As photographers, we may not always think about taking pictures of ourselves, but having a current headshot is extremely important. Think of it as your own personal little billboard that allows people to see your ability as a photographer. After all, if you don't have a good picture of yourself on your website, what would make anybody believe that you can take quality pictures of anyone else?
Before I get in too deep, a majority of this article, which I plan on keeping short and sweet, pertains to portrait and headshot photographers. Although having a nice headshot never hurt anyone.
You Are the Face of Your Business
As I mentioned above, having a current headshot is a great way to showcase your work. It allows your potential clients to see a glimpse of your ability and it also gives them reassurance that you take pride in your craft. If you don't even care enough about taking a professional portrait of yourself, in their eyes, you probably won't put much effort into their portraits either. On the other hand, if you have a friend who can take your portrait for you, by all means, take advantage of that!
It's Good Practice
Another great reason to take self portraits is to try out new lighting techniques. There are plenty of times where I might want to try something new, but I don't want to waste a models time on something that might look stupid. This is where I become my own subject. Practicing different lighting scenarios is worthwhile because it allows you to work out all the kinks before you get on location with clients waiting.
Regardless of whether or not you currently take your own portraits, it's a great habit to get into. I know I hated taking self-portraits when I first became a photographer because it always seemed to take a ton of time, and I only came away with one or two usable images. In the above video, I share just a few tips that have helped me take better self-portraits where the process doesn't make me want to pull my hair out. Check it out, and hopefully, you'll be on your way to taking the best self-portraits anyone has ever seen!
If you're looking for a few laughs, scroll down and check out some of my self-portraits throughout the years. You're welcome in advance (apologies for the poor quality, I had to pull most of these from the archives)