Whether you are looking for a new job or have been tenured into your current position, a professional headshot is a must now.
Social media has changed the corporate game and whether you like it or not; clients, colleagues, and job recruiters are looking to profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn to learn more.
According to Forbes, 82% of consumers trust a company more — and 77 % are more likely to buy from a company — if the founder uses social media.
A headshot conveys how you conduct business, so a low quality or cropped image can say, ‘unprofessional’ or ‘sloppy.’
As a photography company based in the ‘Energy Capital of The World,’ we are consistently asked what a client should wear for their headshot session. I usually run through some questions like these.
What to ask yourself before getting your headshot done professionally:
What kind of business do I run? Is it a suit-and-tie business or casual?
What is the industry standard? Do I want to follow it?
How do I want to convey myself?
Do I want an outdoor or indoor shot? (Your photographer may let you do both and then you can decide!) Also consider the option of having the session done at your offices.
If you are unsure about some of these questions, it’s always best to ask your photographer.
After you’ve gone through this by yourself or with your photographer, it’s time to pick an outfit!
Tips on picking the perfect headshot outfit:
If you have opted for an indoor shot, DO NOT wear the same color as your backdrop. YES, this includes white! You will end up looking like a floating head.
For a professional look: Think classic. A suit in grey, navy, or black that fits you well. Make sure it doesn’t bunch up when you button it or sit down. Choose a complimentary button-down and tie and you’re good to go!
For a casual look: It depends on your profession. Think about what you usually wear to work and make sure it is clean and wrinkle-free for your photography session.
For an in-between look: Try a button down without a tie or a v-neck shirt under a sports coat. You can always take the coat off during your session for a more casual look!
Finally, always wear something you feel comfortable and confident in. The camera will pick it up if you’re feeling uncomfortable!