• E. Rachael Hardcastle

Organise Your Indie Photoshoot

Why you need a professional headshot

Getting professional shots of you doing what you love shows your readers that you mean business! You're in it for the long run and you're having tons of fun doing it. Although some introverted authors want to hide behind their products, they still need to be visible to potential fans and followers.

This post contain my top 5 tips to organise your very own indie author photo shoot with the least amount of stress and expense. These are from experience (see shots below).

Find a location

My photographs were taken at home. I write when I'm at home; it's where I'm most comfortable and where my writer's cave is, so why not utilise that surrounding? My home is my office, so it made sense to shoot there. I chose a spacious room with nice decoration and arranged a place to sit. With a bit of shuffling around and re-organising, I set up a make-shift work space. It was also free to use.

  • Use your home or a familiar setting

  • Set up an office/ work space

  • Consider the weather - indoor or outdoor?

Choose Your Outfit

Wear something comfortable, but professional-looking. For example, a pant suit, shirt/ blouse, heels etc. Avoid sweatpants!

The colour of your clothing doesn't have to be black. It can represent your personality and the genre you write, but you should always consider where the image will be used and what those other colours will be. In my shots I'm wearing a plain black dress, and I've done my hair and make-up. The necklace I'm wearing is a symbol from my high fantasy series, Finding Pandora.

I didn't buy a new outfit for this particular shoot, so there was no cost on this occasion.

  • Use clothes you already own

  • Look professional, but be comfortable

  • Consider weather and location - will you get cold or wet?

Choose a time

If your location is outside, you should consider the lighting and how busy that place will be. You may also want to re-consider your choice of clothing. If you opted for a local park, you'll want it to be quiet and dry, unless rain and snow are important for the genre.

My photographs were taken indoors in the evening as you can tell by the time on the clock. Dark winter nights were therefore not an issue for me, but they may be for you. Give this some thought before you make any plans.

  • Consider the lighting - dark winter evenings

  • How busy will that place be - avoid rush hour


Which items do you think should be in the photos with you? I included books and writing materials in mine.

For example, if you write horror, you may wish to drape some Halloween decorations in the background - spider webs, a pumpkin perhaps. Does your photo shoot have a theme? If not, use things you already have (journal, books, decorative ornaments, etc) to keep your costs low.

  • Use props you already own

  • Use relevant props

Your photographer

My photographer was a member of my family with a passion for taking pictures, and so already owned the equipment. If you don't own a camera, you could also take the photographs using your phone. Most smartphones have 16mp+ cameras.

Find somebody who makes you feel comfortable and calm. Friends and family members are ideal for this (unless you think they will make you laugh, which could be a positive thing!).

  • Record some behind the scenes footage

  • Use a member of the family or a friend with a good eye/ passion for photography

  • Use a mobile phone


Ensure those taking part get something from the experience, whether this is a payment or visibility for their business, a mention on your social media or a gift.

Watch the video:

I asked another member of the family to record what was happening for the 'behind the scenes' footage. You can check it out on my Youtube channel. If you like the content, please consider subscribing and giving it a thumbs up!

Still Struggling?

If you'd like further photo shoot advice, please contact me to book your one hour coaching session today or click this link for more information. You can also find lots of free, helpful resources online.

As always if you need advice or clarification in relation to this content, please feel welcome to get in touch with me.

- Read my #1 Amazon US Bestseller FREE on your device today at www.books2read.com/findingpandora -

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