Do you run your own business? Are you thinking you should probably invest in some personal branding imagery, but keep putting it off? Maybe because you hate having your photo taken? Because you don’t know what images you need? There are other things which are more important to focus on in the short term…..
In this post, I’ll let you know exactly why you no longer need to fear having your photograph taken and, hopefully, persuade you it’s actually quite fun!
1. Hate having a camera pointed at you?
Most people hate having their photo taken. 99.9% of my clients tell me this at the start of their session! And I get it! Having a camera pointed at you makes you feel exposed and vulnerable! You don’t know how to pose. The results can potentially capture unflattering moments. Plus it’s very common to focus on the bits of ourselves that we don’t like when we look at photos.
Luckily, I have a wealth of experience with all these issues. The benefit of having a professional take your picture is that we know how to gently coax you into flattering poses. Throughout my sessions, I always show my clients the pictures we are capturing on the back of the camera so they can see what they look like. 9 times out of 10, they are happily surprised by how good they look!
2. Don’t know what to wear?
Prior to every session I will arrange a pre-shoot telephone or in-person consultation to chat through exactly what you are after or, give you advice about what we can achieve with a branding photo shoot if you’re not sure what you want. And I am always very happy to give advice about what to wear, from colour choices to tie in with your brand, to style and accessories. I also provide a “Preparing For your Photo Shoot” PDF guide with lots of advice too.
3. Worried it will be uncomfortable and awkward?
Sometimes it can take a while to build up a rapport with someone new. And I understand this can potentially lead to an awkward situation in a photo shoot if you already feel uncomfortable about the whole idea. This is why I include a pre-shoot consultation (either in-person or on the phone) in all my packages, because not only does it allow me to get to understand exactly what you need, but it also allows you to get to know me a bit as well. I pride myself on putting my clients at ease in front of the camera and that is easier to achieve if you have already met/spoken to me! My sessions are generally very unhurried, completely relaxed and I aim to make them actually FUN! So, hopefully by the time we’ve finished the session, you will have really enjoyed yourself!
“Georgina took fantastic shots for me to use on my website and across social media. I loved working with her. Very happy to recommend her!“
Dr. Sarah Woodhouse
4. Wondering why you need that many photos?
It today’s digital world, it is so important to be visible. There is only so much that words can do! Having a bank of on-brand, stand-out imagery unique to you and your business will put you in excellent stead to stand out from the crowd and be visible to your ideal clients. Imagine not having to scrabble around for images to populate your website and social channels; imagine being able to schedule weeks of social posts in advance while you get on with more important bits of your business. Doesn’t that sound amazing?!
See imagery from happy Personal Branding Clients here.
In this article, I hope I have been able to alleviate your fears about having your photo taken for your business. And that you can see it’s not nearly as scary as you might have thought.
If you still have some questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a completely free from obligation chat about what I can do for you and your business.
Who is your Personal Branding Photographer?
It’s Me! Hi, I’m Georgina.
I have a genuine passion for photographing people. My clients tells me time and again how much they hate having their photo taken. By the end of their sessions, they are telling me how much fun it was!
I pride myself in putting people at ease in front of the camera and making each and every photoshoot as much fun as possible.
I have photographed marketing specialists, graphic designers, yoga instructors, screen writers, therapists and many others besides. If you would like to chat about your own personal branding photography session, please do get in touch.