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Interview for Prodibi Pixel Magazine

Interview with Geneva / Genève based Headshot and Portrait Photographer Patric Pop in Prodibi Pixel Magazine.jpg

I am absolutely thrilled that Prodibi Pixel Magazine has been reaching out to me to showcase my work as Headshot specialist in Genève / Geneva !

In the interview I am talking how it all started and about my involvement as one of the handpicked associates of my mentor Peter Hurley and the Headshot Crew, the world's largest team of headshots photographers. The interview includes also some helpful tips for beginners in photography. And finally concludes with some hints at my next steps.

Prodibi offers a tool for professional photographers to show my images at full resolution. When you click on each image, you will be able to see each picture at full resolution at 100% size.

You can read the full interview here.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Detail of a Headshot by Patric Pop Photo in Genève / Geneva at 100%, screenshot aken on a 13" MacBook Pro.

Detail of a Headshot by Patric Pop Photo in Genève / Geneva at 100%, screenshot aken on a 13" MacBook Pro.

Learning from the best. Or how to shoot great portraits of regular people.

Headshot Portrait of Yves K. by Patric Pop Photo in Genève / Geneva

Headshot Portrait of Yves K. by Patric Pop Photo in Genève / Geneva

Is he an actor? No. Is he a model? No.
Who is he then?

Answer: a regular guy shot by Patric Pop.

Ever since I have been working as a professional photographer, I am putting my focus is on creating the very best images for all of my clients. Originally, Yves was sent over by his CEO at HP to shoot some decent corporate headshots with me - I spare you the original image he had been using on his Linkedin profile – and out he walked with some absolute knockout images!

That is also the reason why I do keep reinvesting a lot into continuous training to learn from the industry's leaders.

I recently completed a training with Jerry Ghionis in Los Angeles.
If you are not familiar with Jerry, all you need to know is him being the most awarded photographer ever of the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International), earning him the title of Grand Master.

Will I start now shooting weddings? I do enjoy working with people, but there is so much going on such a special day, not sure yet if that industry is for me.
But working with Jerry Ghionis made me look at my work differently.

Look at your client.

While in the past I had been focusing on the light, I started to look more at where the shades define the portraits. This process lead me to deepen my portrait work and to bring in more depth into my headshots. Depending on the facial features of each of my clients I do choose the lighting style and background color that suits them most.

Winning the Headshot of the Month competition.

With my improved way of working, I did win the international Headshot of the Month competition in September, with the shot of Yves that you see here.
In the final round of votes for winning the competition, my image did win by a 2/3 landslide against Emmy award winner Tommy Collier!

Not only is this a greatly appreciated feedback, now I am invited to New York City to work for 3 days with my mentor Peter Hurley, the master of Headshot photography over the past years.
He will also take my own headshot! The full « Shabang » as we Associates of the Headshot Crew say !

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The Importance of Updating Your Headshots

As professional Headshot Photographer, I do keep preaching my clients the importance of updating their headshots on a regular base.

Some might argue that this is a sales tactic to generate extra business. While they are not wrong that clients returning for a new photo session do make me happy – but then, I do offer them a repeat client discount on future sessions – the reason behind my statement reaches far deeper.

The new updated me, reflecting my personal branding.

The new updated me, reflecting my personal branding.

My old Headshot as used on my business card. Time to change the cards!

My old Headshot as used on my business card. Time to change the cards!

It has been scientifically proven that a good headshot portrait increases the recognition value of any candidate or prospect business partner.

In short, having a headshot that represents you does help the other party identify you more easily. A prospective employer will be reassured that the candidate tells the truth, even if only when the headshot matches the real person. Can you believe how an up to date headshot builds trust and has any first conversation starting with the right energy?

Over the past year I did experience it at numerous occasions that my own clients did expect someone else!
When they looked up my website, they saw a creative, with longer hair and shaven.
However, some time ago, I decided to get my hair cut quite short, and to grow a hint of a beard.
You could say, going from semi-hippie to modern day hipster.

Often times, when a new client arrived, I found some of them confused as to seeing my headshot not reflecting my current look. Occasionally, this even created a moment of distrust as my personal branding did not match with the present moment. They would say “… but it is so easy for you to get a great headshot, why did you not update it?
Truth is that it is super hard to get, what I call a “high-end selfie”, a decent self-portrait.
There is no one to direct you, who guides you in minimal increments of millimeters. Sometimes, I wished I could clone myself for art-directing my alter ego!

Now, that I just took the time to redo my own headshot, I do feel better. Much better.
My personal brand lines up again with my persona.
It is a true confidence builder.
And I am also confident that the future prospects who inquire for their headshots taken, book the guy who is in charge of crafting good stuff for himself.

Looking forward to hearing your thought on this subject.

Patric Pop
The Geneva Associate of Peter Hurley's global Headshot Crew.

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New beast on the block.


Did I mention that my main camera dropped to the floor and was totalled when I tripped over the tethering cable during a corporate headshot session at SITA? I was broken on that day.
And to my sheer happiness, my photodealer just me delivered the only a99ii they received in Genève / Geneva, the new flagship of Sony.

All I can say is: Holy Smokes! Welcome home, baby.
I am sure that this beauty and my artistic talent will allow me to push my professional work even further.

I am looking forward to use this beast on the corporate photoshoot for Headshots and Business Portraits next week, that I just got signed and booked this afternoon!

Stay tuned, my friends. The future looks bright at the end of the tunnel.

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Good Reasons to Renew Your Headshot Business Portrait

Good Reasons to Renew Your Headshot Business Portrait

All of my clients have in common that they are looking to improve their personal and social branding. Some of them are in between jobs. Some simply seek to reposition their identity within the organisation they have been working at for some time.
Finally, some come to see me to announce their appointment to a new role.

Don’t wear patterns to your headshot - unless you own them.

Headshot Portrait by Patric Pop Photo Geneva / Geneve of Dr. Med. Dent. Laetitia Lenga

I usually advocate to wear solid colors when having your headshot taken. Patterns or prints do distract the viewer’s attention away from your key features of your face.
Your expression does consist of a play of eyebrows, eyes and the shape of your lips, also known as smile. The glitter should show in your eyes and not on your sweater or blouse.

In very rare cases, patterns actually do work as in the case of Dr. Med. Dent. Laetitia Lenga of Geneva. The blouse she brought for her Headshot Portrait session - while patterned - did fit perfectly all color tones in the image: white, grey and black.

And as bonus, she totally owned this shot, streaking this sneaky and savvy expression.
Can you tell we did have a good time in my photostudio by Rue du Rhône?
Dr. Lenga is not only talented but also massively funny!

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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

Back in the Studio - RSVP


Back in the Photo Studio as of 17 August - RSVP now.

I took the summer to explore natural lighting and many different light settings.
But now it is time to go back to the photostudio in Geneva and continue to excel at providing Headshots that get you the job, something that is part of the job description of my own high expectations as Official Associate of Peter Hurley's Headshot Crew.
I also did explore more the Portrait route, not necessarily the regular Headshot, using my beautiful hand-crafted canvas backgrounds.

Here, I played a bit with University grad student Charlotte in a super-tight timeframe. This portrait is “SOOC” or Straight Out Of Camera, unretouched, just “as is”. I did this as a test shoot to experiment with new gear.

Anyway, Booking requests for photo sessions are rolling in now.
RSVP: Please use the Booking Form to inquire about openings to shoot your Headshot, Portrait, Family or Mommy and Me session.

Looking forward seeing you in front of my lens soon! Patric