Investing in a personal photoshoot is one of the most impactful ways to celebrate yourself and put your best foot forward when connecting online. With the rise of the gig economy, having personal branding photos that can be used across your website, linkedin profile and even for potential speaker opportunities is crucial.
Scheduling a headshot for personal reasons is just as valuable. If you’re looking for a fresh way to practice self-care, try booking a photoshoot. As soon as you treat yourself to a hair appointment, choose an outfit that makes you feel great and step into your element, you’ll step into your inner Wonder Woman or Superman.
Whether you’re planning to use personal branding photos for professional reasons or even a dating profile, a few things are key: you want to feel like yourself while looking your absolute best. Achieving these results is a combination of confidence, grooming and most importantly, what you choose to wear.
Tips When Considering Outfits
Read these 7 practical tips to enhance your headshots with great style that reflects your personality.
#1) Colour Choice:
Dark coloured outfits such as black, navy, charcoal or a very dark burgundy will be elegant. Whereas light coloured outfits such as white, blush, cream or nude will look soft, airy and whimsical.
#2) Style Choice:
Opt for outfits that are distinctly “you”. Work with your photographer to discuss your brand or desired image. There are many style choices that can reflect your personality, whether funky, dramatic, sweet, formal or sexy..
#3) Textures, Patterns and Outfit Choices to Select:
Lace, sequins or soft textured fabric photograph beautifully. Off-the-shoulder, deep V and boat necklines are all incredibly flattering to the body. Selecting fitted clothing will help to slim your silhouette.
Bring Multiple Styles to Your Shoot
“Stacey was easy and encouraging to work with. She made me feel so confident and beautiful. We shot multiple styles, looks and backgrounds. Stacey always helped me look and feel my best.”
#4) Textures, Patterns and Outfit Choices to Avoid:
Rough materials like wool sweaters are prone to pilling and can look worn in photos. Busy patterns tend to be distracting and ultimately look less flattering than solids. Avoid clothing that’s too bulky, flowy or shapeless. Unless you absolutely love your arms, avoid going sleeveless.
#5) Avoid Over Accessorizing:
Stick to simple earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Bring a selection of your favourite jewellery and accessories (scarves,etc.) to discuss with your photographer.
If you wear glasses, you can choose to wear them in your photos or not. Non-reflective lenses photograph better.
#7) Don’t Forget The Undergarments You Need:
For women, pack black and nude undergarments and ensure you bring a strapless bra.
Lean into your Personal Style.
“Stacey worked with me to determine the style which would highlight my vision for my personal branding and for the look and feel I wanted to portray. Stacey’s hair and makeup stylists onsite created a professional and polished look.”
Tips to Prep Before Your Shoot Date:
● Get a haircut or color refresh prior to your session (but avoid any drastic changes)
● Wax or tweeze your brows
● Whiten your teeth the week of your shoot
● Get a fresh manicure
● Wax or shave your legs
● Show up with clean and lightly conditioned hair. Your stylist will blowdry your hair in the style discussed prior to your shoot
Tips for a Glowing Complexion
● Stick to a simple routine of cleansing, exfoliating (no more than twice a week) and moisturizing every day morning and night
● If you have sensitive skin or allergies, bring your own makeup to the studio and consult with my makeup artist
● Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before your shoot
● Drink lots of water a week leading up to your photoshoot
● Eat healthy and nutrient-rich foods up to 5 days before the photoshoot - and avoid the greasy foods!
One Last, Important Tip:
To keep your energy up during your shoot, drink your regular morning cup of java and eat a healthy, nutrition breakfast.