My topic on my Facebook page this week is head shots and my tips for beautiful head shots from Tabitha Dumas Phoenix Image Consultant is for anyone tuning in from my Tuesday Tea Time or Instagram account in need to help. When you commit the time, money and effort into new head shots, you want to make the most if it!
This is my most recent and you can read all about it here. August 2022.
As my hair started growing out, I used this one over the summer of 2022 from a studio shoot:
The one from our last family photo shoot before that was December 2020.
Here are the ones prior to that. My favorite is the one top left and it happened to be from the fastest, easiest shoot! I love the blazer because it’s professional but not serious. I also love the vibrant colors and the urban background. Plus my dear friend Alicia did a great job editing it–I still look like me and I look my age.
I feel like it says friendly…confident…colorful…professional…feminine.
So we’re clear, when I talk about “head shots,” it can be a photo shoot that goes beyond pictures of your top half.
Side note: All of the below pictures were taken by my amazingly talented friend Alicia Kern of Beba Photography. Check her out here and tell her Tabitha sent ya.
:: Determine the vibe, feel or goal of your head shot. What is your online image? Do you want to look super professional? Do you want to look friendly and approachable? Bold and determined? Vibrant? Down to earth? Fresh? Elegant? Come up with some descriptive words and plan your background and outfit accordingly.
Tab’s Bonus Tip: I highly recommend setting up a Pinterest board for photo ideas. Pinterest has a plethora of head shots inspiration, just search the terms you’re going for like “royal blue head shots” or “urban head shots” or “garden head shots.” You can also search things like “head shots for stylists” or “boss lady photo inspiration.”
You might want to follow my Photo Ideas Pinterest Board.
:: Consider your brand colors. Think about where your picture is going. What colors do you use on your online profiles? Which colors are prevalent on your website? Your head shot might be in your Signature Color or a complementary color. If your entire site is purple, maybe you should wear lilac or a mint green in your head shots. For a brand that is more “busy,” wear a simple top and jewelry. However if your brand is simple, consider a plain top and a signature necklace. You want a WOW factor (unless you’re, say, a banker and the picture is just going on your business card).
I chose this blazer because I love how it’s professional yet colorful and playful. Like me, I hope! It happened that right after these were taken, Living Coral was announced as the Pantone Color of the Year so I was thrilled!
:: Wear your best colors for your Color Code. If you haven’t already, get a Color Analysis or Discover Your Signature Color. Or I have it all outlined for you in this post. Solid colors are a great option (my floral dress was an exception, I knew the colors and pattern would work for what I wanted). If you do go with a print, remember these tips from my post about scale and proportion.
:: Accentuate your makeup. You should look a little “extra” on the day of your shoot, unless you’re more like me and go for the glam look on most days! This is the time to hire a makeup artist, pay for a makeup lesson or take the time to add lashes, extra blush and a deeper lip color. You want your photographer to spend their time editing out a pimple, not adding eye liner.
Tab’s Bonus Tip: There’s a good chance your fingernails will be showing, too, so make sure they’re manicured. I suggest a nude but go colorful if you’re bold enough!
:: Wear jewelry. Just like jewelry is the finishing touch to your everyday outfit, wearing jewelry for your pictures makes you look more put-together and, well, interesting. If you go for a statement necklace, wear plain earrings and vice versa. A watch on one arm and bracelet on the other is recommended and a ring or two.
:: Shoes are a big deal. Your shoes don’t have to stand out but they will in a bad way if they’re outdated, dirty or don’t complement your outfit.
I loved these fuchsia ones to pull out the pink from the dress and coordinate with my necklace.
The other option is to match your shoes to your hair to “frame” your outfit. It makes a big difference!
:: Use a photographer you trust. This is critical whether you hire a professional or not. Unless you’re 100% comfortable in front of the camera, you need a photographer who will literally capture you in your best light. Most of us need coaching about how to position our bodies and whether to tilt or lift our head plus someone who will fix an errant bra strap or strand of hair. If your photographer is new to you, bring a friend along who can help.
Alicia snapped this of me waiting for my turn because she thought it looked very “Audrey Hepburn-like.” That was a fun bonus shot!
:: Make the most of your photo shoot. Show your photographer pictures you love beforehand so they are on board with your vision. Are you aiming for one great head shot or a variety of photos to use for promotion and social media? If you just need one great head shot, you can often go into a studio or attend a head shots event. You’ll pay less and only get a few edited images back. If you need a variety of poses and angles, consider more of a “lifestyle shoot.” That’s what I’m doing next!
Tab’s Bonus Tip: Keep in mind how often people are seeing your profile picture as a tiny circle or square on their phone. It needs to be pretty close up and you want to be able to SEE you.
:: Be YOU. Of course you want to look like your most polished self but you also want people to recognize you! If you’re a more plain and simple gal, don’t go crazy with makeup, hair and clothes you wouldn’t normally wear. And if you’re someone who loves funky jewelry and bold clothes, go for it! Consider taking some “practice photos” beforehand to see how everything looks together.
I hope these tips for beautiful head shots helped!
Let me know what questions you have and reach out to me if you need head shots help.