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Casual Headshots + Before and After Editing

When I update my headshots, I usually do it the day I go to the hair salon. When I do that, I might be dressed in business casual attire, I probably have a full face of makeup, I might have on jewelry and of course my hair has been freshly done. But, what you see in my usual headshots is mostly likely NOT what you get when we meet for your session! In person, I’m usually dressed down and dressed comfortably because I know I’ll be kneeling in the dirt, in the mud, or in the sand and I will definitely end up sweating. And let's be real, I get my hair cut and colored once a year too, so the cute color you might see in my headshots is most definitely FADED.


For my headshots this time around, I wanted to look like I’d actually look when I meet a family in a field for their portraits. Easy on the makeup, okay enough hair and casual, comfortable clothes. Oh, and glasses ALWAYS! For these headshots, I'm wearing the glasses my family calls the Mrs. Doubtfire glasses... I can hear them saying "helloooooo" and "help is on the way, dear" in their Mrs. Doubtfire voices! HAHAHA


If you want to see a before and after edit, go all the way down to the "recipe section" of the blog post lol lol.


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Casual Headshots | Holly Butler Photography

Casual Headshots | Holly Butler Photography

Casual Headshots | Holly Butler Photography

Casual Headshots | Holly Butler Photography

Casual Headshots | Holly Butler Photography

Casual Headshots | Holly Butler Photography

Casual Headshots | Holly Butler Photography


Time for a before and after!


When my contract says you're getting a "fully edited" gallery, I don't mean I will change your whole entire look. What I mean is, I'll sharpen your eyes, smooth out skin, adjust the color and the lighting, then take out background distractions. Things like that.


Before editing: In this next image, I wanted to try and save it by sharpening my out of focus eyes. I wasn't paying full attention to where the focus was on my Nikon app and eyes are always a little less sharp when shooting people with glasses on, so I wanted to try sharpening. I also wanted to smooth out my skin redness and definitely tone down the orange hair! *I hope my hair stylist and best friend somehow misses this post*.


After editing: The first thing you can tell I did was tone down my brassy hair lol. I put my hair through a lot in the Summer and it's definitely time for a cut and color! I sharpened my eyes, smoothed out the redness in my skin, softened some shadows, softened some glasses glare and lowered the saturation on the blue light blocking that was showing on my lenses.

Casual Headshots | Holly Butler Photography

I don't convert to black and white for headshots unless I'm asked, but I do it for every other type of session I shoot. Since it's part of my usual editing process, I thought I should add a black and white in here.

Casual Headshots | Holly Butler Photography

Here's a pullback of our dining room, where I shot these. I used a tripod and my phone connected to my camera with wifi to click the shutter, using an app Nikon makes. I stuck with window light only because I wanted the dark shadows on my neck and was going for a more moody look, vs. how I'd light a realtor's headshots for their ads. I stuck with simplicity throughout this little headshot sesh!


Side note: It's the end of August, so we totally just decorated for Halloween inside the house. :)


I think I achieved the casual, more realistic headshots, as opposed to the ones I did back in 2019. I mean, I like those, but I think I did too much foundation on my face or something... **Not that heavy makeup doesn't look great in photos, I just want my business portraits to reflect how I typically present myself to my clients on a regular basis (click here for the link to those headshots).


Thanks for looking!

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