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How To Take Perfect Headshots

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Your headshot is the window to your blog - what does yours say about you?

For ages I had an outdated, grainy and oh so embarrassing headshot because I was too confused and shy to get a decent one taken. Where to start? how to pose? what to wear - it was just too overwhelming so I did nothing. Then the idea popped into my head that if I was feeling like this so were other bloggers and thus the idea for a blogger headshot workshop was born.

Last week in Sydney we held our second headshot workshop, this time at The Commune Studio, and got together an incredible group of bloggers all ready to get in front of the lens. We had group shots with the girls from The Apartment, mother and daughter photos, crazy props and far too many laughs. I've realised over time that there are a few key ingredients to taking the perfect headshot:

  • Hilarious, talented and down to earth photographers
    I am so in love with Lisa & Pete from And A Day Photography I don't know where to start. These guys make you laugh, feel silly but most importantly comfortable, so the shots they get are natural, relaxed and absolutely stunning.
  • Confetti
    Okay so maybe not just confetti but anytime you throw some flower crowns, tassels and exposed brick in the mix it's going to be good. The idea is to have variety and make it fun - and how can you not have fun throwing confetti?
  • Champagne
    Need I say more? It  helps calm the nerves and loosens everyone up - an essential ingredient if you ask me.
  • Cheesy Dance Tunes
    I've shared my cheesy playlist here before but for any photo shoot music is a must and personally after a class of champagne and listening to Mariah Carey's Heartbreaker I'm ready for my close up.

I hope you'll join us for our next workshop as I certainly hope to host another one next year!

Creative Blogger Portrait Session // And A Day Photography

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You know that when confetti, champagne and cheesy 80's pop hits come together you can pretty much guarantee a good time. Well that's exactly what happened and I can honestly say our most recent headshot workshop for bloggers was our most fun event to date. That's a bold statement because I tend to have a blast at ALL our events but there was just something about having everything come together seamlessly that made this afternoon creative portrait session an absolutely blast to be a part of.

To start I think it had to do with the fact the Lisa and Pete from And A Day Photography are such fun to hang out with. Not only are they super talented but this duo immediately makes you feel at ease and can get you laughing in no time.  Secondly the group of girls we had all immediately clicked and everyone was ready to have a great day and that's exactly what happened.  We ate way too much food, drank mimosa's and listened to my ridiculously cheesy playlist that kept us dancing all afternoon.

I'm absolutely thrilled with how everyone's photos turned out and wish I had room here to share them all because they all were fantastic - including some great outdoor lane way balloon shots that we snuck in before the weather turned.  We'll be hosting another portrait session soon so if you missed out this time make sure to send us a note so you can be notified when tickets are available!

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Special thanks to Bespoke Balloonery, Ashdown & Bee and a few our students for sharing their photos Barbara, Emma, Emma, Jarmila and Danielle. All photos from And A Day.