Regardless of whether you run your own small business or you’re part of a large corporation, you need professional headshots to market yourself and establish credibility among clients. It’s also important to update your headshots regularly, especially if you’ve changed your look. If you want to make the most of your professional headshot session, here are a few headshot tips you should save.
Headshots Need to Be Consistent
If you are hiring a photographer to take headshots of your entire team, department, or company, it’s important to have a plan in place. From the background you use to what everyone wears, the headshots should look consistent if you want your business to appear more credible online.
Consider Your Brand’s Visual Identity
Before you decide on anything else for your headshot session, relook at your brand’s visual identity. Are you still happy with it? Do you plan to rebrand in the near future? If so, you may want to settle on a revised identity before you take your headshots. This way, everything from your outfits to the backdrop you settle on will match.
Choose Your Clothing Carefully
The first thing to consider when choosing a style and outfit for your headshots is that these photos need to last for several years. This means the hairstyle and clothing you choose should be timeless. Then there are the finer details such as the color of your outfit. Every color is linked to a different mood and emotion, so consider how you want your clients to feel when they see your headshots. For example, according to Entrepreneur Magazine, blue is known to be a more trustworthy color.
Gather Good Examples Ahead of Time
To help you better prepare and decide what you want your headshots to look like, look at a few examples ahead of time. This will also give you some pose ideas, which you can practice at home prior to your session. You can even speak to your photographer about the best poses to use based on your brand’s identity and mission statement.
It’s Not That Serious
While your headshots do need to be professional, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the photo session and have some fun with it. Your clients want to see your human side after all, which means you are allowed to smile in your photos and show some personality. Your photographer will help you find a good balance.
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