For some reason, everyone says that to get good Headshots in New York City you have to pay $600 or more. That's not necessarily true. I understand an article was written by another photographer, Nick Coleman, explaining why spending $595 on headshots is necessary. So I decided to throw out a few reasons why a low price does not equate to low quality.
First of all, just because someone charges less doesn't mean they're a bad photographer. It might mean that they aren't very well established or they are new photographers trying to build up a portfolio.
Additionally, enjoying the session will almost automatically give you good results. Being comfortable with your photographer is often more important than a price tag. Even if you have a friend take your headshots, showing genuine emotion and real enjoyment will always be more powerful than trying to fake it because you feel reserved or uncomfortable. If you have fun your headshots will show it!
Sometimes a mess up is better than things going perfectly. If your photographer is charging lower rates because they are inexperienced, mess ups could break the ice and make you both more comfortable. Maybe the focus was off and the captured something funny. If it makes you both genuinely laugh, there's a huge chance that smile will be captured and make up for any mistakes.
Spending less gives you more options for future shoots. Say you're new to acting and just coming to learn what casting directors are looking for. If you have less expensive shots taken you can learn what emotions and looks work best for you. If you find you need to try again you won't have broken the bank for photos you're no longer interested in using.
Why spend so much when you might change your look or get a haircut? Perhaps you're getting new roles or are a corporate employee whose photo is often used to represent a company. Paying $600 every time you update your style may be out of the question. It becomes much easier to retain up-to-date, professional headshots when you're paying a fraction of the expected cost.
Keep a professional edge on a budget!
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