It took 5-hours + 58-minutes | Headshot Photographer

I did it to save you a lot of time, and as a professional headshot photographer showing, versus telling is the best example.

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Who knew getting all gussied up, moving a few pieces of furniture, setting up my studio + remote camera gear could take SIX-HOURS of a day to shoot a Personal Story Brand Session?

I did!

As a headshot photographer I know the time that goes into preparing every detail before clients arrive.

But just in case you didn’t know how time consuming it could be I wanted to have the exact details for you. Ask any one of my clients – I’m a details gal.

If you have an entire day to put your personal branding session together for your business + add in all the prep time on yourself {and have your camera skills perfected}, then you might wanna shoot your own business images + headshots.

Although the fun-factor drops when you’re sitting {and dancing} in a room alone.

It took me from 11:40am to 5:38pm to get it done.

BUT WAIT! Not finished yet! The headshots still needed to be download, culled + edited.

The gallery of 48 images that I kept took another 3-hours and 12-minutes.

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If you’re still thinking about taking an entire day to shoot your own personal brand story at least make a Spotify playlist of your favs to add pep to your step for that long day.

It won’t be as much fun, or easy, as hiring a professional headshot photographer but if you must…

I did this full day experiment for you. But I definitely missed working with my photographer on this project.

Whenever possible I don’t do my headshots + branding. The time alone should tell you why, but working with a photographer adds so many other benefits::

  • I can’t devote two days every quarter to my brand shoot {prep + shoot + edit + clean-up}
  • “Two heads are better than one” – Working with another always brings out more creativity to the shoot
  • Procrastination – I’ve been putting this off for months because, “it’s just my shoot”
  • I run a photography business so I can pull this off, but can you run your BEST business if you didn’t outsource the parts you’re not an expert in?
  • Time or money – both cost a business
  • Personal brand photography sessions need to be planned out in detail
  • Planning the location, wardrobe, props, colors, lighting, composition all play into the story of a brand
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It’s in the details!

Clients say they come back to SMP because I focus on the little things, the details.

I didn’t have anyone in the studio helping me adjust the fine details so I was constantly going to the mirror checking my hair, clothes, lipstick… So each piece fit my story.

Think of a kid on a teeter-totter going up-down-up-down and you’ll have a picture of what I looked like getting up-n-down checking the back of my camera to make sure I got the shot.


Hiring a professional headshot photographer is a big deal!

It’s our business, it’s what we build, stress over, get psyched about, but it also needs to share who we are behind the brand.

Customers today want a brand that shares their HUMAN SIDE and knowing how to represent that through your images means the difference between a successful or struggling business.

Brand photography is an investment in YOU and your business!

We use images everywhere to tell a story. They’re used on websites, all over social media, email, marketing, and blog posts. Sharing pieces of ourselves in a story gives potential customers a chance to get to know us BEFORE they trust us with their money.

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A few more fast facts::

  • Blog posts with photo’s get 2x more shares
  • Visual content is shared 40% more on social media than anything else
  • Your brain processes images 60,000x faster than text

Do you have 5-hours and 58-minutes to spend creating your visual story in a world that flashes by faster than you can read “5-hours and 58-minutes”?

You should spend more time dancing than trying to figure out how to be a professional headshot photographer for a day.


Time or money?

Do you have an entire day to try your headshots {and hope they work}?

There are limited sessions available each month.

Cheers and Sparkles to getting yourself out on social

💖-Andrea | Professional Headshot Photographer

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