6 Ways to Prepare for Your Headshot Session
No matter your industry, having high quality, current headshots is vital to your business and your career. It used to be that real estate agents and corporate finance leaders were the only ones required to have such images taken, but today everyone benefits from improving their online presence.
Headshots allow you to put your best face forward — literally! Whether you’ve already got a headshot session booked or you’re contemplating having one done, I have 6 tips for you to prepare for your headshot session!
Wear Clothing That’s Flattering and Speaks to your Brand
For classic headshots (such as corporate, teams, etc) we recommend neutral, modest articles of clothing that you feel comfortable in and that are flattering to your complexion and features. However, if you are doing headshots for your own brand, or is less of an office setting, we recommend clothing that reflects the brand image. Do you own a gym? Then sports attire or a golf tee may better fit your brand! I also suggest a mix if your brand is more casual!
Clothing should also be clean and freshly pressed. Also keep in mind which colors you wear for your headshots! If you can, try to tie in your brand colors with pops of color, whether it’s your backdrop, your tie, or even your shirt.
Bring a Second Outfit
You’re going to want to have some variety when choosing your favorite headshot images, so bring a second or third outfit to the session. Have a single blazer? No problem! Bring a few different tops.
Keep Accessories to a Minimum
This is a headshot, so we don’t want to detract from your face. Too much jewelry can lead the eye elsewhere, so it’s best to stick to small and modest pieces if you choose to wear any accessories at all.
Have Your Hair/Makeup Done Professionally
If you were looking for an excuse to get a haircut, blowout, or professional makeup, this is it! Not only does handing that responsibility off to someone else reduce your burden on picture day, but it ensures that you look and feel incredible. (Just a note: professional retouching is standard in all of our headshot images. Don’t fret too much about acne or anything else temporary)
Psstt… did you know we include professional hair and makeup for ALL sessions?!
Make Sure Hair is Out of Your Face
This goes along with the last point, but to ensure we get a good shot you’ll want to keep hair out of your face. If you have bangs they should be trimmed and neat (same for beards!), and if you have long hair ensure it is styled to not fall into your face.
Determine the Ideal Backdrop
Many clients prefer to have their images taken at either their business location, home office, or in studio against a neutral background. Together we can help determine the best place to do your headshots but do think about the general aesthetic you’re going for and relay that to your photographer. If you want a bright bold background, be sure your photographer has that available.
I happen to know a pretty great photographer in Western Pennsylvania that can help you BE THE FACE of YOUR BRAND! When you book a session, I will provide you loads of tips to prepare for your session and we will design your photoshoot to best portray your brand image!
Ready to book? Give me a call at (412) 212-8092 and let’s start planning!