Your Professonal First Impression

How a Good Head Shot Can Help You Get Ahead

Whether you’re a college graduate looking to apply for your first job or a business owner looking to update your LinkedIn profile, a strong head shot is just as crucial to your career as a resume is.

The Best Outfit That Represents You

"Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Alexander Graham Bell

 

This definitely applies to your professional head shot appointment. Below are some important tips that will help you prepare prior to your appointment. It is always best to have everything ready a day or two prior so you aren’t rushing around on the day of your appointment.

Why You Shouldn’t Pick Your Own Professional Headshot

You are the least qualified person to select your professional headshot.

 

It might sound ridiculous, but really, trust us.  Let your friends, family and co-workers do it for you.

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How a good headshot can help you get ahead.

1. Keep It Simple


Try not to overthink your outfit, hair or makeup. The goal is to get a great portrait of you...one that friends and colleagues will recognize. If you are an artist who wears a t-shirt everyday, it might not be a good idea to wear a jacket and tie. The same goes for a lawyer who wears a jacket and tie everyday…. a t-shirt and ball cap might not work. Think about how you dress for work on most days and the pick the best outfit that represents that style.




2. Plan Ahead


A few days before your appointment, make sure everything fits properly and is wrinkle free. There is no need to get stressed with these tasks on the morning of your portrait. If you are really not sure what outfit works best, feel free to bring a few different outfits and discuss it with the photographer.




3. Choose Your Best Color


We always recommend a solid color that creates some contrast with your skin. Depending on your skin tone, try simple colors like black, navy blue, white, or brown. Bright colors work well also. Avoid pastels and colors that resemble your skin tone …they will make you look washed out.




4. If the Jacket Doesn’t Fit…


If you plan on wearing a jacket or sport coat, make sure it fits properly. If they are too big or small it will be noticeable in the photos. If it doesn’t fit properly, it is probably best to plan an outfit without the jacket.




5. Cover Your Shoulders


It is always best to have your upper arms and shoulders covered.




6. Watch the Wrinkles


Make sure your outfit is wrinkle free. If your appointment is late in the day it might be best to bring your clothes with you and get ready here at the studio. We have changing rooms available.




7. Nails


Your hands may appear in some photos. Please make sure to pay attention to your nails prior to your session.




8. Practice Makes Perfect


Our goal is to get a professional headshot that makes you look easy-going and approachable. There is a fine line between too happy and too serious. We do our best to get that perfect look. During your session we will encourage you to try different facial expressions…little smile, big smile, and serious face just to name a few. Practice your facial expressions in the mirror. It might feel ridiculous while doing it, but it will help.




9. Don’t Sweat It


If you follow all of these steps you are on your way to a great professional portrait. Let us worry about the rest.





 

The best outfit the represents you.

1. Keep It Simple


Try not to overthink your outfit, hair or makeup. The goal is to get a great portrait of you...one that friends and colleagues will recognize. If you are an artist who wears a t-shirt everyday, it might not be a good idea to wear a jacket and tie. The same goes for a lawyer who wears a jacket and tie everyday…. a t-shirt and ball cap might not work. Think about how you dress for work on most days and the pick the best outfit that represents that style.




2. Plan Ahead


A few days before your appointment, make sure everything fits properly and is wrinkle free. There is no need to get stressed with these tasks on the morning of your portrait. If you are really not sure what outfit works best, feel free to bring a few different outfits and discuss it with the photographer.




3. Choose Your Best Color


We always recommend a solid color that creates some contrast with your skin. Depending on your skin tone, try simple colors like black, navy blue, white, or brown. Bright colors work well also. Avoid pastels and colors that resemble your skin tone …they will make you look washed out.




4. If the Jacket Doesn’t Fit…


If you plan on wearing a jacket or sport coat, make sure it fits properly. If they are too big or small it will be noticeable in the photos. If it doesn’t fit properly, it is probably best to plan an outfit without the jacket.




5. Cover Your Shoulders


It is always best to have your upper arms and shoulders covered.




6. Watch the Wrinkles


Make sure your outfit is wrinkle free. If your appointment is late in the day it might be best to bring your clothes with you and get ready here at the studio. We have changing rooms available.




7. Nails


Your hands may appear in some photos. Please make sure to pay attention to your nails prior to your session.




8. Practice Makes Perfect


Our goal is to get a professional headshot that makes you look easy-going and approachable. There is a fine line between too happy and too serious. We do our best to get that perfect look. During your session we will encourage you to try different facial expressions…little smile, big smile, and serious face just to name a few. Practice your facial expressions in the mirror. It might feel ridiculous while doing it, but it will help.




9. Don’t Sweat It


If you follow all of these steps you are on your way to a great professional portrait. Let us worry about the rest.





 

Why You Shouldn’t Pick Your Own Professional Headshot

Who looks at you the most?


Studies suggest the average person looks in the mirror between eight and 23 times a day. No kidding, really!!!Even if you are in the 23 times a day category…your significant other, children, and co-workers look at you more than that each day. They are the true experts in looking at you!! They are the best judges of how the world sees you. Let them help pick your final professional headshot.




You Are Too Critical


Many of us are harshly critical of our own looks. When we look at ourselves in the mirror, we focus on things we perceive as flaws. We are just too critical of ourselves.

This carries over to when we pick our own portrait. We tend to choose portraits that hide our perceived flaws—the key word here is “perceived”. They aren’t flaws…they are what make you unique.

A lot of times we do this at the expense of the best portrait.

The people who love you, work with you, and spend the most time with you are more often than not going to pick the portrait that best represents YOU and how the world sees YOU…even if its not how you see yourself when you look in the mirror.




Don't Take Our Word For It


Still not convinced. Here are few real life examples.

Practice what you Preach: This past November, I had new professional headshots taken. I realized that I couldn’t be a hypocrite, so I let my wife and two co-workers select my portraits. They all agreed on the same photo. It was definitely not the photo I would have picked, but how can I argue with people that I trust and see me every day. On as side note…the positive comments I have received on the professional headshot have been overwhelming.

Unanimous Decision: We recently had a real estate agent come in for professional headshots. When we sent the proofs, we mentioned our favorite photo from the session. We actually thought it was so good we wanted to us it in our portfolio It was definitely the best photo.

Needless to say, it definitely wasn’t her favorite photo. That night, she went home and showed her family. Her husband and three kids all picked the same exact professional headshot that we did. She was truly amazed. She has been using that portrait for her business.

If nothing else…even if you ignore all this advice, at least get input from others before picking your final professional portrait. It will make a big difference.





 

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