DAY is on Tuesday, 29 October 2019!

 

Why you need business portraits

We judge people by appearances whether we like it or not and we get judged too in the same way. We live in a visual world and the new scary statistic says it takes 1.5 second to judge the website and decide if we are staying or moving on. 1.5 sec! I swear it used to be 5 seconds not that long ago.

Imagine you are looking for a new hairdressing salon. Your friends recommended two different places and you visit their websites.

First website you land on has an outdated fonts, LOTS of text, few thumbnail photos of random hairstyles  and About section has a selfie of the salon owner on a sunny beach with a glass of wine in her hand.

My guess is you move on.

Second website you land on has a clean modern look and in ABOUT section you see friendly faces of staff, you can read a bit about them and learn what they specialise in. If you choose to book a cut at this salon you will go in there already knowing the faces that will greet you.

Visual aspect of every brand is critical these days. Your audience wants to get to know you, like you and trust you. Please don’t stand in their way!

Average doesn’t cut it anymore, neither do general stock photos. We need to show what makes You brilliant at what You do, so you can share your service or product with pride and enthusiasm. You have to show that you are professional, but you don’t lack personality. Great business portrait will help you make the right impact on right people.

All sounds great and you would be ready to book your own branding photoshoot BUT YOU JUST HATE HAVING PHOTOS TAKEN!  I hear you and I’m ready to hear it again and again:)  READ HERE

Karolina, photographer for businesses

female photographer sitting with her camera

My own headshots

Portraits, headshots, photos. I take them for other people and I love doing it. Connecting with others on a deeper level (as it usually happens during photoshoot) feeds my energy and keeps me happy.

When I get a feedback like this, I tear up:

“Wow! I’ve only managed to have a quick look at them on my phone but even at that I’m thinking there is more than one to choose from!!! This is amazing as I usually struggle to find even one that I can live with let alone like!!! Thank you so much Karolina, you are an absolute miracle worker! I have NEVER been spoilt for choice for photos before. You really are a miracle worker. ” ~ Jen 

or:

“Aww wow, I’m so super chuffed how they turned out. I usually hate my profile but I think those ones are actually my favs. Thank you for this little confidence boost .” ~ Chrissie

I tell every business owner that they can’t hide behind logo. We know that people buy from people. Guess what was in my facebook page profile space? MY LOGO!

I tried to find a photographer in the past but no one would mirror my energy (it sounds woo-woo but it’s REAL). Recently I was blessed to have been put in touch with a local photographer who I clicked with. And it was a woman (important for me, in my head only another woman would appreciate how I felt about having photos taken and about my nose). We scheduled a date to take headshots for each other.

Here is my post from before shoot:

“a brain dump from a self employed mother:

  • I need to dye my hair before Thursday to get my headshots done. My husband pointed out: “You have a lot of grey hair.”   A**
  • I need to decide what to wear for my headshots: it needs to be professional enough but still relaxed, friendly and approachable. I hate shopping. I have nothing to wear.
  • I am taking headshots of a photographer on Thursday as well. She is great. I feel like shit/not good enough/ bluffing. She took photos of Keira Knightley in the past. You get me here I hope.
  • What do I wear for my headshots!? oh, I said it already.”

Guess what. I didn’t go shopping, I didn’t dye my hair. I didn’t make it a priority and so it didn’t happen.

I wore a blouse I got from local charity shop at £5 and my favourite jacket. My hair is grey at the top, brown in the middle, copper at the bottom. And you know what? I freaking LOVE my headshots! I also love headshots I took for the other photographer. We had fun and we looked weird doing it.

It was a great lesson too!

  1. You MUST like the person who photographs you. If you don’t like me, don’t book me please.
  2. I photographed the most beautiful, young, slim girls in the past. They all complained about something in them! There is always gonna be something, so let’s just do it!
  3. I was going to loose 10 pounds in one week, from the time we scheduled the shoot until the shoot took place. To my surprise the loosing weight didn’t happen.  I LOVE my headshots anyway!
  4. Light is so important! The location we found wasn’t impressive at first sight, but we could see that LIGHT. In the past I was sometimes in a  position to shoot in a place with light that was less than perfect because it was convenient for my models. The results weren’t optimal and I would feel disappointed. I won’t compromise on it anymore. 
  5. Serving someone from the same industry is not easy, the comparison curse kicked in, made me doubt myself.
  6. I discovered that I don’t own a mascara. I guess it smudges the viewfinder and I live with the camera in my hand, so it makes sense.
  7. The little confidence boost from liking your own photos is not so little! I’m loving it! I want to share my headshots, write some blog posts, get some loving attention on social media.

female photographer sitting with her camera

Would you like to have an amazing set of portraits for your business? Then let’s talk!

