Senior Portraits| Boise portrait photographers

Are you a high school junior?  Are you getting  excited about your upcoming senior year?  If so, you don’t want to forget to plan for one of the largest milestones of your final year of high school.  Your senior portraits.

Summer is right around the corner and it’s not to early to book your senior portrait session.  Leap Photography offers, studio and outdoor sessions.  So whether you’re looking for a formal photo for your yearbook or you’d like to have a session that shows a bit more of your personality…we can help you with both.

  Don’t forget…Your senior photos are just one of the way’s you leave your mark. Don’t select and ordinary photographer.  Choose Leap Photography!

Give us a call to see what session is right for you.

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Women: What to wear for a business headshot | Boise Portrait Photographers

When clients book sessions I typically get quite a few questions about “what should I wear”.  My response always varies depending on the type of session I’ve been hired for.  When it comes to a professional headshot which will be used on your website, business card or LinedIn profile…..the rules are a bit more specific.

The primary purpose of hiring a photographer to take your business headshot, is to capture images that can be used to help you in the business world. Whether the purpose of your new headshot is to get a new job or to maintain or capture new clients, the end goal is the same. You want your headshot to portray you as a professional, reliable, trustworthy and approachable person to do business with.  First impressions are everything and if you have a professional headshot in which you look confident, trustworthy and approachable, you’re more likely to gain the viewer as a client.

The first step to getting a high quality professional headshot starts with you and the choices you make for your clothing.  I truly believe you should wear what you love and feel comfortable in…….but remember ladies, you do need to look professional.  For most people I suggest to wear what you would wear to an interview or important client meeting.

Before we start talking about clothing choices here are a few thing you need to keep in mind while preparing for your professional headshot.

 

What is a good headshot?

  • One that depicts you as a relaxed and confident individual.
  •  Communicates something about your style and personality
  • A portrait you are proud to show people

 

What is a Bad headshot?

  • One taken on a Iphone
  • A photo from a family BBQ or vacation.  These are great to give to family and friends…..but do not under any circumstances use these for your LinkedIN profile, business website or business card. It only tarnishes the image you want to portray.
  • Any image NOT taken by a professional.  Potential clients will take you more seriously if you took the time to have quality headshots taken.

 

OK, OK……I know, you want to know what you should wear?!  So here it is.

 

For the traditional Corporate Headshot

First of all…..make sure your clothing fits you properly.  You will be uncomfortable in clothing that is to large or to small….and it will show in your portrait.  Not to mention….it is not flattering to your figure.

My #2 rule is to layer.  But remember….this is a professional headshot being used to represent you in the corporate world.  So…..Think Classic.  Select a suit or outfit that has a professional, classic look.  Something appropriate for an interview or important client meeting is ideal.

For your top layer……stay away form bold patterns.  Solid colors always photograph best and keep the focus of the portrait on you…..not the clothing.  You can wear bold colors…..as long as the color is layered under a jacket or sweater which is preferably darker in color.   Blouses of blue, green and turquoise look nice on many people and can accentuate your eyes……especially when paired with jackets or sweaters of black, navy or chocolate brown.

Stay away from herringbone prints for both the jacket and the base layer.  The camera doesn’t like these types of patterns and they tend to produce a moire effect “on film”.

Try not to wear white unless it’s layered under something.  White has a tendency to wash people out.  White chammies however…..look great under black suit jackets.  Pastels should also be avoided.

Now let’s move onto necklines.   V-neck’s look good on most women and accentuate the neck, creating a slimming effect.  Just make sure the neckline does not plunge to low.  Simple scoop necks are also acceptable.  However, do not wear turtle necks….doing so has a tendency to make you look like you have no neck.  Plus……..showing some skin helps draw the viewer of the portraits eyes up to your face.  Blouses with ruffles or excessive bulk around the neckline can draw to much attention to your bust line, essentially widening your appearance.  No lady likes that….so stay away.

Sleeve length:  Avoid short sleeves and sleeveless tops for your corporate headshot.  This is not considered a “professional” look.  Business headshots look best without bare arms.  You can however wear a short top underneath a jacket or cardigan…..just make sure the arms are covered for portraits.

