MY TOP 20 USEFUL HEADSHOT SESSION TIPS.

Thinking of booking a headshot session?

Do you have a session booked, but are confused about what to wear?

Are you looking to update your Linkedin profile?

Are you an actor or musician that needs new headshots or personal branding images?

Well, look no further guys.

I’ve compiled an extensive list of useful tips to prepare you for your headshot session. This guide is crammed full of great advice. The meat and potatoes. Bookmark it, return to it and use it as a reference. It’s full of information that will help you to get the most from your headshot session.

Here are my top 20 useful headshot session tips.

Click each link for the relevant article.

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #1 TRIM YOUR NOSE HAIR**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #2 GET YOUR HAIR CUT A FULL WEEK BEFORE THE SHOOT.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #3 MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #4 DRINK A GALLON OF WATER EVERY DAY!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #5 WEAR YOUR FAVOURITE FRAGRANCE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #6 LAY OFF THE BOOZE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #7 WORK WITH YOUR BEST SIDE**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #8 DITCH THE FAKE TAN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR WOMEN #9 SAY NO TO THE NECKLACE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #10 CONFIDENCE COMES FROM THE EYES**

**USEFEL HEADSHOT TIPS #11 APPROACHABILITY COMES FROM THE MOUTH**

••USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #12 EMPHASISE THE JAWLINE**

••USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #13 IF IT’S CONSIDERED A FAD…….IT MIGHT LOOK BAD!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #14 FORGET ABOUT THE CAMERA!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #15 WEAR CLOTHING THAT FITS YOU!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #16 DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR YOUR BRAND OR ROLE.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #17 MAKEUP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #18 SHOULD I WEAR MY GLASSES?** 

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #19 WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #20 DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE VALUE OF GETTING PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS!**

Andy

I’m a portrait photographer based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Specialising in creative and styled portraiture, fitness photography, headshots, and personal branding for actors, athletes and business professionals.

Book a session today.

www.andrewkatsaitisphotography.com

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USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS.

#20 DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE VALUE OF GETTING PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS!

Repeat that over and over until it sinks in.

Your face represents your brand.

It’s your calling card.

If you want people to take you seriously, you must have a high-quality headshot.

A professional headshot is going to add value to your profile and help to get you hired.

Let me break it down for you.

Let’s look at Linkedin, for example. Linkedin is the world’s leading networking site for career advancement and employment opportunities. It’s an online business network and a portal for professionals. Your profile can be reached and viewed by an enormous network of potential customers or employers, all in the blink of an eye.

What’s their first port of call?

Where do they look when they open your profile?

Is it the ‘About‘ section?

The ‘Experience‘ or ‘Education’ sections?

NOPE.

IT’S YOUR PROFILE PICTURE!

IT’S YOUR PROFILE PICTURE!

IT’S YOUR PROFILE PICTURE!

Did I mention that IT’S YOUR PROFILE PICTURE?!

That profile picture is the first impression, it’s your foot in the door. It can determine whether or not you are chosen by employers. You need to make it count.

Here’s a statistic that might shock you.

Linkedin profiles with professional headshots receive roughly 14 times more profile views and are 36 times more likely to receive a message on Linkedin. 

That’s quite an advantage over the competition!

It’s important to look professional, confident and approachable.

Will you look professional with a phone selfie or holiday snap as your profile picture?

What message do you think such a picture conveys to a potential employer or business partner?

The brutal truth is that it looks like you don’t care about your career or your brand enough to invest in it.

If your profile picture is bad, you look bad. You want to be seen as a professional, not an amateur, so the way you present yourself in your photograph is everything.

That digital first impression lasts for just a split-second. Please take a moment to digest and remember this hard fact.

So what makes for a bad profile picture?

  • Selfies.

Your LinkedIn profile picture needs to match the professionalism of others on the site to give you a fighting chance. The high ‘selfie-angle’ is a poor photographic technique which causes foreshortening of the body and the loss of background. Standing in front of a mirror, whilst looking into your phone and pouting (I see this on Instagram every day) is also unacceptable. Selfies reek of amateur.

  • Filters.

If selfies make your profile picture look amateur, then using filters will help you win the race to the bottom. Skin-smoothing filters, bunny ears, anime eyes, crunchy clarity and bad black and whites, all look ridiculous. Photo-editing is not a one-click solution. Re-touching images is an art in itself and requires many years of hard work to achieve a high standard. DON’T USE FILTERS!

  • Don’t crop a group shot.

Cropping your wife or husband out of a wedding photo or a cropped photo of you from a night out will not present the best professional version of yourself. It shows a lack of commitment and looks like an afterthought.

  • Distracting Background.

Let’s keep it simple. Studio paper in grey, white or black are always a nice neat option that keeps the focus on you. Cinematic headshots also look amazing with a blurred background, achieved by shooting a long focal length and wide-open aperture.

Are you starting to see the value of professional photography now?

Do you know which pictures get the most likes on social media sites like Facebook?

Pictures of your dinner?

Pictures of yourself in a nightclub toilet?

NOPE.

IT’S YOUR PROFILE PICTURE!

