A professional headshot is more important than ever, because it is often your first impression. It is your best opportunity to reflect an image of professionalism and trustworthiness, while giving credibility to who you are, what you do, and what you can accomplish. Done well, it will invite others to want to make a personal connection with you.
Follow these simple tips to ensure a small investment in yourself will help open up new opportunities.
Set the Tone
- Before your session, take a few minutes to write down three words that describe how you want others to perceive you or your business (e.g. professional, approachable, warm).
- Bring those to your session and we’ll work closely with you to reflect your personality.
- If there’s a certain look or background color you’re interested in, simply let us know.
Dress to Impress
- Wear what makes you look and feel your best, and make sure it’s professional and presentable. If you’d wear it to a job interview, sales pitch, or TV appearance, chances are it would be great for your professional headshot.
- Make sure you’re comfortable in what you wear—you’ll look more natural.
- Colors are important. Solid colors are always best. A dark jacket with a colorful shirt is a good look, especially if the shirt color accentuates your eyes. Avoid busy patterns and bright colors—they take the focus off you and tend to date your portrait more quickly. Avoid pastels or flesh tone colors.
- Long sleeves are usually better. Bare arms can sometimes distract from your face.
- Go for simple necklines that draw attention to your face. Avoid low necklines and turtlenecks.
- When it comes to jewelry, keep it simple. The less jewelry, the more focus on your face and the less dated your portrait becomes.
- If wearing a tie, bring a couple extras. Ties are easy to change out to add more variety.
- You know your hair. Time your session to the length, color, and hairstyle that suits you best, and come camera ready.
- Make sure clothing is clean, pressed, and fits you well.
- Be sure to shave the day of your session. If facial hair is your style, make sure it’s well groomed.
- Makeup should be simple and sophisticated. Often times, less is better.
- Avoid tan lines and sunburn, but don’t worry about small blemishes—we can retouch those.
- If you wear glasses every day, then you should wear them for your headshot. We can always take some images with your glasses, some without.
- At your session, simply relax (knowing our professional expertise, lighting and posing will help to capture the best images possible).
- Right after your session, we’ll review your images with you to select your best. Then, you can take comfort knowing our digital artist will ensure your finished appearance is polished and perfect, not plastic or unnatural.