So, I have a confession. I HATE (or strongly dislike) getting my photo taken! Every time we’re taking family photos…I HIDE. But I finally decided to get a professional photoshoot. The last time I got photos taken was about 10 years ago! Since I’m a web designer and blogger…I started to meet more people online.
Folks that didn’t know me, kept saying things like, “Wow. That photo really doesn’t look like you.” or “Your hair is much longer now.” I’m not super vain (maybe just a little at times, ehem) so I pretty much ignored all the comments for the last two years!
Then I was Skyping with my business bestie, Holly McCaig, and she confirmed (again) that my current headshot was CRAP. I forgive you, Holly 🙂
So I gave in! Holly used to own her own photography studio, and she knows a TON of photographers. She referred me to a local photographer in Michigan, Lorie Belcher. I looked at her portfolio and booked my studio time with Lorie. I was so nervous, I even moved the date back by two weeks! In the meantime, I did some things to prepare for my pictures (and my sanity).
Why you Need a Professional Photoshoot
Here are a couple reasons why you need a professional photoshoot or headshot for your blog or online business:
- You’re taking your online brand and business more seriously
- You want to establish yourself as a professional or expert
- You need a professional and memorable photo for your social media profile
- You want to create a unique brand on Pinterest
Here are a couple things I did to prepare for my photoshoot success using Pinterest:
- Hopped on Pinterest and created a board called “Headshots”
- Looked for headshots and poses that I liked on Pinterest and saved them to my board
- I thought about my brand and my image…What type of photos did I want to be taken?
Super professional? Casual? Friendly? What did I want to portray?
- What props did I need to take to the photoshoot?
I decided on a Girl Boss mug with the slogan, “I’m not bossy. I AM the boss.” LOL!
I wanted to capture a unique photo with me + the mug for my Pinterest profile picture.
- What photos look the most natural? Do I want photos in the studio or outside? Where do I feel my best and most confident?
- What type of outfit do I want to wear? Professional? Casual? Something in between?
I also made sure my outfit matched my overall branding for my blog and business.
- Prior to the photoshoot date, I sent Lorie my Pinterest board, my blog and social media links for Syd + Coco.
Plan ahead for your Beauty Appointments
I’m not great at makeup or hair styling. So I decided to get my hair and makeup done professionally for the photoshoot. If I’m already spending the money on professional photos… why not spend a little more? And let me know tell you, I was SUPER HAPPY with the results. It was SO worth spending the extra cash on styling me!
One week before my professional headshots/photoshoot, I booked the following appointments:
I made an appointment to get my makeup done by a PRO.
**Pro Tip** the foundation was long-lasting, so my face did not get shiny.
I got my haircut a few weeks before my appointment, so the day of the photoshoot they just styled my hair.
I also got a manicure the day of my photos, since I knew some of the photos would include close-up of my hands.
I picked out and brought three (3) different outfits. I was able to have 2-3 outfit changes for the photoshoot. Also, I made sure the outfit color scheme matched my brand colors and overall image.
This may seem like a lot of appointments, but I think it’s important to look your best, especially if you’re spending the money anyway! I planned all of my appointments in the morning, and my photoshoot was scheduled for the afternoon.How to prepare for you professional photoshoot with Pinterest Click To Tweet
My Photos + The Big Day!
Of course, it was raining on my photoshoot day so we had to improvise during the professional photoshoot. No problem!
Here’s what happened:
- We took some photos in Lorie’s studio against a black backdrop
I was super nervous for these photos, and I didn’t end up liking any of these.
- Shifted to more casual photos on a chair
I wanted some photos to be more casual since that’s who I am. So I felt really great with these photos.
- Went outside on the porch
She has this really great covered porch on the front of her studio, so we went outside for photos even though it was raining. I loved these photos and felt so comfortable and relaxed outside.
- And some photos in the backyard area
When the rain cleared up, we took a few photos outside in the backyard by the trees. If your photographer is willing to move around or go outside, that’s awesome! Look for a nice backdrop and natural lighting if you’re heading outside for your photos!
What To Do with your Professional Photos + Headshot
Some ways you can use your professional photos as a blogger and online business owner:
- Signature in your email
- Facebook and social media profiles
- Unique Pinterest profile
- Professional LinkedIn photo of your headshot
- On your blog and website
- And much more!
And there you have it…my full experience getting a professional photoshoot for my blog and business. I’m SO happy I finally sucked it up and took the time to get professional photos!
What do you do to make your blog or business more professional?