Updated: Nov 8, 2019
With the growing trend of social media acting as a resume for most, your first impression most likely is made online. Regardless of whether you are professional, own your own business, or applying for a job — It’s important to make a good first impression!
Here are 5 things you should do for the perfect headshot!
The goal of your headshot should be to put a face to your brand. With that said, think about how you would like to present yourself. What will you wear? How will you do your hair & makeup? Where will you have your photos taken? If outdoors, what season? An example would be a realtor who would most likely wear a suit and have a simple background as opposed to a creative type who would wear nice casual clothing and have a non-standard background.
2. Hire a Professional Photographer
Sorry, but a selfie just won’t cut it if you want to be taken seriously and gain your potential client’s trust. It will most likely make you look unprofessional instead of in a positive light. A professional photographer will capture fantastic images of you in a natural, relaxed yet engaged state. They know how to get you feeling comfortable in front of the camera and how to retouch an image to industry standards. I had mine done earlier this year by Julie Heather Photography and couldn’t be more pleased! It normally takes a lot to get a good picture out of me as I’m not photogenic and with her it was easy & effortless. If you’re in the Vancouver area, you definitely want to check her out!
3. Hire a Professional Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist
While it may be tempting to do your own make up to save money- the difference a professional makeup artist can make will justify the cost as the skill level of a professional makeup artist will promise that your make up will not only look amazing in the mirror but on camera as well! It’s also a bonus if they can do hair as well so that you can check both off your list at once.
4. Keep It Simple
Make sure the focus of your headshot is YOU! Basic makeup & hair, solid colored clothing (no wild patterns) and a plain backdrop make for the perfect shoot.
With all this in mind think about how much you are willing to spend? Do your research and find out the going rate in your area to hire a professional photographer and makeup artist. A lot of times you can find ones who collaborate and offer special rates like I have with Julie Heather Photography. Visit my website purebeautybyfaramua.com/book to inquire about rates.
The bottom line here is don’t compromise on quality, even if that means you need to save up for another month in order to afford professional headshots. If you’re serious about your business and about making a good impression then you must take your headshot seriously as well!