Hazlet, NJ

Preparation Advice for your Business Portrait

If you're like most people, you probably don’t like having your picture taken.  

Allow me to calm your nerves and offer my best advice for your portrait. 
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Four Qualities I’ll Work Into Your Business Photographs

1. Show what you look like on a great day
2. Express an aspect of your natural personality  
3. Engaging, so people feel you’re approachable
4. Magazine quality photo retouching & editing

I Make Camera Time Painless

If you are like 90% of my clients, you hate having your picture taken.  I photograph hundreds of business professionals a year. Only a handful of my clients are excited to have a new headshot. It may not be easy to convince you that you’re going to like your photo, but you will.

My best quality as a portrait photographer is making you feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera, especially when you really don’t want your photo taken. My photo sessions are full of jokes, laughs, banter, etc. My outgoing personality and passion allow me to nail a fantastic photo of you and your team so you can market yourself and make money.  Please visit examples of my business headshot photography; here.

My professional opinion: if a portrait photographer has no personality, there is no way they can pull expressions out of their clients.

Clothing

Clothing is a form of expression - the clothes that you choose to wear reflect your personality. Choosing the right color is really important. Wearing black or white can sometimes be too stark unless there is texture in the fabric or you have an accessory that offsets the color.

Jewel-tone clothing is flattering and goes well with many complexions. I think the biggest advice for what to wear is choosing clothing that is simple, compliments your features, not overly trendy (as it will become dated quickly) and speaks the most about what you want to convey about yourself and your company in the photograph.

1. Solid colors look great in headshots. If going with a pattern keep it simple.

2. Please avoid polka dots, heavy stripes and geometric shapes.  

3. Animal print  is okay providing you can pare it with a solid blazer or sweater. 

4. Start with a simple shirt or blouse and slowly add layers.

5. Bring a several options of clothes to the shoot.

6. We will only shoot with one, possibly two of the best options you have.

7. Make sure that ALL clothes fit properly, are ironed and pressed before the shoot.

8. Wrinkles in clothes are difficult to Photoshop out and keep your photos looking realistic.

9. Don’t worry about shoes if just shooting headshots.

10. Be comfortable.

Hair

1. Bring a brush and some hair product (gel/hairspray) with you to the shoot to help calm fly-aways.

2. If you are going to get a haircut, get it a week before the shoot. This way, the cut will grow in a little and you will have some time to get used to how your hair looks and feels.

3. Freshly cut hair can look strange on camera.  

Makeup

1. Start natural. Just enough to cover up any blemishes.

2. Build up the makeup as you go. Add eye shadow and darker lipstick later in the shoot.

3. Bring your makeup and moisturizer with you to the shoot in case your skin does get dry or you need touchups.

4. Bring lip balm or lip gloss with you to help keep lips looking soft.

5. The night before, brush your lips with your toothbrush to help get rid of any dead skin.

6. Leave your colored contacts at home and bring clear contacts with you.

7. Colored contacts can look very fake in photographs.

8. Bring eye drops with you if necessary.

Facial Hair & Skin

1. Prepare your facial hair for your headshots by bleaching, plucking. Know that plucking can leave red marks, and bleaching can irritate skin, be sure to do these things a couple of days before your session.

2. Don’t do any extreme beauty regimens right before your shoot, like facial peels, tanning or extensive exfoliating. Your skin will look very irritated.

3. Also avoid sun exposure, which can make you look tired and leave your skin irritated.

4. FOR MEN
Please shave: a 5 o'clock shadow can not be edited. Use cooling gel or aftershave to help with skin irritation.

Teeth

1. Avoid anything that may stain your teeth on the day of your headshot photographs.  

2. If your teeth are noticeably yellowed or stained don't worry, we can work a little bit of Photoshop magic.

Jewelry

1. It’s okay to pair a chunky necklace with a solid color top.

2. Keep earrings simple; studs, hoops and diamonds are great.

3. Pearls are always in style as a necklace and earrings.

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BEFORE & AFTER HEADSHOT / PORTRAIT EDITING

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currently photographing the following
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