Helen Oakes PhotographerWhen you schedule a personal Branding photoshoot, you’re investing in showcasing the very best version of you and your Business. These photos will help you market yourself by telling your story in a unique way.

We live in a visual world and it’s important to make a good impression right away. When you use photos that look authentic, you make it that much easier for people to trust you.

So, how do you ensure you’re making the most of this opportunity?

Connect with your photographer

When you work with a photographer you love and connect with, your images automatically turn out better. Find a photographer whose work inspires and excites you. Scroll through their online portfolio and social media feed to get an idea of what they’re capable of and if it suits your personal style.

Don’t forget to meet with them in person too as this will tell you a lot about whether you connect or not. At the end of the day, you want to feel completely comfortable in front of your photographer.

Communicate what you want

A photographer can’t give you the results you want if they don’t know what you want. Clearly communicating your ideas to your photographer is essential. Provide them with details on the first impression and message you want to portray. Share your ideas and examples with them. They may even be able to give you suggestions you haven’t thought about yet.

Think carefully about your location

Your location will help set the tone for the shoot, so choose carefully. There are so many options to choose from that go beyond a basic studio setting. Outdoors, indoors or at your place of work are some locations that will showcase what you do and who you are. Your photographer will have some great location ideas too, so collaborate together to find the perfect locations.

Plan your outfit, hair and makeup

Don’t leave your outfit, hair and makeup arrangements to the last minute. If possible, get a professional to assist you so that you look your best. In fact, your photographer may even be able to give you a few suggestions. The outfit you choose will also play a major role in the message you send when people see your photos, so think twice about what you want to wear. Better yet, have a few options available.

Keep in mind that you want to be able to use these photos for a few years, so rather opt for a timeless look. Bring a few different outfits and you and your photographer can work out what are the best options.

Planning is the key underlying factor in making the most of your personal branding photoshoot. Don’t be scared to ask your photographer for additional guidance too.

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