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!

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About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a public relations and marketing consultant, and owns Fletcher Prince (www.FletcherPrince.com). Follow Mary on Twitter @FletcherPrince.

Posted on August 27, 2010, in Fletcher Prince News, Photography and Flickr and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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