General Tips For Corporate And Business Head Shot Photos

Corporate And Business Photos General Tips

  • Please let us know your expectations and intentions for the photos. Let us know the type of look you want
  • Tell us where the photo will be used and how so we can make sure it is appropriate
  • Please be well rested and drink plenty of water to avoid bags under the eyes
  • Your face skin might not be at its best after drug or alcohol use the night before. Try not to drink or smoke before your shoot
  • Please be on time and try not to arrive more than 15 minutes early since we may or may not have other business clients scheduled before you
  • Please make sure call us if you are expecting to be late or arrive early

What To Wear On Your Shoot:

  • Please wear clothes that are comfortable to you and that make you look at your best
  • Ensure your jacket and the shirt are fitting you well. A bad fitting jacket or dress shirt will show in the photos
  • Turtlenecks are always a bad idea, unless you are Steve Jobs, of course…
  • Your clothes should be pressed and looking new or like new for the photos
  • Please avoid very busy suit patterns and large lines or stripes
  • Blue/green/turquoise shirts/blouses or accents can help emphasize blue/green/hazel eyes

Male – What To Wear On The Shoot

  • The most standard business photo look is a suit jacket, shirt and a tie
  • The casual/relaxed business look is often associated with a jacket and a open shirt, dress shirt and tie with no jacket, or only dress shirt
  • Polo shirts could be a good look for some kinds of businesses. Make sure the polo shirt is in good condition and fits well
  • For a business casual look please bring colored shirts that are ideally darker than your own skin tone
  • Usually a white dress shirt on it own is a bad idea unless you’re planning to wear it under a jacket or sweater
  • You can bring few different suit jackets, few different shirt colors and ties so we can have different choices for the photo

Female – What To Wear On The Shoot

  • Please avoid big prints on clothes or busy patterns
  • Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety different shirts/blouses to see what works best
  • For a business casual look you can bring different colored blouses that are ideally darker than your skin tone
  • You can be stylish and fashionable, but please remember that the picture is about your face and not about your clothes or jewelry
  • Usually sleeveless tops or dresses can draw lots of attention to your shoulders and arms. Consider bringing items with a variety of different sleeves

Please remember to choose and wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. It’s best to select something that makes you look and feel good.

Jewelry For The Shoot

  • Keep your jewelry very simple – the smaller the better
  • Please avoid jewelry that will distract the camera from your face or one that looks dated
  • The business picture is about your face, not your jewelry that you own
  • Consider if facial piercings or multiple ear piercings are appropriate for where your photo will be displayed

What to Bring To The Shoot

  • Your previous headshots if you have some so we can improve
  • Few sample headshots that you like to help communicate the look that you want
  • Favorite Music  be it on iPod/MP3 player, phone, thumb-drive
  • Various sets of clothing (see above)
  • A good and positive attitude
  • Lip balm for your lips
  • Hair brush or a comb
  • Makeup and hair products that you prefer, especially if you have some sort of allergies

Makeup and Hair Tips

  • Photo makeup should be clean, minimal and look natural
  • If you wear a layer of translucent powder your face should appear flawless in the photographs. Shine disappears instantly and pores seem smaller and the skin looks even
  • Line lips before applying matte lipstick, then reline. Don’t overdo it. Dip a cotton bud in powder and run along lip line to prevent color from bleeding
  • Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine
  • Don’t get a new hair cut just before the shoot (you may want to let it grow-in a bit or get used to styling a new cut)
  • Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or few days before your shoot. In case you have a bad reaction to the product

Please Arrive With

  • Hair styled and makeup already applied (if not using makeup artist)

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