Stylish Women’s Headshots

Women’s professional headshots don’t have to be boring

Women’s professional headshots need not be dull

We don’t know about you, but if you’re at that point where you can no longer stand your avatar because it has reached such an old age and is so far out of date that it no longer represents the person you are is tough to bear.

Similarly, looking at your website bio page and subsequently sighing with dismay at the fact your headshot doesn’t tell your story anymore and reminds you that it was taken by your daughter when you were walking the dog makes you grimace.

Then you’ll be pleased to read that we’ve found the solution.

Rather than feeling trapped by your fear of being photographed, we’ve come to the rescue with professional tricks on how not to look boring when being photographed for your women’s professional headshots.

I promise the prospect of being photographed professionally is way more exciting than you thought.

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What do women’s professional headshots look like?

As businesses seek to market their products to a global audience, they are increasingly turning to woman’s professional headshots as a way to show off their employees. In recent years, woman’s professional headshots have become much more polished and professional-looking, with subjects frequently wearing stylish clothing and makeup that perfectly captures their personality.

This photo of an employee at an Isle of Wight company shows her posing in front of natural background in a local park. The natural colours help set the mood for the cheerful woman in the photo, who is smiling and looking both confident and approachable.

Related: See a full outdoor session here

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Tips for women’s professional headshots to look incredible

There is no one right way to approach a women’s professional headshot. However, following some general tips can help make your photos look incredible, regardless of your profession.

First, find a photographer you trust who will produce high-quality images that capture your natural beauty. I’m proud of my many five-star reviews all written by real people who’ve enjoyed their experience with me. I leave no stone unturned and climb mountains to ensure you feel secure and comfortable right from the get-go.

Second, try to strike a pose that shows off your best features while minimizing any unflattering angles. I’m knowns as an expression coach because I pose and guide you for each and every photograph. This is done with humour and in a relaxed manner so you know exactly where to stand, how to hold your hand when to relax your shoulders and where to look for your photograph.

Third, be sure to dress in clothing that flatters your figure and enhances your features. Each session comes with your ‘what to wear’ style guide with 12 pages of photographs, colour palettes, what o pack and how to prepare the night before. Confidence comes from feeling prepared.

Finally, avoid using too much makeup or styling tools that react badly to camera flash.  I always recommend wearing your ‘day makeup’ but a little heavier. Some people prefer not to wear any makeup at all because they don’t meet clients wearing makeup. Whilst others prefer to hire a makeup arts for the day. It’s totally up to you.

Related:   Ask to see a copy of your style guide

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Women’s professional headshots – Do’s and Don’ts

If you are looking to take your women’s professional headshots to the next level, it is important that you become familiar with the modern approaches to being photographed.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help improve your results:

DO make sure you work with a photographer who knows how to make sure lighting is properly set up and balanced. Too much or too little light can actually ruin a good photograph. I prefer a natural look and use mainly natural light with a pop of studio flash. This ensures a flattering light that looks effortless and natural whilst adding a sparkle to your eyes.

DO use natural expressions whenever possible. This will give your photos a more realistic look. This is the secret to my headshot portfolio. I use my empathy, integrity and humour to talk to you like an old friend. As we chat about your life and loves I take photographs almost ‘in the moment’ so that the session is easy going. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is once we get into the swing of things.

DON’T over-pose or try to force yourself into a ‘camera smile’. It won’t work. A genuine pose that looks spontaneous is created through natural movements. I might ask you to take a step forward, move your hair or look over my shoulder. These prompts work because they are something you do every day so feel and look genuine.

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Women’s professional headshots – What to wear

Women’s professional headshots should be anything but boring. They should be engaging, confident, and reflect your personality.

Three days before we meet, lay out three ironed and laundered outfits on your bed. Look for clothes that make you feel confident and comfortable.

Next, put them on and find a location with good lighting to check your outfits. A bright, well-lit room will make you feel confident and help you look your best. Look in the mirror. Fold your arms. Do a ‘sit test’. Are there any bulges or creases that distract? Do you like what you see?

Here are my favourite tips on what to wear for woman’s professional headshots:

Don’t wear:

  • A busy pattern can be distracting in a headshot, so it’s best to avoid it.
  • Tight clothing – you want to look comfortable and confident, not squeezed in
  • Anything that might distract from your face – big earrings, necklaces, etc.
  • Don’t take clothes straight from their wrappers and expect to wear them
  • Creased clothes


  • Choose something solid or with a simple pattern.
  • Make sure the clothes fit well and that you feel comfortable in them.
  • Wear nude underwear
  • Tailored outfits that follow the body line
  • Bright colours can be eye-catching and make you stand out
  • Muted tones can help you appear more professional

If you’re not sure what to wear, I can visit your home and choose outfits from your existing wardrobe.

Women’s professional headshots make your brand more human

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No one else does women’s professional headshots as I can

We hope you enjoyed our tips for women’s professional headshots. I tried to be as thorough as we could so that you get the best women’s professional headshots from your session with us.

If you have any questions please contact us at +44 (0)7719316609 or use the email below and we will be happy to answer any questions you have or even schedule a complimentary consultation before your headshot session.

Being Isle of Wight-based, I often conduct business portraits outdoors around Ryde and in my Seaview home studio.   Get in touch now.


Please contact the Isle of Wight Studio on +44 (0)1983 617383

or Mandy on +44 (0)7719316609 email or use the contact form below


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