Things to Consider When Getting Headshots!
Things to Consider When Getting Headshots
Q: What type of headshot should I get?
A: There is no right or wrong type of headshot to get. But there are multiple styles of headshots to consider. It all depends on the style that you want and what your preference is.
Vertical Studio Headshots: This is the most common type of headshot with a vertical orientation. They are typically a close-up shot of the face; however, some individuals like to have the photograph taken from slightly farther away from the mid-torso and up to show some clothing so that your market can get a better sense of who you are and what your style is. Backgrounds can be different colors and textures.
Horizontal Studio Headshots: This is a little less traditional as it horizontal rather than vertical. This type of headshot is typically done with a white background and is a close-up shot of the shoulders and up. If you are looking for a photo to use as a banner or on a website this type of photograph works the best especially for social media sites.
Environmental/Outdoor Headshots: These are headshots taken outside of the studio and are typically composed of the individual in the foreground with a blurred outdoor environment in the background (trees, greenery, landscapes, etc.). This is done with natural light and are usually more casual and are good for expressing a more laid-back style and side of you.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Wear clothes that express who you are! What do you want to say to your audience and how can you express that through your clothing? You want your outfits to reflect your personality. A good rule of thumb is: the simpler the better.
Begin with a simple shirt or a blouse and bring other pieces that you can layer
Bring 2-3 different outfits
Make sure your clothes are pressed/ironed before the shoot. Photoshopping wrinkles out of clothes is difficult
Bring a lint brush with you
Don’t worry too much about shoes unless you are planning on doing full body photos.
Q: What about my hair and makeup?
A: You want to express yourself and represent yourself to your potential clients and market. This means that you don’t want to do anything too crazy with your hair and makeup or anything that you normally wouldn’t do on a daily basis. Keeping it simple and natural is always better.
Bring along a brush and any products, like hairspray or gel, that you might need.
Start the shoot with your hair down and then try different styles later in the shoot, like a ponytail for a causal look or a bun for a more formal look.
Keep it natural and go with an everyday look
If you choose you can add more makeup as the photo shoot progresses for different looks. More eye shadow, different lipstick, etc.
Matte styles of makeup are not recommended as it dries out your skin throughout the day.
Bring your makeup, moisturizer and anything else you may need to the shoot.
Q: What can I do to prepare for the shoot?
A: Check yourself out in the mirror! Seriously! Take some time to look at your face in the mirror to see which side you like better. Everyone has a side that they like better so take a look and also try angling your face in different ways to see how you will look.
An example of this is standing sideways and looking over your shoulder into the mirror, looking head-on/straight into the mirror, tilting your head slightly to one side, chin up, and chin down. Find your best angle.
Try different expressions out too. Do you want to be stoic, happy, perky, thoughtful? What are you trying to convey in your photograph? Practice a natural smile, this might sound cheesy but find something that genuinely makes you laugh and chuckle and bring that thought with you to your shoot. There’s nothing better than capture genuine laughter in someone’s eyes and a beautiful natural smile.
Other helpful hints:
Relax and have fun! This should be a fun experience so take a deep breath, shake it out and just be you.
Squint your eyes just a tiny bit during the photo shoot, this prevents you from looking like a deer in the headlights!
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