Getting Your Professional Headshots Right
Whether the headshot is for you yourself (e.g. job seeker, linkedin, entrepreneur, CEO) or whether it is for your corporate team, there is no doubt that it is absolutely paramount that you get good quality, professional headshots that work hard for you; and a great headshot WILL work hard for you, 24x7. It will build trust, portray confidence and expertise, increase engagement and make the subject likeable. At Skyhawk Pictures, well over half of our business is just doing personal brand headshots so you know you are in safe hands.
Why Do I Need a Professional Headshot At All?
Some Common Worries
I'm really rubbish (or I hate) having my picture taken
Well, you’re in good company. 60-70% of people feel just like you do. We never assume that you will arrive relaxed about your photo shoot. It’s our job to put you at your ease. Everyone leaves us with great shots. Everyone.
I'm not attractive enough for professional photos
Many people have a low self-image. People who you or I would say are gorgeous, themselves would say “oh no, I don’t take a good picture”. It’s incredibly rare for us to come across someone who says “yeh, I’m fantastic looking”. But here’s the key piece of information and a home truth: it’s vanity. Sorry, but there it is. It doesn’t matter a jot that you don’t look like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie. You may see yourself as fat, thin, ugly or with a wart on the end of your nose. It doesn’t matter. It’s not a beauty contest were running here. Your headshot is about representing the authentic you. Something people can look at and believe is you. After all, if you’re prepared to meet people in person, then doesn’t it make sense that your would let people meet you in a picture that looks authentically like you? Hiding behind a grey blank circle definitely won’t help your career or business. It’s our job to make you look your absolute best – you on your best day. Our service is for everyone – and everyone leaves our headshot sessions with great images. We’ve never failed yet.
I won't know what to wear or what to do
Easy. Broadly speaking, wear what you like. Have a selection of mixes and matches in mind that you would like to try out. There are some do’s and don’ts but you’ll receive all the nitty gritty information to help you make some choices before your shoot.
In terms of what to do, how to stand, where to look during the shoot itself, never fear. We’ll direct and coach you every step of the way.
Do you have a studio, how does it all work?
We have chosen not to have a headshot studio. The main reason is that the majority of our work is mobile. We go to companies premises and individuals’ homes to do shoots with our mobile set up. For individuals, this works best as they have easy access to their wardrobe and they don’t have to pack lots of outfits to bring to a studio.
We will arrive promptly at your house or premises and setup the camera and lights – we’ll need a room or a small area to do this and it will take about 15 minutes to set up. There’s more info on this in the next section.
I had a fantastic time getting my corporate headshots done with Skyhawk Pictures. Not only was Stephen a pleasure to work with, his vast experience and know-how meant I ended up with some fantastic pictures. Highly recommend.Tom P, Liverpool
We Provide Headshots for Individuals and Teams Alike
One-to-One Headshot Sessions With Individuals
Our one-to-one headshot photo sessions with individuals are usually one to two hours*. If, reading that, you think that feels like a long time for a headshot, it really isn't - the time simply zips by. Nearly all our clients cannot believe that we've been working that long when it's all over. The price is the same - we work until we get what we need and you are happy.
We have a mobile set-up so we are happy to come to you at your home or office (evenings and weekends are fine). 99% of our clients are happy to do this as they are comfortable in their own place and have access to their wardrobe. If you prefer a studio, we can do this no problem for a small extra fee.
Many (more than 70%) of those that come to see us are nervous about what to expect. This is absolutely fine and absolutely normal. It's our job to help you, coach you and generally look after you throughout our time together. Just read our reviews scattered across our website and know that you will leave our photo session happy having had a fun and informative time, and with some top quality photographs.
*Longer sessions are available for those with specific requirements. Please call for details.
Corporate Team Photo Shoots
At Skyhawk Pictures, we realise that time is money and that businesses who need headshots for their staff cannot afford to have those staff out of action for hours.
However, we are not "turnstyle" photographers. We prioritise quality over quantity and each member of staff is treated individually with the care and attention they would get had they approached us directly themselves.
For this reason we request that we have approx. 15-20 minutes with each person. It takes at least this long to put a potentially nervous person at their ease and explore the various facial angles and coach the person to get the best shots. But we will work with whatever time we have available with your staff.
We value all our clients greatly and go to great lengths to ensure they are 100% satisfied. That's why the booking process, contracts, proofing and delivery will all be plain sailing. We will appear at your premises on time and dressed smartly so that your own customers are not affected by our presence, and other than the work we have to do, we will keep out of your way.
