Your Professional headshot is the first introduction to you, your business and your personal brand.
Around 93% of HR professionals and recruiters turn to LinkedIn to find quality candidates, 2 in 3 turn to Facebook and more than half utilize Twitter. This just proves that a headshot photo plays an important role in your professional life. Your headshot should be a powerful, compelling and confidence-instilling headshot that makes prospective clients, employers and partners want to reach out and connect with you.
Before you book your professional headshot photo session with me, think about what you want others to see when they glance at your profile page.
You want to think about what are some characteristics that embody your personal brand. Are you a chef, an educator, a writer? Write down some keywords and phrases. If there are certain props that could help tell your story, bring them along to your session.
I will usually take a few different shots using various outfits so that you have a good selection to choose from. If you’re going to be using your headshot on a specific social media platform, you might even want to tailor it to fit that site.
It’s important that your look matches the image you’re trying to convey. What you wear on a daily basis is a great place to start. Solid colors are always a good choice, as are tops with strong collars and necklines. After you book your session you will receive a prep guide that goes over what color tones to avoid and which ones compliment your skin tone. I suggest that you wear clothing that compliments your skin and eye tones and it’s best to stay away from very bold colors too. Even though you’ll only be photographed from the shoulders up, it’s important for your entire outfit is professional as you may want a shot or two that is taken further away and incorporates more of your body.
I highly recommend having your hair and make-up professionally done before the session. Having your hair and make-up professionally done will not only make a huge difference on camera but will also make you feel good and confident going into the session. I do have a professional hair and makeup stylist that you can book if you do not have one in mind.
Most of all remember to have fun. A relaxed, comfortable subject naturally exudes confidence. Give me a call and let’s chat!