A headshot is type of photo which highlights your facial features. It is usually a tightly cropped photo of the face, from the shoulders up. In a headshot photograph, you would be typically looking straight to the camera. Headshots used to be reserved for actors, models, and talent. But these types of images have become important for businesses, entrepreneurs, and job seekers as well.
This is not a headshot
The difference between a professional headshot and a portrait
A headshot or corporate shot is commonly used in business and self-promotion. It is the type of photography you can see in business ads, websites, and company branding materials. A corporate headshot is an important tool for making a solid first impression. Therefore, you need to choose the right photographer. You want to work with a professional who’s experienced in proper lighting and posing techniques. You will need a photographer that can naturally highlight your features and help you be comfortable in front of the camera. Someone who can capture your personality and help you make a great first impression.
Portrait photography, or portraiture, is a type of photography aimed toward capturing the person in an artistic way. Portraits are the type of photography geared towards weddings, family events, or even commercial purposes. A portrait is not limited to capturing the facial expressions. It often highlights a person, scenery, or a moment. It can borrow techniques from the master painters of the 1800s to transfer emotion to the viewer.
What is the purpose of headshot photography?
The chief importance of your headshot is to focus the attention on you. Your professionalism, your personality, your brand and what it represents. With the growth of internet and social media people are finding goods and services online more than ever. Potential customers will visit your website or social media profile to find out more about who are they doing business with. Your first impression is no longer done face to face. Therefore, you need to focus your efforts in gaining their trust virtually. A great headshot can be your best friend at helping you achieve that!
What should I wear for my photoshoot?
You can certainly wear whatever you like. There are no hard rules written for this type of photography. But here are some reliable tips to help you prepare:
- Stick to solid colors. Patterns and stripes might be great for your daily look. But for headshots it is best to choose non-distracting fabrics. Additionally, some patterns can create optical illusions such as moiré in your images. Bold stripes will also distract the eye away from the most important part of the photo: yourself! Keep things tidy and simple so that the attention is on your face, not on what you’re wearing.
- Choose form fitting clothes. Wear something comfortable that fits your well. Clothing that is too baggy will make you look frumpy. Equally important, if your clothes are too tight, you could look less than dapper.
- Wear accessories that highlight your features. Sure, LL Cool J and Marky Mark left their stamp on fashion a while back. However, you must keep the focus on you. Choose pieces that will compliment but not distract.
- Wear anything that shows your personal style. You like bow ties, bright colors, or have a favorite watch? Remember: this is your first impression. I know I just mention some points to keep in mind. Nevertheless, this is about you, your business, your brand. I am just here to help you highlight all.
Also, not a headshot
Can a selfie be used as a business headshot?
The short answer is yes. You can use a selfie on your social media or dating profile. But will not recommend it for a business look. The reason is a professional headshot entails more than just taking a picture. Elements like lighting, posing, background, and retouching have to be considered. A professional headshot photographer will take that burden so you can concentrate in letting your personality shine.
I work closely with my clients to make sure they feel comfortable in front of the camera and coach them with their expressions and posing for a fantastic result. If you’ve been wanting to update your professional headshot or are considering a branding session for your business or brand, feel free to reach out.
You can call 214-566-4494 or Email Alex@mpwme.com to book your next shoot.
Very beautiful, but still not a headshot
Headshot Photography FAQ
What are headshots in photography?
A headshot or corporate shot is commonly used in business and self-promotion. It is the type of photography you can see in business ads, websites, and company branding materials. A corporate headshot is an important tool for making a solid first impression.
What makes a perfect headshot?
You can use a selfie on your social media or dating profile. But will not recommend it for a business look. The reason is a professional headshot entails more than just taking a picture. Elements like lighting, posing, background, and retouching have to be considered.
What is the best color to wear for a headshot?
I highly recommend solid and neutral colors. The propose of a headshot is to focus the attention on you.