When planning a business headshot session, it’s not simply a case of neatening your hair and smiling. Your business headshot is the first thing that people see when they visit your profile; it immediately puts a face to the name. If you look a bit tired or you’re not wearing your usual work clothes, the image will convey a false representation of who you really are. To make your session run smoothly, we’ve popped together our top tips for looking professional, reliable and awesome all at the same time.
Get Some Rest
A good night’s sleep can mean the difference between smooth skin and bags under the eyes. You should really try to get as much sleep as you need on a regular basis (some people operate best on 6 hours, others on 8 or over), but definitely make sure to get some quality zeds for 2-3 nights before your shoot.
You are what you eat, and you can always tell someone who’s had a salad with a fruit smoothie for lunch from the one who went for two sausage rolls and a sugar-coated yum yum. Depending on the type of food, meals can give us energy and wake us up, or make us feel lethargic and heavy. Make sure to eat the right stuff on the day of your shoot, as the last thing you want is to look bloated and greasy on your LinkedIn profile.
Make Enough Time Available
Do. Not. Rush. Even if you check in the mirror beforehand, a hasty snap can detract from the headshot’s true value. Ask the photographer how much time you should allocate for the session, then make the most of it by trying different smiles and angles (although we suggest you refrain from duck pouts and Blue Steel).
Hair & Makeup
Some people choose to hire professional hair and makeup artists for their headshots. It can make a world of difference and give you the most professional look possible, plus it’s an enjoyable treat. You never know, you may even discover a new way to style your hair that gives you a confidence boost both now and long-term.
The Master Touch
Be sure that your photographer has experience in knowing how to coach and position you – this doesn’t mean someone that asks you to adopt weird catalogue poses. Light, body and head position all make the difference between a so-so photo and an amazing one: don’t be so-so! The “photographer’s eye” is extremely important when it comes to making you look your absolute best for professional headshots.
Follow these simple tips and your next business headshot will be the best you’ve ever had, helping to lay the foundations of trust and familiarity before you’ve even met a client face-to-face. By taking your time, sitting comfortably and having fun in the process, you’ll soon become a natural in front of the lens.