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Portraits vs Selfies

  • On June 16, 2015

People very rarely get portrait photos done anymore. Many people get family photos and pictures of their children, but how many actually get nice close-up headshots of themselves these days? It’s a funny thing, because we use photos like that all the time (consider that the biggest social media platform is called FACEbook), but we don’t take the time or spend the money to create something special for our social media profiles.

In a society where Facebook and Instagram have become essential parts of our everyday lives, people are more narcissistic than ever. Or at least so it seems.

People change their profile picture more often than underwear, and they quickly get bored with the limited results that a handheld camera phone can provide.

Wouldn’t you rather have 20 really great headshots that you can use not only for your social media profiles, but high quality images that you can actually print and give to mum and dad or grandma for her birthday, and even professional venues such as job applications and corporate purposes?

If you had a handful of professional portraits that you loved, you wouldn’t want to change your profile picture every 12 hours.

I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful girl in a park in Brisbane recently; all we did were headshots that she could use for social media profiles and prints for her family. It was the first time I had done a session purely for this reason, but after seeing the results and hearing a lot of positive feedback about the shoot, even I’m thinking of having a portrait session done for myself!

People often think that a photo shoot has to be a very elaborate thing with a theme and props and theatrical clothing, but for a portrait session all you need is yourself. In fact, simple is often best.

It’s a very intimate and sometimes soul baring type of shoot, because the camera gets up really close and captures what is in your eyes (the windows to the soul). You get to know a part of yourself that you maybe didn’t know, and it can be therapeutic to be able to view yourself through photographs. You can almost see yourself from other people’s perspective, and being the self-judgemental creatures that we are, that’s a powerful thing for a portrait to be able to do.

Be inspired! Book in for a portrait session! It will be worth it, I promise.

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