People are excited and happy to see a picture of YOU!

It will also help if it’s a good picture of you!

How many newly launched small business websites do you see with care taken over the content and layout, but a badly taken profile picture in the ‘about me’ section?

Here’s where your professional photographer comes in.

Imagery can make or break your brand. High-quality photography adds value to your business.

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE VALUE OF GETTING PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS!

Or the value of professional product photography, for that matter.

It might seem a little uncomfortable to thrust yourself into the spotlight as the face of your business, but the quicker you come to terms with this and make peace with it, the better. A professional headshot will improve the quality your profile photo and the way you feel about yourself as the founder of your business.

Let’s work together to elevate your profile and strengthen your brand.

I’ve created an in-depth series of articles that should answer the majority of your questions about headshot sessions and the value of professional photography.

Please find the links below.

QUICK LINKS

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #1 TRIM YOUR NOSE HAIR**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #2 GET YOUR HAIR CUT A FULL WEEK BEFORE THE SHOOT.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #3 MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #4 DRINK A GALLON OF WATER EVERY DAY!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #5 WEAR YOUR FAVOURITE FRAGRANCE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #6 LAY OFF THE BOOZE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #7 WORK WITH YOUR BEST SIDE**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #8 DITCH THE FAKE TAN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR WOMEN #9 SAY NO TO THE NECKLACE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #10 CONFIDENCE COMES FROM THE EYES**

**USEFEL HEADSHOT TIPS #11 APPROACHABILITY COMES FROM THE MOUTH**

••USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #12 EMPHASISE THE JAWLINE**

••USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #13 IF IT’S CONSIDERED A FAD…….IT MIGHT LOOK BAD!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #14 FORGET ABOUT THE CAMERA!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #15 WEAR CLOTHING THAT FITS YOU!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #16 DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR YOUR BRAND OR ROLE.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #17 MAKEUP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #18 SHOULD I WEAR MY GLASSES?** 

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #19 WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?**

Andy

I’m a portrait photographer based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Specialising in creative and styled portraiture, fitness photography, headshots, and personal branding for actors, athletes and business professionals.

Book a session today.

www.andrewkatsaitisphotography.com

Find the content useful? Consider buying me a coffee at my ko-fi page.

USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS.

#19 WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY HEADSHOT SESSION?

The simple answer.

WEAR WHAT YOU LOVE!

We want you to feel confident and relaxed.

Dress to represent your brand.

More on this here.

Consider the following things.

  • Solid, bold colours are best. Choose a bold colour that suits you and matches your skin tone. Consider a colour that complements your eyes.
  • Patterns, logos, loud colours and shiny materials are distracting. The focus of the headshot session is you, your face and your brand. Not that zig-zag pattern on your favourite sweater!
  • Avoid white, it will compete with your face to be the brightest part of the image. It’s also very reflective, so leave the whites at home.
  • Choose well-fitting clothing and avoid anything chunky or baggy. It may be comfortable, but it will add bulk and make you look heavier.
  • Avoid anything that fits too tight. There’s comfortable, then there’s bursting out of a tight shirt!
  • Choose something you’ve worn before, something that works for you. It will give you peace of mind.
  • Select a neckline that ends at or above the collar bone. Your headshot will be tightly cropped, so we would try to avoid having a deep plunging neckline exiting the bottom of the frame. High polo necks should also be avoided.
  • Layer your clothing. It’s a great way to mix things up and create multiple looks. Not too many layers though, as it will add bulk. We’re looking to strike a nice balance here.
  • Avoid fashionable trends and think classic style, it ages better. Fashion changes with every new season. If you stick to classic designs, then you won’t need to update your headshots as often.
  • Bring a few different looks with you. We will get a better variety of images with more options. A good rule of thumb would be three to four different outfits.

MORE ABOUT COLOURS.

Nailing the colours is an often underestimated tool in portrait photography. Choosing colours that complement your eye colour and skin tone will elevate the pictures to a higher level and make them stand out.

Here are a few useful tips.

  • Choose colours to match your skin tone. Earthy shades, such as olive, green, brown and cream work well with warmer skin tones. For neutral skin tones, opt for sky blue, jade green and greys. Cooler skin tones work best with bolder, brighter colours, such as rich blues, emerald or burgundy.
  • Avoid metallic colours. We want you to shine, not your shirt! Shimmery, metallic or neon colours will be extremely distracting in a headshot.
  • Texture can add dimension. Take a look at the image at the top of the page. See how nice the subject’s textured sweater looks? A solid-coloured shirt or top with a simple texture can help you stand out. The key is to select a simple texture and not overdo it.
  • Steer clear of elaborate textures and patterns such as tweed, plaid, herringbone or tartan. These fabrics will be too distracting for your headshots.
  • If you are wearing a suit, be aware that lighter suit colours work better for people with warmer skin tones and vice versa. Darker suits work well with light and medium skin tones.
  • Match the colour of your neck-tie to your shirt and jacket and resist the urge to wear strong patterns or that Homer Simpson comedy piece!

Here’s a useful article about complementary colours and how to use a colour wheel.

BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER ON THE DAY.

