Category Archives: Headshots

Austin Headshot Photographer Discovers Supermodel in 1980

Like many young photographers in the 80’s, I wanted to be a famous fashion photographer and shoot for Vogue. I also wanted to discover the next big Supermodel, and I think Katy had that potential. She was tall and mysterious with great bone structure. I had her set up to got to NYC to interview with Ford, but at the last minute, she decided she would rather stay in Austin with her biker boyfriend. I was crushed.
Looking at this image from 1980, I still think she would have looked great on the cover of Vogue.

Headshot of a beautiful model from 1980 in the studio of Damon Leo Photography, Austin TX

Now much older and a little wiser, I have learned to appreciate the beauty that I find in every client. For each headshot and executive portrait session, I emphasize the outer beauty of my client, and draw out the inner beauty, which is really what separates a winning portrait from a passport photo or a selfie. It starts with building up their self confidence then increases by seeing their images on a large monitor that I send wirelessly from my camera after every shot. It culminates in than one ultimate pose where inner and outer beauty, self confidence and great expression come together to create the perfect headshot. This is the one that will draw people to you when you use it on your resume or as your online avatar.
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Headshots Austin: Author Updates Her Publicity Photo

Nationally famous Math Educator, Author and Speaker, Dr. Cathy L. Seeley decided she needed a new headshot for her new book. Here is the previous shot I did for her a few years ago:

Publicity photo by Damon Leo Photography.

Dr. Seeley scheduled her headshot session, and when seeing the images that I sent wirelessly to a large monitor, realized she had worn the wrong blouse. That’s the advantage of seeing a large preview, instead of looking at a small image on the back of a camera. So we stopped and rescheduled, no problem. The next session produced two great shots.


Austin Headshot photographer Damon Leo produced this image for a prominent math educator.

A great headshot with a solid blue dress and a dynamic expression.

Publicity photo by Austin Headshot photographer Damon Leo.

What a wonderful natural hand pose that makes this headshot unique.

It’s a great idea to have two or more different headshot poses that you can use for different purposes. During the session, I noticed that Dr. Seeley was holding her hands near her face in a very natural way. I loved the pose and asked her to hold it. As you can see, it worked! Hands are the hardest part of the body to pose because they can easily look awkward, or else they can look too big because they are closer to the camera. This turned out to be Cathy’s favorite pose, and she used it in a recent press release:

Marketing brochure for well-known math educator using a headshot by Damon Leo Photography.

Advertising brochure for Dr. Cathy Seeley.

Austin Headshots for Publicity Photos are natural and flattering.

I photographed Holistic Chiropractor Dr. Robin Mayfield in her clinic office to create a very beautiful and natural publicity photo.

Austin fibromyalgia natural holistic chiropractor Dr. Robin Mayfield.

I like to do headshot sessions in my studio where I can control the lighting and background, but I sometimes do location shoots for publicity photos. These can be more effective for certain kinds of marketing like print advertising. For example, Dr. Mayfield used this shot to appear in her new clinic newsletter. You can see it HERE.

Headshots and publicity need to be very flattering to the subject, and they need to look natural and appealing. People form their first impression very quickly, so you have a few seconds to grab their attention and convince them that you are trustworthy and competent. Make the most of this opportunity by carefully choosing the photographer that you will trust with this important task.

We all know that the “Eyes are the Windows of the Soul” and nowhere is that more important than in your headshot. People will subconsciously judge you by the look in your eyes. You need to be very relaxed and feeling confident and good about yourself. I work with my clients to help them get into the state of mind that will create this powerful image. It is not just about smiling. It is about projecting your true open authentic self into the lens of my camera and the mind of your client.