Does a great head shot make a difference?

A recent headshot in my studio using strobes.
A recent headshot using natural light outdoors below:

Mark Lovett Photography New Photo

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Warm, Friendly and Beautiful

I had the pleasure of photographing a dear friend for the purpose of creating a business portrait that she could use on her web site, face book, and promotional materials such as business cards, postcards and the like.

The photograph that she had been using for years was a very nice one. It was obviously done by a professional photographer in a studio with strobe lights and a backdrop, and Jennifer had a very beautiful smile in the photo. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the photo, but we wanted to see if we could do better. We wanted to see if we could come up with a more compelling and inviting image that brought her inner beauty to the surface.
You be the judge. Do you think we succeeded?
Below is her previous image:
Other Photographer’s Old Photo
(of course many years earlier)

big smile

Art is subjective they say, and I suppose there are those among you who will prefer her old photo.

I can only speak for myself, and I get a very strong positive feeling from her new image.
In fact, when I look into the eyes of her new photo on top, I get goose bumps. She feels so warm, welcoming, engaging, real and beautiful to me in her new photo.

Is it just me, or do you notice the difference as well?

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