MIBA headshots

Hello MIBA Fife 🙂

I feel super honoured to be part of your circle and excited to have been invited to the next meeting (SUNDAY the 9th of June) in Fife to take headshots for you.

A great photo in your profile will make someone want to get to know you, and that’s our goal! Let me help you because selfie is not going to cut it. Neither is your wedding photo with your other half cropped out (I’m sure you looked stunning though!). It’s time for an update!

Few days ago I went to see the venue: Mutch More Active gym

I played a bit unfair and decided to test the light on our lovely Annie and Helima (the gym owner). They got no warning, no make up, not even a look in the mirror. That was a bit nasty, I admit, but just look at them!

On Sunday I am going to set up a studio backdrop there, because gym as a backdrop might not work for everyone attending.

I will photograph each of you during few minute long shoot, fully guided to bring the best out of you. You will then receive a private online gallery (I’m gonna need your email address to send you the link-your business card might work well for that). I will gift you (100% free-gift-you) your favourite shot. There will be an option to purchase extras if you just can’t choose.

WHAT TO WEAR

Wear something that makes you feel good, that represents your brand and you would wear to meet your client.

Some rules are: V neck and open top buttons of blouse will visually elongate the neck, boat neck will make your shoulder appear wider, turtle neck might make your neck look shorter. Avoid very thin stripes (cameras struggle with it) and big logos (they will take attention off your face).

You can bring a scarf and a jacket which we can add and remove to mix things up a bit.

I will photograph you using grey backdrop, so any colour that works with your complexion and brand will photograph well. If you are after a lighter background colour we can step outside, as long as it’s dry.

Keep your make up matte. Pearly or mettalic makeup products don’t photograph well in natural light, they can make the face look oily.

Your hands will show in the photos so you might want to tidy up your nails.

Let me know if you have any questions!

I can’t wait to SHOOT you!

Karolina

Hate having photos taken?

 

I know, I know. I’m with you!  75% of people I photograph introduce themselves as :

Hi, I am …  I hate having my photos taken!

Why is that? Often because of bad selfies and snaps or holiday photos taken by other people without warning. We just don’t look that good in most photos so we create opinion that we are not photogenic.

BUT HERE IS THE THING: Statistics show that we are much more likely to get in touch with a professional who has a good portrait on their website or in an online directory. We usually choose a person over a logo. We want to know who to expect when we meet them face to face. Good photograph builds trust and allows us to feel more comfortable with them. People want to do business with people!

Those who show their face (looking their best self)  are perceived as authentic, open, transparent, trust building and self confident. Know this, having a good photograph of yourself can be very empowering. It can boost your self confidence.

A good professional photographer (that would be me)  knows how to pose you, how to discover what your head shots should say about you, how to make you look like your best self. You don’t need to know what to do, where to look, how to pose, it’s a role of photographer. Relax, book your head shots and improve your brand.

So GET OVER YOURSELF:) It’s not about you, it’s about your audience, your business and your profit.

Your potential clients don’t care if you hate your arms, if you need to gain or lose weight, if your nose is too long. They want to see YOU!

Do you have questions? Get in touch

How to pose for headshots?

How to pose for headshots? It’s a great question!

The most important thing you need to remember is that: it’s not your role to know how to pose!

Depending on the expressions and message we are going for (we will find this out during phone consultation prior to your shoot) you will be posed in a certain way. The right body language is very important, but so is a pose that suits your body style.

We know what we are looking for, what works and what doesn’t. You don’t need to know or practice anything.

We provide you with 3 different head shots per person. These will represent different poses and expressions so you have a choice.

Check out headshot gallery.

Let’s talk!!