The day you decide to book a professional headshot session for yourself is the day you make that first step into taking your professional career to the next level. Your corporate headshot is a reflection of your best self – your skills and your abilities. It is a way for you to form connections whether with clients or potential employees, which is why it is important to ensure that you portray yourself in the most professional manner possible.

When you need help in this huge step of your professional career, The Crop is here for you. We specialize in corporate headshot photography to ensure that you put your best foot forward. Our style is inspired by light, fashion, imaging techniques and creative perspective. We will help you get corporate headshots that will get any potential client, employer or anyone you’re aiming to work with interested enough to see the genius behind the photo.

There are a lot of different aspects to take into account when preparing for a corporate headshot session. Below are some tips that can help you prepare for your session:

Choose the right clothes

Your clothes are an essential ingredient that can help you put your message across. As you’re going for a classic and professional look, it will be best to choose the outfits that project this message as well. Bring a few changes in clothes so you will have options on the day. If you have a uniform or something that is required in your line of work, bring those too so it can be part of your ensemble for the day.

In choosing your clothes, always go for the pieces that make you feel comfortable and reflect your personality the most, but are suitable for the occasion. It will be difficult to look at your best self if you feel uncomfortable with what you’re wearing. In addition, make sure that the clothes you are bringing to the session are clean and ironed. Nothing spells unprofessional and unprepared in photos better than dirty and wrinkled clothes.

Prepare your skin, hair and make-up

Headshot photos tend to highlight your face and upper body so it is recommended to make them as photo-ready as possible. At least a week before your session, try to make sure that you get enough sleep and plenty of hydration to make your skin glow and reduce blemishes. Avoid drinking alcohol as much as you can in the lead up to your session as it can increase puffiness in the face and under the eyes.

In addition, avoid doing any new facial regimen or exfoliating scrubs to reduce the likelihood of allergic reactions and skin inflammations.

In terms of hair and makeup during the actual photoshoot, a timeless and classic look is recommended. Avoid wearing heavy makeup or styling your hair in a way that overpowers your face. Classic and sheik is the goal, minimalism is all you need to shine in your photoshoot.

Practice, practice, practice

They do say “practice makes perfect” and although it does sound like a cliche, it can really help you make the most out of your headshot session. If you’re not used to being photographed or having photography equipment such as lights and lenses pointed directly toward you in a room filled with people watching you, having a headshot session where you’re the star can be unnerving.

You can be your best self when you are relaxed, and you can be relaxed if you have an idea of what it is that you’re up for. Look up potential headshot poses on the internet and try to recreate them in front of a mirror. Practice a smile that doesn’t look too rehearsed but at the same time highlights your face. Don’t worry though, our professional team of experts will be guiding you every step of the way to ensure that you look your very best throughout the whole photoshoot. All you will need to do is bring your awesome attitude and your go-getter state of mind.

Corporate headshots are such amazing tools for the strategic professional. It has the power to strengthen your portfolio, entice potential clients, employers and professional partners to want to get to know you and your services a little bit more. It may be your secret weapon going into the next level, scoring contracts and making a name for yourself in your field of expertise. The only question that remains is, are you ready to level up?