How to get your best headshot - from a top san francisco corporate headshot photographer
Coming “dressed to impress” is a concept that permeated our culture some time ago. Generally, you might think about dressing to impress in the context of an important work function or meeting, or a glamorous event. Unless you have a personal stylist, the onus is also on you to take the steps necessary to do the impressing.
With this notion in mind, I’m going to take it one step further: if you want a headshot you’re happy with, the onus is on you to prepare yourself in a way that leads a satisfactory headshot outcome.
Don’t Just Throw On Anything
Ahead of your headshot, I recommend putting together at least one outfit that makes you feel attractive, confident and powerful. Try it on in front of a full-length mirror to make sure it works, and then add your accessories. When it comes to accessories, less can be more: too much jewelry may prove distracting. Prep your attire (this may including steaming or pressing), then hang up so that it won’t wrinkle. Another way to avoid wrinkles is to avoid wearing your outfit until the shoot.
Items that are a no-no, from both a professional and photographic quality standpoint: sneakers, flip flops, t-shirts, jeans, white or off-white colors, pink, yellow, light/pale blue, busy patters, hats, brands, logos, tank tops and athletic attire.
Hair and Makeup Can Make or Break
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve been around the hair and makeup block once or twice. At this point in your life, you probably know what works for you. My advice: stick with what works. Now isn’t the time to experiment with a fashionable new purple lipstick or pitch-black, kohl-rimmed eyes. The end goal is to look sleek (tame those errant hairs!) and polished (don’t be afraid to use bronzer or blush, but don’t pile on so much it looks clown-like). If you’re in doubt, you can always seek out assistance from a makeup artist prior to your shoot.
Practice Makes Perfect
Have you practiced smiling in front of the mirror? If not, do so! You should know what you look like when you’re smiling or serious. It seems trivial, but it is important. Look at yourself straight on, on your left and on your right. The few minutes you spending doing this will help you avoid unpleasant surprises later on.
While I’d love to be able to wave a magic wand and transform my clients into the best versions of themselves, I’m afraid it isn’t a talent I possess! By keeping these simples steps in mind, you’ll find the headshot process more fun, and less stressful, than you expect.
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