Author: Tatiana Rivers- Tati Rivs Social Media Marketing
Make A Great Impressions With A Great Headshot
As a freelancer you will need to put your face out there. Whether it is through your portfolio, your blog or your Linked In profile, having a professional photo can help you land a contract by making a good first impression. Like the old saying goes; a picture says a thousand words. This is the case with your profile photo. If you use a blurry image that is out of date and low quality, you will be making a poor impression. Professional headshots can cost hundreds of dollars, and although they will be great quality, not everyone can afford that cost, especially at the beginning of their career. Thankfully with today's technology, smart phones have excellent cameras and you can take some great looking headshots just by following these easy steps.
1. It’s All About Good Lighting
One of the most important aspects when taking any good photo is to have great lighting. Natural, even light is the best, so look for a space with lots of good light that is not overly harsh or will create shadows on your face. Overcast days are actually the optimal time for taking photos since there will be less shadow. Check the weather report when planning your shoot. Consider going outside if you can not find an interior space with good natural light.
2. Use A Neutral Background
You don’t want the background to detract attention from your face, some object that are far in the distance are ok. You want to aim for something that will be as neutral as possible. Some good options are a plain wall with no pictures, a brick wall, concrete wall or nature.
3. Hire A Friend If Possible
Although taking a selfie is an option, it is a little easier on the arm if someone else take the photo. Make it a trade, you take one of them and they take one of you!
4. Dress Your Part
Dress the way you want to perceived. Pick something that will make your best features stand out, like the colour of your eyes. You don’t need to wear a suit but you do want to look your best, whatever that means to you.
5. Hair and Makeup
Put thought into your hair and makeup, coordinate your shoot around the time you get your haircut to look extra sharp. If you wear makeup, either get it professionally done or follow a makeup tutorial to ensure you look your best. If you pay attention to the details, it will send across the right message.
6. Set Your Phone Up
Use HDR mode, HDR is a mode of shooting that combines several exposures to create a single picture with more detail and a greater range of tones and colours. Lock the auto focus, tap (or hold, depending on your phone) the screen where you want the camera to focus — the face — to lock the focus and keep the image sharp. Don’t try to zoom in on your phone, it will lower the resolution.
7. Practice Makes Perfect
Take lots of practice shots. Give yourself enough time to get as many shots as you need. Take shots with different angles to find your best “side”. Change the angles that you use to look at that the camera, try a closed smile then an open smile, try as many versions as possible until you find the one that works best for you.
8. Edit Your Image
Once you have chosen your top photos, upload them into an editing program to make final edits. VSCO, Pixlr and PicMonkey are all easy and free to use. Start with playing around with the exposure, brightening the image and increasing the contrast.
There you have it! We hope this helps you with your freelance career! For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook.