Your website should connect with your ideal client through the copy, design, and images. Your professional headshot is a primary opportunity to form connection and reflect your brand. No budget for a professional photographer? No problem!
Here are some tips for taking a professional headshot for your website with an iPhone:
- Find a well-lit location: Natural light is often the best option for headshots, so try finding a spot near a window or outdoors. Avoid using flash, as it can create harsh shadows and cause red-eye.
- Choose the right background: Think about your brand when choosing your background. Are you a walk-and-talk therapist? Pick a location outside. Is your ideal client corporate? A plain, neutral background will be the best choice. Are you a holistic therapist? Choose a textured natural background such as a tree trunk. Do you want to impart warmth and safety? Perhaps you want to be sitting on a cozy sofa with a fluffy blanket nearby or an inviting armchair. For everyone, avoid busy or cluttered backgrounds, as they can distract from your face.
- Wear your brand colors: Wear your brand colors, or include your brand colors in the background for a unified online presence.
- Dress the part: Dress as your clients will see you. Do you normally wear eyeglasses when meeting with clients? Wear glasses in your photos. Do you bring lightheartedness and humor into your sessions? Include some more playful shots that could be included somewhere on your site.
- Experiment with angles: Try taking the photo from different angles to find the most flattering one. For example, you might try taking the photo from slightly above or below your head, or at a slight angle from the side. Try some photos where you are not looking directly at the camera. Try some full length photos, headshots, and 3/4 compositions.
- Exude approachability: No photos with arms crossed. Your clients want to feel a connection and approachability from you.
- Use the self-timer or a tripod: To avoid camera shake and get a sharp photo, use the self-timer on your iPhone or a tripod to keep the camera steady.
- Edit the photo: Use the editing tools in the Photos app on your iPhone to touch up your headshot. You can adjust the lighting, crop the photo, and make other changes to improve the overall look of the photo.
Overall, the key to taking a professional headshot with an iPhone is to pay attention to lighting, background, and angles, and to use the editing tools to touch up the final photo. With a little bit of practice, you should be able to get great results.
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