Modern studio portrait photography of a man in black and white.

What You Should Know Before Your Studio Headshot Portraits

A headshot portrait session is an opportunity to capture your professional image, whether it’s for your LinkedIn profile, business website, or personal branding. Preparation ensures that you’ll get the best results. Here’s my step-by-step guide on what you should know before stepping in front of my camera.

Location headshots photography of a woman in an office in London.

1. Define Your Goals

Before anything else, clarify why you need headshots. Are you a corporate executive, an actor, or an entrepreneur? Knowing your purpose will help you communicate your expectations to me. Whether it’s projecting confidence, approachability, or creativity, your goals shape the entire session.

2. Choose the Right Photographer

Research and select a photographer whose style aligns with your vision. Look at their portfolio, read reviews, and discuss your requirements. A skilled photographer will guide you through the process and capture your best angles.  There is also nothing better than a personal recommendation, so maybe ask around your colleagues?

3. Schedule Wisely

Coordinate with the photographer to set a convenient date and time. Ensure you’re relaxed and prepared on the day of the shoot. Avoid scheduling during hectic work hours or when you’re feeling rushed.  Ideally, have a haircut in the days before!

4. Wardrobe Selection

Your outfit speaks volumes. Consider these tips:

Colors: Opt for solid colors or subtle patterns that complement your skin tone. Avoid overly bright or distracting hues.

Necklines: Choose simple necklines like crewnecks or V-necks for a classic headshot. Avoid high necklines or excessive cleavage.

Accessories: Keep them minimal. Large jewelry can divert attention from your face.  That said, I like watches in corporate portraits.

Layers: Bring a few clothing options to vary your look. Jackets, blouses, or ties can be added or removed.

5. Essential Items

Bring a small bag with some simple essentials: a comb or brush, hair spray, lip balm, and any necessary makeup. These items help you look your best throughout the session.  A small mirror can also be useful as a reference during the shoot.

6. Relax and Be Yourself

Arrive a bit early to settle in. Take a deep breath, relax your shoulders, and trust me as your photographer. Authenticity shines through, so be yourself.