What To Remember When Getting a Head Shot


With so many agents to choose from, you must set yourself apart from the competition. Making a good first impression is crucial to gaining a potential client. Why would you risk presenting yourself as anything but professional?

Do your research and find the specific look you want.

The traditional head shot is lit with at least 2 strobe flash units.  Positioning a unit at either side of your body creates a balanced and flattering look. A camera flash or a mounted flash unit can make your photo look too bright, or not flattering. Just look at these examples (place comparison).

It is important to dress with confidence.

You will need to find what other Realtors® are wearing and take into account what the people you work with wear. It doesn’t hurt to accent your outfit with a bright colored tie, scarf, or shirt.

While it seems like a good idea to take your photo outside we suggested that you don’t.

Outdoor portraits can be too casual and take away from your goal of looking professional. Outdoor portraits must shot in the early morning or in the afternoon. The mid-day sun can be harsh and unflattering.

Avoid using props such as phones, signs, etc.

They tend to look cheesy and distract the viewer’s attention from you.

Do not include pets, spouses, or children

Unless you are a couple or a team your headshot should not include pets, spouses, or children. Even if you are a couple or a team it is still a good practice to take separate headshots.

Get digital files of your headshot.

Do not get a printed photo and scan it (unless you want one for personal use).

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1 Comment on What To Remember When Getting a Head Shot

  1. Pete Schroeder // February 1, 2016 at 8:35 pm // Reply

    Thanks for these tips. Looking forward to getting a new head shot.


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