How to get the best out of your headshot session
First impressions are often lasting impressions, and having a good business portrait is extremely important.
The following tips will help you get THE BEST portrait headshot you can.
You can work with your photographer to get a great business headshot by following these guidelines.
- Guys, if you're getting your hair cut, don't do it the day before your session. Your hair will look more natural if you get it cut several days in advance. Remember the difference between a good haircut and a bad haircut is about 7 days.
- Get a good night's sleep the day before your session, drink plenty of water, and avoid salty foods and alcohol. This helps to reduce those little bags under your eyes.
- When are you most energized? Mid- to late-morning are usually the best times to look your best.
- If your session is late in the day or in the evening, take time to freshen up your appearance. Men should shave again to diminish the five-o'clock shadow. Ladies should freshen up their makeup and avoid shine.
- Wear clothing that fits well--not too tight and not too loose. Bring clothes that are fresh and wrinkle-free.
- Darker colors (blue, gray) and mid-tones look good on most people. Avoid strong patterns, bold stripes, clothing with checks or herringbones, logos, and plain white clothing. If possible, coordinate your clothing choices with the photographer before the session in order to select colors that will complement the environment or background. Remember for headshots, the studio background is usually white or gray since these work well with nearly any color clothing.
- Long-sleeved clothing that creates a v-neckline (like a jacket with shirt underneath) looks flattering. Turtlenecks should be avoided. Sleeveless outfits for ladies should also be avoided.
- Accessories such as neckties, scarves, and jewelry should be simple and not draw attention away from the face.
- Unless you plan to update your headshot annually, stay away from trendy looks or anything that will appear dated in a few years.