Tips for Taking a Good Headshot

Whether you are working or not, it seems like these days you need a great  current picture of yourself!Professional photography tips

Are you looking for a new job?

Are you active on a dating site?

Have you have been passing out business cards with your photo on it from 5 years ago? (Time flies, It might be time for a new one!)

Fashion Photography

Don’t let a friend take your headshot. You need a professional to look professional.

What does your Facebook photo look like?

Everyone needs a headshot.  There will come a time when you will need one, so you should have it ready. What you might not have realized is how much staging , strategy and preparation needs to go into the perfect headshot.

How do you send out a message about yourself and your business in an authentic and professional way? That is your homework!!! Feel free to call up a few friends and get their input.

What you wear in your head shot is incredibly important.
Here are some things to think about:

  • Your outfit should match your brand (if you are a wealth coach, don’t have a picture of yourself on the beach with shorts and  t-shirt on)
  • The color of your outfit should match your cards and website
  • White background is usually the best. Going outside by a tree says amateur!
  • Please have your picture re-touched. That means always make sure that the photographer you hire can do “re-touching”…that means they will slightly smooth out your photo so that it will look more professional. You want to make sure you still look like yourself, but just a little better.
  • Make sure to wear make-up and if possible, have it done professionally!
Fashion and corporate photography tips

Here is one of our clients BEFORE photo… pretty gal, just needed a little “tweaking”

Fashion and corporate photography tips

AFTER … We had her update her hairstyle and wear richer colors that made all the difference!

So to recap head shots:
~think about what color you will wear, so it will match your website
~have a make up person and hair appointment for the day of your shoot
~bring photos of head shots that you like with you to the shoot.
~lean forward in your head shot… you won’t look so stiff (practice in a mirror and see what angels you look best)
~make sure you are dressed in the outfit that will best project the image you want to convey

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  1. Betsy Buehrig says:

    lean forward in your head shot… you won’t look so stiff (practice in a mirror and see what “angels” you look best)

    I am not sure what angels look best on me. Perhaps the “truth” angel on my shoulder whispering spellcheck does not always work.

    Did love the piece. Thanks

    • Hi Betsy,
      YES!!! Great tip! Leaning forward can feel very awkward, while shooting but the effect is that you will look friendly and approachable. I do it all the time in my headshots!!

  2. Hi Julia,
    Nice to meet you and you must have a lot of fans out there that recognize you!! I hope you don’t feel like I’m calling you out on this.. just using it as an example!
    Thanks for clarifying!

  3. Thanks for including my photo from the 2009 Frugal Festival ( The funny thing is about that picture is that the woman taking it was not just “a friend,” she was a reporter for the LA Times! But I agree, having a professional take your photo makes all the difference.

    aka Bargain Babe

  4. Her name is Julia Scott.

  5. Is the top photo the blogger for getting her picture taken?