Prepare for Your Headshot Portrait Session

PREPARE FOR YOUR HEADSHOT PORTRAIT SESSION

It’s a New Year and time to update your professional headshot.  We all need professional headshots to properly represent ourselves in traditional business and online formats such as today’s social media websites.  The following information will help you prepare for your next headshot portrait session.  Take control of your personal branding and let Still In Motion Portraits help you position yourself ahead of the crowd!

WHAT IS THE FORMAT FOR THE HEADSHOT PHOTO SESSION?

1.  BEFORE THE SHOOT we will take a moment to review the clothing options and decide on a shooting order.  You will have the opportunity to change, re-touch makeup and generally get settled.
2.  DURING THE SHOOT we will work together to capture a variety of natural and genuine expressions.  This may include standing and seated positions on different backgrounds.  If you feel you have a bad side and a good side, be sure to mention this.  Expect to carry on a conversation with your photographer during the photo session.  Talking will help you keep your facial muscles relaxed.  There is not a specific limit on the number of shots that will be captured.  Any photos found to have blinking eyes, out of focus, poor lighting or other imperfections will be deleted.
3.  AT THE END OF THE PHOTO SESSION you are invited to review the RAW images taken during the session.  Unless special arrangements have been made with the photographer, you will receive your photos electronically within 3 business days of your photo session.  Your final photos will be uploaded to the Still In Motion Portraits Website for viewing and downloading. You will receive an email with instructions and a password to view and download your images.

HOW LONG IS THE HEADSHOT PHOTO SESSION?

Please plan on a minimum of 30 minutes.  Additional time should be allowed for administrative activities, clothing changes, and a brief review of the photos if desired.  Your best shots will be obtained if you arrive on time and stress free.

WHAT CLOTHING SHOULD I WEAR?

Bring 2-3 outfits.  If you’re not sure, bring it!  Clothing options are good and necklines can change the shape of a face.  In order to minimize stress, you may want to get the outfits ready the night before your photo shoot.  You will look your best if you are wearing comfortable clothing that makes you feel your best.  Wear what you LOVE and what looks GREAT on you!  Solid colors or light patterns typically work best.  Avoid overly styled shirts with lots of details, lines or patterns.  You may consider eye color and skin tone when making your clothing choices.  A casual business look can be achieved with a jacket and open dress shirt.  Polo shirts may be appropriate for some businesses.  A more formal business look may include a jacket, dress shirt and tie.  The clothing should not distract from your face and it should match the look you hope to achieve in the photographs.  Are you looking for professional, approachable, confident, friendly, knowledgeable, caring, etc…  Keep jewelry simple.  Don’t worry about pants or shoes unless specific arrangements have been made to take 3/4 length or full length body shots.  Your headshot photo session will typically include images taken above the chest or shoulders.

WHAT ABOUT HAIR AND MAKEUP?

Style your hair to suit your preference.  Men should avoid freshly cut hair and trim any undesired facial hair.  Make-up should be clean and natural looking.

WILL THE FINAL PHOTOS BE TOUCHED UP?

Minor touch-ups will be made of the final photos to remove temporary blemishes such as acne or stray hairs.  More in depth retouching is available for an additional fee.

WHEN AND HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY FINAL PHOTOS?

Your final photos will be ready within 3 business days of your photo session.  They will be uploaded to the Still In Motion Portraits Website at www.stillinmotionportraits.com.  Your photos will not be publicly accessible and will require a password to view them.  You will receive an email with instructions and a password to access your images for viewing and downloading. Enter your password at the bottom of the home page of the website where indicated next to the ‘View My Proofs’ – ‘View Gallery’.

HOW MANY IMAGES WILL I RECEIVE?

You will receive 5-10 final images from your headshot photo session.  You will not be overwhelmed with hundreds of images. Your final images will be carefully selected to provide you with the very best in quality and variety for your personal and business needs.

WHAT RESOLUTION WILL MY FILES BE IN?

You will receive high resolution (300ppi) images.  These are suitable for printing a 8″x10″ photo.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Relax…your photos are going to turn out great!  It’s my responsibility to put you at ease and to make this an enjoyable experience for you.  My goal is to capture natural and genuine expressions.  If you feel like smiling, just go with it and let it out! Have confidence that your head shots will represent you and your line of work in a way that positions you ahead of the crowd!