There are plenty of reasons to get new business headshots: Perhaps your social media picture needs updating, or you need a profile picture for the company website, or cover notes for your latest book! … the list goes on and on. It’s best to avoid re-purposing an old holiday snap! Ideally your photo needs to be taken by a photographer who is experienced in headshots.

There are certain things that you can do to prepare for your photo shoot to ensure the best outcome!

Facial and hair preparation

Do these preparations in the week before your shoot:

  • Get a haircut. If you need a trim, get one at least a few days before the shoot. This ensures that your hair doesn’t look “choppy” or show scissor marks.

  • Take care of facial hair, pluck your eyebrows, etc. Do this a few days ahead of time to be sure that any redness or irritation has time to disappear.
  • Men, if you need to shave do it the day before. The less you have to do the morning of the shoot, the better. Ignore this if you grow a super fast daily beard.
  • If you colour your hair, do it a week or so before hand. However: Now is not the time to experiment! You just want to make sure your colour looks fresh and natural, not faded or grown out with roots showing.
  • If you’re planning to smile, make sure your teeth are clean and food free, it’s a good idea to bring floss and a toothbrush. Teeth can easily be whitened if required.

Make-up

Done the morning of the photo shoot:

  • Women: There are two ways to go here, normal daily make-up – bring a little kit along to the shoot for any touch ups, or you could consider getting your make-up done professionally. A make-up artist will know how to apply your cosmetics for the cameras.
  • Men: Most men don’t need make-up, but a little powder on the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) will knock back any unwanted shine. It’s your call.

For the shoot

  • On the day of the shoot, make sure you know where you’re going and leave in plenty of time. You want to arrive relaxed, not harried.
  • If you like music, bring a CD or your MP3 player.
  • Choose an outfit that you feel comfortable in, in a colour that compliments your skin and hair. Not sure what to wear? Bring choices – you can’t try it if you leave it at home!
  • Eat a light meal so you don’t get hungry and cranky, as the shoot may take a while.
  • Most important of all just be yourself. Smile naturally and enjoy the attention.