Why everyone should have a professional headshot by Dermot McElduff

Lets face it we a re an online global community now, the internet is hear to stay. The real impact of this is that most peoples first impression of you is now your online persona, not your physical one. So if you feel like this article is too long, then that is the real take away, if you are still not convinced then read on...

White Collar Workers

Gone are the days (well for 99% of people) of working in one company for your entire professional career working for just one company, so you need to be constantly selling yourself to the world. You also want to make a good first impression with every single person that comes in contact with you.

Good news is this is easy with platforms like LinkedIn, it is quite normal now (in my experience) for perspective employers and recruiters to look at your LinkedIn profile first, and what is the first thing they see? Yep your profile picture, hopefully its more than a grainy selfie, if not then you really should consider a professional head shot.

Blue Collar Workers

Yes you too should have a professional head shot for exactly the same reasons as the white collar office worker. You will not continue to work for the same firm for ever and yes it is not the norm for people in blue collar jobs to have LinkedIn profiles, but I can guarantee you will stand out from the crowd if you do. And its only a matter of time until more blue collar workers are on the likes of LinkedIn, so get ahead of the curve now.

Freelancers/Business owners/Entrepreneurs

Those in these professions have a x100 greater need, not only should you have a professional head shot for the likes of LinkedIn you need some for your websites, your publications, blogs, Shapr profile, your media packs, pitch decks, etc etc. in fact you should not only have professional head shots but you should have a few different styles and you need to ensure they are regularly updated, at least every year.

But its too expensive.

This argument holds little merit, I think most people have their financial priorities out of whack, they are happy to spend thousands on a fancy mobile device, then complain that they have no money. What if you skipped buying the device, and spent the money on a head shot that helped you secure a job which paid you more, then you could have both things?

Ok so you have read this far, well done, so yes now I have a sales pitch, well kind of. I am not saying you have to book me, but I just wanted to give an example of what it might cost if you do use my professional head shot services.

Basic - £70

  • 30 Minutes
  • One outfit
  • On location
  • Basic retouching services
  • Choose one image
  • Same day image turn around

Standard - £90

  • 30 minutes
  • One outfit
  • On location
  • Advanced retouching services
  • Choose two images
  • Same day image turn around

Gold Standard - $125

  • 1 hour
  • Two outfits
  • On location
  • Advanced retouching services
  • Chose up to four images

Platinum Standard - From £200 - £400

  • 2-4 hours
  • Unlimited outfits
  • Studio Shoot
  • Advanced retouching services
  • Chose up to eight images
  • Includes body shots

Optional Extras

  • Upgrade retouching for £20
  • Additional images are £15 each
  • Hair Stylist and Make up artists can be provided on request, costs vary
  • Upgrade to a studio shoot for £125 (dependent on availability of studio)

 

Portraits by Dermot McElduff

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Carol is an inspirational lady I photographed for Grazhier Magazine about a year ago. A mum, leader and entrepreneur, yet very humble and made a very patient model. She was 2015 Tasmanian Rural Woman of the Year, and founded Tamar Valley Hazelnuts, a small farming enterprise, with her husband Nathan in Glengarry, Tasmania. Established in 2010 it now boasts over 5000 trees, a hazelnut processing facility and commercial kitchen. 

Portraits by Dermot McElduff

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I photographed Maggie last year and has still been hands down the best model I ever worked with. This was taken during a quite moment between costume changes, around 2 hours into a tough shoot, but she was absolutely a dream to work with, fun and loved to talk about her history, which was fascinating. I would love to tell it all but it was a very personal story about the challenges she faced in life which where great, but she is so positive about it all. A true lady.

 

 

Ulster Cyclo-cross Championships Mallusk 2017 by Dermot McElduff

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Sunday 3rd December was the Ulster Cyclo-cross Championships, it was kind of last minute for me to pop along due to work commitments but I was so glad I go the chance to drop in.

