When it comes to finding true聽career happiness, there are plenty of obstacles to overcome:聽dealing with a work bully, finding a mentor and closing the gender gap. And while those major challenges might seem more pressing聽during your day-to-day, sometimes it鈥檚 the small things 鈥 like having a professional headshot 鈥 that can get you to #girlboss status faster than you can update your LinkedIn profile. But a great headshot is way more than wearing the perfect聽outfit or finding ideal聽lighting for a selfie. Which is exactly why we caught up with photographer Amy Randall of Amy Randall Photography.聽Amy shares her top five insider tips on how to聽make your headshot聽*wow*聽future bosses, colleagues and clients.

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1. First impressions matter. Smartphones make it easy for everyone to feel like a photographer. But when it comes to your professional portrait, you鈥檒l want it done right. 鈥淧ut down the cell phone and hire a professional. It鈥檚 all about the lighting, and a professional photographer will work their magic to put you in the best light possible,鈥澛燗my says.

2. Pick the perfect background.聽Don鈥檛 think that a traditional background will be boring.聽Good lighting and a solid background will actually make your photo pop. 鈥淭he lighting and neutral background of a professional portrait will stand out in the selfie-laden world of social media, especially on a site like LinkedIn, where you can scroll through a sea of faces,鈥 says Amy.

Or, use your headshot to show a little bit more of your personality. Amy adds, 鈥淔or a more contemporary look and personal touch, consider an environmental portrait. These can be done at your home, office or outside. Being in your environment gives the world more insight into who you are and tells a bit of your story. In these situations, a professional can supplement the natural light and limit the focus on the background to help put your best face forward.鈥


3. Consider your clothing choices. We know. It always comes down to the outfit. But good news here: Amy says we don鈥檛 have to sweat through something that鈥檚 totally not us just to get a great picture. She advises, 鈥淒ress up a little, but be comfortable. Wear what you might wear to a business networking event or a party where you hope to meet new people. Stick to solid colors or neutrals and avoid busy prints, patterns and sleeveless tops.鈥 Show off your personal style by wearing one piece of jewelry.

4. A little makeup goes a long way. The key here is *a little*. No need to put your club face on, but Amy does suggest adding a little bit of makeup to your routine. She says, 鈥淓ven if you don鈥檛 wear makeup normally, put on a little lipstick 鈥 it brings more color to your whole face.鈥 We would also recommend mascara and a little bit of blush or bronzer, so that you don鈥檛 risk looking washed out.


5. Do your research. 鈥淐heck out some local photographer鈥檚 portfolios online and find one whose work looks the most like the image you want to present,鈥 suggests Amy. Don鈥檛 be afraid to do your homework and compare your options too. The right photographer will be more than willing to help you through the process of finding the right fit.

Show us聽your professional shots by tagging聽@BritandCo!

(Photos via Amy Randall Photography)