Top Tips to Get the Best Headshot
PREPARING for YOUR HEADSHOTS – EMBRACE the OPPORTUNITY
Even if you work for someone else it's true that you are your own brand. And your profile picture, on LinkedIn, your own site, or Facebook, is likely the first thing potential employers and clients will see when connecting with you and/or your business. So it's vital to make the most of that first impression with high quality personal branding images that reflect your personality, style, attitude, and your business's positioning.
If you're an actor/actress or someone else working in a creative field, your headshot can be even more important that for other professionals, as it is the first - and sometimes only - chance you have to pull some eyeballs your way from out of an often crowded competitive landscape.
The term “headshot” can sound menacing or intimidating, as can knowing that this image could set the tone for other people’s impressions of you. But it doesn’t have to be a scary experience, and you don’t have to settle for a cookie cutter picture like they used to do if you take a few steps to prepare, and come ready to rock! I've prepared the following tips to ensure that you look and feel your best so together we can put represent your personal brand with an attractive, compelling image that puts your best image front and center.
BEFORE the SHOOT
CLOTHES: WHAT TO WEAR
As with family or other photo sessions, the more information the photographer has about you, your expectations, your appearance, personality, and your purpose for the shoot, the better prepared s/he can be to deliver knockout photos.
Any preferences you have for looks, poses and backgrounds, as well as any concerns you have, should be communicated as early as possible to the photographer. If you're an actress and want a classic black and white Hollywood style starlet, voilà, you can have it. If your company has a set format or only uses a certain color background, inform your photographer in advance and you'll be all set.
A good photographer craves and leverages valuable input, and setting up a Pinterest board and pinning the images you find inspiring or that have a certain element you want to emulate is a great way to ensure we both know what we want to accomplish when the time comes.
Hope these tips have been helpful. Ready to book your headshot session yet?
Above all, put your confidence on, and come prepared to have some fun and collaborate on getting some great shots.
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