A Brief Guide to Studio Headshots

 
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Professional headshots are the first introduction to you, your personal brand. 

Around 93% of 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, and partners want to reach out and connect with you. 

Before you head to the studio 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 an artist, 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. You can find out more about using props for your session here.

We 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. I always suggest that you wear clothing that compliments your skin and eye tones and it’s best to stay away from very bold (think neon) colors too. Even though you’ll only be photographed from the shoulders up, it’s important for your entire outfit is cohesive as you may want a shot or two that is taken further away and incorporates more of your body. 

Most importantly, remember to have fun! A relaxed, comfortable subject naturally exudes confidence :) 

 
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6 Ways to Always Look Your Best in Photos

 
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Photography tips and tricks to help you look your best.


From school yearbooks to friends’ weddings, we’ve all been in front of a camera at some point or another and if you’ve recently looked at a photo with disdain then this post’s for you! If you know that you’re going to have a lens pointed in your direction in the near future, below are six simple ways to get better results.


1. Get to Know Your Face. This applies to professional photoshoots as well as every day photos. Take time getting to know your face, how to smile naturally and which side or angle of your face you like better.


2. Easy on the makeup. While an evening out is a different story when it comes to makeup, if you’re having photos taken, go easy on the makeup. You want some basic coverage but don’t overdo it. You should also only stick to accentuating one part of your face so choose either your eyes or lips but not both.


3. Facing the camera. While a professional photographer will always help you when it comes to posing for photos, in general, you shouldn’t be facing the camera head on. Positioning your body at an angle always makes for better photos.


4. Controlling your chin. Photos where your neck is elongated and your chin is pushed slightly forward will lift your face and give it a more angular look. You might want to practice this beforehand in order to get used to it.


5. Pick your outfit carefully. Put some thought into what you’ll wear to your shoot. Pair bold designs and patterns with solid colors to avoid too much distraction. You should also pay attention to the fit and shape of your outfit. Make sure it compliments you and that you feel comfortable.


6. Use lighting to your advantage. The right lighting can mean the difference between that wow factor and disappointment. Avoid standing directly under a light as this will create weird shadows on your face (think direct noon hard sunlight). This is something a professional photographer should always help you out with so please take our advice when we suggest a specific time for photos! If shooting outdoors, the best light will be 1-2 hours before & after sunset. Unless it’s an overcast day, I will always strive to get my subject in full shade so that the lighting isn’t dappled or causing weird shadows on the face… unless of course, I’m going for something a little more artsy :)


As much as the above tips will help you during a professional or even a non- professional photoshoot, always remember to have fun and relax as this will do wonders for your photos.

 
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