4 Common Questions (and Answers!) to Make Your Headshots Memorable

Hey, friends!

One of my personal goals this year is to spend more time writing, and I thought I’d start with the topics that I get the most questions about.

This post features HEADSHOT questions! ❤

“How do I take a professional headshot?”

“Can I take my headshots outdoors? Is it unprofessional to skip the backdrop?”

“When do I need to bring a prop along?”

“What do I wear?”

Don’t worry, y’all- I have you covered. Here’s a little “insider” information that I share with my clients prior to our headshot sessions. 🙂

“How do I take a professional headshot?”

You hire a professional! 😉 Of course, you can always ask a friend with a camera to help you out, but working with an experienced professional will help you achieve a natural, fun, flattering portrait.

“Can I take my headshots outdoors? Is it unprofessional to skip the backdrop?”

You can DEFINITELY take your headshots outdoors- especially if it aligns with your brand. I’ve done headshots in my studio, in my clients’ offices, in their workspaces, and outdoors- both in urban and rural settings. Your headshot location should reflect your style and fit the brand of your company. For example, these stylist headshots were taken in their salon!

“When do I need to bring a prop along?”

You never NEED to bring a prop, but props can be used to add interest and personality to your portrait. You would know this makeup artist is a makeup artist by looking at her website or Instagram page, but her makeup brush and unique posture adds visual interest and allows her to stand out among the competition!

“What do I wear?”

In general, I recommend solid colors or simple patterns. However, it’s also important for your attire to match your brand. If you work in a healthcare field, perhaps you want to wear your scrubs, or whatever your patients will see you in when they have an appointment.

If you work in fashion or a creative field, consider something that represents your own style. The location and/or backdrop that you choose may change based on what you are wearing. For a traditional style, we’ll choose a contrasting background, but for modern styling, we can throw that “rule” out the window and play around with a different type of contrast.

If all else fails, and you’re at a loss for what to wear or where to do your headshot, remember that a professional photographer can take a classic, professional headshot and inject your personality, so the results are outstanding, not outdated.

As always, thanks for reading, friends! Here’s hoping 2021 is our best year yet! ❤



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