The headshot is an essential component of your brand. A professional (and up-to-date) headshot allows your audience an opportunity to really see you. It’s important to get the most out of your headshot session and here are 4 simple ways to do just that.
- Hire a makeup artist.
- Proper makeup application can go a long way. If you have the skills yourself, great! If not, have someone do your makeup in a style that is true to your personality. You want to stay authentic – now isn’t the time to go with heavy eye makeup if you usually only wear mascara. However, it is the time to wear a bit more than normal. This applies to all genders – even just evening out skin tone can elevate your headshot.
2. Keep your chin down.
- We tend to lift our chins because we think it makes us appear thinner. It’s an interesting instinct that rarely works. Keep that chin down. Trust that your professional photographer will find the best angle for your face and will tell you how to change your positioning – it’s our job, after all.
3. Speak up!
- If you feel awkward, say so. If you don’t know what to do with your left hand, ask. We will guide you and tell you where to put your hands and what way to tilt your head and by how much. But if something feels off, don’t be afraid to speak up. It will help when we reassure you that everything is where it needs to be. Also, it will help you to feel more comfortable and to loosen up, which really comes through in the images.
4. Smile, then stop, then smile again.
- There isn’t much worse than feeling like your face might be stuck in a forced smile, forever. We all know the feeling – sitting there, wide-eyed from trying not to blink, with this incredibly stretched smile. Stop. Stop now. Smile and then stop. Look down and then up at the camera. Shift your gaze to a different corner of the room and then back to the camera. Take a deep breath. Think of someone you love or something funny that happened to you earlier. Do what you can to make yourself smile authentically and in a way that will make your personality shine through. Need help thinking of something funny? Just ask! I’ve never had a session without laughter and neither should you!