5 tips for a great headshot | Kinser Studios Salt Lake City

Having your headshot taken can seem stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips to help you (and your photographer) make you a great image that you will be proud of.

1. Hire a professional: Yes, this is a professional saying this, but if I could tell you how many times people have come to me after a bad experience from a friend saying, I just got a new camera, Ill do it for you. Professionals have experience, equipment and knowledge that your friend with an iPhone or a fancy new camera don’t have. Hire someone you click with, getting the right expression is key. Finding the right person for the job will leave you with a great headshot that you are proud of!

2. Plan: Consult with your photographer so they have a clear vision of what you are looking for, some things to consider, location, studio, office or outdoor. Lighting, do you want a bright airy feel or a more moody feel? Be clear with expectations on both sides, what you will receive, when and how much.

Here are a few examples:
Corporate Headshot
Branding Headshot
Creative professional headshot
Modeling Headshot
Environmental headshot
On location headshot
Office headshots


3. Dress the part: Have a a few great fitting outfits that you love and make you feel like a rockstar. People say dress for the job you want, this is there perfect time to do this. Don’t wear a suite to your session if you want to be a yoga teacher. Don’t wear your yoga outfit if you want to be a CEO of a suite company.

Women: If you can have your hair and make-up done by a professional it makes a big difference. If you prefer to do it yourself keep it simple and classy, this will help the image stand the test of time.

Men: A great haircut is key, Getting it done a few days before the shoot is a good idea so it doest have too much of the fresh cut look.

Clothing: Solid strong colors are a great thing for headshots, white can be great with a contrasting backdrop, but most of all do you feel great in it. Things to avoid, Super trendy outfits that with go out of style quickly, florscents as they can reflect on you skin tones and busy patterns. You are the star of this image, people want to see your face not be distracted by goddy jewelry or overdone make-up. Clothing should be clean and pressed, yes we can “photoshop that” but it’s always better to do it right the first time.

4. Prep: Drink lots of water in the day or two leading up to your headshot shoot. This can help your skin glow. Leave plenty of time to get to your shoot. You want to feel calm walking onto your session, it will make the whole session go better. Pick your clothing out in advance and have them ready to go.

5. Have fun: “But its not fun to have my picture taken.” I can’t tell you how many times I hear, I hate getting my photo taken. But its a bad circle, you don’t like your picture taken because you look bad in photos, you look bad in photos because you aren’t having fun getting your picture taken. I strive to get you feeling like yourself in front of the camera which makes for confident and approachable images that you are proud to put on your linkedin profile and website.


Having a great headshot can be an asset to your career. Your linkedin profile headshot should not be a picture that you cropped out your friend (and your beer) yes, we can tell! You can do better than that. We can do better than that.

  • Laura is amazing. She did head shots and took photos at a party that we hosted and I could not be happier. The head shots turned out amazing and the party photos were perfect. She really captured the fun and the excitement.

    A. Mayberry
  • We recently worked with Laura for my organization's Annual Conference. She was fantastic to work with. Laura made my onsite work easier than it's ever been. She was friendly, professional and captured phenomenal photos. I am beyond impressed by the work that she did and the way that she did it. Thanks Laura!

    J. Richards
  • We hired Laura to photograph Blakemore Real Estate's biggest client appreciation event of the year and she was absolutely incredible! She interacted excellently with our guests making them feel comfortable and confident. She captured countless candid moments that are special to both us and our clients who attended. She also photographed joyous posed moments between guests and our team. We confidently and without hesitation recommend her!

    C. Blakemore
  • Laura does a fantastic job. We had her take some head shots at her studio. She made it quick and painless 🙂 Afterwards she was more than happy and accommodating at doing some additional editing of the photos for particular project we were working on. We also had her come and take pictures at a client appreciation event. She did an excellent job at interacting with everybody and taking some great photos to capture the event.

    S. Gubler
  • I hate having my photo taken. Laura put me at ease and made me look better than I should. She’s an amazing photographer with great taste.

    J. Baron
  • Laura was very professional. She does it right, and knows what she's doing. You won't be disappointed.

    J. Lundgren
  • I needed to get an updated headshot for a new job and was referred to Laura. She was very helpful and made the process fun. In fact, I never felt comfortable enough to smile with my teeth showing until Laura gave me the confidence to truly smile. She is an expert behind the lens and will work wonders with the lighting to make sure you have the best picture for a first impression. A couple weeks after our photoshoot, I had a person call because my picture was something "different" than everyone else listed on the website. Thank you Laura for being so responsive and helpful, it has been great for my business and you were a pleasure to work with.

    T. Tippetts

We can help! Call 702-499-6222 to book your session today. Mark “updated headshot” off of your todo list today. laura@kinserstudios.com

Our studios is in Draper but we can do on location anywhere in the greater Salt Lake City area.

Does your whole office need headshots? We can do a group rate and take care of all of you.

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