How to Be a Headshot Photographer


Becoming a headshot photographer takes patience and talent. However, if you play your cards right, you might just make a nice living doing what you love. Here is how to become a headshot photographer in just a few east steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Good camera
  • Software to touch up photos
  • Lighting equipment
  • Access to a studio

Purchase a good camera with a really good lens. Do some research online or in books as to what is the top notch camera to use specifically for headshots.

Acquire some basic lighting equipment. If you are strapped for cash, use only natural light outdoors, or lamps you already have. You may need to remove lamp shades or add scarves to a light to dim it down.

Find some willing test subjects to build your portfolio. This will be much easier than you think, as many people are looking for headshots, and would LOVE to get theirs done for free.

Do a few sample shoots to build your book. Then hit the pavement and start advertising. Build a website, hang up fliers, take out ads in local papers. Most importantly, as those who you did test shoots for to spread the word. Word of mouth is always the best advertising.

If you stick with it, after about a year your business should grow. Keep another source of income for a while just in case. Don't be afraid to think outside the box. Authors, musicians, writers, actors, models, newscasters and comedians all need headshots. The possibilities are endless.

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