16 Mar / Professional Headshots: What to Expect on the Day of the Shoot

professional headshots day of the shoot

As a professional in the San Francisco area, surely you’ve heard of all the benefits headshots can afford your career. If you’re thinking of having your professional headshots taken for the first time, you might be feeling a little nervous or curious about what happens during a photo shoot. Every photographer has a slightly different process, but the basics remain the same. Here is what you can expect on the day of your professional photo shoot.

What to Wear for Your Professional Headshots

The first step is to finalize your wardrobe. At the time of your shoot, you will have already consulted with the photographer as to the right styles and colors to wear, and now you’ll just need to work together to decide which outfits make the cut. The photographer will hold each of your wardrobe options up to your body to get an idea of what works and what doesn’t. From the five or six outfits that you’ve brought to the shoot, you might end up wearing two or three in your headshots.

Relax and Breathe

The next step is to get you in the right mentality for a photo shoot. The photographer will coach you on how to relax and be yourself in front of the camera. It’s normal to feel self-conscious or nervous in these situations, but if you remember to breathe and follow the photographer’s advice, you’re sure to forget about any anxieties you may have. Remember, you want your headshots to portray the real you, so relax and have a little fun!

Lights, Camera, Action

Now it’s time for the shoot to begin. If you’re in the studio, You’ll notice that there are a number of adjustments that the photographer has to make. One of these is the background. Studio backgrounds are typically solid colors, like gray, white, or black. A variety of background options are available outdoors and the one your photographer chooses will depend on your clothing and skin tone. It’s common to have your headshots taken in front of many different background colors.

If your shoot is outside, there are a number of different blurred background options to choose from depending on your personality, clothing, and skin tone. Here are a few popular options:

  • A stairway
  • A brick wall
  • A fence
  • Some greenery

The photographer will also constantly be adjusting the lighting. This is because the way the light hits you is one the most important aspects of photography for professional headshots. Don’t worry, you’re not going to have a blinding spotlight in your face! The preferred lighting for headshots is soft and natural.

The End of the Day

And just like that, your headshot session will be complete. The photographer will have taken upwards of a hundred photos and you will review the photos with him after the photo shoot. Now, all you have to do is choose the image or images for Premium Retouching, and the photographer will deliver your beautiful new headshots!



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