Business Headshots

Tips for Great Business Headshots

by Stuart Hasson

Business professionals understand that first impressions are often lasting impressions, and having a great business headshot is an important first step.

Getting a good portrait also requires more than just sitting in front of the camera.  It’s a partnership between you and the photographer

Here are a few tips to ensure the best results

For men, don’t get your hair cut the day before your session.  Your hair will look more natural if you get it cut a few days in advance.

For women, you may want to have your hair styled the same day as your session.

Get rested.  A good night’s sleep the night before your session, drink plenty of water and avoid salty foods and alcohol.  This will help reduce dark circles under your eyes.

Mid to late morning are ideal times to schedule your session.  You’ll feel more energized and typically have fewer thins on your mind. You’ll find it easier to relax, too.

Makeup for women should be simple and not overdone.  Choose an approach that minimizes shine on your skin.

Wear clothing that fits well.  Not too tight or too loose.  Bring freshly ironed clothes to change into at your session to avoid unwanted wrinkles.

Darker colors (blue, gray) and mid-tones look good on most people.  Jewel tones can work for women as well.  Avoid strong pattern, bold stripes, clothing with checks or herring bones, logos, and plain white clothing.

Long-sleeved clothing that creates a V-neckline (like a jacket with shirt underneath) looks flattering on most people.  Turtlenecks should be avoided (unless you want to pull off the Audrey Hepburn look).

Keep your accessories simple.  Neckties, scarves, and jewelry should not draw attention away from the face.

Coordinate your clothing choices with the photographer before the session in order to select colors that will complement the environment orr background.  Tor headshots and portraits, I tend to choose white, gray or brown backgrounds since these work well with nearly any color clothing.  If in doubt, bring a few options with you.

Unless you plan to update your headshot annually, stay away from trendy looks or anything that will appear dated in a few years.

This picture is about 30 years old but it brings me back every time I look at it. THAT’s why I’m a photographer: To help people REMEMBER all of the good things in their Life!

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