Your headshot is one of the most important ways to market yourself to potential clients or employers. It’s your first impression, the one that shows off both your professionalism and your personality. So before you head out for your headshot photo session, read these tips:
Wear something dark and simple
Headshots focus on the upper half of your body, so be sure to wear an appropriate top. Keep the colors dark—like navy or gray—and avoid any distracting prints or patterns. For men, a standard suit or button-up shirt are great choices; for women, a v-neck top with long sleeves or a cardigan is best.
Don’t overdo your makeup
Ladies make-up is important for headshots, but don’t overdo it. You want to create a natural look, so opt for eyeshadow and lipstick that blends well with your natural coloring. Your eyes should be the most important part, so put on some light eyeliner and/or mascara.
Visit your hairstylist
Schedule a hair appointment ten days before your headshot and pick a style that is simple yet complements your face. Make sure that the style is easy to replicate so that you don’t have to return for another appointment the day of your photo session.
Take your time the morning of
If you’re rushing into your photo session, you’re not going to look your best. You don’t want to look frazzled when you sit down in front of the camera. Instead, get plenty of rest the night before and make sure you have plenty of time in the morning to do your hair and makeup properly.
Hire the right photographer
While these tips are important, they won’t do you any good if you don’t have the right photographer. We at Gruber Photographer believe that headshots are vital to your professional life; that’s why our photographers have dedicated, on average, nearly two decades to the craft. For a more intensive look at our portfolio, or for more tips on taking a better headshot, head to our sister site, New York Headshot Photographer, or call us at 212-262-9777 to schedule an appointment.