So it’s Tuesday morning and you’re running out the door, trying to make the bus, and it hits you just as you settle into your seat: headshots today. You glance down and realize the rumpled shirt you opted not to iron this morning is about to be immortalized on your LinkedIn page for years to come.
Shoot! The shoot is today!
Avoid this kind of sweaty terror — and rumply outcome — with just a bit of preparation:
- Set a reminder in your calendar that will go off the evening before the shoot. This will make sure you don’t just remember your shoot’s tomorrow, but that you have time to prepare.
- Get some rest! Nothing will help you look your best more than a good night’s sleep, and you won’t be happy with the amount of Photoshop needed to erase a hangover.
- Clean and simple will give you the best results. This isn’t the day to try a crazy new hairdo or to get in touch with your Goth side. Opt for tidy hair, simple makeup, and a plain (clean!) shirt and you’ll be much happier with the resulting photos.
- Practice makes perfect - even for photos. Sounds weird right? But no matter how many selfies you posted to Facebook last week, it’s worth a bit of mirror time before your headshots to make sure you’re happy with the expressions about to be photographed.
Lastly, before the big day, I usually recommend you do a bit of spying. Seriously! This is the fun part —spend a bit of time checking out LinkedIn profiles of professionals you admire and others in your field. This will give you a sense for what’s out there, and help make sure if everyone in your industry is wearing suits, you don’t show up for your shoot without a blazer and tie.
Professional headshots can give you a serious leg up in your career, whether you’re just starting out, deep in the job search, or just looking to build your network.