Headshot Tips

Your Best Source For Headshot Tips In Portland, Oregon

Now we're getting to the sweet stuff... how to get headshots you love. Whether you’re preparing for your first headshot experience, or updating an outdated professional portrait, going into your session with a strong understanding of how to achieve your best results can have a major impact on your finished product. Here are some of our top tips for professionals across the board… actors, realtors, health practitioners and entrepreneurs of all kinds. 

Headshot Tips

Your best source for headshot tips in Portland, Oregon.

Whether you're preparing for your first headshot experience, or updating an outdated professional portrait, going into your session with a strong understanding of how to achieve your best results can have a major impact on your finished product. Here are some of our top tips for professionals across the board... actors, realtors, health practitioners and entrepreneurs of all kinds. 

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Headshot Tips for Savvy Entrepreneurs – How to Avoid the F-Bomb (Fake Smile)

Hi! Photographer Briena Sash here, creator of Sash Photography. I’m here to empower you with tricks and tips to help you get headshots you love, that will intrigue and captivate your viewers.

I’ve received a lot of compliments over the years about my headshots. People telling me they see something different about the people in my portraits… something deeper. They feel like they actually know the person in the picture, or can “see who they truly are”.

The skill of capturing a person’s personality, or a certain essence about them, is really in the art of connecting with that person… helping them to feel relaxed, and drawing out genuine emotion from them.

Briena Sash is an extraordinarily talented, super creative photographer who has the gift to evoke the Essence of a person in her photography… She captures the vulnerability and heart of her subjects very deeply. – Nicola B.

Arm Yourself Before Going To Your Headshot Session

Look. Let’s be completely honest here. Photography is not as simple as many people want to believe. It takes a lot of technical skill, a trained eye, and… if you’re photographing people… good photography that has the power to captivate viewers takes the skill for connecting with your subject.

And there are too many headshots I’m seeing which have all the technical stuff in place… good lighting and white balance… but which completely lack genuine emotion and personality, and are pretty much just lifeless.

Simply put… they don’t embody the spirit of the subject.

So, answer this question for me…

If you’re up shopping for a new realtor, what’s the first thing that’s going to catch your eye and make you think… “Hmmm… She might be nice to work with”… ?

If you’re like most people, it’s going to be her headshot. And that’s not shallow. You’re looking for someone you feel you can connect with. It’s going to be how genuine and personable she looks. It’s going to be the energy she’s projecting. It’s going to be that discernment as to whether you think you’ll be able to jive with her. (Pssst… this is why it’s especially vital for a realtor to have a killer headshot… and why realtor headshots tend to be the running joke… over-the-top cheese smiles! I don’t know who started the rule in Realtor-land that your headshot has to be a stiff-necked Glamour Shot on a blotchy 90’s backdrop, but I know you know what I’m talking about! Wait… what? You’re a realtor and you have a headshot like that? Oh dear lord.)

Arm yourself with these tips and secrets that I personally use in my headshot sessions. Whether or not the photographer you choose is skilled at connecting with you as their subject, and drawing out your genuine personality, you’ll have the skill to make sure you get the results you want.

See the Difference

 

I want you to see and feel the real difference between a fake, or forced (“say cheese!) smile so that you can understand the magnitude of importance a genuine smile has, and how to achieve it in your session.

I’ll go over all that in the video, but I just want you to take a look at these two images below. Take a moment to evaluate both images. Disregard the background, just look at her face. Can you see a difference? Do they effect you differently? Which one makes you feel like you know more about her?

The first photo was taken at the very start of our session, before I began really getting her comfortable with me and guiding her through the steps I’ll go over in the video.

The second photo (BAM! Right?! Huge difference!) was taken towards the end of our session, after I had the chance to connect with her and guide her through my process.

 

Watch The Video

In this video, I’m going to awkwardly show you the difference between the fake “cheese” smile, and a genuine smile. (I say “awkwardly” because… holy cow, I’m awkward in video… Embarrassing! But I’m toughing it out for you). And, I’ll give you my secret on how to draw out the genuine smiles in my clients. It’s super easy, and you can easily do this for yourself in your next headshot session.

Watch it here:

Practice

Now that you’ve learned my little secret tricks to drawing out a genuine smile, go practice in the mirror! It might sound embarrassing, but no one has to know and I give you permission to feel ridiculous. It really helps to understand how these tricks work, how they actually make you look, and how to get the genuine look and feel that you want to be projecting to your potential clients.

CONNECT

I hope this helped! If you have any questions or comments, I’d love for you to connect with me by leaving a comment below!

Love, Briena xo

Headshot Tips for Savvy Entrepreneurs – Are Your Headshots Hurting Your Business?

Hi! Photographer Briena Sash here, creator of Sash Photography. I’m here to empower you with tricks and tips to help you get headshots you love, that will intrigue and captivate your viewers.

