Glasses or no Glasses?

Quick entry today! Glasses or no glasses during your professional headshot session? 


I say both!


Although they are really cool, we’re not talking about shades here :p

Portrait of Fwonte Montreal Musician. Portrait by YvensB in Montreal


The question CAN be tricky if you are heading into your headshot session. The trick is to ask yourself: If I meet your for the first time - how likely will I meet you wearing your glasses? 

“If I meet your for the first time - how likely will I meet you wearing your glasses?”

It’s as simple as that for one specific reason - people love consistency. A person before meeting you, usually looks you up online. They have this expectation set before even reading your career highlights. 

Now, they meet you but you have your pair on - our little lizard brain perceives the inconsistency which could affect you negatively (to a certain extent).

On the other hand, if you are like me and only wear glasses when you read or work extensively (It’s 10PM at the computer right now), it is up to you! If you are in this situation and I had to cast my vote, I wouldn’t wear them during the portrait session to avoid this inconsistency. 


Daniele R. looking great with her glasses! Professional headshot by YvensB in Montreal

Will there be any reflections in my glasses?

Now if you are worried about the reflection in your glasses, that is the photographer (my job) to make sure there are no glares or reflection in your glasses. You got other things to worry about so let us worry about this! If you need to know, you can always discuss it before your booking if it worries you. I typically show a with and without to the client and see if that is pleasing.


As usual, if you have any questions, get in touch here


Best of luck and talk soon,


YvensB


3 Tips To Help You Book Your Dream Headshot

Here is a story; You worked at your job for a while and you definitely are ready to move on - but your LinkedIn profile has seen more active days and your profile photo is from *cough*…a while ago. You are curious to know more about how to prepare for your headshot session.

So, here you are reading this. Good news! This article is here to help.

There are 3 things you need to mostly consider for your dream headshot session and they are all connected under the same umbrella: intent.

Intent is a beautiful thing. It truly is. Intent brings focus to our decisions and actions. Intent hones our perception and becomes a conductive line to our plans. So here’s how we will use intent to help you prepare your headshot session!

Lighting and all it’s wonders!

THE BIG QUESTION: Where do you want to your career to go?

Whether you are building a business, trying to fill your company’s vacant position or taking a higher leadership position in a different company, take a look at what is being done. Find a bridge between your personality and how others in the industry are selling their own brand. 


1) A Tip on how to dress for your headshot

Although generally the suit and tie animal is facing general extinction in most industries, take a look at what leaders in other companies are wearing as an outfit in your industry. Typically, I advise my clients of 2 outfits, one relaxed business-like and one casual. Why? There are 2 stances you should have in your profile pictures, one for your public profile on LinkedIn let’s say, and one for internal profile with your teammates and clients.

From casual to….

Corporate!

I offer the explanation to my clients that the casual one mostly serve as looking ‘approachable’ to your team as it is one of the top qualities needed as a leader or as a part of the team.

An example: You work for a tech startup or a company: Visit the Facebook governance wesbite or it’s leadership page if you are in tech if you would like to work there. How is the CEO dressed? How is the CIO dressed? How is the CFO dressed? Take cues from where you want to go and build your brand from there.

But when in doubt, a light colored shirt and a sport jacket works wonders.

BONUS TIP

For make-up, the general rule is to avoid heavy makeup. I recommend to my clients to apply make-up you can typically wear everyday.


2) A tip for an outdoors vs studio photo session

This is one of the most complex decision for you but we have a ways. You should check 3 things.  

  • Intent! Once again, intent is important. If the situation calls for bright colors because this is for a blog about holistic nutrition, then choose the one that fits your brand. In a pinch, nature always does the trick!
  • If your company policy asks for a specific color, then this is mandatory - we can’t go around it. Any special color might be an additional cost to you in the case you need a purple backdrop let’s say.
  • I typically recommend a neutral grey for most occasions as they typically fit everywhere. White backdrops can be also a safe bet.
  • Here is Melanie, a naturopath. We also took studio pictures but it did not work for her goal but these fit great. A lesson to always know what the intent is!

