Whether you’re a business owner, freelancer, or job seeker, having a good headshot is one of the essential elements of your branding.
Corporate headshots can help you make a great first impression and show that you’re professional, competent, and trustworthy.
Here are five tips to keep in mind when taking yours with CMQ Headshots.
1 – Match It To Your Brand
When selecting clothing and accessories for corporate headshots, you must consider the image you want to portray. Think about how the photo will fit into your overall brand identity. Will this photo be used on your website or business cards? Consider what colors and patterns best reflect your brand so that everyone who sees your photo can immediately identify it with you.
2 – Consider Where The Photo Will Be Used
Once you know what look and feel you want for your headshot, determine where it will be used. For example, will it be posted on LinkedIn? On Twitter? If so, think about making sure that the image looks good as a thumbnail and is in full size.
You also need to consider if there are any restrictions on size or shape from the websites where it will be posted—for example, LinkedIn avatars are square images while profile photos for Twitter should be 400 by 400 pixels—so make sure the final image fits these requirements.
3 – Use Great Lighting And A Simple Backdrop
One of the most important aspects of taking great corporate headshots is ensuring perfect lighting. Natural light often works best but if you don’t have access to natural light sources, use artificial lights instead.
Make sure that all shadows are minimized and that you have an even light source across your face without any harsh highlights or deep shadows so that nothing distracts from your face in the photo. Selecting a simple backdrop is also vital—a plain wall works just fine.
4 – Keep Your Hair Style And Makeup Simple & Professional
When getting ready for the headshot session, take some time to consider how you want to style your hair and makeup—both should be kept simple and professional-looking (unless there is an intentional reason otherwise). Avoid anything too flashy or distracting such as large statement jewelry or bright colors, as these will take attention away from the purpose of the photo, which is intended to showcase YOU.
5 – Keep a Good Posture
Finally, posture matters. Make sure that when standing for your corporate headshot session (or sitting), keep your shoulders back and slightly down, your spine straight but not tense, and your chin up but not too high (you don’t want to appear too stiff). In addition, you may find it helpful to practice different postures in front of a mirror before taking photos so that you don’t feel awkward when they start snapping away during the shoot.
Tips For Corporate Headshots: In Closing
Taking great corporate headshots isn’t difficult but requires preparation beforehand, so everything goes smoothly on picture day. Following these tips will ensure that when people see your headshots, they’ll be intrigued to do business with you because first impressions do count. Good luck and thanks for reading.