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Tips for Great Headshots
1. Research a Style:
Do a search for “headshot photos” on the internet or Pinterest can give you a start at discovering a look that you would like. These days, there are all kinds of looks; blurry backgrounds, formal studio backgrounds, outdoors, black and white, smiling, not smiling, candids and more contemporary styles like the one pictured above. What is the feeling you want to convey? Do you want to look sexy, confident, authorative, etc. Please give those all some thought so you can be better prepared for your headshot.
2. Women in Business
Women should wear minimal jewelry and a jacket and collared shirt. Keep colors soft and neutral. Dress as if you are going to a job interview. A business portrait will have more pizazz when you look professional and it will give you years of usage. If your business is more contemporary, or if you work in the casual technology field, you will probably not need a jacket, but will still need to look professional if the image is going on social media or a website. A sweater or a long-sleeved oxford shirt will work best for a casual look.
3. Men in Business
Men should also wear a jacket and collared shirt underneath. Whether or not to wear a tie is a man's discretion and depends on their job; however I am finding fewer and fewer men wear ties for their headshot. The clothing should be neutral; grays, blacks and blues work the best. It is a common question whether a man should be cleanly shaved. For business, I would recommend but for model and actor not necessarily.
4. Model and Actor Headshots
I recommend a more casual look to this genre of photography than business headshots. Just about anything goes, but I recommend professional hair and make-up before your headshot session. Not only will you look your best, the make-up actually means less retouching. We provide make-up at Lightscapes Portrait Studio for an additional $50. I recommend Joanie Parker Salon in Duluth for hair.
Consider Black and White
Black and white images can have a lot of impact depending on how they are used so always bring a white top or a black top. If you are not sure if you like black and white, no worries; I convert each image you purchase to black and white for no additional charge. Consider Black and White
Black and white images can have a lot of impact depending on how they are used so always bring a white top or a black top. If you are not sure if you like black and white, no worries; I convert each image you purchase to black and white for no additional charge.