Need some tips for preparing for your corporate headshot session? We’ve got you covered.
Much of the work on the day will be done by your photographer, but there are a few things you can do before the shoot to help make your session a success. If you have any questions specific to you, you should contact your photographer before the shoot day.
What to wear
There are no strict rules, but some looks are better than others.
The main consideration when deciding on what clothes to wear for a headshot session is this: Your face is the main subject of this shoot and you should avoid anything that will distract from that.
With that in mind, try to choose dark colours such as grey or navy and stay away from shiny fabric on shirts, jackets or ties. Jewellery can be worn if it is subtle and classic, but don’t let it distract from the main subject: you.
If your look is less corporate and more edgy, or if you have a very specific personal brand, then fewer rules apply. Just make sure your outfit represents you and your company well.
Whatever you decide, make sure it is free of wrinkles and lint.
Unless you’re feeling particularly scruffy, it’s probably best not to dye or cut your hair immediately before your shoot. Hair colours and cuts tend to take a week or so to look just right.
On the day of your shoot, style your hair as you normally would, making sure it is out of your eyes. Don’t use more product than usual. Importantly, this is not the day to try a new style.
Makeup and Skin
If you aren’t wearing makeup (this applies to most males and some females) please lightly moisturise the morning of your shoot. If you have chapped or dry lips, a little lip balm could be helpful.
If you are wearing makeup, please remember that more is not necessarily better.
If you are doing your own makeup, then just like hair, today is not the day to try something new. Do your makeup as if you are attending a function with your work colleagues.
If you would like to use a makeup artist this might be a good time for that. We can recommend one if you would like.
Think about how you want your clients and colleagues to see you. Should you be smiling? Serious? Should your arms be folded or hands clasped in front of you?
Practice a little in front of the mirror. It’s amazing how much this helps!
The use of props in your headshot session can make your image look either super awesome or incredibly daggy, depending on how they are used.
Maybe you’re considering bringing in a laptop, sporting equipment, musical instrument, trade tools or a specific product you promote. Whatever it is, I would encourage bringing it. Talk to your photographer about how it might work in the image, how you should hold/wear it and, ultimately, whether it is adding or detracting from your images.
On the day, you will be guided by your photographer to make sure you get a great shot, so don’t worry if you skip this part or can’t decide on a satisfactory look.