Raise your hand if you have ever been in the bathroom and thought, “Damn, I am looking good!” If you didn’t raise your hand I am call BS because we have all been there. Sometimes we even take out our phone, pose perfectly and snap a selfie that makes us feel beautiful and post it!
There is absolutely nothing wrong with posting a bathroom selfie. If you are feeling beautiful, you should post that picture, but it should NOT be your headshot for your business. Let’s talk about headshots!
Headshots can serve a multitude of purposes. This is your FIRST impression to a client. The first time they may see your face and they are going to judge you. Yes, I know we do not want to think about that, but it is true.
We all do it. We make a snap judgement based on someone’s image. It could be their headshot, cover photo, or instagram feed. We are very visual people that therefore you should consider hiring some professionals to ensure you get the BEST picture!
How to ensure you have the BEST headshot!
Hire a photographer! Not your cousin’s best friend who just bought a fancy camera. Hire a professional who has taken headshots and can show you her/his work. A photographer will be able to help with proper posing, lighting, and ensure that your photos are fabulous and on brand.
Hire a makeup artist and hair stylist! Your makeup needs to help enhance your natural look. The camera and lighting can wash you out and a professional will know how to ensure you are looking your absolute best when you are having your portrait done. Plus, when you have your makeup and hair done you may feel more confident and that confidence will show in the photos and that is a win for you! Being a confident business owner and looking like one is going to help build your clientele and ensure you are attracting your ideal client.
Consult with a stylist. Your wardrobe for a shoot is important. You want to choose items that show your personality and professionalism. Stylist will be able to help in this regard and if you are going to work with one, I suggest scheduling that session a week prior to shoot in case you need to pick up any items.
Choose the proper location(s) and times. This will differ depending on what you do for business. I always suggest having natural light in your setting. Night time (unless you are showcasing night time activities and even then some photos in the day are valuable) is not the time to have your photos taken. I suggest taking photos inside and outside to ensure you have plenty of options. Mornings and sunset will provide the best lighting outdoors. If you are having photos taken in your space, take time to see when your space is filled with light and when it is darker. This will help you decide when the photographer should come.
Have fun! Do not stress about how you are smiling or worry about the perfect shot. If you have hired professionals you will get it! Enjoy yourself and your happiness and confidence will show up in your photos.
I hope you found this helpful. If you need help finding a photographer in your area to take your headshots or branding photos, reach out and I will gladly recommend ones that I have worked with and who are amazing.
As a makeup artist I can assist you to ensure you look your absolute best. I love enhancing your beauty so you feel like the fierce boss babe that you are! I can also style your hair for you to ensure a flawless look.
Yes, your bathroom selfie is cute, yes you rocked that outfit, but it has no place as your professional headshot.