Preparing for women’s corporate headshots is just as important as the photoshoot itself. Here are some tips to help you prepare:
1. Corporate Attire, Choose the Right Outfit
When selecting an outfit, it’s important to dress professionally and appropriately for your industry. It varies from sector to sector, if you’re not sure, look at your senior managers and use that as a conservative example.
Avoid intricate bold patterns and overly bright colours, as they can be distracting in a headshot. Stick to neutral colours like black, white, or grey, and make sure your outfit is clean, ironed, no lint or pet hair and fits well.
For good example photos of women’s clothing, check out the photo gallery above.
2. Hair and Makeup
Getting your hair and makeup done professionally can help you look your best on camera. Consider hiring a professional hair and makeup artist to ensure your hair and makeup are camera-ready and look it’s best.
Most women can do a great job themselves, but try to not over apply the foundation or use lustrous makeup. Retaining some texture in the skin is ideal so you don’t look like a make up model, unless you’re a make up model of course. Staying approachable is also looking real in our opinion.
Long hair consideration; Give some thought to whether you are going to have your hair strait down and even all round, or have one side forward and the other back.
Some girls like or prefer the way they look with hair behind one ear and not the other.
3. Practice Your Pose
Don’t stress or over think the pose for the session, a good photographer will help guide you anyhow, and if they shoot headshots regularly they’ll have a good eye for how you will will look your best.
But if you want, before the photoshoot, you can practice a few poses in front of a mirror. Stand up straight, relax your shoulders, and tilt your chin slightly down. Experiment with different angles to find what you like.
Look at photo examples above, notice they are fairly similar with a few different nuances to bring out the best in each person.
4. Women’s Jewellery
Earrings and neckless, these should be small or none at all. If you prefer to wear a small neckless, less bling so it doesn’t take attention away from your eyes, but compliments them. Pendant should be straight and centred, clasp at the back of the neck.
Earing, small ones are great, large dangly ones you are best to avoid.
Piercings, same applies as the other jewellery types, as long as it doesn’t detract from the eyes, all good and can help add a little extra distinctiveness if that is your regular personal style.
An ultimate guide FAQs article for headshots can be found here.
Choosing the right photographer is essential to achieving the perfect women’s corporate headshot. Here are some factors to consider:
Take a look at the photographer’s portfolio to get an idea of their style and expertise. Look for photographers who have a large library or gallery of corporate headshots, as they will have experience working with professionals in various industries.
2. Reviews and Recommendations
Check the photographer’s website for reviews and recommendations from past clients. This can give you an idea of their level of professionalism and the quality of their work over a period of time. Also look out if there are hundreds of strongly praising reviews, are they real? Does it look natural?
3. Pricing and Packages
Compare pricing and packages from different photographers to ensure you’re getting the best value for your money. Some photographers may offer additional services like hair and makeup, retouching, or deliver multiple digital files. Best value for money is not usually the cheapest.