Does hiring a professional headshots photographer matter?
If you’re extremely lucky, like to take risks, and can actually find someone who is truly skilled at taking photos and knows how to get the best from the people they work with, then no, hiring a professional photographer may not matter. But for people who are less adventurous and serious about getting great headshots, don’t gamble. Why? Because beyond just getting your photos taken, you should also consider the quality of the “service” provided.
In the very competitive business of acting, any advantage you can give yourself over your competition can be huge.
Who do you think will strive to provide you with better service? The photographer whose livelihood depends on it, or the person who simply has a camera, already has a full-time job, and is simply looking to make a few extra bucks?
Professional photographers who have a name, or are developing a name for themselves, know that reputation and customer referrals are an important aspect of the business. They know that providing a quality service is important. This can mean a lot of things, from looking out for your overall comfort during a shoot to delivering the products you paid for on time.
Don’t underestimate the importance of hiring a professional. It’s not just about having the ability to take a decent photo. A good professional photographer will know how to get you to relax in front of the camera and evoke the best poses and looks out of you, will provide suggestions, and knows how to accentuate your positive features and traits through the lens.
Those who are providing headshots and photography outside of their dayjob typically have much less incentive to give their clients 110%.