Jewelry

Keep it simple.  Less is more.  Stay away from chunky necklaces and big earrings.  They can be distracting.  Also, try to select pieces that would be considered timeless, not trendy.

 

Make up

I know not all women wear make up…..and I understand.  Because of extreme allergies….I don’t myself.  But…..if you do wear makeup, please make sure to show up to your session with your makeup applied.   Do however bring your makeup bag so touch up’s can be done if necessary.

The rule for makeup is to wear it as you usually do on a work day.  You want your clients to recognize you when they come into your office.  Apply just enough to smooth out your skin imperfections and enhance your features.

Please avoid products that have excessive shimmer (glitter).

 

Hair

Make sure to schedule your cut & color for one week prior to your headshot.  This gives your hair time to settle into the new cut and the new color a week to tone down.

 

Nails

Your nails may or not show in photos.  It doesn’t matter if you do or don’t wear polish.  Just please make sure your nails do not have any kinds of chips.  This includes the nails themselves and the polish.

 

Glasses

If you wear glasses every day you should wear them in your portrait

 

 

What to bring to your portrait session

  • Bring up to 3 clothing options (jewelry included).  This way we can photograph a few different looks.
  • Makeup bag for touch ups.  Make sure to include lip gloss.
  • Brush or comb
  • A good attitude

 

What’s included in retouching and editing?

Retouching includes the following as needed.

  • Blemish & spot removal
  • Subtle skin smoothing to even out any uneven tones
  • Minimize laugh lines and wrinkles
  • Stray hair removal
  • teeth whitening if requested
  • Minimize dark circles under eyes

 

Here are a few examples of gals who did a good job selecting their attire for their corporate headshot.

Business headshot of Boise Women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men: What to wear for a business headshot | Boise Portrait Photographers

The primary purpose of having a business headshot session is to capture images that can be used to help you in the business world. Whether the purpose of your new headshot is to get a new job or to maintain or capture new clients, the end goal is the same. You want your headshot to portray you as a professional, reliable, trustworthy and approachable person to do business with.  First impressions are everything and if you have a professional headshot in which you look confident, trustworthy and approachable, you’re more likely to gain the viewer as a client.

 

The first step to getting a high quality professional headshot starts with you and the choices you make for your clothing.  I truly believe you should wear what you love and feel comfortable in…….but remember guys, you do need to look professional.  For most people I suggest to wear what you would wear to an interview or important client meeting.

Before we start talking about clothing choices here are a few thing you need to keep in mind while preparing for your professional headshot.

 

What is a good headshot?

– One that depicts you as a relaxed and confident individual.

–  Communicates something about your style and personality

– A portrait you are proud to show people

 

What is a Bad headshot?

– One taken on a Iphone

– A photo from a family BBQ or vacation.  These are great to give to family and friends…..but do not under any circumstances use these for your LinkedIN profile, business website or business card. It only tarnishes the image you want to portray.

-Any image NOT taken by a professional.  Potential clients will take you more seriously if you took the time to have quality headshots taken.

 

OK, OK……I know, you want to know what you should wear?!  So here it is.

 

For the Traditional Corporate Headshot

Think Classic. Pick your favorite suit that fits you well. Make sure it’s one that does not bunch up when you sit down.

I suggest picking a dark color like a navy blue, charcoal gray or black. These colors are classic and will help lead the viewers eyes up to your eyes.

Stay away from prints such as grids or herringbone. The camera tends to translate these patterns into a moiré pattern “on film”…..which is distracting to the viewer of your portrait. Again, we want the viewer to look at you, not your clothing.

Ties Patterns are OK. Just keep in mind that tie should compliment the suit in your portrait…..not stand out on it’s own and be the only thing the viewers eye concentrates on. For example: If you are wearing a black suit and a white shirt. A gray would be a nice compliment. A bright red tie on the other hand…would be to dominant of a color for a portrait.

 

For a Business Casual Headshot

So…..maybe you’re job is a bit more casual and wearing a suit and tie in your headshot might be a “bit to much”.   That’s Ok….each profession is different and again you need to wear clothing you feel comfortable in and would be seen wearing at your job. So here are a few suggestions for you.

