5 Tips For Getting Your Headshots Taken
If you want to put your best face forward, then professional headshots are still a great way to make an impression. These are not your everyday selfies: they are professionally-lit, meticulously-posed, and when done right, undeniably effectual.
If you have never had your headshots taken, the whole endeavor may seem kind of intimidating. If this sounds like you, fear not! In this article, we have five helpful tips for getting your headshots taken to make your whole experience smooth and productive.
Tip #1: Get a consultation before your session.
If you hate small talk, this part of the process might seem daunting, but this step is crucial to get the most out of your shoot.
Getting to know your photographer ahead of time will not only help the actual picture day feel less awkward, but it helps you convey your expectations and compare those with your photographer’s action plan.
Your photographer should explain how the day of the shoot will proceed, what techniques or poses they have in mind, and they may even have a few suggestions of their own. You and your photographer are on the same team, so make sure to have a game plan!
Tip #2: Come prepared:
Make sure you are showered and well-groomed. (If you are planning on a haircut, give it about a week beforehand to make sure that you have it broken in the way that you like it.) Wear simple, formal clothing in solid and neutral colors, but have options on hand (like jackets) to match different work environments. Besides, the better you feel, the happier you will look on camera!
Tip #3: Don’t be afraid to be silly!
Sure, these are for professional headshots, but this doesn’t have to be a solemn occasion. Your photographer may have some icebreakers to help you feel less awkward. Before the actual shot, sometimes a silly expression helps you relax and helps the smile feel more genuine in your photo. You don’t have to be–or feel–uptight!
Tip #4: Prepare for lots of instructions:
Your photographer will likely make lots of small adjustments and position changes. Don’t panic–you’re not doing anything wrong! Your photographer knows how certain poses come across on camera, so even if they feel awkward in the moment, with a little patience, they will come across as natural.
Tip #5: Don’t be afraid to communicate.
Remember, you are part of the team too! Your photographer should continue to talk to you and walk you through the process the whole way. If you have any questions, are unsure of what to do next, or if at any point you are uncomfortable, let them know right away. Your connection with your photographer will help make the photographs feel more organic and genuine.
Don’t forget to have fun!
With a little bit of preparation and a flexible attitude, you will come away from your photoshoot with professional headshots that will help you make leaps and bounds in your industry. So take a breath, comb your hair, and don’t forget to smile!