I'm a big fan of lists... give me a pro & con or do & don't version...and I'm golden but the truth is -- when it comes to getting your professional headshot there is just ONE thing at the top of my list for you in terms of rules. Yep...just one. If you never read anything else on the topic of personal branding and professional headshots, let this be the single take-way for ever and ever, Amen. Here you go: NO MAKE-OVERS. (I know we're not supposed to capitalize because it means I'm shouting...but um, I'm actually yelling here for emphasis :D ) Do not try something new visually for your headshot session. Honestly, don't do it. Picture day is all about home-runs -- fit, color, hairstyle -- go with what you know is amazing. Professional headshots are "you on your best day" -- not the time to get clever.
- For the ladies, we always recommend professional hair & make-up to give you that camera-ready polish but no drastic cuts or color changes, don't do curls if you normally wear your hair blown straight (or vice versa) -- stick to your basic awesomeness and save the experiments for a special occasion.
- For men, haircuts are a week before your shoot and keep your facial hair in alignment with how you present for clients.
- We get a lot of questions regarding glasses and actually... this is a bit of a grey area if you split time wearing them so our recommendation is to bring them... shoot a few frames with and a few without to give yourself options. (Same logic applies to ties versus open collar by the way)
Andrea (above) is a great example of getting it right. She dressed head to toe in a style that is industry appropriate for her profession and scheduled her hair & make-up with our partner salon, Sorella before her session.
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