What should a headshot include?

Headshot Photography, Headshot Photography FAQ
Relaxed headshot of a male consultant with shirt and tie

There’s a few basics we need to get right in every headshot. Before we dive into what a headshot should include, let’s quickly consider why it’s important to have a great headshot.

Your headshot creates an initial connection with a new customer, colleague, or maybe someone who’s reading an article you’ve published. They might see your headshot on LinkedIn, another social site or in a printed publication.

If they haven’t met you before, a great headshot can reveal so much about you and your personality, so it’s worth taking some time to ensure it feels aligned with your personal brand.

More often than not, the space allocated to a profile picture is really small too, so you need to ensure your headshot connects really quickly.

So what a headshot should include…here are the 5 basics you need to nail in your headshot.

  1. Make sure your headshot is up to date
  2. Focus on the head and shoulders
  3. Connect with a warm and engaging expression
  4. Consider the lighting 
  5. Capture your personality 

If you’d like to explore these further take a look at the article “what’s considered a good headshot”.  In the article we explore each section in more detail, to help you create a great headshot. 

If you’d like to find out more, I’ve written a series of headshot photography FAQs. Clients often ask me these questions, so I hope you find them helpful.

If you prefer a chat instead, or you’d like to plan a headshot session you can book a complimentary consultation call here. 

Learn more about headshot photography and the other services I offer including business storytelling photography, personal branding photography and corporate event photography.