Figure out what your needs are BEFORE your session and perhaps even before you hire a photographer. Ask yourself these questions to help determine your photography needs.
Is your boss or an outside company asking for a picture of you? Do you work for a bigger company? Are you just in need of some updated pictures for profile pictures or your resume?
*If you answered YES to these questions, then you probably need headshots.
Are you a business owner? Do you need pictures of your office, team or products? Is social media the way you connect with your clients/customers?
*If you answered YES to these questions, then you probably need branding photography.
Hire a professional. I had someone recently tell me that years ago her husband just took an old, iPhone family photo, cropped out the family and submitted it online. They both hated it but it needed to get it done and they didn’t think much of it. She lamented that the photo is STILL out there online and it makes her cringe every time she sees it. She is STILL kicking herself that they didn’t take the time or money to get a professional photo done. It is an investment, but is worthwhile to find someone who will capture your true self, make you feel comfortable and give you an image you can be proud to have out there for the world to see. If you need a good photographer….I know a gal (wink, wink).
Spend a little extra money to have your hair and makeup professionally done. It will make you feel more confident and less frazzled the day of your session. If you can’t afford to hire someone, arrange to get your haircut the day of your session and have your stylist spend a few extra minutes and style it for you! Another cost-saving option is to have a friend come over and do your hair and makeup. You won’t regret it! Don’t forget your nails. Make sure they are clean (and polished if you want) and trimmed. Don’t forget the lotion for your hands, face and arms!
Don’t be trendy. Now is not the time to try out a new hairstyle, or the latest clothing trend. Think neutral and classic colors and patterns for your clothing. If you want to spice it up a bit, then add a scarf, jacket or jewelry that can bring out your personality or brand. When people see you in real life, they should recognize you from your photo. Also remember the more classic your style, the longer you can go before having to get new headshots done! If you are having a hard time choosing an outfit, ask a friend, your photographer or even your local store salesperson for what looks best on you and in photographs.
Bring a friend. The best way to show your true personality is to bring someone who knows you. They can make you laugh and smile and help lighten the mood of the session making you less nervous and make sure you are being yourself. Laughing photos make for the best smiles so bring someone funny!
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And if you want to see more headshots, check out this recent session.