A professional headshot is essential in today’s business world. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, job seeker, or business owner, a great headshot can help you make a strong first impression.
But how do you make sure your headshot looks its best?
Here are seven tips to help you get the perfect professional headshot.
1. Prepare ahead of time.
Once you’ve booked your session, take some time to think about what you want your headshot to accomplish. What message do you want to convey? What look are you going for? The more prepared you are, the better your shoot will go.
Let’s break that down a little..
What is your headshot for?
Is it for a bio on your website for instance? If so, speak to your web designer first, they may have a certain pose or direction of your body in mind to fit the design of your website.
What do you want to convey?
Are you going for approachable? or serious and business-like? This will help you decide what to wear.
2. Choose the right outfit.
Your clothing should be professional yet reflect your personal style. If you’re not sure what to wear, consult a friend or family member who has a good sense of fashion.
What you wear in your professional headshot is just as important as how you look in it. Choose clothing that conveys the message you want to send and that makes you feel confident. Avoid anything that’s too trendy or that doesn’t fit well. And make sure your clothes are wrinkle-free!
or perhaps you should be in uniform? This is especially relevant if you are looking to portray your business professionally.
3. Get your hair and makeup done professionally.
If you can afford it, splurge on professional hair and makeup for your headshot session. This will help you look your best and feel more confident in front of the camera. If not make sure you allow yourself time to do your hair and makeup well before your headshot is scheduled.
4. Relax and be yourself.
I will guide you through every step of your shoot and whilst we will be capturing some great professional shots, the most important thing is that you are relaxed and being yourself.
We will be having some fun too and chatting throughout so that by the end of the shoot you will have some amazing, natural photos as well as fully posed headshots.
5. Practice smiling ahead of time.
Smiling is one of the most important aspects of a great professional headshot—but it’s also one of the hardest things to do naturally in front of a camera.
Before your session, practice smiling in the mirror so you’ll be prepared on shoot day.
Try not to overthink it —just let your natural smile come through. And if you’re still struggling, remember that I’m here to help you feel comfortable and guide you through the process.
A great professional headshot can make all the difference in how you are perceived in business.
With these 5 tips, you can be sure that yours will convey the message you want and help you make a strong first impression.
So if you are looking to get a professional headshot, or update the one you already have, contact me today to book your session. I would be happy to help you capture the perfect shot!