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Headshots for your branding | Nashville headshot photographer

When you’re looking for the best professional headshot photographer, it’s important that they are able / qualified to do the right headshots for your branding. For example, the vibe and vision of your company, how you want the headshots to present, how you want them to convey the people in your organization.Sometimes I help advise on wardrobe, setting (studio, ambient on location, or outdoors for a more casual vibe) and other times the company has that vision and unique branding true to them. One of my return commercial clients started with a common thread with their headshots for their employees and executives; a brick wall being used as the background. Also dark blue suit jackets with a white shirt, for consistency.

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When I took over as their headshot photographer, my goal was to preserve that look, but add my own twist to it with lighting and composition, etc. To redo them all at once and start fresh would be difficult for them, as they stay busy and travel for their work. It helps them if we continue that look, and do them as needed. All good for them and it’s good repeat business for me. Is it time for new headshots for you?

Purposes of your headshot | Nashville headshot photographers

Most professionals know it’s a good idea to get a new professional headshot when applying for a new job, switching careers, seeking a promotion, booking an appearance or engagement, and other reasons. It should be a relatively simple and easy process, though what are the main purposes of your headshot? This is where execution is important, and a cell phone snap won’t do the trick. Here are the criteria for what exactly what your headshot should accomplish / convey.

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Friendliness / approachability-

If the headshot is correctly composed, the face is the main focal point, so expression counts. It should not be overly animated, unless for an entertainer perhaps, but I’m speaking mainly about business headshots. Looking friendly and approachable is important, and eyes having good engagement with the audience. No one will have success with a photograph that ha an expression like they swallowed a holly bush.

Confidence –

Especially for young professionals, showing confidence without looking smug will stand out better to employers, freelance or independent. Posture, body language, and expression are all key players here.

Wardrobe –

Always be well groomed and dress the part. Coordinating setting or background is an important task for the headshot photographer to make sure all is coordinated properly. (That is why I went with a gray background for the fellow in the white shirt.)

Effort-

The fact that you went the extra mile and bothered to invest in a professional headshot shows you’re serious, and invested in the process. It shows a level of care and responsibility. All positive things in the workforce, for the employee or entrepreneur.

Summer evening proposal

I love it when visiting couples want to commemorate their time here in Nashville and choose me for their photography needs. In the event of Nick and Samantha arriving to Nashville, Nick wanted to surprise his lady with a proposal and have me document the milestone moment. This time, I received a kind referral from a professional photographer local to the couple, Justin Falk. I appreciate the trust he placed in me to provide for his clients for this special occasion. Their trip to Nashville was rather impromptu, for this reason, and to adopt a puppy not far from this area. Now, the picture is complete, as they are now an engaged couple! Now, we can enjoy a sweet summer evening proposal in Downtown Nashville.

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Their location of choice, upon me providing several options with different vibes, was the pedestrian bridge overlooking the downtown skyline. Nick and Samantha met in an adult kickball league, which is a fun interactive activity! That seems much more spontaneous and interesting than a forced sit down date, and it obviously worked for them! Congratulations guys on a successful proposal and engagement, and best with your future and new furbaby!

Nashville corporate headshots | Gulf State Engineering

As my studio is back up and running and I’m reemerging in the market for Nashville corporate headshots, I had the recent pleasure of doing some business headshots for the Nashville office ofย  Gulf State Engineering.

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My entire setup including portable high-key background and studio lighting is portable, though it requires an open space with ample ceiling height to operate on-site. I set up at their Nashville office to do the first few employees, mostly recent hires. As others became available to get their headshots done, they came to my studio for a brief session. I then completed the finishing and uploading to the client gallery and they were ready to go the next day. Easy and efficient, as it should be. Not everyone wants to get their photos taken, so that’s why I like to keep it fun and light, and as brief as possible. It’s an easy experience for them and it enables me to provide the end product in short order. In the end, everyone gets the end product they need. If you need a new headshot for a new job, applying for a new job or career, or any other reason, let’s talk. jay@jayfarrellphotography.com

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How often to update your headshot?

Many people have asked me the question “how often to update your headshot?” I have some thoughts on that, and in many cases the answer depends. I recall one client asking me to find his headshots, as he lost the files. I asked him how long ago. Wait for it. Four years ago! Buddy, at that point, you need a new one. Even if you don’t look much different. having a different shirt or different colors in the headshot can attract the attention of your audience. I make it a quick and painless process to get a new headshot. Nothing to be afraid of. ๐Ÿ™‚

-When your look or hairstyle changes

For obvious reasons, this is an important time to update your headshot. It creates a full disclosure, and helps your audience recognize you.

-When your job or career changes

Here’s to new beginnings. Why would you want to use a headshot from your past life or identity when embarking on a new journey? Besides, the overall vibe may need to change, to better suit your new opportunity. For example, maybe add a jacket or tie, subtract the formalities and go with casual dress, or switch between an outdoor or studio look for your headshot. All based on your needs.

-Under normal circumstances-

Under normal circumstances where your looks don’t change drastically from one month to the next, or your career is stable, less frequent updating is fine. I think every two years or so is perfectly acceptable. Changes can be subtle. Maybe a different blouse, etc. Or a red tie instead of a blue one, or vice versa, or different shirt. There’s no need to do it too often, but in that timeframe, a change can be a breath of fresh air and avoid complacency,

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