1) What Should You Wear For a Professional Headshot?
- You will want to dress as if you are meeting a new client. This will help you stay on brand. This means keeping things simple and not wearing something that you normally wouldn’t wear.
- By wearing something you are familiar with, this will help you stay comfortable and more relaxed during the shoot which is always a plus when it comes to better looking corporate headshots.
2) Keep Hair Style and Makeup Simple and Professional
- For corporate/professional headshots is to keep the hair style and makeup simple and professional.
- When it comes to makeup and hairstyles, there is a saying that says “simple is best.”
- It’s best not to layer on tons of makeup or the layers of foundation may show up negatively on photos.
- Once again, similar to what you should wear in a business headshot, you will want to do your makeup how you usually do it in your day to day office activities — to stay on brand and look natural.
3) How Should You Do Your Hair for a Professional Headshot?
- Similar to what to wear and makeup, you will want to keep it simple.
- Choose a hairstyle that you are comfortable with and is simple. Imagine you are meeting an important client, how would you do your hair? Go for that look.
- It’s important not to try out any new fancy hairstyles especially those that go upwards — it may be cropped in a photo or hard to capture within the frame.
- For guys, it’s recommended that you get a haircut at least a few days before the photoshoot and not the day before. This will give you more time to look more natural in your new haircut and it will give you time to make any adjustments in case you didn’t like your haircut.
- Keep haircut simple and clean
4) Good Posture
- Not only will good posture help the photo composition, but it will allow you to appear more professional.
- Good posture exudes confidence and professionalism.
- Keeping the subject to have good posture is a responsibility for the photographer but it’s important for the subject/model to remember as well.
- It’s important not to go overboard and look stiff, simply sit up straight and put your shoulder back while remaining relaxed.
- Sit as if you were having an in-person interview. That’s a good little way to remember it that I like to tell people.
5) Stay Loose
- This may sound simple but it can be easy to forget, especially if you are the subject and you are not comfortable with having your picture taken.
- Feeling loose and relaxed will show across in the image through having a natural smile and personality.
- This will result in a better photo overall and it will allow your brand to come through the image more naturally.
- Not to worry, your photographer will help guide you.