"I'm going to break your camera."
"I already don't like you."
"I hate this already"
"Do I really have to do this?"
"I have two bad sides.."
These are all things I've heard before I do someone's headshots. I'll take the photos, oh I don't know, 10 or 20 or 30 photos, all while talking to whoever is in front of me. Why am I talking to them? To relax them. To get their normal, relaxed, happy face on the camera. Sometimes after taking these first photos, I show them on the computer, and we start all over.
A headshot is supposed to tell the world who you are. And you are NOT that person with a frozen, toothy, fake smile on your face. I promise.
So, we chat. Married? Got kids? How about grand kids? What do you do for for fun? Sometimes we talk about shoes or purses.. everyone is different. Everyone has a trigger that will make them not only smile, but make their eyes shine and their face flush a tiny bit.
That's my job. To find you. To photograph you.
Today I got lucky. Today I took a photo of an adorable girl here in my new office, at my new day job. I work now for The Miller Team Realtors, in Northville. Anyway, Rachel was actually excited to do this. So I set up my Set, and we have a Great big, well windowed room here at the office, and I decided that the light was juuuuust right to try to do a north facing, natural light headshot.
I set it all up on my camera.
I went and got Rachel and told her I was ready.
We went to the Set, I told her where to stand, and in a flash of FUN and Sass, she "struck a pose" for me. I don't know how else to describe it.
I took the photo. Of course.
I looked at the camera, and thought "damn.. that's really great..."
I show her, and she says "perfect".
So, instead of 20 photos, talking about fun or inappropriate things with my subject.. I took ONE photo. And it was a winner. A hole in one.