I’ve received a lot of compliments over the years about my headshots. People telling me they see something different about the people in my portraits… something deeper. They feel like they actually know the person in the picture, or can “see who they truly are”.

The skill of capturing a person’s personality, or a certain essence about them, is really in the art of connecting with that person… helping them to feel relaxed, and drawing out genuine emotion from them.

Five Headshot Tips for Linkedin

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about profile imagery for social profiles, so I thought I’d share a few headshot tips for one of the most popular social networking platforms…   Linkedin.

outdoor headshot tips | Portland, Oregon

Outdoor Headshot Tips | Portland Oregon Photographer

As a Portland photographer, working with so many health and wellness specialists and other professionals, I get a lot of requests for outdoor headshots. Professionals who request outdoor sessions choose so for many reasons… they often want to have a softer, more natural look, to speak more of what they do as a profession, or they simply connect with outdoor environments. 

Here are some outdoor headshot tips and helpful things to know about an environmental session.

great headshot tips | Qigong Healing Arts | Portland OR

Great Headshot Tips | Healing Arts | Top Photographer Portland

Healing arts practitioners, yoga instructors and wellness advocates often seek me out, looking for a professional, yet non-traditional headshot that embodies and reflects their professional field.

For professionals in the health and wellness field, it is essential to have a professional portrait to represent your business and relay the message to your potential clients that you are credible.

actor headshot tips | Portland Oregon

Best Actor Headshot Tips | Top Photographer Portland, OR

As an actor, you know that having a strong headshot that makes impact on first impression can be crucial to your success in landing an audition. A professional, impactful, quality headshot is the first, most essential investment you will make for your acting career. If you’re ready to update your headshots, here are some actor headshot tips to help you get the most effective results from your session.

Six Headshot Tips for Professionals

Headshot Tips for Professionals

As a professional, you know how important it is to make a good first impression. Clients searching for professionals in different fields have reported making decisions based on the visual impression made by profile images. You want to be sure to look your best and to have a professional, impactful, engaging business portrait that relays a strong message.

Achieving your best professional headshot is a team effort made between you and your photographer. Here are six headshot tips for professionals on what you can do to make sure to play your part to get the best results for your professional headshots.

Headshot Tips Clothing + Prep for your Session

Headshot Tips Clothing + Prep

If you are prepping for your Headshot Session with Sash Photography here in Portland, Oregon or are working with any other pro-photographer, here are some uber-helpful, easy and VERY important clothing and prep tips that you should know about.

Outdoor Headshots | musician headshot tips | Non-traditional

outdoor headshots | musician headshot tips | classical musician

In order to achieve engaging headshots as a classical musician, consider something non-traditional. I had a recent headshot session with Viola musician and instructor, Michelle Rahn who graduated a year ago with a doctorate degree from prestigious Boston University and now performs and teaches here in Portland, Oregon. After a successful session with Michelle, I’ve pulled together some headshot tips to share with all you classical musicians looking to enhance your headshots.

Headshot Tips What to Wear

Headshot Tips What to Wear

Reflect your personality + Relay your message

“What should I wear for my headshots?”

It’s the number one top question I get asked as a headshots photographer. The answer is honestly entirely subjective and dependent on many factors.

When planning your outfit, first keep in mind that traditional ‘headshots’ are just that – a shot of your head. They show very little of your clothing, often just neck and shoulders. Unless you’ve booked one of Sash Photography’s Headshot Deluxe sessions, your shirt/top will be the only piece of clothing you need to plan out.

To set the mood of your imagery, consider these factors when choosing your outfit…

Headshot Tips – How to Look Less Stiff, More Relaxed, Genuine + Natural

Headshot Tips : Look Less Stiff and More Natural + Genuine

Just Say No to Stiffly Posed Headshots

Ever notice that ever-popular trend of stiffly posed headshots? I was in Nordstrom Rack a few months ago and noticed some framed employee headshots on the wall in the restroom hallway. They looked professional, but had that same stiff stale signature look of most every other headshot I see. Bor-ing.

Are all those people you see really that awkward and uncomfortable?

Some, possibly… but in my experience, the majority are not.

Ever wonder how that look came to be the popular standard? Me too. I can’t answer that, but I certainly can say that it doesn’t have to be that way. Read on to learn some of my headshot tips on how to look less stiff and more natural…

Headshot photo shoot tips – Showcase What You Do

Headshot Photo Shoot Tips | Show off what you do

I recently headed up to Washington State for a headshot session with talented craftsman, Dennis Bogue.

It was equally as fun to see Dennis’ shop and hear his stories of years-long experiences working with other masters of the trade as it was to have a session with him.  It’s next to impossible to catch a shot with a serious face on this guy.

Dennis wanted more than a typical headshot.

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