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Headshot Photography Tips

Headshots are one of the most important business photographs you'll ever have taken. They're used as your "calling card" on social media, in sales materials, and in email marketing campaigns.

If someone is Googling you, they'll usually see your headshot before anything else. and if they don't like your photo, you can pretty much guarantee that they won't be reaching out for that interview, visiting your website or calling you for a meeting.

Your headshot needs to be professional and it needs to present the best version of you personally and professionally. You only get one shot at doing this and so it's something that needs to be taken seriously. Of course there are no hard and fast rules, but here are some suggestions which might get you on the right track.

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What's the best way to get a professional headshot?

We've got five tips for you.

  1. Get your hair done or cut at least one day before your shoot. Your hair will be more relaxed and natural in the photos, and it will make you look like you haven't been running around all day.

  2. Dress comfortably—but put some thought into it. You want the clothes you wear to make you feel confident, but not overdressed or under-dressed for the occasion. A good rule of thumb is to think about what kind of impression you want to make on people when they see your photo—is this going up on a website where people are going to be looking for industry professionals? Then dress up! If you're just doing an event with friends, then maybe just wear jeans and a nice top! Most importantly, wear something you like and feel comfortable in!

  3. It's important that your makeup is subtle enough that it doesn't distract from your face or eyes—you want people to notice them first! But if your skin looks like it's glowing from within, then go ahead and add a little bit more blush or bronzer than usual so that it looks natural on camera (and not like you just got back from vacation).

  4. Discuss any areas you are concerned about with your headshot photographer. Most professional photographers can edit out acne, scars or other blemishes that make you feel less than confident.

  5. Select a headshot photographer who has good Google reviews. Read this reviews and look for photographers who seem to relate to their clients and make them comfortable. If you are uneasy, it will show ih your headshot.

Headshot photography is a service that's highly specialized and needs to be performed by someone who knows what they're doing. The days of using your cellphone against a white wall are over. There is certainly a procedure for getting great headshot, and turning to an expert will ensure you accomplish your goal.

A headshot is a great way to promote you or your business and will help you to build your brand. Set up a consultation today with a Mark Denney at Mark Denney Headshot Photography, and see how your business can benefit from affordable headshots. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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