Can I trust him/her?
This question needs to be answered with your headshot!
It is crucial in todays digital age that customers are given an opportunity to make a real connection with you. Show them who you are, let them make a connection and begin to build trust with the person behind the brand. You get one chance to make a first impression and these days it’s often made in an online space. People want to see the face of the person with whom they are doing business. Your headshot gives your clients an opportunity to begin to trust you.
Your headshots should be well thought out. It’s crucial that you look authentic and natural. We need to ask ourselves what message are you trying to convey to you clients? Every detail is important from the location, color of background, your clothing and even the look on your face. We want to make sure your headshots are well suited for your businesses website, your business advertising and your personal branding.
It is really important that your first impression is not a poorly lit cell phone photo.
How to prepare?
We will have several conversations and you will complete a questionnaire that will help guide our choices for the production of your headshots.
- Press your shirt so they look sharp and wrinkle-free
- Shirts that are faded and worn will make you look faded and worn.
- Bring Collar Stays
- Try on clothing before the headshot photo shoot. Make sure they fit well.
- For wider portraits pants should match the jacket.
- Eyeglasses should be cleaned and in good order
- Haircuts should be 5 days from headshot session.
- Shave that day if that’s your look.
- Beards should be trimmed and looking sharp.
- Trim Nose hairs (The most common mistake men make)
Makeup is an option for men but not recommended unless you have acne or blemishes that are very noticeable. It’s a confidence booster though so some men like that part of the process. Most of these issues can be taken care of by me in post production.
Let me first get this out of the way. Options are infinite for women’s attire. From colors, cuts, styles, and fittings there are endless ways to make your headshot stand out. In my wardrobe guide, I will dispel any myths about colors and necklines as well as give practical advice that will apply to your specific body. Just ask and I will send you our full wardrobe suggestions.
Quick tips for choosing your headshot colors
- If you choose to wear a jacket and shirt, consider pastel or muted shirt colors.
- Know your industry and what is acceptable and what people expect. For example, the banking industry the most popular color is blue. Why? Because you a banker to be logical and efficient. Blue is a great color to help your audience associate you with those qualities.
- If you are a doctor you may want to come off as smart and trustworthy so grey, white or blue well for you as well. Avoid red because of its association with trauma.
- If you are public speaker or business owner blues tend to be the most popular because they are soothing and introduce peace.
I hope this gave you a little taste of how important your headshots really are.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss the ideal headshot portrait session for you and I will send you my complete questionnaire along with my complete wardrobe suggestions.