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6 Tips for Taking Better Headshots

Tips for Taking Better Headshots

We had a great time this month, teaming up with the American Advertising Federation of Baltimore and The Wairehouse, for Hops & Headshots — a fun event that included (no surprise here), delicious beers and a headshot session.

During the event, John Waire from The Wairehouse took new professional headshots of all attendees and we picked up the tab on the first round of drinks for everyone.

John is a good friend of Early Light Media and has helped us out with behind-the-scenes and commercial photography on many shoots. He’s also a talented family and lifestyle photographer, so we asked him to share his top tips for taking a great headshot.

  1. Dress to impress. (Or don’t). There’s no wrong answer on what to wear, but with my style of photography comfort is key. Above all else, I always say dress as you.
  2. Change it up. Bring a few clothing options to provide yourself with a variety of looks. Depending on your photographer, this may or may not cost you extra. Ask ahead of time.
  3. Before you jump in front of the camera, take one last look in the mirror – hair, make-up, teeth (smile at yourself and make sure there’s no food, etc.). A comfortable, confident you will shine in your session.
  4. Relax. The camera won’t hurt you, I promise.
  5. Breathe. You will get through this.
  6. Have fun. Talk. Laugh. Be yourself. Sometimes those in between portraits end up becoming the true keepers.

If you missed our on having your professional headshots taken, hit John up at He would love to hear from you (and he actually means that). If you missed out on us buying you a round, we’d love to hear from you as well.

(Photo credit: John Waire / The Wairehouse)

Dave Larson

About Dave Larson

Dave is a disciplined photographer and an intuitive storyteller who uses the human experience as a canvas for creative expression. Dave balances technical savvy and gathering gorgeous cinematic images with his ability to blend into the background to capture real moment-driven stories making his work connect on deeper levels.

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