Whether you’re starting a new career, are an established industry professional, or seeking the right look for your portfolio – finding the right headshot provider can be difficult.
If you are struggling to decide on a style, or simply don’t know where to start, it’s not at all unusual to find yourself feeling a little lost and unsure.
So, why is a professional headshot important and what top tips can we provide for those considering one?
Why are headshots so essential?
In a modern interconnected world, being able to craft an image that you would like to project is incredibly important. It can be as simple as a crisp, professional headshot that exemplifies your brand, or it can be a warm, welcoming look for your website or social accounts. Male headshots can be for any bespoke reason that you require, giving you have full control over the final product while enjoying the support of working with a seasoned professional photographer.
The important thing to remember is that your headshot is a chance to put your best foot forward when it comes to nurturing your identity. And if you are looking to capture a certain look, it’s critical to take both time and care to achieve it before stepping into a session.
While planning for your session may feel a little intimidating, every client will face the same issues and encounter the same insecurities.
Some of the most common include:
What should I wear?
While a headshot focuses on what’s above your shoulders, an outfit plays an important part in cultivating your desired image. Before you pick a ‘look’ out, think about the purpose the photograph is being taken for. If it’s for professional use, wear something that you would put on every day for the office whether it’s a suit, smart-casual shirt or a neat t-shirt. Always dress a little smarter than you would normally, but don’t overdo it. Inauthenticity can often stick out like a sore thumb.
How should I pose?
If you have chosen a professional photographer, they will have discussed your pose and framing long before your session. If you are unsure about how to capture a ‘look’, take some time to practice in front of a mirror before the session to become familiar with how your posture can affect your shot. Always try to raise your head and produce a ‘sincere smile’ that moves all the way to your eyes. While it sounds corny, think about something that last made you laugh and bring that to mind when your photo is taken. Or just ask your photographer to tell you a joke – they’ll have a barrel full of old favourites.
How do I appear more photogenic?
While we’re all born with the face we own, there are a number of simple tricks to help you look a little slimmer or chiselled. Remember to stand at an angle and work with your provider. If you are worried about your skin or blemishes, it’s easy to consult a makeup artist for your day to make sure you’re looking your best and your hair is consistent. And remember, if you’re embarrassed about applying concealer, just ask your photographer how many of their clients end up with a few last-minute touch-ups before setting foot in front of the camera.
What top tips are there?
Be relaxed: While it may be a little daunting to get your photograph taken, the best thing you can do is relax. Tension rests in your shoulders and relaxing can help them drop, making it easier for you to pose naturally and allow an organic session to take place. And if you are nervous, feel free to talk to your photographer – they take thousands of pictures a week and will quickly be able to demystify the process and help you feel at ease.
A little care goes a long way: If you are having your headshot taken, try your best to take care of yourself in the run up. Make sure to drink lots of water, eat some fruit to care of your skin and try to get eight hours’ sleep for two days before your session to help prevent bags or that ‘sallow eye’ look. Also, feel free to bring a shaving kit before hand if your session is a little later in the day – letting you capture a smooth, professional look with ease.
Consider alternatives: If you’re still unsure about your look, speak to your photographer about it. Trying out a number of alternative options can help you enjoy a professional aesthetic, enjoy casual style, or informal elegance to your look. Any professional will have a space to let you get changed on site and your provider will be able to make any tweaks or adjustments to get the most out of your look. This can also include simple accessories like a change of glasses, tie-pin, or watch – but remember to be cautious about how ‘statement’ pieces can impact your overall look.
Go Pro: No matter what reason you may have for choosing your headshot, you are always going to get more out of a professional photographer. Any seasoned operator will be able to work with speed and efficiency, allowing you to get the most out of your session and minimise stress and eliminate complications. And, in addition to practically taking the right shot, they are a source of insight and support if you’re not sure how to achieve your goals or what specific aesthetic to go for.
If you want to learn more about taking an ideal headshot, the team at Just Headshots is here to help.
With many years’ experience, we help you find the right look you need for a range of purposes.
You can take a look at our full list of services from here. Or if you need additional help or guidance, please do not hesitate to get in touch directly and let us know exactly what you need.
You can view our full list of services and images from here. Or if you need any additional help or have specific questions and queries, please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 304 7375 or message us through our contact page and let our team know exactly what you need.