How to Take a Professional Headshot

Oct 21, 2014

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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words


First | Know Why

The most important thing to know when taking a headshot is what you’re going to use it for. Is it for your office or for an interview? Seeing the “big picture” will help you create the right atmosphere to get the most out of your headshot.

Second | Background

It’s important to have the right background. Neutral colors are safest but modern backgrounds work if you use them right. Here is an example of a great headshot for business.

Peter_Grauer headshot

Third | Lighting

Lighting is the most important element to taking a good photo. There are hundreds of ways to light your photos but it’s very important that you do it right. Bad shadows can ruin a photo and put you in a “bad light”.


Fourth | What to Wear?


Women usually have more trouble picking out the right outfit then men, but it’s important to follow some general principles.
1. Wear clothes that will command attention and not draw focus from your face.
2. Stick to solid colors without a ton of character–like loud pinstripes or intricate designs.
3. Avoid clothes that clutter your neck, so turtlenecks are off limits, unless you’re Steve Jobs.
4. Avoid loud colors unless it would appease to your audience, but if it plays to your audience maybe you should reconsider applying.

Fifth | Focus on your Best Features

If you have amazing eyes let those be the centerpiece or if your jaw line is amazing let it be that. Whatever you focus on, let your personality show through the picture. The last thing you want is someone to see your picture and then get a false impression of who you really are.

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