Your Headshot Photography Checklist

30 March 2017

How to plan for your headshot session…

These tips will ensure you get the best results out of your headshot photography session.

1: Where can my headshot portrait be taken?

You have the option of indoor, outdoor or both. Indoor studio headshots can be more formal but they certainly pack a punch and ooze professionalism.

A location headshot looks a bit more casual but used in the correct context can help tell a story about you. I.e a personal trainer may prefer to have a beach headshot, whereas an accountant may prefer a studio portrait session. However there is no right or wrong rule – it depends what is right for you and your business.  

Of course you could opt for both types of portrait which you can then use for different marketing.

Outdoor location Headshot photography

Laura works with Arbonne and wanted to have a natural, fresh looking portrait for her brochures and flyers, as well as a striking professional headshot she could use on her social media profile.

2: What clothing should I wear?

Depending on what type of headshot portrait session you’ve opted for, bring a few items to choose from, perhaps a jacket too. You might have a uniform or workwear. Or you may want to wear colours that compliment your brand.

Ladies might want to bring some extra pieces of jewellery or a scarf to add a different look.

If you’re not sure, a good place to start is to think about what you tend to wear when you meet clients/customers.

Headshot Photography Northumberland

Chris sells jams and preserves and is often seen at markets in his branded apron.

3: How can I prepare for my head shot?

If you want to buy any new clothes to complete your look, then allow yourself some time to go shopping before the shoot. Perhaps do this a few weeks before the session. You could also hire a personal stylist to go with you (I can recommend a wonderful stylist for you if you need one).

Many of my portrait clients make sure they have had their hair freshly coloured or cut within a week of the shoot so they look great on the day. The ladies can also book a makeup artist on the day if they wish. Again this is something I can arrange.

4: How can my headshot represent me and my business?

It’s good to show people your authentic personality. Many customers might engage more with a genuine smile that shows you’re friendly and approachable.

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Jackie is an accountant and wanted to look professional yet friendly.


Or perhaps a more serious expression will help your customer understand what your business is about.

If you haven’t already then write down a few of your core business values.

For example: assertive, calm, confident, creative, casual, formal, approachable……..there are obviously lots you can pick from to help get some clarity. (Search for business values on google for ideas)

5: Get ready to have fun!

Don’t worry, most people feel a little dauted about the thought of having a headshot. However, my sessions are really easy going and relaxed. If you’re feeling nervous I can help put you at ease and will coux the genuine smiles out of you. All my clients comment on how the shoot was really pleasant and they are proud to show off their final results.

If you’d like to chat more about a portrait headshot or have some questions about the package options check out my headshot galleries or Contact Me for a chat.