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How to prepare for your corporate headshot | Checklist

Preparing for a corporate headshot involves several steps to ensure you present yourself professionally and authentically. Here's a checklist to help you get ready:

Corporate headshot | JMT Photography & Media based in Jersey City, NJ

1. Select Attire

Choose clothing that aligns with your industry and company culture. Opt for solid colors or subtle patterns that complement your skin tone. Avoid bright or distracting colors.

2. Grooming

Prioritize personal grooming. Ensure your hair is well-styled, nails are neat, and facial hair is well-groomed if applicable.

3. Skin Care

Preparing skin for photoshoot

Moisturize your skin to achieve a healthy, glowing look. Use minimal makeup for a natural appearance, focusing on even skin tone and subdued colors.

4. Rest

Get a good night's sleep before the shoot to prevent under-eye circles and ensure you look refreshed.

5. Hydration

Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to the shoot to maintain healthy skin and a vibrant appearance.

6. Accessories

Choose simple, classic accessories that won't distract from your face. Remove any flashy or statement accessories.

7. Props

Consider any props that may be relevant to your profession or industry, but ensure they are subtle and won't overshadow your face.

8. Practice Expressions

Practice various facial expressions in the mirror, such as smiling naturally and looking approachable. Relax your face to avoid stiffness.

9. Clothing Check

Iron your chosen outfit and ensure it's free of wrinkles and lint.

10. Posing

Familiarize yourself with common headshot poses, such as straight-on or slightly angled shots. The photographer will also guide you during the shoot.

Posing for photo
Practice posing in your mirror and get comfortable with your expression

11. Arrive Early

Arrive at the shoot location a bit early to allow time for any last-minute touch-ups and to settle any nerves.

12. Communicate

Discuss your preferences and goals with the photographer beforehand, so they can tailor the session to your needs.

People working together on a photoshoot.

13. Relax

Stay relaxed and confident during the shoot. Trust the photographer's guidance and remember that multiple shots will be taken to capture the best angles.

14. Multiple Outfits

If you're unsure about attire, consider bringing a couple of options. The photographer can help you decide which works best on camera.

Portrait of man

15. Proper Timing

Schedule the shoot when you're at your best – both in terms of energy levels and appearance.

By following these steps, you'll be well-prepared to create a professional and effective corporate headshot that represents you authentically in your professional environment.


JMT Photography & Media is based in Jersey City, NJ. We specialize in portraits, headshots, and events. However, we can handle many other types of photography. If you are in the New York metro area and would like to inquire about our services feel free to reach out to us.

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