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The course looked fantastic, at least to watch, and the weather stayed pretty dry, though cold and the ground was soft in places.  The organisers also added a nice little sand trap to spice things up.

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I admit that I was again in awe of these guys ability to push through, I would currently not have the fitness to keep up with any on on this field, perhaps a return to the saddle is required...

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I was also cool to see the head coach of the Belgium national team coach Rudy de Bie in attendance, especially as one of the clubs in attendance (Glendale) have the same colours as the Belgium national team, which I am sure is no accident :)

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See http://www.ulstercyclocross.com/ for more details on the event itself and the rest of the 2017 season. I am told that is the end of the season now, which is unfortunate but hopefully more to come in 2018. Though I am really keen to travel to Europe to shoot some of the CX action over there in 2018 if the opportunity arises, hint hint to all the sponsors, clubs, teams and magazine editors out there!

CX Ormeau Park 2017 by Dermot McElduff

Fact: Cycling is my favourite subject matter for photography. The rest of this post is just my random thoughts.

Ever since I discovered the awesome photographer Balint Hamvas of http://cyclephotos.co.uk/ I have wanted to try photographing a Cyclocross event. I love the mud and sweat and look of pain on the competitors faces, there is something about a person suffering for their passion that makes a great photograph. On Sunday 19th November 2017, in Ormeau Park Belfast, I finally got my chance to photograph a CX event.

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It didn't disappoint, I loved every single second. Well except for the awkward bit at the end waiting around for the prizing giving to happen, looking odd standing on my own as I didn’t know anyone. I didn’t actually give a shit though.

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Disappointingly I missed the underage and women’s events due to some family commitments, but manage to get there in time for the men’s A and B races, but thankfully they did not disappoint!

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Both seemed to have a pretty full field, though the B race seemed to be have quite a large number of competitors, and was by far the more exciting race to watch, mainly due to lots of tussling for positions, especially in the early stages.

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End conclusion, it was a great event, with what I felt like huge numbers in attendance, though not on par with a mainland Europe event, but still lots of fun.

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10/10 will photograph again, for anyone interested the full gallery of images is available here http://clients.duffproductions.co.uk/gallery/5579250/

Winter Snow by Dermot McElduff

I fully admit that winter is my absolute favourite time of year. I love the cold, windy, wet, icy and snowy weather. I have no idea why but I feel like its more of a challenge and hence its more rewarding. I walk 30-40 minutes most mornings on my way to work and usually with a big grin on my face, while most others look misserable. Thoughi often smile when I pass othet obvious winter lovers.

One such winter lover, as it turns out, is mh son. My son experienced his first ever snowfall on the weekend, and he was almost as excited as I was to play in the white stuff.

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With the help of the other kids in the neighbourhood we also managed to build his first snow man.

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Getting him to come in for lunch was almost impossible, keeping him inside after he had eaten was just as big a challenge. I have no idea where we both get it from, pretty sure everyone else in my family hates winter, though thankfully not my wife!

Anyway this random post is in honour of all the lovers of winter out there!

Family Wedding by Dermot McElduff

A few days ago my sister got married, it was a hectic run-up to the big day, but it was worth all the hard work and preparation, as it turned out to be such a fantastic day. It was a beautiful dry spring day, and the bride looked fantastic, as did the entire bridal party. Our son had the privileged role of page boy on the day and did his parents proud. The party went on into the small hours of the morning, and the hotel breakfast room resembled a hospital ward the following morning, with yours truly one of the most damaged cases.

I only took a very small number of photos as I decided that I wanted to concentrate on enjoying the day and meeting all the hundreds of relatives I had not spoken with in years, due to living in Australia (more on that coming in another blog post), hence this album is quite short.

One thing I did learn, or at perhaps re-learn is that wedding photography is really hard work! In fact all types of photography are hard work, and I am a strong believer in that if you want to do something well, it takes 100% commitment to the task in hand, hence my decision to put down the camera, and concentrate on enjoying the day.