Your Calling Card: Tips for the Perfect Headshot


Headshots are your professional calling cards. Whether for a website, an actor’s headshot, or corporate profile, headshot portraits are the more conservative, yet more in demand than other types of photos. Part of my job is to make clients look good, and to help them be seen in the best possible light. So on a headshot session, it is my job [along with the photographer] to produce a professional head-and-shoulders shot of the client. One that will make them look polished, confident and relaxed. Headshots should be timeless, but still communicate the subject’s personality and style. The fact that we live in an era with much emphasis on online presence, it is highly important to make sure your own personal image shows up right. To help you put your best face forward and get the most out of your headshot session, here are a few tips for the perfect headshot.  

Tips for the perfect headshot

  • Choose outfits that are classic and does not tell a time period.
  • Keep jewelry simple and to a minimum, or none at all – so as not to draw attention away from your face.
  • Be sure to tell your photographer and makeup artist how you will use the photo, as well as the look you want.
  • Ensure your clothing properly fits, and avoid busy patterns.


Products I used

NYC smooth skin perfecting primer / CoverGirl Queen Collection in Toffee Q720 / Vera Moore Cosmetics eyeshadow in champagne / Maybelline sapphire siren eyeshadow / Vera Moore brow quad / NYX Cosmetics black eye pencil / Vera Moore blush in sangria / Vera Moore lip gloss in lollipop / Maybelline great lash mascara

Credits: Makeup by Me (Nicole Williams); Photographer - Kwame Brathwaite; Model - Zazel Chavah


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