How to prepare for a headshot? Some top tips
Are you in the process of looking to update your profile and need a new headshot? Have you wandered “how do I prepare for a headshot”? I have collected some “top tips” on the subject which I hope will be helpful when trying to find out the answer.
Tip one – research the photographer
If you are going to organise the headshot session yourself, you will need to start researching for photographers. Once you have done a few google searches, looked at photographers websites and their social media accounts, make a shortlist of 3 or 4 and ask them for quotes. Ask them to include in the quotes, the price of the session, what is the price for the images, what is the price for additional images, how many images are retouched and included (not additional), how many changes of clothes can you have, where is the session going to take place (indoors or outdoors if you have a set preference) and how long it will take for the photographer to send you the final images. Also ask whether they have a preferential price for returning customers, in the next 12 months if you wanted to do a top-up session later on but without needing to pay a full-on price.
If you work is organising it for you, they will have circulated to all employees some guidance on what to do to prepare for the headshot. Why not read it and see what it says? Perhaps have a look at the photographer’s website and see what they have done before? If you like a certain look, save it and show it to the phoptographer on the day of the shoot.
Tip two – what is the brief, make yourself clear and understood
You have chosen your photographer and are happy with their style and their existing work, make sure to contact them or ask them to contact you to have an initial phone conversation about the session and what you want to get out of it. Make sure you state what you want clearly and that the photographer understands your personality and whether a formal, or informal, casual or smart style is what best suits you.
Tip three – write down the date, location and how to get there
Make a note of the date you have agreed with your photographer, the location of the studio and how you are going to get there. You do not want to be in a rush on the day, or late. You may have work and they may have other clients so might rush your session if you have turned up late. Worst of all you do not want to be flustered, hot or sweaty as it is likely that it will be showing on the photos.
Tip four – plan your outfit(s) in advance
Plan what you re going to wear in advance and either wear it or take it with you. Think about colours that suit you, but also the colours you want to have in the headshots for a while that will represent you and who you are for a certain amount of time. I would prefer to go with neutral colours that do not scream out or that will become a thing of the past in a few months time. Also think about how smart you want to look and whether you want to show your arms or not.
Tip five – have your hair done, haircut or blow-dry, it will make a huge difference
If you are planning to have a haircut do it a week or so before so that your hair grows into the new cut a little. If you have your hair usually blow dried or straightened, do it before the session. Do not assume that it will be “alright” because it won’t and you will only see that next time you see your own profile photos “oh look at my hair, it didn’t look great that day”.
Tip six – have a good night sleep
Sleep is the best when it comes to looking good, feeling relaxed and having a calm, soothed skin. And your moisturiser and your usual healthy skincare routine. (I have some top tips on how to look after your skin in another blog here, if that is of interest)
Tip seven – relax during the session
Hopefully the photographer you have chosen will make you feel relaxed and as natural as possible during the session. You may feel daunted, a little self-conscious and worrying about various things, “I am showing my teeth too much, or my skin is not perfect, or my hair is not looking the best today”. It is the photographer’s job to distract you and get you to relax and be as much yourself as you can be. If you want to go for a certain look make sure you do it and mention it again to the photographer at the session.
After all it is an enjoyable experience where there is quite a lot of attention on you and on how to make you look your best. So what’s there not to like?
If there is anything else I have left out, please do let me know.
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For professional headshots I am available to come to your location, in an office or in a co-working space. I have done team shoots before and am confident with the process and can guarantee excellent results, for individual images as well as group photos. I can bring various backdrops and lights on location and create a studio set-up in your office. When planning a session for a team, it is advisable that a slot is booked in everyone’s diaries to make sure all members of the team have their new headshots done on the day (I offer plans for members of staff that are absent on the day for the headshots to be done either in my home studio or in your office at another date).
Another option is to do the headshots in my home studio based in Tooting Bec. There I have all the necessary equipment to produce beautiful images that will last and represent you in the most professional way. The space is wide and bright and I offer refreshments.
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