Your headshot is the new digital handshake
You have one chance to make a first impression. It’s your introduction, your brand and your calling card. The right style for you will largely depend on how you want to use it. Who is going to see your headshot? What impression do you want to convey? What style works best for you?
1 – Traditional Style, on solid background
These are the portraits I’m sure you’re most familiar with– gray backdrops vaguely reminiscent of your childhood picture days, smiling faces, formal clothing. They have a professional, minimalist look.
2 – Modern Style
- Headshots in an this modern style are incredibly versatile, and can offer a clean, modern take on traditional headshots.
- Although they have the potential to be just as formal as a seamless background, their added color and variety can make an individual stand out from the crowd.
- A portrait in this style is also handy to use for social networks. You’re still the center of attention, since the environment itself is out of focus, and it can give your photo a more personable touch.
- It provides an alternative to the solid grey backdrop and can be useful for almost any industry or individual, from lawyers to comedians.
3 – Environmental Style
- These photos don’t just show your face– they show who you are, what you do, and where you feel most in your element. The surroundings provide context and relevance to your audience. For instance, a personal chef might use a kitchen, a teacher their classroom, and so on.
- If you want a customized photo that highlights the heart of you and your business, this might be the right fit!
4 – Group/Team
- Show off your entire team an in environment that reflects the culture and personality of your company
E-mail me to book your headshot today!
Your headshot is the new digital handshake
Here’s my headshot creation process:
Step 1: Pre-Session Consultation – Let’s talk. What are we using these headshots for? Acting, LinkedIn, Tindr? What are the personality traits that we are trying to convey? Compassion, approachability, leadership? Every face is different. What physical features do you want to emphasize?
Step 2: The Shoot – I guarantee an unlimited supply of Dad-jokes and bad puns. I believe it’s the photographer’s job to make the subject feel at ease. Rest assured that I’ll be giving you plenty of gentle direction on expression and angles.
Step 3: Feedback and Collaboration – During your session, we’ll review the images photographed so that we can work together and collaborate on what looks best. At the end of your session, you will select your favorite headshots, and I will send these photographs to be professionally retouched.
Step 4: Digital Delivery – Your photographs will be delivered to you via e-mail within 72 hours
Nicole’s Headshot Tips
- Please bring clothing that you love and feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. Be yourself. Infuse your own personal style.
- Gravitate towards simple, timeliness, and solid clothing. Avoid trends, loud patterns, and logos.
- Darker colored clothing will attract less attention and put the attention on your face and eyes
- Coordinate details! Layers, ties, belts, textures, jewelry.
- Necklines change the shape of your face. Bring a few options and we’ll work with you to see what works best!
- Shoes are unnecessary unless we are photographing a full-body look
- Avoid scarves. They hide your neck.
- Drink water. Ideally, 8 glasses of water per day! Your skin will thank you.
- Get plenty of sleep. Be well rested to avoid dark eye circles.
- Wash your face. Moisturize.
- Clean nails with neutral manicure colors
- Use chapstick or lip balm the night before and morning of.
- Come with clean hair
- If you’re getting a haircut, we recommend having it at least 2 days prior to your shoot.
- Fried and salty foods cause bloating and water retention.
- Prepare your facial hair – Trim or pluck a couple days in advance in case your skin is irritated.
- Avoid harsh treatments before your headshot session (facials, extreme exfoliation, tanning, etc)
- Avoid trying new treatments before your headshot session in case your skin has a reaction
- Different outfits and details
- Hair comb
- Lip balm or chap stick
- Makeup and hair products, if necessary
- Blotting paper if your skin gets oily