1. Choose the right photographer
Headshot photography is a specific genre of portraiture that requires a certain level of expertise and experience. When choosing a photographer, be sure to look at their portfolio to see if their style matches what you’re looking for. You want to make sure you’re comfortable with their work before booking a shoot.
2. Prepare your wardrobe
Your wardrobe should be simple and classic. Avoid patterns and busy prints, as well as anything that might be too distracting or take away from the focus of the shot, which is you. Stick to solid colors that compliment your complexion, and consider bringing a few different options to choose from on the day of the shoot.
3. Do your hair and makeup
This is not the time to experiment with a new hairstyle or try out that smoky eye you’ve been dying to perfect. Stick to a look that you know works well for you and that you feel comfortable in. The same goes for makeup—keep it natural and understated.
4. Arrive early
Be sure to arrive at the location of the shoot a few minutes early so that you have time to get settled in and relaxed before the photographer starts shooting.
5. Listen to the photographer
The photographer knows what they’re doing, so be sure to listen to their direction and advice during the shoot. They will likely tell you how to pose or where to stand in order to get the best results.
6. Be natural
The best headshots are the ones that look natural and relaxed. So while it’s important to listen to the photographer’s direction, you also don’t want to overthink things or look like you’re trying too hard. Just be yourself and let your personality shine through.
7. Have fun
Remember, this is supposed to be fun! So relax, enjoy the process, and let your true self shine through in the final product.
8. Review the proofs
Once the shoot is over, the photographer will likely provide you with a selection of proofs to choose from. Take your time in reviewing them and selecting the one(s) you like best.
9. Make any necessary touch-ups
If there are any small details you’re not happy with in the final image (a stray hair, etc.), don’t hesitate to ask the photographer to make a few touch-ups before printing.
10. Print and frame your headshot
Once you’re happy with the final image, it’s time to get it printed and framed. Hang it up in your home or office as a reminder of how amazing you are!