A Message from Kristin Nelson
You Don't Have To Be a Supermodel...
To capture a good head shot. But you do have to have these three things:
1) a comfortable environment,
2) a photographer willing to take a lot of shots to snag the perfect moment,
3) and an end-result head shot that looks and feels like the real you.
I speak from experience. Last November we scheduled a photo shoot for the whole office. We lined up a makeup artist and a great photographer with a gorgeous portfolio of interesting and professional images. We headed to his studio for a four-hour extravaganza.
And it didn’t work. The studio was too formidable, and we couldn’t relax. We got a bunch of shots of all of us looking like deer caught in headlights. None of us looked like ourselves.
Luckily, our photographer, Dan, agreed. We rescheduled the shoot, and the second time around, Dan came to our home turf—the NLA office, where we all felt at home. The difference was night and day, and the pictures are now featured in this newly designed newsletter and on our website.
Some other tips:
- Wear softer colors (lean more pastel than bold). I almost never wear pastel so opted for white with muted blues and the one pastel sweater I own in light pink. If you go bold in a color, make sure everything else around you is neutral.
- Wear clothes you feel attractive in. This will change how you project on the day of the shoot.
- Trust the photographer. He or she will make you look good even if you believe you need to lose ten pounds.
And the most important tip? Jut your chin forward in the turtleneck stretch. Feels weird as all get out, but it will sharpen the jaw line and eliminate any double chin fiasco.