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When preparing for your headshot session, you may ask, “what kind of backdrop should I use?” We’re glad you asked! Most of our headshots are photographed on a seamless, clean backdrop for optimum effect on social media platforms and websites. This way, you are the focal point and there’s nothing distracting behind you competing for attention. Here are a few of our most popular backdrops:

headshot backdrops

However, there are sometimes when you might want something more visually interesting for your website or marketing materials. Here are some options in and around our studio:

lifestyle portraits

Whatever your needs, Minneapolis Headshots has you covered! From traditional to contemporary. From lifestyle to fun. We love working with you to help capture your best shot!

Our full service studio located in Minnetonka, right off of Hwy 494 and 62. We are about 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and just minutes from many cities such as Edina, Bloomington, Plymouth, Golden Valley and Eden Prairie.

Click here to learn more about our headshot packages and pricing.

William Shakespeare once said “The eyes are the window to your soul.” I also believe they are the window to your authentic self. When I see a portrait or a headshot, I’m immediately drawn to the eyes. If the eyes have a blank stare or a “deer in headlights” look, I know the person is being inauthentic. And that’s not their fault! It’s the photographer’s job to help draw out that authentic smile. It can be tough to do and it does require cooperation and energy from the subject as well.

Take a look at the photos below. The one on the left is a nice photo. She has a very pleasing smile and upon first glance, you may not notice anything off about it. Now look at the photo on the right. A similar smile but now look at the eyes. Her eyes are smiling! She looks genuinely happy. She looks authentic. She looks like someone I’d like to do business with.

authentic headshot

Next time you smile for the camera, think about smiling with your eyes and see what a difference it makes. Let your authentic self shine.

PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Sarah Pierce
Telephone: (612) 234-2714
Email: sarah@sarahpiercephotography.com

MINNETONKA, Minnesota (April 17, 2017) – Sarah Pierce Photography/Minneapolis Headshots has relocated to new studio space in Minnetonka near the corner of Highway 62 and Interstate 494. Previously located in Eden Prairie off of Flying Cloud Drive and Shady Oak Road, the new studio address is 12301 Whitewater Drive, Suite 105, Minnetonka, MN 55343.

Always looking to enhance her clients’ experience and optimize their photography session, Sarah was able to work with an architect to develop studio space that is designed with her clients’ needs in mind. The studio is 1,200 square feet and is handicapped accessible.

The new location features floor to ceiling windows which allows for natural lighting in the studio and the building is nestled in a beautifully wooded natural setting complete with walking trails. This outdoor setting will make an excellent backdrop for those who want to add a more casual photo to their session. The studio also offers a beautiful and private dressing area and make up station. Professional make-up services are also available with each session.

Sarah Pierce Photography/Minneapolis Headshots specializes in professional headshots across all industries. With the ubiquitous presence of LinkedIn and Google, virtually every working professional and those looking to jump into the job market can benefit from a professional headshot that sets their profile apart yet captures their unique personality.

Sarah and her assistant Lauren take the time to sit down and talk with every client before the session begins to get an understanding of what they’re looking for. Sarah is a master at balancing the clients’ wishes with her own artistic skill to capture the best possible photos, made simpler with the accomodations in her new studio.


For more information, contact Sarah Pierce at (612) 234-2714
Email: sarah@sarahpiercephotography.com, or visit their website at www.minneapolisheadshots.com.

In our most recent blog post, we offered a little guidance for women when choosing the perfect headshot attire. But worry not men, we haven’t forgotten you! Where women have tricky necklines and jewelry to stress about, men have the age-old dilemma of choosing the perfect tie-shirt-jacket combo. Here are a few tips and tricks for guys to help them look their best on-camera.

DO: Wear a dress shirt that fits. Men of all sizes tend to wear clothes that are too big for them (not exactly a bad problem to have!), which especially shows in front of the camera. Button-up shirts should lay nice and smooth across the shoulders, with minimal blousing or bunching around the collar.

DO: Wear a suit jacket or sport coat. Even if you’re foregoing a tie, we can’t stress enough how much a well-fitting coat pulls an ensemble together. A button-up shirt alone can look a little wrinkled or messy, so do yourself a favor and bring that coat along!

DON’T: Wear a coat with a pattern (i.e. houndstooth). We highly recommend wearing coats (or shirts if you insist on leaving the coat at home) with a solid color. We can work with a subtle pinstripe or pattern if you’d like, but patterns like houndstooth are too small and intricate for the camera to pick up, so the result can look a bit muddled.

DO: Wear a patterned or colorful tie if you want to bring in a splash of color. Ties are small enough that they can introduce a good amount of color or pattern without overwhelming the photo. Especially with a neutral backdrop, a bit of color can be just what is needed to make your headshot stand out!

DO: Use a beefier looking knot, such as a windsor when tying your tie. They tend to photograph much better than any alternative, and it is key that the knot look good as it will certainly be visible in your headshot.

DO: Wear glasses with an anti-glare coating, if possible. We can work a bit of magic in your session to make that pesky glare go away, but it’s always helpful to start with an anti-glare coating.

DON’T: Worry about what pants you wear. Since headshots are the name of the game, most photos will be cropped from the waist or above. Obviously we kindly request that you wear pants, but the style does not need to match your ensemble from the waist up.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have: 612-234-2714.

If you’d like more information or would like to book a session, please click here.

We can help you make the very best first impression with your professional headshot, LinkedIn profile photo, or corporate website photo.

At Minneapolis Headshots, the questions we get asked most frequently are in regards to which clothing looks the best on-camera, especially from our female clients. In many cases, something that may look nice in person may not look so great in a headshot. With these concerns in mind, here is a collection of the dos and don’ts of shirt selection to prepare you for your session.

DO: Choose a top with a clean, smooth neckline that lies smooth and flat.

DON’T: Choose a top with a lot of ruching or folds around the neckline, as that can often look bulky or messy in a headshot (i.e. cowl necks, turtlenecks, anything with pleating). Again it may be something that looks great in-person, but on-camera may look a little untidy.

Here’s a great illustration (from vintagevisage.com) that shows the different types of necklines.

DO: Make sure that, if you are opting for a collared shirt, it is freshly ironed and lies smooth underneath a blazer or suit jacket. Jackets do a great job of pulling an ensemble together and looking clean, but it is noticeable if the shirt underneath is bunching or wrinkling.

DO: Bring small, subtle jewelry with if it’s something you consistently wear. If larger jewelry is your go-to, feel free to bring it along and we can discuss it when we consult on your outfit.

DON’T: Wear jewelry that is too flashy or trendy, as it may not translate the same way a year or two from now. We don’t want your jewelry stealing the spotlight in your headshot!

Since a headshot or portrait is typically taken from the shoulders or waist up, the most important part of your clothing choice lies in the neckline. We recommend trying on your choices before coming in and paying close attention to how your neckline looks from different angles. We do have outfit consultation before each session, so feel free to bring options and we can help make your headshot as eye-catching as possible!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have: 612-234-2714.

If you’d like more information or would like to book a session, please click here.

We can help you make the very best first impression with your professional headshot, LinkedIn profile photo, or corporate website photo.