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Tips for Business, Corporate and Executive Headshots and Portrait Photos

May 08, 2012  •  Leave a Comment


How to get the most out of your Business, Corporate and Executive Headshots and Portrait Photography Session


Over the many years of being a professional photographer, I have became well aware of the importance of conveying interesting facial expressions while being photographed. During this time I have been honing this craft of coaching my subjects to produce both realistic and flattering facial expressions and images.

During our session, I will teach you to bring out the subtleties of the human face that attract us to certain people and images. It is my goal to bring out the best in my clients and the most beautiful, creative and powerful photographs of themselves that they have ever experienced.

Tips for Business, Corporate and Executive Headshots and Portrait Photos


Actors and models, please visit my page  "Headshot Tips for Actors and Models".

My goal is to take a photograph that makes you look your best. My digital headshot portrait session is designed to create a marketing tool that will capture attention from industry professionals and help propel your career in the direction you desire.  I focus on using your own natural expressions and creativity throughout the entire process.  I will help guide you towards what will become a captivating headshot tailored specifically for you.

Share your intentions for the session. Let me know what kind of look you want and where the photo will be seen.

Drink lots of water and be well rested (so your eyes will not have dark cirlces).

Do not drink alcohol or take any drugs directly before or the night before your shoot (so you are not dehydrated).

Arrive on time.

What to wear - Anyone:

  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great. Bring at least a few options for us to consider.
  • Make sure your jacket and/or shirt fit you well. A poor fitting jacket or shirt will be obvious in the photos
  • Dress appropriately... business attire.. you may want to dress up a little bit more than usual.  Bring a couple outfits or jackets if possible. Don't worry about pants or shoes if we will only be photographing headshots unless it helps you feel the part.
  • Clothes should be neatly ironed
  • Avoid busy patterns and large lines/stripes unless they will be covered with a solid or subtle patterned jacket.
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What to wear - Men:

  • The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie. If time allows, bring a couple combinations.
  • A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, shirt and tie (no jacket), or dress shirt on it's own
  • Polo shirts are a good look for some businesses. Be sure the shirt is in good condition and fit well
  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring colored, black and or neutral colored shirts.
  • A white dress shirt by itself is a bad idea - unless you plan to wear it underneath something (jacket or sweater).
  • Bring a few different jackets, shirt colors and ties so we have choices for the photo

What to wear - Women:

  • Avoid big prints and busy patterns unless it will be covered with a more solid or subtle patterned jacket.
  • Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety different shirts/blouses to see what works best
  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring various colored blouses and jackets, scarves, etc...

REMEMBER: Select and wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. Select something that makes you feel good.


  • Keep jewelry extremely simple - smaller is generally better
  • Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face
  • The picture is about your face not your jewelry
Tips for Business, Corporate and Executive Headshots and Portrait Photos

What to bring:

  • Favorite Music (CD or iPod/MP3 player)
  • Various changes of clothing (see above)
  • Good attitude
  • Lip balm
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Makeup and hair products you prefer (especially if you have allergies)

Arrive with:

  • Hair styled and makeup already applied (if not using makeup artist)
  • Already dressed in first outfit

Hair and Makeup Tips:

  • Make-up should be clean and natural
  • Wear a heavier than normal layer of translucent powder - your face will appear flawless in photos. Shine disappears, pores seem smaller, skin will look more even.
  • Line lips before applying matte lipstick, then reline. Don't overdo it. Dip a cotton bud in powder and run along lip line to prevent color from bleeding
  • Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine.
  • Avoid frosts or garish colors
  • Don't get a new hair cut just before the shoot (you may want to let it grow-in a bit or get used to styling a new cut)
  • Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or few days before your shoot. In case you have a bad reaction to the product



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