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Ever wondered what goes into the perfect headshot? Whether you’re an aspiring actor, a business professional, or looking to update your LinkedIn profile photo- it’s important to make sure that you are projecting the right image. Alimond Studio specializes in creating the perfect headshot to meet your goals. Your objectives, your face, and your style are all unique to you. That is why your session is customized to deliver photos to help you accomplish your goals. We are not a cookie cutter studio; we help you get to that next level in your life by showing the  “you” in your headshots. 

Here are 5 secrets for a better headshot:

  1. Don’t be afraid of showing off your personality. Your pictures are supposed to be of YOU, not who you think you’re supposed to be. Sure, your photo might be used in the professional realm, but who says you can’t have a few photos that show off the other aspects of your personality? These are great for social media and for companies that don’t have a formal dress code. Avoid outfits that are baggy or shapeless. Structured outfits will translate better in camera.

  2. Be sure to drink plenty of water and get a great night’s rest beforehand. Don’t schedule a headshot for Saturday morning if you know you’re going to have a late Friday night. You want to look well rested with glowing skin. While yes, a good makeup artist will help correct those concerns, you want to do as much as possible to prevent a tired look as possible. Be sure to drink lots of water as far ahead in advance as possible to get your skin ready.

  3. Make up: It’s important a professional make up artist applies your makeup for your head shots. They will apply it slightly darker than your normal everyday wear because the makeup/color/lighting all translate differently in camera. PLUS a professional makeup artist knows how to highlight your best features for the camera.

  4. Keep your hair as you normally style it. A good blow out before hand can go a long way. You don’t want your hair styled in a way that is not “normal” for you, or a style you’ll never repeat either. It’s all about confidence, so while yes, you want it professionally done and in top shape, make sure your hair stylist knows you’re going in for your headshot and want it styled accordingly.

  5. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. Depending on where you will be using your headshots, you need to have a variety in your expressions. Work with someone who knows how to bring out your different “sides”. Soft & relaxed vs. happy & approachable vs. confident & fierce vs. professional & business minded

After reading this blog post, you should have a better understanding of what goes into taking professional headshots. If you’re interested in booking your session with us give us a call, 703-687-3870. We look forward to hearing from you!

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