Over the course of a year, I’m quite surprised at times at the variety of faces my camera sees.
The majority of these are portraits.
Some are subjects I’ve photographed previously.
Others, are 1st timers.
I’ve learned I have to do my absolute best because that portrait I make could be something extremely precious.
I’m very lucky that my clients arrive knowing they can expect my absolute best effort.
I’ve always believed that first impression a visitor to your website gets when they see your portrait is one you can control.
It’s after all a still image so you can absolutely make it your ‘best’ side.
A couple of years back, I photographed Riverside County’s Supervisors.
It wasn’t difficult but it did require proficiency as there was no room for experimentation.
The Supervisors only meet once-a-month and being the important people that they are, I had to work around their monthly meeting.
Needless to say, I had 5 minutes with each of them.
There was just barely enough time to exchange pleasantries and they were out of the makeshift studio.
It’s similar to when I have to photograph the UCR Chancellor.
I get 20 minutes and that includes the setting up and tearing down in his office.
Generally speaking when asked how long would a headshot take, I say a minimum of 30 minutes if there is no change of wardrobe.