Professional Speaker Photography 101

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Professional Speaker Photography IS NOT Headshots Photography

To be super duper crystal clear.  Professional Speaker Photography and Headshots Photography are hugely different things. As a professional speaker, you need a headshot showing you in your setting and personal brand.  It’s a headshot shot at a studio or on a location that encapsulates all of the things that make you a brilliant speaker.  You use this on your profiles and everywhere you should have a great headshot. Professional Speaker Photography is used in your reel and where you talk about how you are a great speaker and where you give the information any event host needs to know before they book you to appear at their event on stage.  These are photographs of you commanding a lot of different types of stages on your own or sharing a panel with other speakers at an event.  You use these to document you appearances and show why you command the fee you do to appear.

Professional Speaker Photography

Prep According To Your Speaking Photography Agenda

When I work for professional speakers, it’s very unlikely that I’m also being hired by the host of the event.  This means that I can dedicate ALL of my attention on you.  This involves some pre-event prep before we get into professional speaker photography.  I learn from you if you have any key moments in your talk, and I get a clear understanding of how you want to use your appearance at this event in your wider speaker career. This helps me form a shot list that is specific to you. Maybe your current reel is filled with wide angles, and actually this time around you really need some much better close-ups and you want me to get a good crop of the event name behind you (cos this one is a prestigious talk in your career).  

Time To Get Into Your Flow

Maybe you have a nice smooth and steady pace to your talk.  You meander slowly around the stage.  But you tend to blink slowly.  This has resulted in you having a LOT of event shots with your eyes not fully open.

Or perhaps you are frenetic on the stage.  You make wild Mick Jagger movements as you gesticulate, and you have ended up with a bunch of photos of you pulling weird faces in odd positions.  

Professional Speaker Photography

When I’m creating professional speaker photography just for you, I can get in sync with your particular pace.  This means I can concentrate and catch you at your best on stage.  A lot of the time an event photographer has a lot of different agendas in their booking.  They are working for the event host directly.  They may not have the chance to stick around for the full length of your talk because they also need to scoot to the other side of the building to catch the fire eaters setting up.  

Things to Use in Your De-Brief On Professional Speaker Photography

  • Your precise call to action. 
  • That slide you have where you’re asking people to get onto your list.  You can use it all over social.
  • That bit where you plan to get someone up on stage.
  • A queue of people waiting for a selfie after your talk is finished.
  • People’s reactions to you setting off that indoor firework.
  • A scale of the room shot that involves me climbing up to the rafters (in silence) halfway through your talk before the fireworks.

What You May Not Know About Event Photography

Budget is King!  If hosting an event and doing it all yourself, or working with an intermediary event planner, their biggest priority to event photography is BUDGET!  This means cutting corners in every single way possible, and it’s this that takes away from you having the undivided attention of an event photographer.

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