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How To Take A Professional Headshot: Home Edition!

The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words. - Elliott Erwitt

Having a headshot is an important part of branding yourself. In the digital age it is important that your professional online profiles are kept up to date, reflect you well and appear considered. When a company can see that you are passionate to present yourself in this way, it bodes well for you! Lots of application processes also require a headshot to be sent. There is nothing worse than finding this out and having to whip out your phone to take a speedy snap. This photograph will be the first impression that the employer will have of you – and first impressions matter! Not to mention freelance workers who also rely heavily on the digital marketing of themselves alongside their digital portfolios to receive work. In these unprecedented times many people have sadly lost their job. In response to that we want to share some helpful tips to help you take the best photo to represent yourself, all from the comfort of your own home. The Big Six!

1) Backdrop A great place to start when finding a background for your professional headshot is with a plain neutral wall. A simple backdrop will never distract the eye and will be the easiest background to showcase yourself against. If you don’t have any lights to play around with stick to lighter colours. A solid neutral background colour will work well for any business casual shots. When you use a neutral background colour it gives you the option to wear anything from smart casual to more brightly coloured clothes. You will have an idea of what is most appropriate for you. If you want to wear business casual like clothing, but also want your image to pop, a bright block coloured wall can work well for adding some creative flair to your headshot. The background can be a really fun feature and you can use your surroundings to your advantage. For instance, textured walls like brick can work really well to provide a little more detail in your shot, as can blurred city centres and so forth. Your home work space can be a great place to capture your headshot, this situates you in yo