I believe everyone should have at least ONE beautiful, creative,& simply amazing head shot! With the rise of social media, like Facebook, Instagram & LinkedIn, it's important to put your best foot (or face) forward! Plus, a professional head shot with always be 1,000 times better than any selfie taken with your iPhone!
That being said, sometimes as creatives we have so many ideas racing through our heads that we feel paralyzed to even begin. I've jotted down some tips to help with this and how to have the perfect photo session ever!
1. Create a Vision Board!
Now this is the fun part! You get to create and swift through all the inspiration out there and start piecing together of how you want you & your brand to shine through. This can also be a bit overwhelming too. Pinterest is a great tool for this. I first suggest just pinning what feels good, what looks good, colors you love, style of clothing that speaks to you and so on. Then you can start to swift through those photos and start to see whatfits & goes together and what doesn't... like similar colors, patterns, clothes, location, etc.
2. Find a GREAT location!
Weather it's inside a studio, your own home or somewhere on location (beach, coffee shop, library, etc.) it needs to fit your brand. Instead of thinking of an exact location, first think of your brand, drawn to more bold colors, or formal wear, maybe an urban setting is more appropriate. Light, airy colors? Think water, beach or even a studio with light colored walls. What you wear and where you are says more than you think!
3. Choosing a Photographer
I tend to shoot more lifestyle sessions, even with my portrait sessions. You'll be getting a few killer portraits, trust me, but at the same time, I love "actions shots." No, you don't have to be running or dancing, it could simply be you "working," either writing, drinking coffee, teaching yoga, painting, (whatever your craft, business, occupation is, you can re-create that through photographs). Even simply walking along the beach, street, or window shopping can achieve this! Movement also allows for more relaxed, natural looking photos!
That being said, do a little bit of research, look at the photographers portfolio to get an idea of their style, posing, editing, and even experience. Do you want more studio work, look for a photographer that does that, want more lifestyle or candid shots, google that Lifestyle Portrait Photographers and see what comes up in your area! Plus, always check out their About Page, see what they are all about, you want there to be a connection there; having your photo taken can be intimate and vulnerableexerpeience.
4. Hair & Makeup!
Because who doesn't like to get pampered! Yes, I will say it out loud, professional hair & makeup is a must if you are going to invest in beautiful photographs of yourself. Trust me, achieving a natural look does require a good amount of makeup, what looks like a lot to you, is nothing on camera! Remind your hair/makeup artist that you only want to enhance what makes you unique and beautiful... no need to go crazy or do something new... keep it simple, but fun!
5. What to Wear!
Now this will be different for everyone! Everyone has a unique style (even if you think you have no style at all). Look at your vision board, what colors, styles, fits are you drawn too? Don't be afraid to incorporate accessories, textures, and layers into your wardrobe, don't be afraid of color either. The biggest tip I can say is make sure your clothes fit! When all else fails, find a shopping buddy or hire a stylist!
Everyone deserves to look & be the best version of themselves!