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Headshot Advice from Apptio Human Resources Senior Vice President Britt ProvostInterview with Britt Provost Senior Vice President of Human Resources | Apptio

Headshot advice and insight from an actual Human Resources head-honcho? Um, YES please.  The closest I usually come is reading everything I can get on the subject.  To that end, would you be surprised to hear that a recent study reported that 90% of human resources people say they check out social media profiles, especially LinkedIn and Facebook, before inviting a candidate in for an interview?  I’m going to guess that you are not actually shocked because even for those of us that are not in human resources — we’re doing our own due diligence and research for everything from sales presentations to professional networking.  It’s just “Good Business 101.”

If you have ever read my blog — you know that I find this topic fascinating so when I had a chance to photograph an executive headshot session with Britt Provost, Apptio Senior Vice President of Human Resources, she and I started really discussing her professional perspective.  (Then it hits me as we are changing the lighting and the set — this woman is absolutely brilliant – and sadly… NOT on video or with a microphone.) If you could just picture the mad scramble as we mic’d her up and started rolling… it was a little crazy-town but we did manage to get her professional opinion on the topic of headshots, executive presence  and the 3 types of pictures that should NEVER be on your LinkedIn profile.

For those that don’t have three minutes to watch the video…this was one of my favorite questions & answers.

Any headshot advice for business professionals for what to avoid on your LinkedIn profile?

“If you are serious about the work you do and your profession, you should have a photo, bottom line. No party pictures, No wedding pictures, No drinking pictures. A really nice, simple professional photograph that represents who you are is best. “

Britt talked about her own professional journey and coming to the realization that

“It’s not about being perfect… it’s about being current”

She pointed out that a picture from 1980 is not credible and it does not send the right message.  After our photo shoot, of course my mind was racing and I was sure that some awesome person had likely written something in depth on this topic.  I found this great article from Entreprenur Magazine that shared 7 Tips to Make Sure Your LinkedIn Picture Is Helping, Not Hurting, Your Prospects – and I hope you find it helpful.

Here’s a quick link to more headshot advice, tips, tricks and articles that I have written.  For samples and inspiration of professional headshots of people that are total “Do’s” feel free to check out our portfolio here 😉


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Can you tell this man is wearing braces in these headshots? Wait before you wonder where I’m going with this — indulge me here because sometimes I’m teaching and sometimes I’m just talking — and today… it’s the latter. This post is just about having a little bit of fun. 😀 Swear to you that even with my huge paparazzi camera lens on him I couldn’t tell either. Since I was the girl that wore the standard issue silver braces as a teenager (and frankly, kind of need them again as a grown-up) I was floored to see that they are literally invisible on Ryan here. Yes I’ve heard of Invisalign and for any of you that are eye-rolling with how late I am to the party — fair enough (heehee) but it took seeing with my own eyes to really be a believer. (I even posted one of him NOT smiling to show that even with his mouth closed there was no wonky-ness …and yes, I just likely made up that word too) Shout out to Orthodontist Dr. Egger for introducing us to Ryan…he’s so cute and an excellent way to begin a post holiday week!


Listening to this sweet couple Dana and Michael tell us about their very first date 20 years ago during their photo shoot was like watching a scene out of the opening credits of When Harry Met Sally. Seriously if Harry Connick Jr. had arrived at the studio and broken into the song “It Had to be You” — this photographic moment could not have been any more perfect. And then it was…because I asked them to dance — and Michael said with a smile at Dana “We love to dance” — he offered his hand and she accepted…he gave her a twirl…and it was so very wonderful in every way.

Sweet older couple dancing at Studio B Portraits

“What is the secret to your success as a couple?”  I ask.

Dana responds “He always makes me laugh” — And he did. Again and again for the entire session (and the last twenty years)  I’m smiling just thinking about it myself right now. 🙂  What a gift.

Sweetest couple ever in love after 20 years together laughing and playing in the studio


Using color and patterns to make your headshot photo memorable

Using color and patterns to make your headshot photograph memorable

Portfolio Headshots for business profiles on Linked-In, online dating, marketing, websites, and advertising needs are the reason people come to Studio B for their photography but never in the last 10 years has anybody ever asked that we make them “forgettable.” Taller with more hair…yes! Younger? Yep. Thinner? Sure,   But never “forgettable.”

In a busy, over stimulated world… at our core, feeling special is still — pretty fricken awesome. Black may be basic, but the “wow factor” of bold color and clever pattern is memorable.  And let’s be honest, wouldn’t we all rather hear “Whoa, you look amazing!” far more than “My aren’t you a vision of just-alright today?” 🙂  So I’m being a little silly but I believe you understand where I’m going here.

I wanted to do this quick post to point out that making your headshot memorable is as easy as incorporating pops of unexpected hues and mixing in design that add visual interests and leave a lasting impression.

Fun fact #1: In a Career Builder survey of nearly 3000 hiring managers they interviewed associated the colors Green, Yellow, Orange & Purple with creativity.  Blue was associated with being a team player and red with power.  

Using color and patterns to make your headshot photograph memorable does not have to be intimidating.  Our client Lisa (above) is just a vision of vibrant shades and geometric design done right.  She credits her stylist Angie Cox at You Look Fab for these pulled together looks that we shot for her recent Portfolio Session but you don’t need to be a styling pro to do color right. You just need confidence to go for it and try!

Simple Ideas to Get you Started with wearing color and pattern on Camera:

  • Learn the Rules and When to Break Them.  A Guide to Coordinating the Colors of Your Clothes (+ photo examples) and 4 Life-Changing Tip for Mixing Prints will get you started.
  •  If you’re still feeling unsure, start small by utilizing accessories. For the men — choose a button down that isn’t plain and is not white (radical I know) and if you are getting dressy — pair it with a sophisticated tie.  Nordstrom has this gorgeous Burberry Pink that we love but you can also stay in the neutrals and just jump out of your comfort zone with pattern alone.
  • For women, try a scarf or piece of jewelry with pops of colors until you are ready to go full rainbow head to toe (just kidding…unless you are going to do it 😉 – and then you should head over to Kate Spade for inspiration.

Best senior pictures of girl with with vintage style and old Hollywood glamour in red Mod Cloth dress Best senior pictures of girl with vintage style and old Hollywood glamour in red Mod Cloth dressFor those of us that love vintage style senior pictures, old Hollywood glamour and a bold red lip — this is for you. Tahoma High School senior Jordan came in for her senior portraits session and I swear I felt myself get a little bit giddy.  From her ruby red heel to her Mod Cloth lace dress I was fully ready to channel my inner Annie Liebovitz (my celebrity photographer idol that photographs all of the Vanity Fair Magazine covers) We captured these timeless portraits in the studio but we also had a pretty amazing Seattle sunny day to work with as well.  I’m in love with this sneak peek that we shared on Instagram and here’s a behind the scenes of the entire senior photo shoot below.

Shout out to our style partner Sorella Salon for Jordan’s amazing camera ready hair styling and make-up application.  Absolutely gorgeous ladies.