Erica Peerenboom Photography: Blog en-us (C) Erica Peerenboom Photography (Erica Peerenboom Photography) Mon, 15 Nov 2021 18:23:00 GMT Mon, 15 Nov 2021 18:23:00 GMT Erica Peerenboom Photography: Blog 120 120 Professional Headshots & Personal Branding, Central Ohio Area Have you ever thought about the image you show to the world to promote yourself and/or your business? In this digital age, it is all about your online presence. Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn all have profile pictures. Future customers, bosses, friends and family will see your photo and associate you with that picture. It is the first thing they see and the last thing they remember. Like that old saying goes, "you only have one chance to make a first impression." If you'd like to make it a good impression, good quality headshots go a long way in doing just that. I suggest researching professional photographers in your area that do headshots. Look at their online portfolio to see if their style matches the look you are going for. You want to make sure they take a variety for you to choose from.


Now on to a few tips for what to wear for your professional headshots.


For everyone:

  • Pick clothes that have solid colors. Avoid busy patterns that can distract the eye such as grid like squares or herringbone patterns.
  • Avoid logos if you can help it. Small logos that blend are okay or if it's your business logo that you want to display.
  • Avoid black and white, unless you are layering it with something else. All white tends to wash you out and make the image look flat.
  • Make sure your outfit fits and is comfortable on you and free of wrinkles and/or lint.
  • Dress like you would if you were meeting a potential new client or employer.
  • Don't get a haircut right beforehand. Sometimes they don't turn out as planned.
  • Try to relax and have fun. A good professional photographer should be able to put you at ease and make it an enjoyable experience.


Female business professionals:

  • You may want to avoid sleeveless or short sleeve blouses as this draws attention to your bare arms.
  • Try not to wear large jewelry as it can distract from your face. Small earrings or a simple necklace is all you need.
  • Avoid turtlenecks as they can crease skin in distracting ways.
  • Have your makeup professionally done if you can. If you can't, avoid shimmery powders, highlighters and eyeshadows. Shine is not what you are after for your professional headshot. You may even want to bring some matte finishing powder to touch yourself up right before your shoot.

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SLEEKLENS PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS Photoshop actions are steps taken to edit an image without having to repeat steps manually. You push play and it runs all of the steps you normally take automatically which is a big time saver. I have used actions since I began editing with Photoshop. I've even created several of my own I use when I'm editing a large batch of images such as headshots and weddings. Over the weekend I had the opportunity to try out some actions by Sleeklens . The set of actions I used was the Portrait Perfection set. I was pleasantly surprised by these actions. They are very easy to use and give a clean polished look that isn't over-edited. All the layers are fully customizable in the action so you can adjust the opacity for each step. Below are a couple images I edited showing the before/after image and the actions I used to achieve the final after photo.

The image on the left is the after while the image on the right is the before. I used the following actions to achieve the look. 

Skin Smooth 35% opacity

Rosy Blush 10% opacity

Lash Line Detail 50% opacity

Magic Garden 35% opacity

Honey Skin 35% opacity


With this second image, I used the following workflow to achieve my after which is the first image. The second image is my before.

Base bright sunny day 50% opacity

Golden Hour 35% opacity

Temp Warmer 30% opacity

Velvet Ink 50% opacity


As you can tell from my images, they are very clean and polished looking. I really enjoyed using these actions. I'm really looking forward to trying out some of the other sets that Sleeklens has such as the Black and White Collection and the Fashion Nova Collection. For those of you that use Lightroom to edit rather than Photoshop, they also have these available as presets. Give them a try and let me know what you think!


(Erica Peerenboom Photography) sleeklens Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:35:05 GMT