Why get Professional Headshots & What to Wear

Why should I get a professional headshot?

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Image is everything… and many people don’t realize the impact your image can have on your career advancement. Professional headshots help you create the right image for yourself,

In the corporate world, a good headshot can help to make your face more memorable, which in turn can help you to stand out from the rest. In a difficult economy, you need to give yourself every advantage that you can. A simple scan of various social media profiles will say a lot about each person, and the people using professional headshots will stand out from the rest.

The Advantage of Working with a Professional Photographer

Having a trained artistic eye for posing and directing people in order to achieve the individual’s optimal look, will give you the best image of you to present to the business world. Everyone is different and needs to be photographed a certain way according to their shape, hair color, gender, skin, and profession. Knowing what lighting to use, in what direction, with each face shape, makes all the difference in the world between an okay shot, and an amazing portrait.

I have many years experience as a professional photographer and can bring the studio to you or you can come to the studio. I am willing to work with you to give you the best rate for your company and/or employees.

What should I wear?Headshots

Take a few minutes to think about the tone you want to project in your business headshots. Depending on the culture of your company, you may want to come across as hip, friendly or creative. Or if you work in professional services, you may prefer to project an air of formality, knowledge and trustworthiness. The location of the photo shoot (in a studio or on location) will also have a bearing on your best outfit.

Remember the focus for the business headshot is your face..

Colour

Plain colours are your best choice. Patterns or prints distract and date your photo. Choose mid- tone colours in blue, green, wine and purple because they are universally flattering. Avoid wearing tops in flesh tones (cream, beige, pastels, peach or yellow) as they will blend your face into your clothes. Unless you’re feeling super confident, pass on bright red or orange. Stark black and white are not good choices either because they play havoc with the camera’s exposure or the studio backdrop. Substitute black with richer neutrals like chocolate, navy, maroon and forest green. Black is sombre, safe and guarded, not likely the vibe you want to project. A fail-safe tip is to pick a top that accentuates your eyes. That’s why jewel tones work so well.

Neckline

A modest v-neck is universally flattering for women because it lengthens the neck and displays the décolleté. Opt for blouses with sleeves. Fine to medium gauge knits work really well too because they introduce textural interest. If you choose to wear a jacket, pair it with a collarless top. This is modern and keeps the neckline simple and sleek. Shirts should be crisply ironed.

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