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Photos for Online Dating Sites :: A Photographer's Tale

Photos for Online Dating Sites :: A Photographer's Tale

As a portrait photographer here in Denver, I often receive calls from potential clients looking for "headshots". This is a pretty non-descript way of defining a portrait, and could mean one of a dozen different types of images: corporate headshots, family photos, senior portraits, or headshots for actors, realtors, mechanics, or even pro-bowlers. To be able to provide quality photography services, I really need to know just what type of shots a prospective client is looking for and how they want to use them. So when a call for "heashots" rolls in - I always pry a little further and ask, "What kind of headshot do you need? Will these appear on a business card? A website? Or both?" And every now and then my questions are answered with nothing - just dead silence. I can tell the caller has been caught totally off guard by my questions, and has no idea how to respond. I break the dead air by saying, "let me guess... you need photos for online dating sites, right?" And I always get the same surprised reaction - "how did you know?!?!"

This ain't my first rodeo, kids.

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