Preparing for a Headshot Shoot
Unfortunately, great photos of people don’t happen by accident there is always a good deal of preparation that goes into producing a great shot. I know that everyone carries a camera in their pocket and that you look fantastic in that snap that your best friend took at your other friends hens night last year but will it fly on a resume, or on your linked In profile where you are trying to attract corporate clients ? As relationship marketing and personal branding begin to take a foothold and become more important in our online space, people will be demanding that your profile Image or Headshot looks professional and often it could be the only thing that makes you stand out from the crowd.
As a professional Headshot Photographer i am sometimes surprised at the way clients will arrive at my studio for a shoot. Unshaven, un-ironed, one shirt or top. They will often have no real idea as to what type of look they want.
The following is a bit of do & don’t list to be used as a guide.
Check out the photographers style or portfolio before you book him/her
Men – shave (unless you are an actor then, bring a shaver and you can shave half way through the shoot)
- Understand why you are having headshots – corporate profile, acting portfolio etc
- Bring some changes of tops, ties, business shirts, t-shirts, jackets etc
- be on time
- sleep the night before
- try & book your shoot in the morning, you will almost always feel brighter and more awake in the morning
- women – get professional hair & make up
- Be late
- Drink alcohol before your shoot
- Expect that Photoshop can fix everything
Having a Headshot or Profile Images done can be daunting for those that don’t like having their photograph taken ( about 98% of the population) a good headshot photographer will make you feel at ease and as comfortable as possible. Preparation is the key ! Be prepared to make some great Images and they will happen.