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Useful tips for a successful personal branding photoshoot

Getting your photos taken can be quite exciting, especially if you’re not used to being in front of the camera. Luckily, I’m here to help! When you book a personal branding photoshoot in Amsterdam with me, I’ll guide you step by step through the shoot, ensuring you get the most beautiful images. I understand that it’s also helpful to prepare yourself beforehand. That’s why I’m sharing some handy tips on this page to help you make the most out of your personal branding shoot and achieve the best results. So, keep reading!

What’s the difference between a personal branding photoshoot and portrait photography?

Sometimes people confuse a personal branding photoshoot with a portrait photoshoot, but they are two different types of shoots. In portrait photography, you capture a person’s likeness on camera, and it may not immediately convey their profession. On the other hand, a personal branding photoshoot involves more dynamic shots. I can capture you making a phone call, working on your laptop, or performing tasks related to your profession. This adds a personal touch to your brand.

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Why choose a personal branding photoshoot?

As an entrepreneur, it’s crucial to make yourself visible to attract (more) clients. This visibility can be achieved through offline means like brochures and posters, as well as online with a website, social media, and ads. Clients not only choose your product or service but also the person behind it. Personal branding photos can effectively showcase the face behind your business in a way that resonates with your target audience. Photos enhance your story, making you more trustworthy to potential clients compared to just using text and stock photos.

How to prepare for a personal branding shoot?

A good start is key, and the better prepared you are for the personal branding photoshoot, the more relaxed you’ll be during the session. Here are some preparation tips:

Who are you?

Start by answering the question: who are you? Describe your personality, traits, and why you started your business. This self-reflection helps set the tone for the shoot.

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What do you want to convey?

Define not only how you see yourself but also how you want your clients to perceive you. Decide whether you want to appear approachable, experienced, modest, or confident. There’s no right or wrong; it’s about aligning with your brand.

What do you offer?

Consider what you offer to your clients, not just in terms of products or services but the end result you provide. This aspect can also be visually represented in your photos.

Create a moodboard

Once you know what you want to convey, create a moodboard with images that resonate with your desired brand image. Pinterest is a great tool for this, allowing you to gather inspiration for your personal branding photoshoot.

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Review poses on your moodboard

Examine the poses of models on your moodboard. Identify poses that appeal to you and consider why they do. Do they exude confidence or hospitality? Determine if these are qualities you want to convey in your photos.

Consider the environments on your moodboard

Look at the settings where the models on your moodboard were photographed. Whether indoors or outdoors, in modern or classic environments, these choices can influence the overall feel of your personal branding shoot.

Plan your outfits

Decide in advance what you’ll wear. Choose clothing that aligns with your brand image and makes you feel comfortable and confident. Consider the colors of your brand for a cohesive look.

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Check your moodboard again

Revisit your moodboard and take note of the clothing worn by individuals in the images. Consider wearing similar outfits to achieve a cohesive visual style.

Bring multiple outfits to the shoot

To add variety to your photos, bring multiple outfits. I can also provide some clothing options if needed, and we can choose the best set based on the background and setting.

Decide on the location

Determine where the personal branding shoot will take place. While I primarily photograph in Amsterdam and the surrounding areas, I’m flexible and can travel to your location. Choosing a unique location can set your photos apart from others in your industry.

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How do I work during a personal branding photoshoot?

I believe it’s essential for you to feel comfortable during the photoshoot. Beforehand, we’ll have a conversation to discuss your preferences, either over the phone or through email. I’ll ask about you and your business, your goals for the photos, and how you plan to use them. This information helps us determine the type of personal branding photos you need.

Set you at ease

On the day of the shoot, we’ll sit down and possibly have a drink together. We’ll review your preferences and go over a small plan of action. This way, you’ll have an idea of what to expect, and you’ll likely feel more relaxed during our conversation.

Act as a coach

During the shoot, I’ll play more of a coaching role than just a photographer. Having been on the other side of the camera myself, I understand how to empathize with you. Through conversation, guidance on poses, and occasionally showing you a preview, I’ll help you navigate the shoot. You’ll notice an increase in your confidence and relaxation as a result.

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Take the time

It’s crucial that you feel at ease for authentic photos. We’ll take the necessary time to capture your personal branding images. This allows room for spontaneous and creative ideas. If we’re shooting outdoors and notice a blooming tree, we might decide to take some impromptu shots. Your spontaneity is also welcome – if you spot an interesting location during the shoot, let’s explore it together. My approach ensures that the photoshoot becomes a enjoyable experience for you, reflecting in the final images.

Book your personal branding photoshoot with me!

Overall, I strive to make your personal photoshoot in Amsterdam or the surrounding areas a delightful experience for you. This not only shows in the photos but also makes it less daunting for you to consider future photoshoots. If you’re interested in being photographed by me, please reach out so we can get to know each other!

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