With over 10 years of experience, Amanda is here to help you be you in front of a camera. From booking the perfect session for your brand photography needs, assistance with scheduling a professional stylist, creating a welcoming environment, helping you feel comfortable and confident and expertly coaching you into all the best poses and expressions – to all the post-production work of retouching, and digital file preparation, Amanda is here to make sure you not only look – but feel your absolute best.
All of Amanda’s photo sessions are shot tethered to a large monitor allowing you to view your portraits and headshots in live time as they are taken. No more wasted time, and no more wasted money on a product you are not 100% satisfied with. You will know what you are getting before you leave the studio, and you will love it.
Sessions are limited to a maximum of two per day. This is done to ensure that we have all the time we need for your shoot. Amanda also knows that you’re busy and she’s not going to keep you any longer than you need to be.
Lighting, posing and composition are all important parts of a photograph; but the part that takes time (and is the most important ingredient) is the expression. It’s much more important to produce quality work that is valuable to you and that Amanda can be proud of, than it is to cram as many clients through the door as possible.
Quality over quantity, every time.
It takes time to get the right expressions, and that’s because not everyone is comfortable in front of a camera at first. Amanda understands that. Everyone can look incredible given the proper coaching, even those who don’t like having their photo taken. Nine times out of ten, the desired expression is confidence mixed with connection and approachability. We might get there quickly or not – either way, it’s fine because we’re not clock watching. We will have plenty of time for all of your outfit changes and looks too.
Amanda will coach you throughout the session on everything you need to know. Expression, angles, positioning, hair, all of those details which you don’t need to worry about. The aim of the session is to create amazing photographs and she’ll spend as little or as long as is needed in order to get them.
Confidence & Approachability
As well as confidence and approachability in your photography, you need to look relaxed and connected – like you’re trustworthy and in control of your situation. If you don’t look like that, then your headshot could be doing you more harm than good. Fundamentally, it’s about the subconscious – the first impression people subconsciously feel when they see our headshot. We create a perfect mix of confidence, connection and approachability by having fun during the session.
Once or twice throughout the session, we’ll stop and look at some images we’ve taken, so you can see the shots we’re creating and make any corrections necessary. It’s a fun, relaxed atmosphere that lends well to getting the expressions you need from your headshots. At the end of the session, we’ll sit down, grab a coffee and review all of the images we created.
From there, you’ll pick your favorite photographs to be professionally edited and retouched. You’ll get as much or as little input as you like on what the best shots are, it’s sometimes nice to have an opinion other than our own in what we look like. As well as the high resolution JPEGs, Amanda will also make sure you receive custom sizes and crops for social media platforms like LinkedIn and Instagram. That’ll save you the trouble of re-sizing and cropping the shots after you receive them.
Don’t settle for good enough.
I want to help you portray the most confident version of yourself. It’s not about being photogenic, it’s about coaching, and that’s my specialty.
This overview will cover the following points:
Feel free to bring a range of different options for clothing. The #1 rule for me is that you have to love it! When you don’t feel comfortable in it, you won’t shoot well while wearing it.
I suggest you bring a range of different colours and necklines. Don’t be seasonal; everything from t-shirts, tank tops to sweaters and light jackets can work. I love textures and layers as well and try to keep the jewellery to a minimum. Studs or small earrings work and simple necklaces, anything hanging or chunky will usually draw too much attention away from you in a headshot. Have some fun with this. There is a steamer in the studio, so we’ll be able to easily sort out any wrinkling for you.
Here’s a blog post I wrote about styling to help you more.
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I recommend a very clean simple look. You are welcome to touch up and add subtle changes to the makeup as the shoot progresses. Remember, your headshot is about YOU looking your best—not your makeup attracting the attention. Keep everything soft, well blended and natural because your natural beauty will shine through.
Doing your own make up? Read more in a blog post I wrote here.
Looking for some visual inspo? Check out my pinterest board here: Styling Inspiration | Women’s Makeup
Makeup is not recommended on men because all of my work is retouched afterwards, so any blemishes will be taken care of during that process.
If you’d like to shoot with facial hair I’d be happy for you to come in with whatever level of growth you’d like and can shave or trim it down once we’ve gotten the scruff covered. Bring whatever grooming products you’ll need with you to get it done.
I ask that everyone come in with their hair ready the way you would like to present yourself. I want your hair in your pictures to be as close as possible to the way you look on a fantastic hair day. If you plan on having a haircut, try to schedule it a week before your shoot so that you can settle into your style and there are no loose trimmed hairs on your face and neck.
Hopefully, this page has given you a lot of tips to take into account for your photo shoot with me. From hair to make-up and clothes to your beard. I want to keep this page as complete as possible and will continue to update it regularly.
As you read at the top of this page, I want to help you portray the most confident version of yourself in your Professional Profiles. If you’re looking to connect with me first, I invite you to make an obligation free appointment with my studio to make sure we can work together. For more information about making an appointment , please visit the Contact Page on my site.
Read my blog post here about why you need a professional headshot in this digital era.
I can’t wait to work with you!