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Need a Quick Headshot? 11 Tips to a SUCCESSFUL Short and Sweet Headshot Session

Are you part of a large team who will ALL be photographed for new headshots in a short period of time?  Here are some things you can do to prepare yourself.

While the ideal situation is a relaxed photo session during which you can try different outfits, find your best side, change your hair, expressions, and get loads of feedback and coaching from your photographer, sip water, chat, get comfortable, etc., when you are on a tight schedule and many people need a new headshot in a few hours, you just don’t have those luxuries.

We are talking about maybe 5 minutes to pull it off.  Yikes! Professional Headshots | Karen Forsythe Photography

Even though the time is short, and your options are limited, here are 11 things you CAN do. Remember, most of these short and sweet sessions don’t get a lot of retouching, unless your employer or you are paying for it, so you will definitely hedge your bet on a great headshot with some preparation..

  1. Don’t wait until the day of the shoot to choose your outfit.  STRESSFUL!  Try on a couple of options and get confirmation from someone who loves you and will tell you the outfit is too tight, loose, old, bright, patterned…too anything.  Generally speaking, too much of anything is distracting. Make sure you can button your buttons without them pulling, that your clothing is pressed, fits you well, and does not “compete” with you and your expression.  Solid colors are best.
  2. If you’re a guy, find out ahead of time if you need to wear a tie, and either wear it or bring it and know how to tie it.
  3. Consider having your makeup and hair done professionally.  Even for a short session, you’ll feet great and be ready for a nice dinner at the end of the day.
  4. If you don’t have your hair and makeup done professionally, know how to apply it, and what to do to reduce too much shine on your face, keep your hair in the style you like, keep your makeup fresh and natural looking.  Remember, shine on skin is not what you want!  A little on the lips is great (girls).
  5. Don’t overdo foundation.
  6. Bring a toothbrush and toothpaste to work, or wherever you will be photographed….and go ahead and enjoy your lunch!
  7. Bring eye drops to reduce redness of your eyes from fatigue, computer screens, allergies or dry conditions.
  8. Check for nose/ear/eyebrow hairs or other hairs that aren’t where you like them to be.
  9. Keep jewelry simple.
  10. Get some sleep the night before, and drink plenty of water.  Just feeling rested and refreshed gets you off to the right start.
  11. Relax.  Don’t start with a big smile, but in a relaxed way, work into it.  You’ll undoubtedly have a number of images to choose from, and the one that has the most organic, relaxed expression usually wins the day!

See also: 3 Simple Steps to the BEST Professional Headshot

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