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All the best,

Tom Keenan

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3 Head Shot Photography Top Tips

September 25, 2017  •  1 Comment



"What are your top 3 tips for head shot photography?"

Ooo, another good question!

Head shot photography is essential for a professional image.

It is no good reusing that "valencia" filter selfie to show that you are serious about your trade.


Am I right?


Whether you are an actor, dancer, performer or a business professional, you need a head shot that looks sharp, but also shows your personality.

So, for each of these reasons for needing head shots, here are my top tips.

Tip #1

Be you.


If you are smiley, be smiley.

If you are serious, be serious.

Equally, if the reasons you are needing the head shots require a certain facial expression, bring it.

There is only one you, and you are the best one at being you. People want to be able to see YOU in your head shot.

Tip #2

Light it properly


I am thankful to have 8 years worth of experience under my belt.

Ranging between fashion photography and almost every other type of portraiture.

Before you arrive in studio, I have sat down thinking through who YOU are, and what lighting is best going to suit you. Beauty dishes, accent lighting, fill lights, natural light; you name it, it's in my skillset.

Tip #3

Choose wisely


When you have finished your photo shoot, within the next week or two a process called "curation" takes place. This is where I remove the "chaff" (the naff photos) and put together a selection of photos for you to choose from.

Now, if you just need the one image, that's fine!

But if you have spent the time in studio & location with me, you are going to want to choose a few. Thankfully, the more images you buy, the more discount is applied!

VARIETY IS KEY. Choose the photos that represent you best.


Enjoying these blog posts? Let me know! I am a real person, and like a bit of encouragement.



The Slater Family

September 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Slater Family

You have seen me do photography with little kids recently.

Well, here's some of the big kids!

Alison had the idea of booking a family shoot during the 75th Birthday surprise weekend away for her mother Carole. It worked out really well, as family were down from far away to celebrate Carole.

The photos are gorgeous, and they co-ordinated their colours really well.





Langdon Primary School

September 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Langdon Primary School

Langdon Primary School, heard of it?

You may not have, as it is a small school. But they are such a beautiful school.

The staff are friendly, the kids are well behaved, and the place looks gorgeous.

See for yourself!







Ian Southcott

September 25, 2017  •  1 Comment

Ian Southcott

Well, this was a bit different.

I have never photographed a bodybuilder before, but Ian was keen to book me to get some shots of him for his line of work. Ian was not timid in front of the camera, and took my direction really well.

Keen to build up a portfolio like this? Or for modelling? Quote PORTFOLIO & I'll give you 20% off your session fee before November 2017.


The Soto Family

September 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Soto Family

Young children, are so cute.

They also prove pretty hard to photograph in a "set up" fashion.

Now, "set up" isn't better than "natural", and visa versa. If you get the shot, you get the shot.

For the Soto's, the natural shots really captured them with where they are at as a family right now. They were so pleased with the images!





David Conder

September 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

David Conder

Linked In.

The place for business professionals to network.

Now, seriously, who will take you seriously with a photo you took on your Samsung against the kitchen wall in your tracksuit?

Not many!

David Conder required some sharp head shots for Linked In. Sometimes clients do not require lots of images, and some require many, either way the quality is essential.


Alex Kent Is Back

September 25, 2017  •  3 Comments

Alex Kent... is back!

I love it when clients come back for more photos... Especially when they are friends!

Alex wrote the foreword in a Cartography book recently, and the publisher needed a head shot of him that was up to date. Since his last shots he had shaved, so we got some more!

Check 'em out.

3 Portrait Photography Top Tips

May 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment



"What are your top 3 tips for portrait photography?"

Great question!

I've been teaching photography for the last couple of months to two students, and we are beginning to get on to working with people.

Almost 100 million of you own an iPhone: and I won't be surprised if you, that are reading this, have one.

If you're one of the 4 people that don't own an iPhone, fear not, you probably have two cameras on your phone. Happy days.

Summer is just around the corner and there will be times that you are out with your family and you want to take a photo to remember the day. How beautiful!

Tip #1

Shoot lots

Different facial expressions, different angles, different lighting.

Don't overkill the moment, but you want to be able to tell a little story.

The great thing with Instagram now-days is that they enable you to upload a few photos at a time to tell the story. You also won't have an arm as steady as a pro or as steady as a tripod, so limit the possibility of having the dreaded blurry photo and click click click!

Tip #2

Limit distractions

Objects, buildings or people in the background are rarely things that enhance the look of a portrait. You want the attention to go straight to the subjects in the portrait. Using a long focal length or narrow depth of field will help you to blur backgrounds, but when you're using your phone with a large depth of field, make sure you haven't got a dog poo bin in the background, or some randomer bending over.

Sometimes this is hard to do because of the location - but you do have the option to crop in post production #helpful.

