Headshot

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I hope that you found my tips for getting a great headshot helpful and that they got you excited about updating your current headshot or having one taken for the first time.

As I mentioned earlier, headshots are used in a number of ways. They may be on your business card, company website or social media pages, printed materials and even signs.

A high-quality professional photo is often your first chance to make a good impression with a first time client or future employer. If you don’t currently have a headshot that you love, then we should talk. I’d love to work with you to create a headshot that makes you and your business stand out.

SOMETHINGS YOU SHOULDN'T DO

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In my last post, I shared a few “To Do’s”. Today, we’re wrapping up with somethings that you should NOT do on your session day. Are you ready?

  1. Don’t get a new haircut just before the session. Give it a week.

  2. Don’t wear something that might “clash” with the background.

  3. Don’t wear jewelry that will distract from your face or that is very trendy and might look dated quickly.

  4. Don’t overdress. Don’t wear “big” jewelry, big scarves, big hair, or big sleeves.

  5. Don’t wear loud stripes or checks. Avoid herringbone pattern and no short sleeve shirts, please.

  6. Don’t wear turtleneck unless it is a good look for you. I personally love turtlenecks. But in general, a v-neck style will elongate the neck and be more attractive for most people.

  7. Don’t wear a jacket you cannot button, or that you have to stretch to be able to button. It will not look good and you will not feel good about it. Bring something that fits properly.

  8. Don’t over-do your makeup. And I don’t mean the “style” of your makeup, I mean in the thickness and amount of application on your skin.

  9. Don’t be afraid to ask me or call me about any of these BEFORE you arrive.

That’s it! Getting a professional and polished headshot that represents you and your business is pretty simple if you follow these tips and hire an expert.

If you’d like more information about scheduling a headshot session with me, I’d love to hear from you. Just reply to this email and we can schedule a personal consultation for you.

A FEW MORE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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Hi! It’s Carmen again! Here are a few more things to keep in mind on your headshot day.

1. Take two or three changes of clothing so you can experiment with contrasting colours. You only need the top half of the outfit for “head and shoulder” type headshots.

2. Make sure all the outfits are nicely pressed, lint & wrinkle-free.  And be sure to transport them in a garment bag instead of folded up in a suitcase. 

3. Tell your photographer before you arrive what image you are trying to convey. What type of business are you in? What is your corporate or business culture? Look at other photos of those in your company for samples to compare. If you are “not” a corporate type, let the photographer know what type of look you want to portray.

4. Dark clothes are less distracting and put the focus on your face and eyes.

5. Gentlemen, if you have a beard, shave or trim in the morning.

6. Gentlemen, bring additional clothing if you’d like to add a “casual” look. Some people take off their suit jacket and do more casual photos in just a shirt and tie. However, a more casual button down or golf shirt are also good options for a more casual look.

7. Ladies, be sure to bring along the correct undergarment to go with your outfits. When in doubt, bring seamless (not lace) nude colour bra.

There’s only one more tip left in this series. I hope you’ve been enjoying these tips and are finding them helpful! As always, feel free to respond to this post with feedback or questions.

GETTING READY - PART 2

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Hi! Are you ready for tip #3? Alright, let’s get started.
If you wear glasses most of the time, you will probably want to wear them in your headshot photo. Don’t worry, I have tricks to eliminate glare or reflections with the magic of angle.
If you’d like photographs with and without your glasses, just let your photographer know.

Do not overdo the sun for a headshot photo. While a tan can look great, too much of a good thing can ruin your photos. Sunburn can be an expensive problem. It causes facial shine, red noses and cheeks, strap marks, hat lines and peeling, which the photographer may be able to retouch, but it may cost extra.

Many people choose to have their makeup done professionally for their headshots. It’s a good idea! A professional makeup artist will know how to make you look your best for the camera. If you’re doing your makeup yourself, keep it natural. When you come to my studio, I’ll take care hair & makeup for you. So you can just sit back, relax and look amazing. Isn’t that nice?

GETTING READY - PART 1

Hi! Figuring out what to wear is only the first step in preparing for your headshot session. You’ll also want to pay special attention to your hair and nails.

I can’t stress the importance of well-groomed hair in your headshot enough. Bad hair can ruin your whole session! Play it safe and go to the hairdresser about a week before the session. You’ll probably use your headshot for at least one year. You don’t want to wish that you’d gotten a trim every time you see it! However don’t get a drastic hair cut or style your hair in an unusual way. You want to look like you normally look.

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Please don’t forget the importance of your hands in your portraits. Whether you choose to do your nails yourself or have them manicured, keep them clean and if you wear nail polish use coordinating colors. Ladies, if you are wearing an open toe shoe, make sure your toes are ready to be photographed as well. Sometimes the photographer will take full body photos and your feet will show.

These simple tips will go a long way in ensuring that you end up with a headshot that shows that you are a true professional. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me anything.

WHAT TO WEAR

Alright, let’s get started with tip #1!

I think it probably goes without saying that your clothing choice is important. That doesn’t mean that picking clothing is easy though! I have some tips that will make the process of deciding what to wear easy and help you ensure that you look your very best.

When choosing what to wear for your professional headshots, it’s best to avoid complex patterns like stripes or checks. Horizontal lines can be difficult to look at in a photo and mixing patterns can make the photo feel busy. Vertical lines can have a slimming effect but should be minimal. It’s best to opt for solid colors whenever possible. This will not only give the headshot a more classic look but will be more visually pleasing several years from now when styles and trends have changed.

For men, choosing what to wear is often pretty simple. For a corporate headshot, a business suit is almost always a good choice. If you want a more casual look, you can forgo the blazer and wear a white shirt with a tie. For blazers, solid grey or navy are good choices for timeless portraits. You don’t want to choose clothing (or a hairstyle) that are too trendy as it can date the photograph. If you are wearing a tie, choose something classic. A simple pattern or a bright color if you like but avoid anything too over the top.

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For women, selecting the right clothing can feel more complicated but the rules are really the same. A classic business suit or simple blouse and skirt or pants are great options. Again, don’t wear anything too trendy or a pattern that’s busy. It’s best to choose something with a fall or winter look rather than a summer style.

The most important wardrobe tip I have to offer is to wear something that you like. Something that makes you feel good. The confidence that comes from knowing that you look good along with a warm smile will result in an image that you love and will help you achieve your marketing goals. Headshots are supposed to convey that you are a confident and polished professional so take the time to choose clothes that convey that message.

I hope that you found this tip helpful! Please feel free to reply to this email if you have any questions.