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Tips and advice to get the best out of your next headshot and of course I'm excited to share some of my portraits as well!

Do you know your PsyPhotology Quotient?

By some estimates; 93 million selfies are taken every day, wow! In your selfie, you're oozing confidence, though in front of someone else's camera you get a case of PAS (Picture Avoidance Syndrome). 

Avoidance is one level on the PsyPhotology Quotient or PQ Score. PsyPhotology is a union of psychology and photography and the PQ Score describes your behaviour in front of a camera; whether you Avoid, Diminish, Pose, or Own the experience.

Ava, who is normally the star of the show, was avoiding the camera at the beginning of our session. We improved the situation by letting her run the photo shoot and take some pictures of me; she was in control.  Once the attention was directed towards me, she was willing to get in front of the camera. We made progress as she moved from 'avoid' to 'diminish'. 

 Ava ran the photo shoot and took some pictures of me; nice technique Ava! 

 Ava ran the photo shoot and took some pictures of me; nice technique Ava! 

We made progress as she moved from 'avoid' to 'diminish'. 

We made progress as she moved from 'avoid' to 'diminish'. 

She changed outfits which helped the mood and we worked together to move through the 'pose' and 'own' stages until she truly inhabited the space in front of the camera.

John Hayne Portrait Photography in Halifax, NS

When the selfie stick comes out, you are in control, you have decided to take a picture and have already broken through the PAS barrier. Your photographer must be able to connect with you in a very short period of time and assess your state or PQ score and be able to employ a whole host of tactics to move you from 'diminish' to 'own'. Your photographer should keep you engaged to keep your mind off the camera and help quiet your internal critic. 

John Hayne Portrait Photography in Halifax, NS

As Peter Hurley often asks when viewing an image: 'Is the camera messing with the person or is the person messing with the camera?'. Say hi to Ava - bilingual, student, girl guide, diva - owning that space in front of the camera and so should you!