A good headshot offers a glimpse into who you are, what you do, and why you do it. It is a visual connection that offers people a chance to put a face to your name, and it’s incredibly important for any business or brand. There are many factors that go into a headshot portrait, from posing and lighting to angles and editing, and that’s why it’s important to make the investment in a professional if you want the absolute best results. Good images are important and you and your business deserve them.
At Kim Photography Studio,
If you’re a working professional, having an average headshot is no longer going to make the cut. The working world is a highly competitive place and the finer details make all the difference. Your headshot offers potential employers a first look at who you are, which is why your headshot needs to project the right image.
A GUIDE TO HEADSHOT
So how do you decide which type of headshot is right for you? Below are a few different options to consider:
Corporate headshot. The corporate headshot is a traditional shot but this doesn’t mean it has to be boring. A good headshot is a great addition to your corporate profile and helps you create a professional first impression.
Acting/modelling headshot. A professional headshot is a must for actors and models. It shows off your character and makes you look confident and credible.
Biography headshot. When you spend countless hours working on a book, adding a professional, creative headshot to the cover of your book really makes it stand out. A good headshot also helps your audience relate to you more.
Natural headshot. Some of the best headshots aren’t
PREPARING FOR YOUR HEADSHOT SESSION
Clothing and accessories:
It’s always best to have a few choices that range in style and color. You may wish to have a professional look, a semi-professional look (featuring a richly textured sweater or simple blouse that could be worn in a business casual environment), or a laid-back look (casual long sleeved or short sleeved shirt). Try to bring a few options for each- if you want a look with more edge (leather jacket, etc), bring those items so we can discuss implementing them. Keep jewelry and accessories to a classic, elegant minimum.
It’s a good idea to enlist the help of a professional makeup artist in order to look your very best for your headshots. If you want to do it yourself, keep it simple – a coat of mascara, a subtle nude or rose-toned lip, a natural blush and a foundation that offers a natural, healthy-looking finish is ideal. The goal is for the makeup to highlight your best features without looking cakey or unnatural.
Choose colors that compliment your skin tone and eye color. Rich jewel tones like burgundy, emerald/forest green and earthy, muted blues, dark blues, and grays usually work across the board. We recommend steering clear of heavy patterns/visual branding (images, logos,
If you do not have a skincare regime, right before a photo shoot is not a good time to start, because introducing new products can cause your skin to freak out- not a good look! If all you do for skincare is wash your face, then that’s all we suggest doing prior to your session. If you have products you use on a nightly basis, definitely feel free to indulge in them the night before your session.
Your comfort is our priority. If you don’t feel at ease, that’s going to come through in the images, so engage in anything that helps you calm your mind and relax your body. Many clients have found that simply engaging in some deep breathing prior to the session has really helped.
GETTING READY FOR YOUR HEADSHOT SESSION
Before heading in to the studio think about all of the things that make up your personal brand and what you want others to take away from a glance at your profile page. Jot down some key words and phrases and bring them to your shoot. Think about what exemplifies your personal brand to you. Are you a chef? An educator? A writer? Are there props that could help tell your story? Bring them along!
We can take a
WHAT TO WEAR
It’s important that your look matches the image you’re trying to convey. What you wear on a daily basis is a great place to start. Solid colors are always a good choice, as are tops with strong collars and necklines. Even though you’ll only be shot from the shoulders up, it’s important you’re pulled together from head to toe—you may want a shot or two that are pulled back a bit. Aim for clothes that complement your skin and eye tones and, overall, steer clear of very bold colors.
PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD: PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS
& YOUR BUSINESS
Dubbed “the new handshake,” professional headshots are now the first introduction to you, your business and your personal brand—shouldn’t that intro be the best it can be? With 93% of HR professionals and recruiters tapping into LinkedIn to find quality candidates—plus 2 in 3 on Facebook and more than half utilizing Twitter—that headshot has countless applications in your professional life. Should your profile pic be the family vacation, the fun night out or—worse—the logo or abstract shot? Or should it be a powerful, compelling and confidence-building headshot that makes prospective clients, employers
THE PROCESS: HOW WE WORK
Headshots are typically shot from the waist or chest up. Prior to your
When you book a professional headshot shoot with us you can be sure to receive
To compliment your photo session we also offer photo enhancement and retouching services. Because headshots offer a close-up view of your face, we’ll work on any skin imperfections and blemishes where necessary. Any editing that is done will be subtle and your photos will still look very natural. Our retouching services are priced on a per customer basis, so please request a quote if interested.
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