To get the best headshot results, you need a plan.
Before the photo shoot
- If you are due for a haircut or styling, get it done soon to ensure a natural look. If you have a beard or mustache, ensure it is nicely groomed.
- Select your wardrobe and try your garments in advance so you can be sure that everything is in good condition, unmarked, works well together, and fits properly.
- For men going for a formal headshot, a dark jacket, light shirt and contrasting tie usually works best. Avoid collars that are tight around the neck. You should be able to button the top shirt button. Take some shots with no tie for a business casual look. Remove wallet and cell phone from pockets.
- For women, a jacket usually looks best. Avoid bright orange, red, floral patterns or loud clashing colors. Wear whatever image you would like to project – casual is fine. If you wear makeup, do a touch-up to remove any natural oils. Be wary of blouses with low necklines. A blouse that is acceptable for work may not look right in a business headshot.
- Avoid big jewelry or anything that will distract from the professional look and attire.
- Avoid jackets with detailed zigzag patterns, such as hound’s-tooth. These patterns tend to look wonky online.
Day of the photo shoot
- Get a good night sleep before the photo shoot; aim for eight hours or more. You look your best when you’re well-rested.
- Drink plenty of water. It helps your skin to look healthy and plumps your skin to naturally appear younger.
- You wear glasses but don’t want to wear them in the photo? Remove them 30 minutes before your session to ensure any marks on your nose go away and your eyes adjust.
- If you wear makeup, do a touch-up to remove any natural oils. Keep it simple, clean and natural looking.
- Wash your face with soap and water to remove any natural oils and to freshen up. Do not rub your face vigorously with paper towel as this will make your skin look red.
- We recommend that you remove a badge or company pin. At times it is not legible, other times it does not look straight and can be a distraction. Overall we feel it does not add to your photo.
- Plan to arrive early. Running late tends to result in a frazzled look.
- If you feel confident in your appearance, your confidence will shine through in your photo. Feeling confident is one of the most important elements of your headshot!