First of all, I’d like to ask you, who needs a headshot? Well, most of us would say an actor/actress, model, or executive. But what about someone’s business cards, updating his or her Linkedin page or maybe even a dating web-site. Last week, I had the opportunity to photograph a friend of mine looking for a professional picture or some San Diego headshots.
We had talked about updating her LinkedIn profile picture and I offered to shot it for her, since her previous one needed some attention. She had share with me that one company she was applying for, did not believe she was a real person, because her Linkedin page did not have a picture. Headshots are important; especially in today’s social media frenzy. Here are some helpful tips that may benefit you.
Determine what you want to use your headshot for. If you are going to use it for professional purposes: men wear a jack, shirt and tie. For the ladies: a dress or slacks and jacket with a nice blouse. If the shots are for marketing, you may wish to go business casual and be photographed in your work environment such as: behind a desk, giving a presentation, or in front of your work equipment. Dress the part/image, you want to project. (**Note: Most photographers have portable equipment and can come to you. This is especially helpful if you need a clothing change or makeup. **)
Arrive on time and ready to go. One of photographer’s biggest pet peeves is showing up late. Models are notorious for being 30 to 45 minutes late and nothing is more annoying than waiting around, wondering if they will even show-up. So please, come on time and be ready to shot.
Go to bed early. Make sure you get some good sleep the night before, so you don’t look tired and the photographer won’t have to Photoshop the bags under your eye.
Have fun. This isn’t Chinese Water Torture, so enjoy yourself. Sometimes the unplanned shots turn out to be the best ones.
Do not skimp on the Photographer. Most likely you are looking for professional photographs and sometimes it pays to spend a little more. This is your brand, so you want to look your best. Take a look at his or her past photographs and see if it would match you and your personality. You would select the cheapest plastic surgeon, would you?
When was that taken? Try and stay away from cutting edge fashion; unless you’re a model. Stay current with today’s fashion and remember what you would wear to an interview. Don’t have people make a game and play guess what era that outfit was popular in.
Take a deep breath. Most people hate being photographed and yes I am one of them. A good photographer will talk you through it and put you to ease.
Remember those hairstyle books? Well, guess what, if you are looking for a certain look or pose, don’t be afraid to jump on Google and search for various poses. If you cannot find any, ask your photographer for any suggestions. They should have some or take a look at his or her previous works. I try and keep a plethora of poses on my FB site and even my cell phone for such an occasion.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.