Tip #3

Have some fun

I haven't had a family go away from a shoot thinking "wow that was boring" - we keep it fun, and have a laugh during the shoot. Obviously the corporate photography I do is a completely different context, but who wants a boring photography experience? Not me.

Going back to my note about the summer - really live in the moment (#cheesy). Seriously! Don't spend so long on your phone trying to get the best filter while you're out with your friends / family, have fun, and be savvy enough to capture the moment on your phone.

(psst, for the record, I shoot family photography, so book me for a session and I'll shoot memorable portraits of your family!)



The Wilson Family

May 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Wilson Family

Keep your eyes peeled for competitions - but don't wait if you want to book a family shoot!


These kids were some of the most well behaved kids I have had the pleasure of working with: Saul, the little one, kept running away, but we still got some beautiful portraits of him!

The Wilson Family won a family photo shoot competition on my Facebook page a little while back: they won a shoot, and a Facebook cover photo. Here's what I sent them, and they will be purchasing their products at their viewing. How exciting!





Self Portraits 2017

May 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Self Portraits

Portraits are not easy - self portraits are REALLY not easy.

If you know me at all, you will know my "look" has changed significantly in the last two years or so. I've gone from having short to long hair.

I look really different.

So, I set out to take some new self portraits. I put together a studio set up and new the type of look I was going for.

Here was what I achieved:

Now, the other thing that has changed over the last two years is that I've gone and got myself a wonderful girlfriend, Bethany-Rose White:



Thank you Jesus.

When I showed Beth the self portrait I achieved, her reaction was underwhelming.

And a bit disappointing.

But the thing we have learnt in our relationship is complete honesty - she knew that the self portrait I took may have looked sharp and professional, but it didn't represent my personality.

After a lot of denial, I had to agree with her.

She then took this portrait of me on her polaroid camera when we were out on a date together: I knew it was tonnes better.

Thank you Betty!

What do you think?





Lightstock - Kate Spencer

May 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Lightstock - Kate Spencer

Lightstock is such a great company.

I love how I get to shoot non-cheesy, faith focused stock photography.

Kate & I got together and shot some photos that communicated prayer, worship & lament in her Dads church and the church I work!

Have a look and see what you think!



Bob Dowsett

March 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Bob Dowsett

Well, this was an interesting shoot.

A couple of weeks ago I had an enquiry for a head shot shoot.

Fairly simple, you would think.

I then proceeded to have a chat with a lovely chap on the phone, from Australia, 81 years of age, who called himself "Crocodile Bob" - we booked the shoot!
Trouble was, Crocodile Bob didn't have a mobile, or email.

How did he get in contact with me then?

I'm glad you asked; Bob went through the lovely Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and they recommended me to take his head shots!

I felt privileged.

The tough part was getting him his invoice, and finding him for the shoot.

I then found him in a pub over an hour early after receiving a phone call from a local newsagents who figured it was me that he was looking for. We ended up having a pint in the local pub and then we did the shoot.

Considering all of that, Bob did spiffingly. Check out the shots!

So no matter how old you are, or what communications issues you may have, I can cater for them. Here's the evidence.





How do you choose a location?

March 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment




I put out a message last week inviting you to ask any question to do with photography and here was one of the questions:

"How do you go about choosing a location for a family shoot?"

Good question.

If you're lucky enough to have been brought up in a family that did stuff together; going out together and doing fun things, you'll probably have a handful of places that have some sort of meaning to them.

For me and my family, the beach and the glen up in Walmer are places we love to go and walk our dog at. But for you, it may be a specific part of the beach, your very own garden, or a street you always tend to walk through together.

So when I have a booking with a family, I ask them the question:

"Is there a place of significance or meaning that you and your family like to go?"

If your not a deep and meaningful family you're not necessarily boring, but you may not have a particular place you like to go to with your family. That's not a problem!

Here, I then have a list of places that look LOVELY and are fun to go to.

We then choose a place that suits each family.


If you have a question you'd love to ask, send me a message or comment on this post.



Blog Posts Coming Soon!

February 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Yes, you read it right!

"But you already DO blog posts?"

Correct, but I haven't done many blog posts about teaching on photography.

I am currently teaching a few students photography on their Duke of Edinburgh "skill", and thought I would begin posting a few tips.

Do YOU have any questions about photography? Running a business? Or LIFE?

Comment below, I'd love to hear from you.


Alice Keenan

January 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Alice Keenan

Who's ready for an honesty bomb? Alice was insanely hard to cater for - she's my sister, and pickier than 99% of the clients I've worked with.

I love her to bits though, and it's her vision of excellence which sets her above the average performer. She pushed me, I pushed her, and we achieved some of the best head shots I've shot to this day.
I'm not being funny though, you could be in these shots if you booked with me. You might not be blonde and look like Alice, but I'm sure you'll still look beautiful.






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