A professional headshot is an important element of your personal branding when you present yourself across your different social media channels and other marketing platforms.

However, ensuring you look the part can be both daunting and challenging.

With that in mind, here are some simple tips to get the most out of each session and secure the best headshot possible.

What do I need to do?

Have a drink: An old trick for actors. If you are having a headshot taken, be sure to drink your recommended daily allowance of water for a few days before the session. It can help clear and refresh your skin in addition to any skincare regimen that you are following. If you want to look healthy and alert, be sure to get a good night’s sleep beforehand. It can help reduce bags under your eyes, ensuring you look your best when it matters.

Think about your location: As a rule, professional headshots should be taken in a studio. It allows the photographer to control critical elements such as light, weather and the backdrop. However, choosing natural light can introduce a striking effect to your image that appears more authentic and less staged. While studio work is almost always the best and safest option, consider both and talk through a list of pros and cons with your provider.

Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse: While it may seem odd, taking time to rehearse your session in a mirror will make you more comfortable posing and assist in finding the right angle for your picture. While a reliable professional will direct you, knowing what your resting face looks like and how to properly relax your features can massively improve the quality of the final image.

Consider your clothing: While what you wear has no bearing on your work, it does have a big influence on your appearance. Consider something professional and, if in doubt, feel free to bring a number of options to the session and collaborate with your provider to find a look that is ‘right’. Try to keep things clean and simple; any ornamentation will ‘jump out’ of the image and distract attention from your face.

Choose the right provider: Arguably the most important option on the list, a seasoned photographer will be able to supply quality pictures that meet your specific brief. That includes the right equipment, lighting and staging. While it may cost a little more, the difference in quality at the finish will be night and day.

What next?

If you want the best headshot, the team at Just Headshots have you covered.

With many years of experience across a range of sectors, we work with you to provide the right headshot for your unique requirements.

If you have any other questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch directly and let us know what you need.