Los Angeles Headshots by Vanie Poyey
Have you ever seen a friend’s headshot, fallen in love with the picture, asked who the photographer is and made an appointment with that photographer only to get mediocre results and worse yet, a bad experience? I hear that story frequently. I also get those phone calls myself and I stop that potential client from making an appointment and insist on a consultation first. For me it’s about setting expectations, communicating what the shoot will entail, preparing myself for any unexpected requests and alleviate any surprises during the session. For you it’s about doing your research so that you have confidence in your final choice for a photographer, the key to setting those nerves at ease.
Falling in love with your friend’s headshot and moving forward with that photographer is hardly doing homework! Anyone can stumble upon a great image now and again but have you carefully looked through the photographer’s portfolio to see if there is consistency on their site? Better yet, have you looked at their daily posts on Facebook or on their blog as an indication of what they shoot day in and day out? I showcase some of my favorite and strongest work on my website but on a daily basis I post a “photo of the day” on Facebook to give my followers a sense of what my work looks like on a regular basis. Have you had a consultation with your photographer for at least 20 minutes where you’ve had a chance to ask questions and get a sense of what the day will be like? Do you feel the photographer has outlined their policies and clearly explained their process, as well as what their packages include? Have you read their testimonials or their reviews on Yelp? Do you feel rushed talking to the photographer? That is usually a good indicator as to what your session will be like. Is the photographer accessible to you? Do they answer all your emails in a timely manner? Do you have their cell phone number so that you are able to reach them with questions? If you answered no to these last three questions, then a big heads up, the photographer is not going to be accessible to you after your shoot as well! If you don’t know the answers to any of the above questions, then haven’t done your homework and you’ll be nervous leading up to your session.
If you take the time to do your due diligence then this makes for a better experience for both parties and gives you the peace of mind to relax leading up to your session! Happy shooting!
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