What makes a good headshot photograph?

Craetive headshot natural light portrait in Milton Keynes

For an actor this could be your ticket to stardom and for a business web site the difference between a client picking up the phone to call you or a competitor.

Business man with grey suit side lit with warm natural light against a neutral backgroundYour headshot is your public face, an image from which people will hire you, and make lots of money from them. It will be seen by hundreds of people every day on their computers. If your headshot is bad, you look bad. You want to be seen as a professional person, not an amateur, so the way you present yourself in your picture is everything. If you want people to take you seriously, you must have a good, high quality image. Here is what you need to keep in mind when it comes to your headshots:

Go to a professional photographer. Spend the money. It’s worth it. Someone who is trained, understands lighting, and takes portraits for a living, not some friend who happens to have a decent camera. If the headshots look cheap, they probably are. And you look like you don’t care about your career or business.

Make sure it looks like you. We don’t go over the top with the airbrushing however we make sure you look like you onHandsome young man with good looks in black and white lit by natural light a good day and who you are now.

You can tell a lot about someone with their eyes so make sure you engage with the photographer and make sure it doesn’t look like you are just doing this because you have too, it’s a 2 way process.

Natural light gives a very real, “film” look, which I prefer. Studio lighting tends to be a little more polished, with a more neutral backdrop.

What to wear on a shoot

Headshot of presenter for Dubai TVFor business ladies and gentlemen a classic suit or a simple, solid colour shirt with a little texture that fits you well and

matches your eyes will work. No stripes or big pattens. Go for classic rather than too contemporary.

Finally try to find a photographer that makes you feel relaxed and doesn’t fuss around. Good photographers should be able to work fairly quickly and not make you feel uncomfortable. Take it seriously, it really is important to get right.

Craetive headshot natural light portrait in Milton Keynes

For an actor this could be your ticket to stardom and for a business web site the difference between a client picking up the phone to call you or a competitor.

Business man with grey suit side lit with warm natural light against a neutral backgroundYour headshot is your public face, an image from which people will hire you, and make lots of money from them. It will be seen by hundreds of people every day on their computers. If your headshot is bad, you look bad. You want to be seen as a professional person, not an amateur, so the way you present yourself in your picture is everything. If you want people to take you seriously, you must have a good, high quality image. Here is what you need to keep in mind when it comes to your headshots:

Go to a professional photographer. Spend the money. It’s worth it. Someone who is trained, understands lighting, and takes portraits for a living, not some friend who happens to have a decent camera. If the headshots look cheap, they probably are. And you look like you don’t care about your career or business.

Make sure it looks like you. We don’t go over the top with the airbrushing however we make sure you look like you onHandsome young man with good looks in black and white lit by natural light a good day and who you are now.

You can tell a lot about someone with their eyes so make sure you engage with the photographer and make sure it doesn’t look like you are just doing this because you have too, it’s a 2 way process.

Natural light gives a very real, “film” look, which I prefer. Studio lighting tends to be a little more polished, with a more neutral backdrop.

What to wear on a shoot

Headshot of presenter for Dubai TVFor business ladies and gentlemen a classic suit or a simple, solid colour shirt with a little texture that fits you well and

matches your eyes will work. No stripes or big pattens. Go for classic rather than too contemporary.

Finally try to find a photographer that makes you feel relaxed and doesn’t fuss around. Good photographers should be able to work fairly quickly and not make you feel uncomfortable. Take it seriously, it really is important to get right.