3 Simple Steps to the BEST Professional Headshot

So you need a professional headshot for your business.  Great!  Realizing a selfie from your phone or a cropped out image of you from your cousin’s wedding isn’t going to cut it is your FIRST good step!  SECOND, you have to decide, what do I want? How do I want to look?  Generally for the professional headshot, I recommend a look that shows you are friendly, easy to work with, but mean business.  That you are capable of getting the job done in a way that people will thank you when it’s complete!  That you are approachable, and can listen to someone’s needs.  This is what you bring to the headshot session, which your photographer can help you achieve with some coaching and preparation.

The THIRD step of the headshot is the overall “look” which includes you, your expression, your clothing choice but ALSO the lighting, background and post processing.  That’s where I come in again!

For the professional business headshot, a simple background is USUALLY the most effective, and works well with a number of businesses.  I tend to steer clear of colors in the background, and prefer anything from white to dark gray.  With the background selected, I next make decisions about lighting, as different kinds of lighting work better with different backgrounds to achieve the look you want.  The lighting not only highlights your eyes, your features, but shadows (i.e. lack of light) can add a depth and quality to the Professional Headshot as well.  How much light works for you? How much shadow?  Sometimes, it’s trial and error, to see what looks good, and what you like.  What side of your face do we highlight? Again, we try it and judge together.

Here are some examples of my client, photographed in several very simple background setups.  Each a different look, very usable in business, great for SO MANY applications, because the background is free from distracting elements, and it’s ALL ABOUT THE CLIENT.

Professional Headshots - Karen Forsythe Photography


Looking for something else? Contact me to discuss YOUR headshot needs! 

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