I've been shooting professional commercial portraits for years and I've picked up a few tips that can really help with your photography. Let's face it, nobody is giving you any advice so I thought I was trying to help you get the most out of recording your profile.
1. Think about what you will be wearing
Don't wear t-shirts with graphic logos or band names or funny slogans on your top. There is a risk that they will be cut off in the picture and look silly.
Patterns and thin stripes also don't work well on camera and computer screens. There is something called a moiré effect when thin stripes are close together creating a secondary wave pattern. This is especially evident when an image on a screen is small. Even patterns that look cool on your clothing can be just a busy visual sound on the camera. So if you can remember to wear something simple that looks great no matter the size of the picture.
Many portraits are converted to black and white. So you should also think about the shades you wear. The pink tie with the light blue shirt might look great in real life, but if the image has been converted to black and white they may be the same tone and just blend into each other. So think about contrast and hues and if in doubt, take a few shots of yourself in the mirror of your phone and convert them to black and white to see what looks good.
2. shiny skin
Most of the time, when a photographer comes to your workplace and sets up a studio, there is a good chance they are using artificial light. This is to ensure that he can get consistent results from the portraits. This is great as he will usually adjust the lighting to get the most flattering image of you possible. However, one of the downsides to studio lighting is that it often makes your skin look shiny / shiny / sweaty / oily. This is especially true in summer when it is a hot day. So I would recommend a little concealer / foundation to the ladies. Gentlemen are best to go to the bathroom to wash their face just before their picture is taken, or a quick wash with a baby wipe also works well.
3. Your hair
I would always recommend ladies with long hair to bring a brush to the shoot. Make sure everything is brushed and clean around the edges. Photoshopping hair is tricky because there are so many different lines in so many different directions that it really is a specialized job and usually goes beyond what's included in the work. It's much easier to get it right before taking a picture than after it.
This is a professional shot of you at work. So keep that in mind when you apply your makeup. A natural look always works best. Don't overdo it: How you would put your makeup on for a special evening probably won't work for a company portrait. Keep it simple and make sure it feels good to you. If you usually wear heavy lipstick then that's fine, but don't go for a daring look if you don't normally look that way. After all, you want the picture to be a good professional representation of yourself.
That's not a big deal, but it's probably worth a mention. So if you normally wear glasses and people are used to seeing you in them. Wear them. If you only wear them to work at the computer (like me) and don't wear them often when you meet people, decide beforehand whether or not you want to wear them in the photo. If you are not going to wear them, take your glasses with you before you come for the photo so you don't have two red spots on each side of your nose. It takes a while for them to go away. So take your time.
If you are going to be wearing your glasses, you should really clean them very well. It's amazing how much dust / fingerprints / eyelash hair etc can show up on the final picture. So make sure the glasses are pristine, and if your frames have fingerprints or grease marks on them, clean them too.
Finally, when taking pictures, you should push your glasses back as far as possible. Often times, the glasses slide only slightly down your nose and tend to cover your eyes only very slightly. With profile photos, it's really important to see your eyes. So when the glasses are pushed back, they are at their best.
6. Your best side
Many people know what they look like in front of the camera and which side of their face they prefer. Personally, I don't know, so it always surprises me when people say this is my best side. But it really helps me and makes my life easier as I will focus on that side and work with it.
Likewise, if there is a feature of your face that you don't like or something that you are yourself aware of, let the photographer know. I've seen people tell me many times that they don't like the fact that one of their eyes is bigger than the other. So I make sure to shoot with the eye closest to the camera so that it looks a little bigger from perspective. Also, a lot of people have told me that they don't like their teeth so we're going to make them smile with their mouths closed. It's much easier to say these things to the photographer than to come to terms with a portrait that you don't like. Imagine us photographers like doctors, you can tell us anything without being embarrassed. We've probably heard all of this before.
7. The right height
Try to get the same height or just below the camera lens. Your photographer will always advise you on what is best for the portrait. However, if you are very tall, you are probably used to seeing photos of you taken from below. This can accentuate a double chin and is not the most flattering angle. So if you're really tall, there is one thing you can do: spread your legs as wide as possible. Yes, that's right, take that rock pose. This has the effect of shrinking you a few inches. It's much better to do that than to squat down a bit. Squatting down for a while is prone to pain. That's why a lot of people do this because it is a good workout for your muscles. However, if you are in pain, it will show in the photo and you will look terrible. So spreading your legs has the advantage that it is much more comfortable than squatting.
8. Keep calm
I can guarantee you that one of the first things people say to me when they come to me to have their picture taken is, "I hate to be photographed, I've never got a picture, I am satisfied with. And then they nervously chat to themselves in front of the camera, and all I record is them talking and making faces. So if you want to do this to calm yourself down, leave it. Stop talking for a few minutes. Take a deep breath and relax. You are in safe hands. The photographer wants to get the best picture of you that he can get of you and that makes you happy. Just have confidence.
Easier than you might think. How much do you like yourself when you smile in a photo? Lips closed or lips open? If you're not sure, ask your photographer what you like best. He can take a few test shots and work with you to find out what looks best on you. Or take a few photos of yourself and ask friends and family.
I've always found that asking someone to smile for the camera looks a little fake. It's not a real smile, and what I mean by that is you can't see it in the eyes. That's why I never ask people to smile. Either I try to make her smile or I ask her to think of someone or something that makes her laugh. That way I get a great response and a genuine smile. So if you think of someone or something funny while taking a picture, it will look much better and more natural.
10. Look in the mirror just before you have your picture taken
After all, I would always advise taking a short break to look at yourself in the mirror before the photo shoot. Chances are, the photographer has never met you before so he doesn't know what you look like. So just take your time to make sure you are happy with the way you look. That your hair looks good. That your necklace hasn't slipped. Your tie is straight and the top button cannot be seen. Not having food between your teeth, etc.