Want To Be A Leader? Tips For A Winning Headshot.
Updated: Oct 3, 2019
We all want to put our best foot forward! In this digital age, everyone needs to have an up-to-date, impactful headshot. We should all be updating our headshots every 5 years.
As a headshot photographer, I get asked questions on how to look one's best for the shoot. I have compiled some advice to get the best outcome.
Choosing a Photographer
Spend the money on a professional - Quality is everything in a headshot
Natural light or studio?
Do you like their portfolio?
Prepping for the Session
Drink plenty of water the day before to hydrate skin and lips
Get a good night sleep
Spend some time in the mirror practicing smile sizes
Wear what you typically wear for work. The brand / image you want to portray
Avoid pinstripes as they create moire in images
Avoid white or grey, to have more contrast with the background
Scarfs and large jewelry are too distracting, the focus should be on your face
Keeps patterns simple and not too large or busy
Avoid trends, think timeless
Shirts with cut-out shoulders should be avoided
If possible, choose your color of wardrobe based on your eye color
Do not wear a work logo shirt, unless you are sure you will remain there for at least 5 years.
If you wear glasses, bring all pairs that you have - and clean the lenses
Arrive with clean hair
Get your roots touched up if applicable
Trim your style and bangs - Do not try out a new style!
Bring a hairbrush, comb and styling products
If possible, I always recommend professionally applied make-up
Limit the amount of moisturizer you apply that day
Avoid foundation and powder that has SPF in it - it reflects the light, creating skin shine
Less is more, trust me, go a little lighter than typical on eyeshadow
Wear a light lip color with a touch of shine - bring it with you for touch ups
Take a deep breath - Most people feel uncomfortable in front of the camera
Trust your photographer - They will study your face and know how to shoot it for best results
Do not panic if you do not like your images when proofing - the final edited product will be superior
Best of luck preparing for your headshot! If you have not found a photographer yet, I would love to be considered! I have taken thousands of headshots, and strive to take the best picture you have ever seen of yourself!