Why Is a Portrait Like a Haircut??

September 10, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

You know that feeling of getting great results at the salon?  That moment when your stylist puts the finishing touches on your new cut and you turn to see yourself in the mirror and say “Wow!”. You walk outside and people can’t take their eyes off you, everyone you know not only notices but says “Wow!” too.

When you have a haircut like that, it makes you feel like a million dollars. Like the stars have aligned to come together and give you the “look” you were born to have. You find yourself going out of your way to make social appointments, go out on dates, have in person meetings… Show-It-Off.

You start shopping for clothes specifically to go with your new “do”. Even new jewelry (for us ladies) just so everyone can see how spectacular your new hair is….

“The perfect haircut” equals almost instant confidence; it has the power to get you excited and out into the world to do your thang.

There is no real magic to getting a great haircut (except that there is):

  • If its your first time working with someone, you’ve come to them because they came highly recommended or were responsible for someone else’s wonderful hair.
  • Or you’re a repeat client with someone you already know and trust.  
  • You show up prepared with photos and examples to show your stylist exactly what you want and how you want it.
  • If you didn’t bring your own, there are magazines and catalogs to help you identify what you have in mind.
  • The two of you discuss the specifics ahead of time: Where’s your part? Do you want me to use any particular kind of tool? How do you like to blow it out after a wash?
  • While you’re going through it, you stay in communication with each other and change course if something doesn’t feel right.
  • Lastly, when it’s all said and done, your stylist confirms with you that you’re happy and offers to do touch ups in between cuts.

All of which results in that million-dollar look and feeling!

Why am I making this comparison?

Well, because I just recently got my hair cut and had exactly the opposite experience!!

I still get compliments from strangers. Which is nice, but… Bottom line, it wasn’t what I had pictured in my head and ‘it doesn’t look like me”.  

I’m avoiding mirrors and spending money on headbands and bobby pins to hide this ‘mess’ while it grows out! I’m hiding from social engagements and to the people I do visit with, I spend half the time complaining about it. Ugh.

What went wrong?? Where was the magic? The answer is easy:

  • I worked with an unknown substitute who was available because my regular stylist is on maternity and I was in a jam.
  • I didn’t prepare any photos to show him even though I was looking for a fresh style rather than keep the look I had.
  • There were no magazines or catalogs for me to flip through and find inspiration while I was waiting.
  • We discussed the ‘broad picture’ ahead of time but we didn’t get into details like: Which side do you part your hair on? (Duh…)
  • We communicated during, but it was me saying “OMG, I definitely did not ask for bangs!!” Too late.
  • Lastly, when it was all said and done, I walked out of there practically in tears.

And now, I have to let it grow out until my usual stylist comes back and can bring me back to beautiful hair.

Some of you fellas out there may not know this exact feeling, but I know that the ladies do. It’s tough.

The point I’m making in all this, is that your professional image acts in much the same way as a haircut does.

When you look great, you feel great. When you feel great, you’re inspired to go out and do great things!

You attract people to you. You’re eager and excited to engage with other people. It’s a win win all around, because you’re positioned at your best and ready to give your best.

That is the face of your company you want to put forward!

The secret is that the same ingredients that create a magical haircut are the same for getting a great portrait:

  • Work with someone you like and trust, or because they came highly recommended and were responsible for someone else’s wonderful portrait.
  • At a minimum show up to your session prepared with photos and examples to show your photographer exactly what you want and how you want it.
  • If you didn’t bring your own, ask if they have any magazines or catalogs that will help you identify what you have in mind.
  • Discuss the specifics ahead of time - What you’re looking for and how the photographer likes to work.
  • While you’re going through it, stay in communication and change course if something doesn’t feel right.
  • Lastly, when it’s all said and done, you should be excited and happy with the results. If you’re not, ask to do a re-shoot, or work with someone else.

THE END.

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