Why You Should Choose Skyhawk Pictures for Your Headshots
Above all else, great customer service and best-in-class image quality are the fundamentals that drive Skyhawk Pictures. From our initial conversation through to the final delivery of your images, we will guide you through the process ensuring you have a smooth, pleasant and memorable experience and, of course, great images! Bookings, contracts, image selection and even payments are all done on-line and can be done from your phone if you wish, to make the whole process easy and painless. We always aim to be flexible and try to accommodate whatever you want to achieve. Make no mistake, our customers demand the highest levels of excellence and that's what we aim to deliver to each and every one.
VALUE FOR MONEY
The value of a great imagery is not to be underestimated in today's image-driven, online world. There's a strong likleyhood that people will make their initial connection with you from your image not from meeting you or reading about you. It makes sense then, that those with the most authentic, genuine, engaging headshots, the ones that tell the viewer something about you if, these are the images that will increase your visibility, build trust and get you connected. At Skyhawk Pictures you will get the best images possible and they will repay you 10 times over.
Before you hire a plumber or a builder, you want to be confident that they will do a good job. It's the same with photographers, and especially so with headshot photographers. Take a look at our work and you will be assured that you are getting a professional. But it's more than just the right equipment and great lighting. At Skyhawk Pictures, we are your expression coach. Our greatest strength is in our people skills. We will settle you down, relaxing you naturally and coaching your facial expressions to get the best looks from you. We are grounded in business and marketing and we know why headshots are important and what makes them work. A pro headshot photographer's skill is in understanding what his customer wants to achieve and creating the right look. We would expect no less - neither should you.
FLEXIBILITY & VERSATILITY
At Skyhawk Pictures we have a photographic style that puts focus squarely on the subject without any distractions to draw the eye elsewhere. We go for plain backgrounds in our headshots so that we enhance the subject not detract from her. However, we understand that not everyone wants the same thing and we will work with you to get the look you want. If you have ideas about how you would like your images to look or even if you don't, we can discuss options over a coffee before comitting to anything. "Customer first" is a phrase you'll hear a lot at Skyhawk Pictures and you'll find us fully committed to delivering your requirements.
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
We believe that, in all professions, it is attention to detail that separates the good from the great. At Skyhawk Pictures we have a borderline obsessive attention to the detail in our images. Our style employs a plain background to put the viewer's focus on you, the subject. Therefore every crease in shirt or blouse and every hair out of place is something we want to look at and take care of. We also look at every micro expression that you make, to establish the precise look we want. In a headshot session we very often take hundreds of photographs so that we can examine every facet of your face to see what works best. And after our session, our first-class retouching process, which we do in house, will take your already great shots to another level. You can be assured that we will approach every customer with this high level of care and attention.
STILL NOT CONVINCED?
We understand that you have a choice and that there's a lot to choose from out there. But if you are still on the fence, then take a look at what our valued clients say. There's no better recommendation than those who have been in your shoes; been through the same process. We have bona-fide all 5-star reviews on Google and Bark and recommendations on LinkedIn. We're so convinced that you will be happy with our service that we've put our money where our mouth is. Our contract has a guarantee built in as standard - if you're not happy, you can have your shoot fee back....and we've never had anyone claim it!
An awesome experience. Stephen was recommended to me by a friend and I now recommend him to you! He is very friendly, professional and helped me get some excellent shots. I'm so pleased.Cleo L, Wirral
A great headshot is an investment in your talents
One-to-One Sessions for Individuals
Our pricing puts you in control of your budget. The shoot fee is fixed and the number of images you take away is entirely up to you. Whether you want a session in the studio, again, up to you and your budget.
Corporate Team Shoots
We've tried to keep pricing simple so that you can budget accurately for your business case. It comprises a shoot fee and a per-head fee.
These prices include: -
A Word From Me
Hi, I'm Stephen, owner-operator of Skyhawk Pictures.
I am passionate about my photography and I don't believe you'll find a better headshot photographer in the market. I'm fully committed to ensuring you get the best, highest-quality headshot that will work hard for your in the way you need it to. A huge amount of my work is from referrals and repeat business and I want you to be satisfied so that you will tell your friends and colleagues about your experience and come back again.
The shoot was easy and fun. Tips on how to hold one's head and posture led to surprisingly instant professional shots which we could review as we went along.Rich A, Liverpool