Why You Need a Professional Headshot and How to Get It
Why a Professional Headshot
Many people don’t understand the importance of a professional headshot. They may believe that actor headshots are the only ones that need to be professionally done or they might just not see how a headshot fits into their own life. The reality is that most people are going to need a headshot at some point. They may only want to use it to boost the appearance of their social media accounts and make them look more professional. They may be a business person who needs a fantastic picture to put on an online resume to get a job or to put on their corporate websites. Since these pictures will be seen over and over by potential clients and employers, they’re going to need to be done well.
Find the Right Photographer and Location
The first thing the person needs to do is choose a photographer and a location. The photographer is going to be essential as business headshots will need to be done by a professional, not just anyone with a camera. However, they shouldn’t just choose any photographer near them. It’s important to take the time to look at the potential photographers’ portfolios before making a decision. The person will need to make sure they like the style of the pictures and the quality as every photographer has a different style.
They will also need to determine if they’d like the headshot done in a studio, in their own office, or outdoors. This is often a personal decision, but the photographer can help if the person isn’t sure. Depending on a person’s reason for the headshot, they may need a clean, white background or they might want to have their local scenery included. The background is going to be seen in the photograph, so it’s very important to consider what the background will look like.
Prepare for the Photo Shoot
Once the person knows who they want to take the picture and where they want it taken, they need to prepare for the day. They’ll want to choose their clothing carefully to be sure it looks good the day of the photo shoot. They’ll want to make sure the clothing looks professional and is appropriate for their job. Jewelry and other accessories should be kept to a minimum so they aren’t overwhelming in the photograph. A simple necklace is better than a more ornate one. Care should be taken with the person’s makeup and hair as well. Any makeup should be carefully applied to make sure it doesn’t look bad in the photograph. Many women will prefer to have their hair and makeup professionally done so they are sure it looks great. Men should shave the morning of the photo shoot or make sure any facial hair is well-groomed so it looks good in the photo.
Why Go Through All of This?
It’s important to consider the different ways a person might get a headshot. Those who want to save money might try cropping a family photo. The issue with this is that the background can be seen and the picture may not be able to be cropped so there is no one else in it. Plus, when it’s enlarged, it’s going to be grainy and will not look very good. Others might try to take a selfie to use as their headshot. For corporate headshots, this is not going to be a great idea. The viewpoint in a selfie isn’t straight on and the person taking the photograph likely doesn’t know how to work with the light, the camera angle, and more to make them look their best. They’re also not usually done with a professional camera, so the results again can be grainy and unclear, especially when enlarged. A professional can make sure everything looks fantastic and the best lighting, location and more is chosen.
If you’re in need of a great photograph, talk to a professional who does headshot photography. I am going to be able to help you get the perfect headshot you can then use for social media accounts, business profiles, and more. Contact me today to learn more about having a professional headshot done or to arrange a time for your photo shoot.
Jose Soriano is a photographer, visual content creator and blog writer with over 10 years of experience. He is working with start-up businesses, top commercial brands, and other amazing people, helping them to achieve their visual goals.