Image is everything (Tribulations of Headshot Photography)
I was recently asked to speak at a conference and I have to submit a head shot. (I am so excited about that by the way, but that is another post.) I have headshots, of course, but they are all old (and sadly, many pounds ago). And I have kabillions of photos of myself, but not one that I really felt said: take this woman extremely seriously; she knows what she’s talking about.
Fortunately, David is a professional photographer. At times like this, I feel very lucky to have David as a business partner. Who am I kidding? I feel lucky EVERY DAY to have David as a business partner! You will not meet a nicer guy.
So, David agrees; he will take my photo. I say, can we also take some photos of each other? Where we look, you know, professional? Because I have been working on that. We have lots of fun photos but very few photos of ourselves as a team. I wanted to take some of him, too, because I have never used a DSLR.
Well, I learned a lot about photography yesterday. First of all, taking a really good photo of someone is not as easy as it looks. David makes it look easy, but it is not easy at all. I discovered this when I tried to take David’s photo. Those DSLR cameras are HEAVY! And they are not foolproof. They take real know-how. I took all kinds of overexposed shots until he showed me a few tricks.
Of course, David’s shots of me were more successful, and that is really saying something. I am not super-easy to photograph. One eyelid always wants to do something the other eyelid is not on board with. I blink. And, I have a jack o’lantern smile that enchants babies but looking like a middle-aged Muppet in a head-shot is, perhaps, not a very corporate look. So I have to really work at being (or at least looking) serious. We put on some Mazzy Starr and that tamped down my natural-born frivolity a bit.
Then came the challenge of taking our photo together. As I said, I have a head like a pumpkin. Alice in Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts? We were separated at birth. So I had to stand a bit behind David because in the shots where I was in the foreground, my head looked MASSIVE 🙂
But I knew that going into it, so we quickly adjusted and came out with some good shots. So here are some of the photographs!