Joan came to me for a professional headshots to update her LinkedIn profile. During her pre-consultation, we discussed her personality and how she wanted to represent herself. She requested she look professional and approachable. After viewing sample images, we agreed she should be smiling in her images. We decided to go with a dark gray background and neutral but bright color clothing. We also discussed her comfort level in front of the camera, what to expect and tips on how to do her hair and makeup. As a headshot photographer, preparation is key since sessions are brief. My goal is to plan all the details ahead of time so that the session is efficient and effective.

As planned, the session went smoothly. Joan is comfortable in front of the camera so it was easy to capture her with a natural smile. Joan had a hard time selecting her headshot but settled on the first one below. Which would you have selected?