-I can’t stress enough to choose clothing that fits you well. Not to big….not to tight.

-If you wear a sports jacket but never wear ties…….Select a non-white shirt if possible.   Ties help break down the color contrast between a dark jacket and a white shirt. Without the tie…..you’ll need to choose a shirt color that compliments your jacket.

-If you never wear suits and would like to wear a button down shirt….it’s best to layer your look by wearing a sweater or jacket of some kind. If you’d prefer not to layer, select a darker shirt color (because it’s slimming) and have the top button or two of the shirt unbuttoned.

 

Attention Men:  DO NOT WEAR these items….under any circumstances

– Bold plaid prints

– Bright colored shirts such as red, yellow or green.

-A white button down shirt, without a suit jacket. Again….we want the viewers eyes to go straight to your face. Not your white shirt.

-Short sleeves. For portraits stick with sleeves. The exposed skin can be distracting

– Polo shirts. A few professions can get away with this look…..but for 98% of professional men….stay away. Polos are just to casual

– Undershirts that have necklines higher than the shirt you’re wearing. If you must wear an undershirt for portraits…..wear a v neck. Otherwise, do not wear an undershirt.

 

But what about grooming?

– Have your hair cut about one week before your session.  This gives your hair a bit of time to grow out and relax into the new cut

– Facial hair:  make sure you shave the morning of the shoot.  If you have a beard….trim beard the morning of for the best groomed look.

 

 

Here are a few examples of guys who did a good job selecting their attire for their corporate headshot.

business headshots of Boise men

And a few examples of clothing selections that did not work well.

(Remember solid colors for jackets are ideal.  Solid colors lead the viewers eyes up to your eyes……establishing a connection.  Also, bright tie colors can be distracting.) 

And finally, for those of you who don’t have to be so formal for your work.

Here is a good example of what to wear for a “Business Casual” style portrait.

(Remember, keep it simple & classic. He wore a solid navy jacket with a complimentary color for the shirt.  The viewers eyes go straight to his face…..which is what we want the viewer to do….look at you, not the clothes.)

Boise business headshot

Jennifer Drake | Boise Portrait Photographers | HERLIFE Magazine

I can hardly believe it….but it’s already been a full year since I photographed this incredibly talented gal for Herlife Magazine.  Jennifer Drake is a true asset to the Boise music community.  At the time of this portrait shoot, she was involved with a number of community orchestra’s, the spear head of the Idaho Viola Camp plus she was teaching over 50 students a week.  With such a busy schedule she still has found time to participate in more than one triathlon found time to enjoy one of her favorite activities….hiking the Idaho back country.  With a schedule like this….. it’s no wonder she “also likes coffee.  A lot”.

Boise Woman holding viola, in Morrison Center

woman dressed in hiking gear, on Boise River

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portrait of Boise woman holding her viola, Idaho

portrait of Boise, Idaho woman hiking on river

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Bessire Family | Boise Family Portrait Photographers

The Bessire family and I got together last fall to update their family look.    Olive, the only child told her parents the family was overdue on having an updated family portrait taken.  Mom and Dad got to thinking…..”you know she’s right” and gave me a call.

Not only did Olive insist on a new family portrait….but she organized the wardrobe for the entire family as well.  I think she did a great job of coordinating the entire families outfits and choosing colors that worked perfect for a fall portrait session.

 

 

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Family Portraits in the Park | Boise Portrait Photographers

I first met this family about 12 years ago.  At the time the two girls were still in elementary school.  Over the years I’ve photographed the family together, the girls for their senior photos and even one wedding.  This time the three ladies decided to have an updated portrait taken of just the three girls.

All three were together again over Thanksgiving weekend…..so we gathered together one morning and took a stroll around Kathryn Albertsons park.  We took a ton of photos…..but here are just a few of their favorites.

Family Portrait in Boise, Idaho park

Portrait of woman in Boise park

Family portrait in Boise, Idaho Park

portrait of sisters in Boise park

Family Portrait in Boise Park

Photo Puzzles | Boise Portrait Photographers

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