DIY Professional Style Head Shots

If you've attended any of my classes, you know know that I am a huge proponent of using a headshot for all of your profile photos. I don't care what you're doing online; whether you're blogging or painting, I want to see your pretty face. But, friend, before you pick up your cell phone to take a cute selfie, I want you to know something. Your headshot is going to tell a lot about you. People are going to look at your photo and feel like they know you. Do you really want them to see a cell phone photo? Probably not. You're going to want something that looks a bit more professional.

I know what you're thinking. You really don't want to invest in head shots right now. I mean, you're busy funding your dreams! I totally get that!

But guess what? You can totally take amazing head shots right in your own home, with the camera you already have!

So what do you need to take a professional looking photo right at home? It's easy! Let's do it!

Head shots are so important for building your brand online. But you don't have to spend a fortune on them! DIY your head shots easily at home!
Head shots are so important for building your brand online. But you don't have to spend a fortune on them! DIY your head shots easily at home!

Dress the Part!

Maybe you're like me and you live in your yoga pants {no shame!} but for this occasion, you're going to want to dress up. I don't necessarily mean something "dressy" but something that makes you feel confident! We all have that outfit that we put on and think "Why can't I look like this in everything?" Yep. That outfit. Even if it's just a pair of jeans and a top that doesn't have holes in it!

I once heard advice that really applies to this. Don't dress for the role you have now. Dress for the role you want.

When picking out what to wear, make sure you don't have characters or wording or logos on anything. Common sense, I know. But I would have done that a few years ago. Don't judge!

Get to know your camera.

You don't need a fancy camera but something better than an iPhone is ideal. Figure out what settings work best for you and learn a bit about the timer! If you have a remote shutter, you'll want to consider using that too. It comes in handy so you're not having to rush into place for the timer.

But trust me. The timer does it's job!

Now if all you have is an iPhone or smartphone with a camera, don't fret. You can still nab great looking photos. The key is making sure to use the rear facing camera. Don't use the front facing camera! The quality is just not "on point" enough to use for head shots.

Pick a location.

This is an area that you can really be creative in. You can opt for the clean, empty background {like in the corporate world} or you can go with something more colorful. I've seen head shots done in coffee shops. Gardens. Even museums! And truly, they have all been amazing!

Pick a place that conveys the feeling of brand. If your a fun loving, bright colored, excited brand, maybe use a funky colored wall in the city. Do you boast a quality of calm and relaxation? How about taking your shots in a quiet nature park. Maybe you're more "professional" and in that case you can use a cleaner, more work suited environment.

Whatever location you choose, aim to shoot in an area that is well lit with natural light but avoid direct sunlight. Natural light is absolutely the best!

Tripod time!

If you have a tripod, set it up. A tripod works so easily for things like this. Do a few test shots to make sure that you like what the camera picks up in the frame. If you don't have a tripod, no worries. I'll tell you a secret. My first head shots were taken when my camera was sitting on a stack of books and I sat on the floor! It worked just as well, it just required a little finagling.

So really, to sum up this section... don't try to take your head shot by holding the camera in your hands at arms length away. Get a tripod. Or something tripod like.

If you're able to, use a shutter remote. You can take multiple shots without having to set up the timer over and over again.

It's show time!

Take a ton of photos. Try different angles, different expressions. Just go wild. You'll feel awkward for the first few photos but after a bit, it'll be fun! And if you take a ton of photos, you'll have a lot to work with during the next stage!

Isn't that the beauty of digital? You can take so so many photos.

On that note, before you start shooting, making sure you battery is charged and you have enough storage. I like to use a fresh SD card when I do head shot sessions.

Editing.

Regardless of how awesome your camera is, you'll likely want to edit it a bit. You can do this inexpensively in PicMonkey. I just like to adjust the brightness and contrast and color saturation until it looks just right. This is also a great time to figure out what shot worked best for you.

When editing, make sure that you save a square sized image as well. That works for social media profiles!

And that's it! You've got some awesome looking head shots!

Have you taken head shots at home? Or did you invest in a photographer? I'd love to see your pictures!

Until next time, have a beautiful day!

Head shots are so important for building your brand online. But you don't have to spend a fortune on them! DIY your head shots easily at home!
Head shots are so important for building your brand online. But you don't have to spend a fortune on them! DIY your head shots easily at home!