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Portland professional headshots
Jan 20 2015

Making the most of your headshot!

Portland professional headshots Rachel Edidin
Just be your authentic, awesome self, and we’ll do the rest.

One of the things that seems to stay the same, no matter the year, is our relationship with the things that are currently impacting our lives, the things that are happening now – the bus you’re about to miss, the date you’re about to go on, the bill you forgot to pay. If you’re a busy Portland professional with a million things happening, thinking about your headshot may not the first thing on your mind. For us at Upswept Creative, it’s not so very different – we’re busy thinking about our clients, our projects and the plans we have for this year!

But we know all too well that the day will come when you wake up and realize your headshot is completely out of date–let me guess: you are working on updating your LinkedIn because you feel you need a better job? You need help. When you need to step up, professionally? Let a professional help you.

Here’s how you go from awkward mirror selfie to professional-level portrait in three easy steps.

1. Book an appointment with us at Upswept Creative!

Whether you are an aspiring manager, model, project executive, actor or a wellness coach, we can make your headshot work for you.We are local to Portland, Oregon, and have years of experience doing what we do. We have a flexible schedule with morning, daytime and evening hours, and a convenient Old Town location you can reach by car, bus, or bike. We have a private bathroom you can change in, so feel free to bring more than one outfit. If you are looking for professional hair and makeup, we can organize that too! Our headshot packages are affordable, and allow you to order extra high-resolution photos as well as physical prints. Go ahead and make a commitment to going pro – you can book and pay for your headshot online with just a few clicks.

Is the world going to end if you're not smiling in a photo? We don't think so. :)
Is the world going to end if you’re not smiling in a photo? We don’t think so. 🙂

2. Tell us a little about yourself.

Start by thinking: “What do I want my photo to say about me?” For many small business owners, you are the product. Consider the environment your photo will be used in. Take a look at other people’s headshots, both those you like, and those you don’t. Don’t be shy to show us examples or tell us specifically what you’re looking for – the more information we have, the easier it is for us to make you happy.

3. Get in the zone.

A lot could be said about preparing to get your photo taken, which is why, in the past, we have taught entire workshops such as Make the Camera Love You in 2014. But a lot boils down to some very simple rules:

  • Wear something that makes you feel confident, comfortable, and completely awesome.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff – i.e. the blemish on your chin, or that you might blink when the shutter clicks.
  • You don’t have to smile, if you don’t want to. Just be your authentic self, and let us do the rest.

We look forward to seeing you in the Upswept Creative studio in NW Portland!

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