Tips for head shots - rose-conran

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Ten Tips for Head Shots

  Make sure that your images reflect  both  your personality and industry

Successful business people become so because they have a specific trait which makes them stand out from the crowd so think about what yours is and try and communicate it in the picture. Maybe you're a great communicator, maybe you understand how to motivate people, whatever your single biggest strength is find a way to express it.

People do business with people, so be yourself. It's also important to choose a style of photo shoot that reflects your market. New media businesses need to avoid looking too corporate, keeping outfits smart but casual, whilst lawyers need to be in more formal attire with fitted shirts, jackets and smart accessories.

Go Natural

Lots of people think getting the perfect business shot is a case of sitting down and smiling for a few minutes but if you really want to look your best then try and be as natural as possible, literally. Even if you're a slave to the caffeine take it easy on the morning of the shoot. Hot drinks can make you look sweaty, even flustered, so instead drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. Keep your food intake light and healthy as if you're feeling bloated or tired it will come across in the picture.

Practice makes perfect

You will receive direction throughout your  head shot session. We will  start the session with a quick resume of the type of images you require and  matching that with clothes that you have brought. Natural looking images will often  take a bit a direction and  practise  with   you making tiny adjustments to how you are standing or sitting. The effort that you put in here will give you the results that you really want.

Make the effort

It's important to make sure you look as professional during the shoot, so freshly cleaned hair and skin are essential.   If you  prefer to use our Make up Artist please ask us to book one for you- there will be an extra cost for this and you will need to allow extra time for your session

Choose  Your  colours carefully

When it comes to clothes simplicity is key. Mid-tone colours (red, orange, yellow, green, blue) work best and try to avoid any busy patterns which will distract people from looking at your face.  White  can often be too harsh with many skin tones  and tends to wash out against the background so make sure you have some other colours on hand to compliment this, if you have white shirt/blouse beneath  a jacket.

Arrive  after a good nights sleep

  Getting a good night's sleep is easier said than done for many busy business people but try and get as much rest as possible the night before your shoot. Nobody wants to do business with somebody who looks exhausted and turning up feeling refreshed and awake will really come across in the picture.

Consider the crop

If you plan to use some  of your  images for use on sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter, both of which automatically crop images. You need to tell us  so make sure that we   provides a service which ensures the cropped image is still crisp and keeps you looking at your best.

Go for colour and quality

Black and white headshots can often look dated so make sure your shots are all in colour which will help your personality shine through.   To make  sure that your  your pictures crisp, we  ensure that sure they're of a high resolution (typically 300dpi) and where possible take both portrait and landscape shots to suit any page layout.

Keep it in the studio

Always go for studio shoot  where ever possible.   With outdoor shoots,   you're at the mercy of the weather and the background will often be distracting, taking the focus away from yourself.

The Studio is   custom designed to create the perfect lighting and background for professional shots, making you the centre of attention. 

We use a mixture of  greys in our  backgrounds which are soft and versatile, rather than just pure white, which   can often look  too clinical for most professions 

Look down the lens

A common mistake people make is to look past the camera which makes them look distant - not great for first impressions. By making direct eye contact with the camera you look engaged, switched on and ready to build business relationships.   You should sit up tall and try and smile without looking overly happy, as this can come across as unprofessional. Some unsmiling images may  also be appropriate for some uses

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