LIFESTYLE & ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS and BUSINESS HEADSHOTS
Preparing for your session.
Simply put, be prepared to look your best. Generally this means making sure your hair and skin are in good shape. It's probably not a good idea to make any radical changes to your normal hygiene regimen just before the shoot, as new skin cleansing and hair care products could bring about unexpected results.
If you're not experienced with hair and makeup, and depending on the type of headshot you're looking for, it can be beneficial to hire a professional makeup artist or hair stylist.
Keep clothing simple if possible. Block and mid-tone colours work best. All-white can tend to wash out and busy patterns can distract from your face. However, for more lifestyle/environmental portraits, something you feel comfortable in and that suits the image you are trying to portray is perfectly fine.
For business headshots, which will primarily focus on the face and upper body, try to pick something fairly plain in colour that falls well on your shoulders and flatters both your colouring and your neckline. If you have a specific corporate colour for the background, we can use this for your business headshots; alternatively bright white, black, or grey backgrounds can be used.
Get plenty of sleep the night before, eat healthy and light the day of the shoot to avoid feeling bloated or hungry. These will all help you to look your best.
And most of all, relax and enjoy the session - they're never rushed, and I'll always try my best to help you feel comfortable in front of the camera.
How often should you update your images?
I recommend that you update your business images whenever your style changes, or if you need a fresh portfolio. Environmental images work best where they show you in your normal workplace. If the type of work you do changes, or your workplace has moved, I'd recommend a new set of updated images to reflect this.
Even if nothing noticeable changes, it can also be a good idea to update your images regularly, perhaps every year or two, just to keep it fresh and in style. A great headshot should feel timeless, but hair and clothing styles do change.