:: Modern Professional Images that Maximize Your Brand ::

A current, professional headshot creates a complete virtual first impression in our digital media world. A professional headshot gives your audience the story of you and your brand. Your headshot should say, “I’m friendly and approachable, and I know my business”. Shining Moments Photography is located in Sycamore, Illinois and provides the first experience your client has in building a rapport with you + your business. Your professional headshot may be requested for a new business venture, corporations, college applications, for businesses updating their employee’s business cards + website ‘About Page’, or simply needed for all the online job application sites such as LinkedIn.  Having a professional and up-to-date headshot for your portfolio is imperative. As a business owner, Andrea understands the importance of branding and marketing in today’s business world. Andrea, Shining Moments Photography, offers both studio and on-location head shots for Professionals, Creative Entrepreneurs, Theater, and more. Take a moment to read through the following tips to prepare for a successful branding headshot session with Shining Moments Photography.

General Tips ::

Before your session please tell Andrea, Shining Moments Photographer, how + where your head shot will be used. Consider the type of headshot you will be photographed for and match your pieces accordingly. Be well rested + drink lots of water.

Jewelry ::

Keep jewelry simple – small is better.  Avoid jewelry that distracts from your face, or that can date the image quickly.  Remember the headshot is about your face and the audience you are displaying your headshot image out to.  If the head shot will be used on the internet the profile block is typically small.

Ladies ::

Be stylish, remember the focus is on your face, not the clothes and accessories.  Consider the necklines of your shirts.  Different necklines can change the shape of your face {model in the mirror}.  Shirts and jackets should have a tailored fit {baggy or wrinkled are obvious in photos and cannot be Photoshopped}.  Sleeveless tops and dresses draw attention to arms + shoulders.   Avoid big prints + busy patterns on your shirts.   Avoid busy patterns + large stripes, when in doubt go classic if your headshot is for business professional purposes.   Blue/green shirts or accents help accentuate blue/green/hazel eyes.  In general, wear an outfit that is comfortable and flatters you.  And lastly, Never wear turtlenecks – Period.

Guys ::

For the business look, a classic suit jacket, dress shirt + tie is perfect. If you’re going for more of a business casual look, wear dress shirt + tie.  If you are wearing a dress shirt alone, wear a colored shirt that is darker than your skin tone, and only wear a white shirt if it will be underneath a jacket or sweater.  If you need help selecting, bring along a few shirts + ties to your headshot session.

What To Bring ::

Lip gloss or chapstick, which gives a smooth finish for both ladies and guys.  Bring a hairbrush or comb for touch-ups, along with translucent powder for makeup touch-ups.  Please arrive with your hair + makeup ready.  And most importantly, a fun spirit, which always shines though in your pictures!

Hair + Makeup Tips ::

Wear a heavier layer of translucent powder to help with the shine spots and evens out your skin.  If you like a pop of lip color remember to line your lips first to prevent bleeds. No lipstick is okay also, but wear gloss or chapstick to smooth lines. Avoid shimmers, frosts, or a lot of sparkles. They come out as glares or spots on the image.  Please cut your hair a week before your headshot session, not the day before.  Do not use a new product or new hair color before the shoot in case you experience a reaction to the product.

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