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6 Professional Headshot Tips To Look Your Best

Professional quality headshots are an important part of a successful signature brand. By quality headshots I mean professional images with a professional photographer who knows how to bring out your story!

Find a headshot photographer who specializes in helping business owners + creatives express their ‘signature’ through images.

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There is an art and psychology behind headshot photography.

You want to express your unique personality at your headshot session, as well as having fun and feeling comfortable!

If you’re ready to step into the spotlight and open a doorway into your personality to showcase you and your business online then let me help you.

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Build your headshot confidence before going into your session and read my 6 professional headshot tips for your best success.

6 Professional Headshot Tips::

1. Loosen Up

Sometimes we try too hard in our photos and end up looking stiff. Music helps relax and gives our mind a new focus.

You can focus on the music rather than the lens in front of you. {Maybe dance it out right before shooting.}

This is about how YOU relax so we can get authentic images that tell your story.

2. Channel Your Inner SuperWoman | SuperMan

Mindset makes the difference at photo shoots. Leading up to your session, immerse yourself in confidence boosting activities.

Confidence boosting activities vary for each person, they could be going on a hike, dressing in clothes that make you feel beautiful, spending time with friends who believe in you, or listening to certain music.

There is an interesting Ted Talk on the confidence builder of body language. Have you tried the Power Pose before?


The way you feel physically, impacts your emotional state and energy level. You want to feel your absolute BEST so the images show the vibrant and authentic you!

If you don’t already, give yourself two weeks. Eat extra healthy, drink tons of water {like over the top amounts of water}, and exercise {even just one brisk walk a day leading up to your shoot}.

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4. Sleep Matters {A LOT}

Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise. It’s pretty much impossible to project a shining presence when you’re sleep deprived. Make sure you get enough sleep in the week leading up to your headshot.

5. Makeup and Hair Matter

There is a difference between everyday makeup and professional makeup for the camera. Makeup artists know how to prep your face for the camera. {I offer a recommendation} If you’re confident in applying camera-ready makeup I offer my clients a make up guide.

Visiting the ladies at Sephora or Ulta can recommended products for your headshot shoot.

Make sure your hair is freshly trimmed + colored one week leading up to your headshot session.

Use your best judgment when deciding whether doing your own hair and makeup or having it professionally done, but don’t downplay the importance of hair and makeup it dramatically helps the look in your images. And some extra pampering is fun too!

6. Choose Clothes That Represent You

Before choosing your headshot outfits, think about what you represent and your brand.

What are your brand colors? What are the emotions and characteristics you want to convey::

  • Soft
  • Daring
  • Modern
  • Spiritual
  • Elegant, etc

As a professional, make sure you’re on brand through all platforms, including your headshots. If this feels overwhelming or confusing, ask me, I can help you plan for your professional story images for your brand!

I’ve written more Headshot Tips {also found under the Headshots menu tab} to help you prepare. I wrote this recent BLOG POST to help think about your “why” in updating your headshots.

Past clients have thanked me for being a resource AND their headshot photographer, and I hope I’ve helped you relax before updating your professional images.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in front of my lens soon!

Cheers & Sparkles


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Modern High School Senior Portraits + Headshot Photographer serving Dekalb County and Kane County


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