makeup for headshots

How a Professional Business Portrait Can Help Your Career

Let's face it, at some point in your career, you're going to need a professional business headshot.  Whether you work in hi-tech, real estate, law, science, finance or the arts, it's impossible to succeed without “marketing” yourself. If you want to develop new contacts and strengthen established relationships, your audience wants to see what you look like. Are you confident, trustworthy, approachable? But you say you already have a business headshot on your website, your Facebook page, your LinkedIn page, your Twitter account and your blog. Are you using the snapshot your office mate took with her cell phone?  Hmmm. Let's try to overlook the poor lighting and distracting background. The question is, “does it convey your confidence, trustworthiness and approachability"?  Probably not. But that's what a good business portrait should do!

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So, you've put this off because you don't like having your picture taken or you think having a professional photo of yourself suggests vanity. Not at all!  Don't think you look as polished as you could? We can work together to determine the best clothing for you and your profession. Need some assistance with makeup and hair styling? No problem. I work with several great  makeup/hair stylists. Don't worry. We won't be doing any major makeovers. Your new business portrait will still be “you” only better! I guarantee you're going to enjoy having your picture taken and love your new business headshot. If not, we'll shoot as many images as necessary until you're satisfied!

Give me a call at 443.840.0484 or to book your session, click here and we can get started on the new professional you!

Prepping for your headshot session

Prepping for your headshot session

My friend and colleague Connie Tsang, makeup and hairstylist extraordinaire works with models, actors and brides. She's an expert in high-definition makeup application and technique.

Here are a few of her recommendations on prepping your skin and hair for you headshot session.

Hair Prep: Wash your hair the night before with shampoo and conditioner (If your hair is ultra-fine and oil prone, wash in the morning of your headshot session. Apply conditioner from midshaft of the hair to the ends (this helps with tangles). If possible, apply a mousse or smoothing cream in the hair when blowing drying.

Skin Prep: Please exfoliate face with a gentle facial scrub once every day until your session to smooth the “canvas” for makeup application. Focus on areas with noticeable pores, oil, around the nose, mouth and on the lips. After cleaning your face, apply toner and/or moisturizer. Please come with your face clean with no makeup.

Do check my "What to Wear" page for additional info and tips and here for more information about makeup and hair for your headshot session.

Cheers,

Bonnie