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How to prepare for your Facetime (Virtual) headshot Session

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Preparing for your FaceTime headshot session and looking good in lockdown!


There has never been a more important time to have an online presence and one that represents you well, however, lockdown has thrown a few obstacles in the way of this.

Following on from our Look Good in Lockdown article, below are some tips to get the most from your session.

If you haven’t already, book your FREE session here.


1) Clothing


You’ll want to work out the most appropriate clothing for your headshot session beforehand.

It’s difficult to give completely generic advice through a blog post as we work with such a wide variety of people but you should consider where is your headshot going to be seen and who it needs to appeal to.

Wear clothing that makes you feel good.

Solid colours are generally your best options and will ensure that your images remain timeless with fewer distracting elements.

You can read more on our best colours for headshots article here.

In terms of styling, you should consider what is appropriate for your industry and if there are any industry expectations or norms. 

Another useful exercise is to consider how you would show up to a meeting with a top client or to an interview. This will normally be enough to determine the level at which you should dress up (or down).

, How to prepare for your Facetime (Virtual) headshot Session


2) Finding the best place in your home


It is really helpful if you have a large window.

If you have a plain wall opposite this window, this is also really helpful (but not essential) and will aid in creating a better quality file for us to work with.

You’ll need to find a way to raise the level of your camera to eye level. If you have a selfie stick, great! This will give us a lot of flexibility.

If you don’t, we’ll be showing you we’ve made a blog on how you can make one here.


(a) Indoor headshots using window light


If you have a table, some books and a laptop you can easily prop your phone up like the below image, directly facing a window.

If you don’t have a laptop, you can also sandwich your phone between two objects or use a phone stand. The goal here is to elevate your phone to eye level and have it perpendicular with the wall.

It’s important to ensure that there isn’t any hard sunlight coming directly through the window and hitting the area you will be sitting as this will cause unflattering lighting on your face.

A soft, even light without any hard shadows is definitely best.

, How to prepare for your Facetime (Virtual) headshot Session


(b) Outdoors


If we are shooting outside, in a garden for instance, its good to consider some areas that have lightly textured backdrops that wont look too busy. Wooden fences or plain / concrete walls are always great for headshots and aren’t too distracting.

If we are outside, we will need to use shaded areas so the overhand from trees or a fence will be needed, unless its a cloudy day anyway.

Early morning or late afternoon will normally give you much better options for shaded areas as the sun will be lower.

If we’re using the garden, you’re best off using a selfie stick or having a person assist.

, How to prepare for your Facetime (Virtual) headshot Session


3)  Having a friend or partner assist


If you have a friend or partner available they can also help to take your headshot.

We’ll still complete the video call via FaceTime but they’ll be able to assist us in positioning the camera so you can be completely hands free and won’t need to use a selfie stick or table.

If you haven’t checked out our guide to making your own selfie stick you can HERE


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