Getting Ready For Your Business Portraits

Having professional portraits taken can be a huge help in advancing your career and helping you meet your goals. It will showcase your professionalism, as well as let potential employers to know you are serious and have invested in yourself. As an entrepreneur it’s a good way to add a personal touch to your business. In a media driven age, where people have a ton of cellphone selfies you want to stand out, and together we can make that happen!

Many people have expressed to me how nervous having their photo taken makes them feel. I often hear things like “I am so awkward” or “I hate the way I look in photos”. Don’t worry I am here to help you! I strive to make the experience positive and fun while still getting some great photos.

I’ve found that people have similar questions and concerns before coming in for a portrait session. Below you’ll find some tips and tricks that will help prepare for your portrait session.


Before you decide on the outfit you want to wear in your portrait, I think it’s important to decide on what you are trying to convey. Depending on what you want to use the portraits for, there are different creative directions we can go. Are you looking for something relaxed or something more formal? An outfit can really impact the feel of the shot. When it comes to colours the biggest thing to consider is your skin tones and the background colour you have chosen. If you decide on some of the colourful background options I have, you need to be cautious not to wear something that clashes. Check out sites such as Adobe Colours or Coolors  to help you look at colour families and complementary colours. Don’t worry if you’re having a difficult time deciding, bring a few options and we can chat about them together! If you feel good in what you are wearing your confidence will come through.


You want your business portrait to look similar to your everyday self, so I always suggest wearing your hair as you do on a regular basis. Do not get your haircut the day before portraits! You never know how things may go at the salon! If you do want to get a cut, try and go at least a week before our shoot date just to be safe. If you’d like to get your hair professionally done, I can give you some stylist recommendations.


For business portraits, it’s best to go for your everyday natural look rather than glamour. You want your personality to be the focus of your business portraits, and heavy makeup can be distracting. If you exfoliate and moisturize the night before it will help with dry skin. When applying foundation make sure to blend down your neck to avoid lines. You can bring some makeup with you to do any adjustments or touch ups when you’re here!

If you are not comfortable doing your own makeup or would like the experience of having a professional let me know. I can recommend stylists I have worked with in the past. You may also want to consider booking an appointment with a cosmetician at a Sephora or Shoppers.

Business portraits are all about showing your true authentic self so make sure to consider this when making decisions about outfits, hair and makeup. The key is to feel comfortable because it will help your personality and confidence shine through. These are pretty general tips so if you have a specific question please ask HERE!  Looking to our portrait session together.

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