10 FASHION TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL HEADSHOT SESSION

  • Choose outfits that are classic and won’t become quickly outdated.
  • Wear a color that is contrasting and flattering to your skin tone.  Choose darker or mid-tone colors because they tend to put more emphasis on your face and eyes. 
  • Avoid lighter colors or those that are too similar to your skin tone because they tend to wash you out.
  • Avoid bold plaids, and patterns like floral prints, checkers, polka dots, and stripes. These patterns can detract from your face and make the photo too busy. 
  • Choose jewelry to enhance and fine tune your outfit. Jewelry adds a complementary accent to your outfit, and draws attention to your face.  If jewelry is not worn, your photo may look unfinished, plain and boring.
  • The size of your earrings should be no less than the pupil of your eye and should not be too bold, flashy or dangly as to distract from your face.
  • Choose outfits with modest necklines and preferably sleeves. Too much skin can detract from your desired professional look.
  • Hair should be cut and styled in a flattering style.  
  • Makeup should be moderately applied. 
  • Make sure clothes are wrinkle free and fit properly.

10 Fashion Tips for a Successful Headshot Photography Session provided by Sylvia Montgomery image and etiquette expert and founder of Best Impressions Image Development Services located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

MAKE YOUR BUSINESS CARD STAND OUT

To me, a business card is a small brochure... It’s as much a marketing piece as your website, your brochure or anything else that you do.
— Don Crowther via Forbes.com

Make your business card stand out by adding a photo of yourself to the card. A practice that has been around for many years amongst real estate agents, having a photo a photo of yourself on your card my not be seem natural but it's a great solution to standing out and being remembered at networking events and conventions. 

Reference: http://www.forbes.com/2010/08/17/business-card-networking-leadership-careers-employment.html

PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE.

People who want to do business with you might want to see what you look like. Regardless of your expertise, a bad photo sends the message “amateur.”
— Enterpreneur

If you are solopreneur or run a small business, our bet is that your brand is an extension of who you are. For this reason, having images of yourself online is crucial because, in general, people really appreciate meeting you before they do business with you. Your profile image is a tool that can be used to connect with your clients and create that initial bond that makes for successful business transactions. If you are your brand take charge of your narrative and start showing your prospective clients who you are. Don’t leave if for them to guess because they can’t find an image of you online.

It’s okay to start small. With just one professional photo of yourself you can start building your online presence by showing your face on your social media profiles. Yes, forget selfies. Those are excellent to show friends and family how we are doing but use a professional photo for your business. Make sure to communicate with your chosen photographer the message you want to convey. You'll be amazed how much a professional headshot can help you stand out from the crowd.

Reference:

Enterpreneur.com: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237742

 

DO YOU HAVE A LINKEDIN PROFILE PHOTO?

According to LinkedIn,

With a photo a LinkedIn profile gets up to

a photo can be the difference between getting overlooked and getting the job.
— LinkedIn
21 times more views, 36 times more messages and up to 9 times more connection requests.
— LinkedIn

Share your personality with a professional headshot that reflects who you really are. When was the last time you updated your #linkedinprofile photo?

Reference: https://blog.linkedin.com/2014/07/14/a-professional-photographers-guide-to-getting-the-right-linkedin-profile-photo

BUILDING YOUR BRANDING ONLINE

Building your brand online is one of the best investments you can make because, in a global economy, many people – including potential clients and employers – will research and judge you based on the information they find online, without ever having met you.
— Dorie Clark

Personal branding is all about you. What makes you unique? Your online presence should help prospects identify with you. How does your current image make them feel if they hire you? Or employ you? Personal branding is about positioning yourself for your target audience and building credibility. Portraits that showcase your unique personality in a genuine way, help you promote yourself with credibility and passion. During our consultation we'll discuss how we can use photography to achieve these goals. We invite you to call our studio for a complimentary consultation.

Reference: http://www.europeanbusinessreview.com/how-to-stand-out-online/