NEW YOU, NEW HEADSHOTS
While we are two months into the new year, it isn’t too late to show off the new year with some updated headshot. This season, I have so much prepared. I will be offering three different mini sessions for the season, for additional information visit https://www.jennakphotos.com/blog/spring-2022-mini-sessions-jennakphotos/.
When you book a headshot session with me, you can expect to receive a variety of casual headshots that show off the true you. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the traditional headshot with the white backdrop and I prefer a more unique approach, which is why I offer casual headshots! I strive to make sure my clients put their best selves forward and to do so, I think casual headshots are the perfect way to set you apart from the crowd as they show off the true you. While I refer to my style of headshots as "casual", they can definitely be professional as well - I personally think it depends on your wardrobe and how YOU intend to present yourself. If you are planning to get headshots for your LinkedIn or company website, it would be best to dress more "professional" to fit the part. On the other hand, if you plan on using your headshot as branding photos or for social media, this is where you can be more lenient in terms of wardrobe depending on how you want to show yourself off.
It can be tricky to know how to dress or prepare yourself for your headshot session, which is why I compiled a few tips that I hope may help you while getting ready for your session!
If you plan on wearing makeup for your session, the general rule of thumb is to keep it quite simple. Here are a few tips that are often suggested:
- Natural makeup evenly applied
- Minimal color (light application of blush, contour, etc)
- If you choose to do highlight, make sure it is natural and accentuates the best features on your face - the typical rule of thumb is to apply highlighter/lighter shade in the inner corner of eyes to make them appear wider, on the tops of your cheeks, and on the tip of your nose. Try not to overdo it!
- If you choose to wear eyeshadow, try to make it natural and avoid sparkly/shimmery colors as it may not capture best in photos
- Try not to try something new with your makeup - if you usually have a certain makeup routine, why switch it up, especially if it's most flattering and your go-to?
I'll admit, this is definitely the trickiest part when planning your own headshots. However, keep in mind what the purpose of these photos will be for - if you are using for company photos, wear more professional/appropriate workplace clothing. Here are a few general tips to consider, and to avoid:
- Clothes that you KNOW are flattering on you - try to not wear something that is not your style, as it may be obvious if you feel uncomfortable in your photos
- Natural, timeless pieces that don't go out of style
- Minimal accessories such as a watch, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.
Try to avoid:
- Bright colors (especially, especially neon colors as this will cast a neon glow to your face during your photos!)
- Baggy clothes that do not accentuate your best features
- Logos - headshots are supposed to show off you, not a brand that looks like they are sponsoring you
- Too many accessories
For some people, hair is their most distinguishable trait! Show off your hair with some of these tips:
- Wear your hair to frame your face. Depending on your face shapes, certain hairstyles are considered more "flattering" and may show off your face best.
- Wear your natural hair - while headshots show off your best self, they should also be somewhat true to your day-to-day look. If you have extremely naturally curly hair, consider keeping the curls for your photos so you are more recognizable.
- Keep your facial hair neat - whether this is eyebrows, beard, mustache, etc., it is best to make sure it is kept neat. If your skin is easily irritated when shaving, consider doing this a day or two before the session to avoid irritation showing in photos
- Play around with products to reduce frizz in your hair, add volume, reduce grease, etc.
HOW TO BETTER PREPARE
GET A HEAD START ON YOUR DAY
As mentioned prior, it is important to make sure you are PREPARED! I highly suggest making sure you start your day early so you are able to get anything you may need to get done out of the way and move on with the rest of your day worry-free.
Consider starting to get ready for your session early so you have time in case you may be indecisive about makeup or wardrobe. It is also important to leave your house earlier than you may think so you can allow time for driving, parking, etc.
ASK QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE
As your session approaches, it is super important to communicate with me if you have any questions. If you don't have any questions, that's okay as well! This blog post is created to help you prepare for your session and make the process stress-free. However, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me :) The best way to get in touch is via email to email@example.com
LOOK UP INSPIRATION
At the end of the day, my goal is to make you feel your best self and to capture your best self. If you are hoping to go for a certain look or feel, it helps to look up inspiration to know what posing may work best for you. During the session, I will be guiding you in posing that shows off your best self - we will go through a few "professional", and casual posing. If you have a certain shot or pose in mind, please let me know so I can capture exactly what you have in mind!
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to update your headshots! I am here to walk you through the process and want to help you achieve the look you’re going for in your headshots - if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org