    If outside fits your intent better make sure to have a rain check since gloomy weather don’t make for great portraits! Selecting the correct colors that will serve as your backdrop is also important. 

    BONUS TIP

    Lookout for oranges and blues as they typically turn out great.

    A nice color backdrop can be the perfect marriage between serious but colorful. Extra bonus points if you are a public personality!

    3) A Tip on selecting your photographer!

    First thing you should look for is consistency in style and in delivery. Do they all look similar and does the photographer has one or more image that looks like your intent? The you might have found the right one!

    If you can get a good sense of how he works by his blog, videos of him and how fast he responds to your emails are typically good indicators of the level of service you should expect. 

    If your vision requires retouching, it should be natural looking (look for pores) - this should help with keeping makeup light.

    BONUS TIP

    Bring examples of what you want to your photographer - this really helps him imagine what you like and what type of lighting is desired! 


    We hope this will narrow down your selection. If you need more help or want to book your own headshot, don’t hesitate to visit our headshot gallery or contact me for a booking!

    Talk soon,

    YvensB




    A simple backlighting technique

    Wedding photography is hard. Really hard. Even getting creative in the studio at times is hard. You’ve got minutes to create a variety of portraits for the bride and groom (groom and groom, bride and bride - you get the point) and lighting situations are not always ideal.


    To help you out, below, I present a technique you can use outdoors or in a studio! And it’s quite fast to execute also - so quite the swiss army of lighting technique. Right below, you will find a video on the subject but, if you prefer text - read along.


    A simple definition of backlight

    Backlighting is simply having your main source of light behind the subject. Behind can be at any angle - should it be left or right (it doesn’t have to be straight behind) but typically it’s right behind. The source of light can be the sun, a flash, a speedlite, a strobe or anything that creates light really.  Backlight portraits creates ethereal and very “airy” portraits where you can either isolate a shape or some facial details.  


    Why is backlight useful

    Backlighting will help you build a larger portfolio during your wedding sessions or studio portraits. It’s very quick to setup and some lighting setups doesn’t require more than one light so it’s efficient if you are on a budget or in a hurry. The margin of error is also very wide. When shooting raw, playing with the exposure, highlights or shadows will allow you to get the desired effect - depending on your intentions.  


    Backlight in the studio with Flash or Strobe Setups

    Studio backlighting takes many forms thus it’s powerful use. For the sake of simplicity - we will discuss my favorite way of getting the shot.


    Backlight Lighting Setup  - Equipment - Simple 1 light with modifier


    This is the simplest form of backlighting in the studio which is the one light setup.  To do this, you have to keep in mind the limitation will be the size of your modifier. The smaller your modifier, the smaller your area of shooting will be. So if you only have a small 15 inch umbrella, the most you will get is a headshot. If you have a 5 feet Octabox or a large reflective umbrella, your area of becomes much larger  - potentially a full body or top half. 

    With that said let’s jump into the specific technique.


    The following is by no means the ONLY way to achieve this but it’s how I get it done.


    • To achieve this, simply place right behind your subject, your light mounted with it’s modifier or choice. Closer the better since the light will bleed in and light some of the subject’s face or features. For this, I chose an 35” Octabox. This give me plenty of room for a landscape or portrait orientation photo as you can see here.



    • Frame your camera to fill in the edge of the modifier (or tighter should need be).
    • Meter your light to get within 1.5 stop of optimal exposure. This will give your breathing room to play with your raw. You can also ‘eye’ it - meaning guess the exposure after a couple of frames. Simply adjust either your light power or your aperture to get the desired effect.
    • Start taking photos! Warn your subject that the frame is to a certain width and height so that the poses should be within that frame.


    Hope this help! If you do try it out, please let me know over Instagram! 

    https://www.instagram.com/yvensb/  


    or join an assignment based Facebook Group: 

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/LightingAssignments/ 


    Cheers and good luck.


    YvensB