How To Take a Professional Headshot
Written By: Areeba Arif
There are a lot of people who believe that professional headshots don’t need to be taken professionally. The truth is that, no matter what your photography skills are, a good headshot can make a huge difference when building your professional brand online. Generally, a good headshot is composed with your face in full view, without strong shadows or dramatic lighting. A professional photographer will not take only stunning headshots but it will also helpful for a visual brand for your business, gives your target audience a clear image of who you are and what you do. Your headshot will likely be used on your resume or in other professional settings where you want to appear as your professional best. With the right practice and guidance, you'll soon be able to shoot awesome photos!
So how can you take the perfect professional headshot? Follow these easy steps to get started!
1. Choose the right location for your headshot:
Look for a location that is well-lit and devoid of distractions. You’ll want to choose an environment that makes you feel comfortable so that you can be your best self during your shoot. Remember not to stress yourself out on the day of your shoot. Relax and have fun!
2. Plan your outfit ahead of time:
Decide on your outfit before the shoot so that there are no last-minute outfit changes or hang-ups on the day of your shoot. Try to avoid busy patterns and too much makeup because it can make your face look tired and older than it actually is. Also, avoid wearing clothes that are too tight or too loose because it can distract attention away from your face.
3. Come prepared with a list of questions:
The best way to make the most out of your shoot is to take the time to prepare for the shoot in advance. Make a list of any questions that you may have about the process so that you don’t forget to ask them on the day of your shoot. It is crucial for both photographer and person will appear in headshots. Photographer must know the client requirement as well as client know his objectives related to professional headshot.
4. Imagine final result beforehand:
Personal branding is one of the biggest challenges you'll have to face whether you are a public figure, business owner or freelancer and your headshot is going to be the face of your brand. It's also important that it's authentic, because that's the message you're trying to send out through your website, your social media accounts, and, of course, your headshot. It helps if it captures the vibe of your work, so think about whether you want a serious look or something more laid back. It is important to vision your look before taking headshot, so you know how you want your look to come out.
5. Use natural light:
All in all, natural lighting will always be the best option for a photoshoot. For headshots of one, let the light source illuminate your face fully and truly highlight your features. The most important thing to remember is to let the light source coming from behind or beside you. You do not want to be in front of the light source facing directly towards it. If you’re trying to use natural light for the first time when you shoot headshots, it’s best to have a helper present who can offer tips. They can either hold up an additional light source or use their phone to check the exposure and make sure your face is properly illuminated.
6. Always use fresh headshots:
A photo that doesn't change over time leaves a very clear impression: that you're out of touch and out of date. You wouldn't want potential employers thinking such a thing about you, would you? The same goes for anyone else who might see your headshot. The easiest way to make sure your photo is up to date is by taking new photos often. You have to be always up to date and one step ahead in your business to achieve your potential goals.
While a professional headshot doesn’t need to be expensive, it does require some planning. In other words, don’t expect to get a photo that you love if you don’t go into the shoot prepared. You should have an idea of what you want your headshot to look like and have done your research on different photo studios in your area. Don’t worry about being too particular with your needs and requests; most professionals will welcome the chance to give you exactly what you want!
I hope this piece has been helpful in clearing up any confusion. If you want to take new professional photos, don't hesitate—do it now!