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