It's always such a compliment when a client comes back for new headshots. Particularly when it's about helping them get to where they want to be. Julianna has been competing…
The idea of wearing makeup in Western culture, especially in the United States, is fraught with emotion and much debate. I did a quick, unscientific search on Google to see what I would find. “Whether to wear makeup or not” resulted in more than fifteen pages of results and a ton of other, related topics.
There were also lots of articles like Should You Wear Makeup at Work? published in the January 2017 issue of Scientific American, and a recent article in the New York Times, To Wear Makeup or Not to Wear Makeup, with a before and after photo illustration of singer Alicia Keys. What’s a professional women to do about whether to wear makeup when it comes to her business headshots?
I’ve decided to make the decision for you. Well, not really. Actually you’ve made the decision for yourself. If you’re thinking of working with me, or any other professional business headshot photographer, you’ll need to dig deep and think what your end game is. Why do you need these business headshots anyway? Do you want more clients? A promotion or advancement in your career? Maybe you want to make more money. Nothing wrong with any of them. However, I nor any other photographer can guarantee any of these wonderful aspirations to happen, but I do know putting your best foot (in this case face) forward in your business headshots will go along way.
Whether you’re a staunch feminist and you think wearing makeup objectifies women. I totally get that. Perhaps you feel makeup makes you look phony or not who really you are. I’m down with that. But if it’s about allergies; I’ve got you covered. My professional makeup artists offer many alternatives to sensitive skin. You can even bring your own tried and true makeup kit our professional makeup artists can apply it for you. Sounds luxurious, huh?
Here are 5 reasons I’m all about you wearing makeup for you business headshot session
I want you to look your very best! We all suffer from blotchy skin, bags under our eyes and thinning eyebrows. Let’s fix it with a little makeup.
Digital cameras pick up EVERY LITTLE THING. Modern photography cameras see it all. Porous skin, tiny blemishes and every little scar you’ve probably forgotten how you got. Makeup carefully applied will take care of that.
Stage actors wear makeup for a reason. If you’ve ever been to the theater or even know someone who’s done community theater, you know they must wear makeup to be seen. Bright lights can overwhelm features, making them and you virtually unnoticeable. That goes for photo studio light too. Eyes in particular, the gateway to the soul, can look small and lifeless in digital images. A little makeup can go a long way to helping you stand out and be noticed.
A professional makeup and hair experts know how to make you look like your NOT wearing makeup! Forget about your wedding day when you had your makeup done by a professional makeup artist. She/he did your makeup like you’ve never worn it before. You looked like something out a glamour magazine. Woo-hoo! But wedding day makeup is not what you’d wear to your office, so why would your business headshot makeup look like your wedding day makeup? It won’t. My makeup and hair professionals know that our photo session is about creating professional business images for Linkedin, etc. A business headshot session, with downplayed, even makeup coverage, that enhances your looks by NOT changing your looks. When looking at your business headshots photos, no one will ever know that you worked with a professional makeup artist.
Professional photographs ain’t cheap! If you’re going to go to the expense of spending a few hundred dollars on a professional headshot, why not look you’re very best? You’ve already made up your mind as to why you need those business headshots. Why not take it a small step further by having professional makeup done. You’ll feel great. Exude confidence that will show in your images.
I’ve never had a client regret having their makeup done. But I have had clients who are super critical of their images when they didn’t hire a pro makeup artist. That’s why I’ve made the decision to only provide business headshots with professional makeup and hair. I want you to look great and I want you to love your photographs!
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