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!
#ExistInPhotographs – “for your children, for yourself, for the people who love you…” – Sue Bryce
Pick up your phone, scroll through your photos. Count how many photos you have of yourself that ARE NOT selfies. Now, compare that to the number of photos you have of everything else BUT yourself? Did you see a big difference? I bet, if you’re like me or well, most of us, your photographs are not of you but your family, your loved ones, your kids, your grandkids, etc.
That is why #existinphotographs as a hashtag means so much. When is the last time you had a professional portrait taken of yourself? Be honest. Many times, I’ve asked my clients this exact question and they’ve usually said “Oh, when I got married” or “Senior photos?”. If it’s been that long, it’s time for YOU to #existinphotographs.
Because – years down the road, when your children and family look for photos of you, what will they find? Sure, it’s great to see the fun selfies you took but wouldn’t you love to leave a beautiful professional portrait behind? One that you could pass on for generations. One that your family will forever cherish of YOU. I absolutely cherish the old photos that have been passed on for generations of my grandparents and great grandparents. Every time I look back at those photos, I just am in awe with how beautiful they are. I love being able to share these portraits of my family with friends and other family. Those images bring such great stories and such great memories.
This is Sally. Her daughter, a very close friend of mine, asked me to surprise her mom with portraits and I did jus that. Now let me tell you, Sally is a warrior. She’s faced battles and has defeated them. She has such a beautiful heart and it was such an amazing time being able to chat with her and hear her story, hear her story of her family, and listen to the memories she shared. During her photoshoot, she even pulled out family photos from years ago, and shared stories with me. This is why we #existinphotographs. For moments like these, where we can reminisce and share. I was so honored to be able to photograph her. She’s a wife, a mom, a grandmother.
Get yourself out from behind the camera and get IN FRONT. Have beautiful portraits taken and LEAVE A LEGACY.
You are beautiful. You are amazing. You are worth it.
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.
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There’s just something about couples sessions that are so magical. Seeing two people in love laugh, pick on one another, share stories about the other, and just admire one another is such a beautiful thing to watch from the other side of the lens.
There was so much love and laughter between Ben and Kirsten! This couple is just so cute! Calvin and I met them a few months ago while we waited in line after a city-wide scavenger hunt and got to know each other over pizza, some wine, and beers. It was a great night and I am glad I got to meet up with them again for this session!
We went to Triangle Park in Sewickley, PA which was the perfect backdrop for a touch of Fall, even though it was 70+ degrees out! Check out this sweet couple below!
FALL is officially here! I absolutely LOVE summer, but I honestly cannot wait for the cool air, pumpkins (so cliche I know, lol), HALLOWEEN, and Friday night football! It’s still a bit warm here, even though it’s technically Fall, but the leaves are changing, which provides the most beautiful backdrops for session! It’s also the time of year where the school season is starting and Senior sessions are still in full swing! Senior sessions are always a great time. Mom and dad usually attend too and always help bring out their personality!
Going into this Fall season, I got to do a senior session with Cam as he enters his graduating year. We met at North Park, which is one of my favorite locations, and he did great! Check out a few from his 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!