Whether you’re a freelancer, professional, or a small business owner, creating an authentic personal brand is crucial to your success and growth. Your personal brand is what sets you apart from all the rest and what keeps people coming back to you again and again. There’s so much that goes into creating a gorgeous personal brand, but your personal brand photos should be at the forefront of your mind. Here are a few ways you can get the most out of your personal brand photoshoot:
- Write down your story
Create a strong personal connection with your audience by telling them a story. Take a moment to write down who you are, why you do what you do, and what you have to offer potential clients. Building your personal brand isn’t about putting on a new personality — it’s about sharing the things that make you uniquely you in a calculated, beautiful way.
- Come up with a vision
What describes your personal brand? What do you want your personal brand to look like? Is it bright, fun, young, quirky, and refreshing? Artistic, moody, minimalist, cool, and enigmatic? Professional, sophisticated, intelligent, trustworthy, and revolutionary? Think about those things first before moving forward.
- Consult with your photographer
Let your photographer in on your vision for your photoshoot and for your brand itself. Make sure your photographer understands your story, your values, your image, and your personality. That way, your photographer will be able to prepare as well — choosing location, light, and shooting style accordingly.
- Look your best
Consider hiring a professional hair/makeup artist for your personal brand photoshoot. A pro will be able to help you really shine in front of the camera and accentuate your best features, all while making sure you come across the way you want to. When it comes to wardrobe, choose an outfit that will make you feel confident and assist in telling the story of who you are.
Once you’ve done the work to know the story you’re trying to tell and the vision you’re striving to create, your personal brand photoshoot will fit right into place. If you feel prepared, confident, capable, and beautiful, all of those qualities will shine through in your photos and help refine your brand.
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