We get tons of questions about headshots… there is never an easy answer and every person is different. We can only tell you what WE LIKE and what we see working. You, as the talent, have to be comfortable with your shot and be confident when passing out your photo.
Here are some tips that I have gathered from my experience, from research and from chatting with other professionals.
- Your headshot should LOOK LIKE YOU!!! I shouldn’t have any problem recognizing you from your headshot when you walk into my office.
- In the MN Market – we like color, smiling, natural headshots. Nothing too dramatic, model-y or avant-garde. We want commercial, comfortable, confident and friendly.
- Make sure that you look like you do… Naturally. If you wear your hair curly more often than not – try doing your pictures with your hair like that. If you never curl your hair, don’t curl it for the pics because you think it looks better that way. LOOK LIKE THE BEST VERSION OF EVERYDAY YOU.
- Smile! We love smiling pictures, the thing is… it has to look natural, confident and not pushy.
- Makeup … keep your make up really natural. No pageant bright lipstick, no trendy different colored eye shadow. NATURAL. Even men should use powder to even out and everyone could use chapstick!
- The poses… make sure you are vocal enough in your session to get a bunch of different poses and shot widths (3/4, waist up, shoulders up, close up). Don’t have a session of 100 shots all the same. Such a waste of $$$.
- If you are able to have a couple of shirt changes, that is great. Here are some wardrobe tips: No Bold Patterns, No Logos, No Spaghetti Straps, No Ruffles or puffy sleeves that add bulk. Wear black, bright jewel tones, or colored neutrals like blue, green or red. Avoid white. Wear something you are comfortable in. Keep jewelry to minimum – no large accessory pieces. They become the focus, not you. Make sure your clothes FIT properly. Especially men. We don’t want to see a big collared shirt bunched around your shoulders, we want to see YOU! Make sure your clothes are clean, tailored, wrinkle free and lint free.
- Outdoor lighting is great!
- If you have dark hair – DON’T have a dark background… you disappear.
- Guys – with facial hair – make sure it is neat and trimmed. If you are in-between stages… make a commitment. No scruff or skinny mustaches. It looks weird.
Yes – a good photographer is going to do a lot of the work getting you a great headshot. They are going to make sure you are lit properly, have a good background, and are framed properly. But YOU should be aware of these things as well. Do some research – find shots that you like and take them with you. Explore with your photographer why you like them – is it the lighting, the smile, the energy, the color?
Most importantly – HAVE FUN!! We want to see that you are having fun in your session, that your smiles are genuine and the sparkle in your eye is true.