Last November I teamed up with hair and makeup artist, Marijelle Moreno, to take some business headshots in Guildford for one of her clients who needed to update her LinkedIn profile.
My portrait sessions always start with a consultation, either over the phone or face-to-face, as it’s really important for me to find out exactly what my client needs the images for and how she wants to look. Having spoken with Doreen, we’d discussed in detail the type of look she was after (professional, polished and friendly), and I’d advised her on what outfits it would be best to bring along to her session. Generally speaking, I’ll advise a client to bring two outfits, with different necklines and sleeve lengths; solid colours are always the best option as any kind of pattern can be distracting and look too “busy”.
As a natural light photographer it’s definitely nice to have the option of photographing outdoors; being November, I didn’t think this would be possible, but as it turned out the day was really mild and Doreen was even happy in her sleeveless dress! We shot in and around the Yvonne Arnaud theatre in Guildford, which has lots of lovely areas that are perfect for portraits.
Why Makeup is So Important
I think lots of women, particularly those who don’t wear much or any makeup, worry that they’re going to look “overdone”, but a professional makeup artist will always bear in mind that the makeup must be appropriate and that it should enhance your features without drawing attention to itself. With business headshots for women there needs to be enough makeup for it to actually show in the photographs, which generally means applying a little more, but at the same time it has to look real. Marijelle did a great job, and Doreen was delighted with the results.
If you’re thinking of updating your business headshot, what better time to do it than at the beginning of a new year? Give me a call on 01483 571119 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss what you’d like. Alternatively, you can fill in the form on my bookings page here.
Here are some of my favourites from our session.