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!
Pittsburgh Branding Portraits
“Photographers need photos too.”
That was how this session with J.E. started. He made a statement which I can honestly say, rings true. Many of us photographers spend so much time behind the camera, that we rarely go on the other side of the camera for photos! When he said this, I immediately reached out and offered a branding portrait session, because I totally understand that we need photos too!
Anyone who knows Pittsburgh, knows that January around here is typically freezing or rainy or snowing or some other not so fun weather. But, it’s also a quiet time for many photographers so this was a perfect time for two photographers to work together and get some portraits done! We have been following each other on Instagram for awhile now and attended some of the same meetups, but I don’t think we ever officially met until the night of his shoot! So it was great to get to meet another local photographer!
We met in downtown Pittsburgh, which is always the PERFECT backdrop for any type of photo session. He mentioned that he wanted more urban, so of course, we were in the right spot. Between the backdrop of the buildings, the small alleyways, and well, just the city itself, there were plenty of options.
Check out his downtown Pittsburgh branding portraits below![Modula id=”4″]
Happy New Year! 2018 is already here! 2018 is going to be a great year for us and I’m super excited for all the changes that will be released throughout the year for Marie Sales Photography!
After hearing about a challenge like this from the extremely talented photographer, Sue Bryce, I wanted to kick off the year with a project that is very dear to my heart. Encouraging Self Love. So many times, we spend so much time taking care of others, that we sometimes forget to love ourselves. Whether you’re a busy momma running all the kiddos around and taking care of home, you’re a student with a full schedule and social schedule, or maybe you’re a single lady building up her career and killin’ it. We all sometimes fall short on reminding ourselves what makes us beautiful. I know I get so caught up in life that I forget to remember why I love me!
What is Self Love?
regard for one’s own well-being and happiness
By definition, that’s what it is. But it’s more! It’s looking in the mirror and smiling at the woman you see back. It’s taking a few minutes of everyday and loving yourself, whether it’s through kind words about yourself, pampering yourself, whatever. It’s by confidence.
So, for every week this year, I am running a Facebook Group challenge called 52 Weeks of Selfies. The name is pretty obvious, that we will be taking one selfie, every single week. But we will be doing more!
Each and every week, I will have a theme or maybe even a mission or task and asking everyone in the group to take a selfie! They have the whole week to do it. On top of that, I will be asking every week, for the ladies to share 3 things they are loving about themselves.
This is a women’s only, positive-only group and it is private.
I would love for any woman, who wants to remember how amazing and beautiful they are, to join us in challenging ourselves!
I invite YOU, right now, to JOIN US.
Hope to see you in the group!
Pittsburgh Senior Portraits on the North Shore
Have I said that Senior sessions are my favorite? Well, if I haven’t, now you know that they are! This senior session, we made a trip down to the city and headed to the North Shore! Initially, the plan was for us to meet at a local park on the outskirts of the city, but when Devon’s mom reached out and said he wanted to move it to the city I was super excited! So we headed down to the North Shore for his Pittsburgh senior portraits and took in the beautiful scenery! I mean, who couldn’t love being by the water, the stadiums, beautiful bridges, and downtown?
We lucked out and even though it was breezy, it turned out to be a beautiful day and the PERFECT weather for Devon’s senior session! I even got to meet his mom, dad, and younger brother (and I will admit, I recruited his brother to be my assistant a few times with my reflector! Lol). We started down by the stadiums and worked our way along the shore and even got to use the water fountain installation they have since it was turned off. Hello tall grass! I pulled out my reflector because I really wanted to get that golden sun on him while capturing the city in the background. While we were doing his photos, I got to learn more about Devon. Devon is an ultimate frisbee player, so he shared with me what the game is about, and I got to learn something new! We even chatted about his future career goals and what his college plans are.
Devon, congratulations on reaching your Senior year and best wishes as you move forward into college!
Check out Devon’s awesome session below!
I recently got to work with Morgan for a portfolio building session in The Strip District the other day! Morgan is such a sweetheart and although I don’t get to see her often, we can always catch up every time we meet up. This past Monday we got to walk around The Strip and use the amazing buildings, graffiti, and alleys as our backdrop for her portraits.
At the end of our session, we made one last stop to an alley where I saw some great graffiti and what did we find? A chair already there for us to work with! Probably someone’s chair for their breaks. Who knows?
Checkout some of the images of Morgan below! I hope to work with her again soon!