A few headshot prep tips
Professional headshots are 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 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. Your headshot should "look" like you!
Before you head off for your professional headshot photo session, think about the things that you want others to see when they glance at your profile page. Think about some of the 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 too. Do you use specific brand colors and if so how can we incorporate them?
We will usually take a few different shots using 2-3 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. We will discuss all of this beforehand or during our time together.
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. We suggest that you wear clothing that compliments your skin and eye tones. I like to always recommend at least one outfit or one set of accessories for one outfit be in your brand colors if possible. 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.
Professional headshots can be done in a traditional way (think solid color backgrounds) OR environmental. Again this would be something we will discuss beforehand if you are working with me and is a great option for those who want a professional feel that is NOT corporate.
If your profile images are a few years old... it is time to start thinking about updating them. I would love to be your photographer and help you with that! Let's get you on the calendar!
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Jess is a Mom, Grandma, Fire Wife, Thyroid Cancer Warrior and Professional Photographer of over 20+ years.