There's no second chance for a good first impression!
Now that social media has taken on such an important role in promoting our professional abilities, having an impactful headshot is more important than ever. Since every social media platform requires a profile image, your headshot will have a far-reaching web presence in addition to more traditional uses like the staff page of your organization’s website and for publication in conference or speaking engagement–related materials.
Most headshots are taken in my studio with controlled studio lighting and reflectors to enhance your features. Location sessions are also available for an additional fee. Contact me to discuss your personal headshot or your companies needs.
PREPARING FOR YOUR HEADSHOT
Get a good night's sleep before the photo shoot; You look your best when you’re well-rested.
Schedule your appointment for later in the morning to be sure any sleepy/puffy eyes have settled. Visine drops can brighten the whites of your eyes.
Drink plenty of water. It helps your skin to look healthy and plumps your skin to naturally appear younger.
Remove glasses 30 minutes before your session if you plan to take some without glasses.
If you wear makeup, keep it simple, clean and natural looking. For eyes, wear a little more than you are used to. Ideally have your makeup done professionally. I can recommend some great local Makeup artists.
Bring blotting powder and apply right before we start photographing to tone down any shiny areas.
Avoid big shiny jewelry or anything that will distract from the professional look and attire.
Plan to arrive 10 minutes early. Running late tends to result in a frazzled look.
Select your clothing in advance so you can be sure that everything is in good condition, unmarked, works well together, and fits properly.
For a men's formal business headshot, a dark jacket, light shirt and contrasting tie usually works best. Be sure your shirt can be buttoned up to the collar comfortably. For a 3/4 pose, remove wallet and cell phone from pockets to avoid lumpy looks!
For women, a jacket or styled sweater usually looks best. Avoid bright orange, red, floral patterns or loud clashing colors. However keep in mind the image you would like to project - casual is fine. Including a pretty scarf can add to your personality and add a splash of colour.
Avoid bare arms unless it speaks to your profession.
Avoid tops with low necklines as the attention should go to your face and not your...you know.
Avoid jackets with detailed zigzag patterns, such as hound’s-tooth. These patterns tend to look wonky online.
If you are due for a haircut or styling, get it done a week prior to ensure a natural look. If you have a beard or mustache, ensure it it nicely groomed.
Remove any badges or company pins. At times it is not legible, other times it does not look straight and can be a distraction.
If you feel confident in your appearance, your confidence will shine through in your photo. Feeling confident is one of the most important elements of your headshot!