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10 Tips for the best headshot photos

Updated: Jan 9

I’ve compiled a list of tips for getting the best results from your session. If you like more comprehensive instructions, please download my style guide at the bottom of the front page of my website.

1. Let me know about any requirements you have for the headshots (before you arrive at the studio!) Is your company asking for a specific look with the lighting or a particular crop? Background color? Send me inspiration images that help determine the style want. I need this information before your session, so that I can set up before you arrive.

2. Invest in professional hair and makeup. I work with several different professional hair and make up artists, and they are worth every penny. When my clients invest in professional hair and make up (including the men!) I see a big improvement in how much more confident they feel in the photos, and how happy my clients are with the final product.

3. Think of three key words you’d like to project in your photos. Want to look confident, strong and brave? Or, approachable, trustworthy and patient? Communicating to me the way you’d like to appear in your photos will help with lighting, posing and style.

4. Wear solid colors. Stripes and patterns can be distracting in photos. The emphasis needs to be on your face and eyes. I recommend that you skip jewelry, or pick understated pieces for the same reason. You can bring multiple outfits to the studio, and I’ll help you pick.

5. Wear clothes that fit you. Be sure that your tops are fitted, and no "flowy" blouses. If you have lost weight or gained weight since you last wore your suit, get fitted for a new shirt and jacket.

7. Be sure that your clothes are pressed and wrinkle free. Our basic retouching includes blemish removal, taming stray hair, softening under eyes and teeth whitening. Requests for clothing retouches will incur additional costs. We have a steamer at the studio, in case items get a bit wrinkled between home and our location.

6. Bring the correct bras and/or undershirts. If you bring a tank top or a strapless dress for your photos, be sure also bring a strapless bra. If you are not wearing a tie for your photos, bring a v-neck undershirt so that your t-shirt will not be visible in your pictures.

7. Drink lots of water and moisturize your skin in the days leading up to your shoot. Hydration will help your skin look it’s very best. Don't worry about blemishes, we can take fix them with retouching.

8. Transitioning glasses. If you wear transitions lenses and you have booked an outdoor session, it is important to bring an older pair of non-transitions glasses. If you don't have non-transitioning glasses, bring an old pair and we can pop the lenses out of them for your session.

9. Please arrive on time (and not too early!) for your session. If you are more than 15 minutes late, we may have to reschedule your photos. For sessions at the studio in Kirkwood, if you are more than 10 minutes early, you can grab a cup of coffee at Taproom Coffee, in downtown Kirkwood.

10. Bring a positive attitude.

Relax, the photo session is the fun part of the process!

- Liz T. | Marketing Director

HIGHLY recommend Bonnie! She is incredibly talented and I am very pleased with my headshots. Her studio experience is fantastic - great lighting and multiple background options. I sent her some inspirational pics & she helped pose me to capture exactly what I wanted.

Bonnie produces high-quality photos that she finishes very quickly. What I loved most was the level of commitment she put into making sure she delivered what I wanted. She worked to truly understand my vision & then did a great job to bring it to life.

- Preston P. | Leadership Coach

I thoroughly enjoyed working with you. Your professionalism and planning were impeccable. You captured fantastic shots that amplify my brand image. If you're searching for someone to help build your brand image, I highly recommend Bonnie Heath!

- Leslie B. | Web Designer

Bonnie is a pleasure to work with. She is creative and talented with camera and lighting. I am very pleased with the photos she took for my business. I highly recommend Bonnie J Heath Photography to anyone looking to capture great photos for their site, LinkedIn, etc.


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