3 Tips for Getting Great Corporate and Business Headshots

July 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

In this day and age, great corporate headshots are very important in the business world. A picture is worth a thousand words and the right headshot can help you make an excellent impression with your clients or a prospective employer.  This is not the time to use a  selfie as their professional image. 

I find many of my business clients may not be used to being in front of the camera or often feel uncomfortable having their picture taken. To make your session a relaxed and fun experience, I’ve put together a few tips that will ensure it’s as painless as possible and you get the results you want!

1. Preparation is key
Getting prepared for your session will be paramount to having a successful shoot. Make sure your outfits are picked out and wrinkle-free the night before. Pack your purse or small bag with any styling items you may need so you’ll have everything at your disposal during your shoot. Additionally get plenty of rest the night before and drink plenty of water the days leading up to the shoot. Your skin will love it and you won’t look tired in your headshots.  Also, if you have any questions or concerns give me a call or send me an email and I’ll be happy to help. I want to make sure you’re ready beforehand so the day of the shoot will be smooth sailing.

2. Select the right wardrobe for your profession or company’s image
For business head shots, the wardrobe you choose will reflect your professionalism, the industry you’re in and your company's culture. Determine your wardrobe by your company or profession’s usual image. You can do a number of wardrobe changes during our time together which will give you a variety of looks to choose from.  I recently did a photo shoot for a company whose CEO wanted a very professional look.  All executives wore business suits.  Prior to that shoot, another company wanted a more laid back Pacific Northwest feel.  We shot the entire staff down on the Seattle waterfront where they were dressed in business casual attire.

3. Relax, take your time, and have fun
I know having your photo taken can be a stressful experience. If you’d had bad experiences in the past or just simply hate how you look in photos, that makes two of us! I’m not fond of being in front of the camera myself, which is why I actually take the photos! Ha!  But in order to get the most from your session, I ask that you relax and trust I will capture the best shots of you. I don’t rush during my sessions and will stop periodically so you can review the work we’re doing. If you see a bad shot, don’t worry we can delete it. Not feeling a certain pose or look? Let me know and we’ll change it up. Communication is key! And most importantly, have fun. You can be silly in front of the camera, crack a big smile, laugh, frown whatever you like. Bring your favorite music if you want and we can rock out to your favorite tunes during your shoot. If it helps you relax and get great images, I’m all for it. 

I hope these tips help you. If you or your company need professional head shots, do not hesitate to contact me.  Email me at bob@rwphotography.biz or call me at 425-772-2990


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