A few closing thoughts on making sure that your styling and presentation is impeccable on ‘D-Day!’

  • Make sure that your selected clothing is clean. Egg or curry stains aren’t going to look great in your headshot.
  • Iron everything beforehand. Creases and curry stains (for that matter) can be removed in Photoshop, but let’s not go down that road!
  • Bring a clothes brush or a lint roller with you. It’s a good idea to give everything a once-over before we shoot.
  • Hangars are your friend! It’s preferable to hang your clothes neatly, as opposed to stuffing them in a sports bag!

These tips should help you to prepare for your headshot session.

Please do drop me a message beforehand if there is anything you are uncertain about.

QUICK LINKS

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #1 TRIM YOUR NOSE HAIR**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #2 GET YOUR HAIR CUT A FULL WEEK BEFORE THE SHOOT.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #3 MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #4 DRINK A GALLON OF WATER EVERY DAY!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #5 WEAR YOUR FAVOURITE FRAGRANCE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #6 LAY OFF THE BOOZE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #7 WORK WITH YOUR BEST SIDE**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #8 DITCH THE FAKE TAN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR WOMEN #9 SAY NO TO THE NECKLACE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #10 CONFIDENCE COMES FROM THE EYES**

**USEFEL HEADSHOT TIPS #11 APPROACHABILITY COMES FROM THE MOUTH**

••USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #12 EMPHASISE THE JAWLINE**

••USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #13 IF IT’S CONSIDERED A FAD…….IT MIGHT LOOK BAD!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #14 FORGET ABOUT THE CAMERA!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #15 WEAR CLOTHING THAT FITS YOU!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #16 DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR YOUR BRAND OR ROLE.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #17 MAKEUP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #18 SHOULD I WEAR MY GLASSES?**

Andy

I’m a portrait photographer based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Specialising in creative and styled portraiture, fitness photography, headshots, and personal branding for actors, athletes and business professionals.

Book a session today.

www.andrewkatsaitisphotography.com

Find the content useful? Consider buying me a coffee at my ko-fi page.

USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS.

#18 SHOULD I WEAR MY GLASSES?

The simple answer is yes.

If you wear spectacles every day, then they would be considered part of your brand and people would expect to see you wearing them in your headshots.

There are a few things to consider when photographing glasses.

They can present a few problems.

The main problem is reflections or glare on the surface of the glass.

We want to capture the confidence in your eyes.

So how can we address these problems?

In an ideal world, your glasses would have an anti-reflective coating, which means almost no light reflects off the surface of the lens. If you have two pairs of glasses and one of them has the anti-reflective coating, I would advise that you bring that pair along to your headshot session.

First and foremost, make sure your glasses are clean!

No fingerprints or greasy marks!

With a little understanding of physics, we can adjust a few things to eliminate the glare.

  • We can change the angle or position of the lighting.
  • We can change the position or angle of the subject.
  • We can change the position or angle of the camera.

The angle at which incoming light strikes a surface is the angle at which it will exit the surface. If the camera aligns with the angle of reflection, you’ll see glare.

Is there anything else we can do?

We could take two photographs. One with the glasses and one without, then blend them together in Photoshop to create a composite image. This will work, but with varying degrees of success. There are always going to be slight variables between the two images that we cannot control. Your expression is the key to a successful headshot and recreating a look that lasts for only a second is not easy! For this reason, I would only resort to this in extreme circumstances.

Another solution is a trip to your optician. If you can borrow a similar frame or even have them pop out the lenses for the day, would be a great way to get your authentic look without worrying about the glare of the lens.

One last thought.

If you sometimes wear glasses and would like shots both with and without your spectacles, then let’s do the without shots first. The reason for this is that we don’t want the red marks at the bridge of your nose that are caused by the glasses’ nose-pad.

QUICK LINKS

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #1 TRIM YOUR NOSE HAIR**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #2 GET YOUR HAIR CUT A FULL WEEK BEFORE THE SHOOT.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #3 MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #4 DRINK A GALLON OF WATER EVERY DAY!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #5 WEAR YOUR FAVOURITE FRAGRANCE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #6 LAY OFF THE BOOZE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #7 WORK WITH YOUR BEST SIDE**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #8 DITCH THE FAKE TAN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR WOMEN #9 SAY NO TO THE NECKLACE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #10 CONFIDENCE COMES FROM THE EYES**

**USEFEL HEADSHOT TIPS #11 APPROACHABILITY COMES FROM THE MOUTH**

••USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #12 EMPHASISE THE JAWLINE**

••USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #13 IF IT’S CONSIDERED A FAD…….IT MIGHT LOOK BAD!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #14 FORGET ABOUT THE CAMERA!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #15 WEAR CLOTHING THAT FITS YOU!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #16 DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR YOUR BRAND OR ROLE.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #17 MAKEUP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!**

Andy

I’m a portrait photographer based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Specialising in creative and styled portraiture, fitness photography, headshots, and personal branding for actors, athletes and business professionals.

Book a session today.

www.andrewkatsaitisphotography.com

Find the content useful? Consider buying me a coffee at my ko-fi page.