Chicago-Portrait-Photographer

 

PROFESSIONAL CORPORATE HEADSHOTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS

A FEW HINTS, CUES AND TIPS FOR PREPARING FOR YOUR PORTRAIT SESSION WITH TORI SOPER PHOTOGRAPHY


 In this digital age of LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, it’s critical that your online profile conveys professionalism and approachability.  Your corporate headshot is the best way to make a fantastic first impression.  To look your best for your corporate headshot or environmental portrait, check out these recommendations.

 
 
WARDROBE RECOMMENDATIONS  
• Darker tones for tops are best for lighter skin as they add depth and contrast.  The opposite is true for darker skin tones.
• Avoid wearing all white unless it is worn with a suit jacket or sweater on top as it tends to loose detail.
• Bring your outfit with you and change into it just before your session to avoid wrinkles.
• If wearing a polo, consider the wrinkle free options, they work wonders.
• Go with outfits that do not have excessive patterns, bold stripes or logos.  Solid colors are the best bet.
• Treat yourself.  Fabrics fade.  Consider a new outfit for your session.
• Feel free to e-mail me with photos of your wardrobe ideas and I’ll do my best to help you select the best option.
• Watch the neckline.  V-necks are great and accentuate your features but avoid going too low.
• Unless you’re super thin, avoid bare arms as this can be distracting and often takes attention away from your face.
• Gentlemen, to help with sweating, wear an undershirt that isn’t visible at your neckline.
• Remove everything from your pockets such as wallets, keys, phones, make-up as they can be visible in photos.
 
 
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Examples of patterns and color combinations to avoid.

 

 

 

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Examples of patterns and color combinations that work.

JEWELRY, MAKE-UP & GLASSES 
• For jewelry, think classic.  Nothing too decorative or large as we want the attention to be on you not your bling.
• If you wear glasses, clean them right before you come into your portrait session.  If you’re wondering whether or not to wear them, consider how people are used to seeing you: with or without.
• If going with the clean shaven look, get that razor ready just before your session.  Facial hair can be visible just within a few hours of shaving.

 

HAIR & SKIN TIPS
• Avoid excessive make-up.  We want to see the real you.
• Heads-up: everyone gets a quick powder to decrease shine once you’re on set.  If you’d like to use your own, bring it along.
• Remove any stray hairs from noses, eye brows, ears.  Tweezing is your friend.
• If your planning on coloring your hair, try to schedule this with a trim a week before your session so the color can settle.
• Be nice to yourself.  If you partake, avoid alcohol for several days before your session, get a good night’s sleep and remember to hydrate.  Doing these things will help prevent under-eye bags and keep your skin looking smooth.
• Have a blemish?  Have no fear.  We have Photoshop for that.
 
The last thought…..I admit, I am not a fan of having my photo taken so I totally empathize if you too, are not a fan. But there really is no need to worry as it does not need to be a painful experience. In fact, the key is to make it fun and how we approach this together is probably the most important factor in making a professional, approachable and authentic portrait. So, just run with the tips provided and then you can relax and let us work our magic!