How to find a good headshot photographer.

How do I find a good headshot photographer?

Have you ever struggled having your photograph taken before? Finding the process awkward or uncomfortable?
Did you end up with headshots that didn’t feel right, or even really look like you?

If so, it’s likely that you haven’t quite bonded with your photographer. It could be that the conversation didn’t flow, you don’t like their photography style, or they over-retouched your photos.

Finding a headshot photographer sounds simple enough, but there are things you need to consider.

Search the web, social media platforms, or ask your friends.

The first step in finding a photographer is seeing who is actually out there.

Web search engines will show you PLENTY of photographers (maybe that is how you found me?). Jump onto different websites and have a decent look around. Whether you are looking for a headshot photographer in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, New York, LA, Paris – there are always lots of search results to give you an initial list.

Social media is a great platform too. Search local noticeboards, ask in ‘groups’, and view behind the scenes videos, and visual portfolios all in a flash.

You might also be able to find some photographers through word of mouth. If you know someone with a great headshot, ask them who took it and see if you can find a website for their work.

Melbourne actress smiling for a relaxed actor headshot. She wears a blue blazer and is in front of an earthy brown background in a studio.

View different photography styles

You might see great reviews and recommendations for one photographer, but that doesn’t always mean they are the right headshot photographer for you.

It’s important to like the headshot style offered. Some photographers offer a mix of styles, others specialise in one look.

Go through examples in their portfolio to make sure you connect with their photography. Your headshot is the most important reflection of you, and will give a split second impression. Find the right vibe that will reflect you.

Have a conversation

The most important thing to consider when working with a professional photographer is connection.

The connection you share with a photographer will make all the difference to your headshots. Photographers have different techniques when working with, and directing, people. If you can’t have a comfortable conversation, or if you just get a bad vibe, things aren’t going to work out well for you.

Find a photographer you trust – give them a call, send them an email, comment on their social media posts…
Your photographer’s job is to make you look and feel amazing! They should listen to your concerns, and look for ways to make your portrait shoot unique.
If you can find someone that ticks these boxes, that’s a great start.

Read REAL reviews.

Testimonials from other people give a really good overview of what it’s like to work with someone.

Read the good and the bad. Consider everything and decide for yourself if the experience offered sounds like it will live up to your expectations.

Some photographers are very involved, others a little more hands-off. Learn from the experiences of others to see what you might expect.

Go with your gut!

Many of my headshot and personal branding clients book me online. Some call me beforehand, others just dive straight in.

If your gut feeling feels good, if you like the work, trust the reviews, and get a good feeling from the website, make the jump and enquire with that photographer.

You should feel looked after and supported from the very first point of contact.

Go with your gut!

Want to know more about how we can work together?

You can learn more about the sessions I offer and how we can make your photoshoot personalised to you by checking out all the info on this website.

I offer LinkedIn headshots, Personal Branding photography, actor headshots, personal portraits, model portfolio and family portraiture.

My studio is based in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, VIC, Australia, but I offer travel as well.

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Julia Nance

Julia Nance is a headshot and portrait photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her vibrant creativity is inspired by her experiences. From photographing whales underwater to travelling in Europe. With a vast background in a range of photographic areas, it is Julia’s natural ability to connect with her subjects that ultimately drew her to the art of portraiture.Corporate Headshots | Personal Branding | Actor Headshots | LinkedIn Headshots |
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