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How many shades does your portrait show?

How many shades does your portrait show?

How many shades does your portrait show?
Accordingly to British researchers, men stare in the mirror 18 times, women even 38 times a day. While these impressive numbers of checking in with your mirrored self reassure you about your familiar features, yet, we seldom take the opportunity to to see us under a - please allow the pun - different light.

Stepping in front of the camera of a professional photographer changes the way you look at yourself. Flaws may be appearing more than expected on the tethered computer screen connected to the camera. When stepping out of your comfort zone, you are confronted with unfamiliar treats brought up by me, your photographer.

First, I do objectively assess all of your face’s features and do coach you to make you look your best. And if I see the potential, we do go the extra mile. In this case, I am absolutely thrilled by this shot taken of Vincent Leroux, who by day works in the high-end real estate business and by night turns into a …

Instead of hiding them, I wanted to portray his trademark, the prominent scars resulting from an emergency surgery when he was a toddler, with over 100 stitches after a dog did chew half of his face off.

And I am very pleased to learn that Vincent is so happy with the result that he took away the tame corporate headshot and uploaded this portrait as his official LinkedIn profile pic.
For sure he stands out of the crowd now - who knows if we are launching a new trend by showing a different shade?

As always, I am happy to answer any questions.
Patric Pop

Official Associate of Peter Hurley’s Headshot Crew

“The harder I practice, the luckier I get.”

“The harder I practice, the luckier I get.” To quote one of the all-time golf greats, Gary Player, I do see this happening all the time in my role as professional Headshot photographer.

While I do have the chance to shoot all year long clients from very diverse fields – smaller and medium-sized entreprises, CEOs, mommy + newborn, kids, teenagers, families, members of the committee of a golf club, etc… – I am often asked to shoot clients looking for a new work experience.
Whether they still are in the job, or have been unemployed for some time, all of my clients have one thing in common: they realized that in order to be seen on the market, they need to do everything possible to stand out from the crowd.

 

Congratulations on 25 years!

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It has been an absolute pleasure to shoot Anika Jakober's Headshot Portrait in my photo studio near Rive, Geneva. Listening to my directions she was an absolute pro and we completed the photosession in no time with this stunning result.
At this time, I would like to express my congratulations on the 25th anniversary of her recruitment agency - Anika Jakober is one of the best known headhunters in the area.

J'ai eu le plaisir detirer le portrait institutionnel de Madame Anika Jakober, l'une des chasseuses de tête les plus reconnues sur la place Genevoise qui vient de fêter le 25ème anniversiare de son cabinet de recruitement!
Non seulement elle appliquait mes instructions comme une pro mais on avait terminé la sécance en un rien de temps pour ce résultat magnifique.
Toutes mes félicitation pour ce grand jubilé!

How to get the best Headshot Portrait Photo taken when wearing glasses.

Chances are, you probably have to wear glasses at work.
As Associate of the globally operating HeadshotCrew Portrait Photographers in Genève / Geneva, handpicked by Peter Hurley, the most successful professional headshot photographer of our time, I encourage all of my clients to wear their glasses at their headshot photo session to work together closely and to achieve stunning results.

And if you are like me, who has been wearing glasses since the tender age of seven, not having your glasses on makes you feel naked. Me and my glasses are inseparable and I make it a must to be known for them. Interestingly, many of my clients are insecure wearing glasses in front of the camera, to the degree that they feel embarrassed, intimidated or simply shy.

And this specific case is no different of the many I have seen: while Anabel is super friendly and the kind of person whose' presence and conversation you will enjoy over a good dinner after work, she is not at ease in front of the camera. Holding back, holding her breath, creating mental stress and physical tightness. She wanted to start the session without glasses despite the fact that she wears them most of the time.

Comparison of the before and after headshot: shortly before booking my headshot session, she did see another professional photographer in Geneva. And the result from that photo session (shown in the small picture) gave her all the right to be doubtful on a positive result. As you can see in that one first deceiving image, she looked stressed, in pain, very unhappy.

I understand that other photographer’s motivation to move the studio flashes to the side to prevent unwanted reflections on the lenses. But moving the lights so far aside created deep contrasted lines on Anabel’s face. There is simply not enough light illuminating her face and in addition of having her long strands of hair dropping on dark clothes, creating this very dark, contrasty, even gloomy picture. I don't know who took this crappy picture (and I honestly don't care - I would never ever give away such a picture for free or - god beware - charging money for it!), but it gave me the opportunity to excel and do better, as well as rebuild my client's confidence in herself and making her look good with her glasses on!

With my coaching technique I do help my clients achieve the best results, getting them to radiate naturally and showing confidence and approachability.

If you would like to take a picture of a friend wearing glasses, I recommend not using the on-camera flash (or smartphone flash) and using ambient light. Have the person turn the head until you don't have any unwanted reflection on the lenses.
And if you do shoot in a studio with strobes, well then you should be enough professional to have figured the best angles and how you position your lights…

And you - What are your fears of having your picture taken?
Share them with me and I can reassure you that my «Happy» Headshot Portrait package has all the potential to leave you deeply satisfied. Or even accepting your photo being taken and being serene with the more extensive «Bliss» Headshot Portrait Package.
Looking forward hearing from you. – Patric Pop