The Perfect Headshot Has Accurate Colors

The skin tones and overall color of some images are way off. The colors look nothing like the way we look in real life. The whole point of a high-end headshot is to convey the best impression of us and match our brands. How can a picture match our brands if the pictures don’t match our faces?

We don’t want to look red, yellow, or orange in our headshots, right? The whole world could make fun of us if we look orange!

Headshots should convey a true image of us on our best day. If the colors are all wrong, we do not look like ourselves. And not a true representation of ourselves or a good professional brand.

“Nothing kills even a great headshot like looking more like John Boehner or The Hulk than you actually do. You can’t look orange or green. If the color is wrong, it distracts from the point of the headshot: to build trust and create connection with you and people you have never met,” said Baltimore headshot photographer Todd Dring.

Let's go to our current headshots and ask if it is doing us any favors. Are these headshots showing us at our best, accurately?

Check out the other eight characteristics of the perfect headshot.

My name is Jon Meadows, and I am the headshot photographer and expression coach at High-End Headshots based in Washington, D.C. I am honored to be an associate headshot photographer of Peter Hurley, who runs the Headshot Crew.