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Hi, there! I’m Karen - a boutique family photographer with a special love for babies! 

About Karen

Headshots are everywhere. You can find them on LinkedIn profiles, company websites, and social media. A good headshot becomes your digital calling card, especially if you’re career-focused in the New Jersey/East Brunswick area. But getting that perfect, professional headshot takes more than just a smartphone selfie. You need good lighting, professional posing, and the right expression.

As a headshot photographer, I know the impact of a good headshot. That’s why I want to share some insider tips with you. In this blog, I’ll break down everything you need to know about stunning headshots, from preparing for your shoot to why choosing a professional photographer matters. By the end, you’ll be ready to put your best face forward.

Headshot Photography Preparation

We start with a consultation to discuss your goals. What kind of image are you aiming for? Do you have any requirements for how the headshot will be used? Knowing your preferences lets me customize the shoot for better results.

Next comes the wardrobe. Solid colors photograph best, so think classic black, navy, or earth tones. Flattering necklines and comfortable textures are your friends. Hair and makeup matter too. Consider professional styling for a polished look, or achieve a natural yet perfected style on your own.  

Finally, we’ll decide on a location. Studio lighting gives us control, while outdoor settings add a unique touch. The choice depends on your profession and brand image.

Tips for Posing and Expression

Relax, I’ll guide you through posing. We focus on natural positions that flatter your features and match your profession. Think good posture, relaxed shoulders, and slight angles. Eye contact matters too. A direct gaze projects confidence, while a slightly turned look can add a touch of approachability. 

We’ll make sure to capture a range of expressions. A friendly smile is great, but we can also explore a more serious look for a professional edge.

Lighting Techniques for Headshot Photography

Lighting makes or breaks a headshot. Unlike casual photos, I control every aspect of light for a flattering look. Natural light has its charm, but it’s unreliable. In my studio, I use professional setups for consistent quality. These setups allow me to:

  • Eliminate harsh shadows that emphasize imperfections.
  • Shape your features through strategic light placement.
  • Adjust the brightness for perfect exposure.
  • Ensure consistent results regardless of outside conditions.

The outcome is a clear, professional headshot that highlights your best features and aligns with your personal or company brand.

Finding the Right Headshot Photographer in New Jersey

The right headshot photographer makes all the difference. When evaluating photographers in East Brunswick, consider these factors:


Explore a photographer’s portfolio. Do their headshots align with your vision? Look for polish, professionalism, and variety in their work.


Choose a photographer who specializes in headshots. They understand the nuances of lighting and posing for beautiful results.

Personality Fit

Headshot sessions involve collaboration. Find a photographer who makes you comfortable so you can relax and look your best.

Photography by MuSen specializes in high-quality headshot photography across East Brunswick and surrounding areas. I offer various packages and focus on capturing your image in a way that promotes confidence and professionalism.

Get Your Professional Headshot Taken by MuSen Photography

Your professional headshot is your digital introduction. Investing in quality headshot photography shows commitment to your career. A great headshot conveys confidence and competence, attracting attention and establishing trust.

At Photography by MuSen, I can help you make a powerful impression. If you’re ready to take your image to the next level, contact me, and let’s create a headshot that reflects your best self.

- L. (maternity and newborn sessions customer)

I had an extremely anxious pregnancy after my miscarriage, which is why I didn't reach out to you until so late, but you really went out of your way to accommodate and make it happen for me and my family. I'm so glad that I have all these photos of this special time in our lives and the captures of (our) brand new baby. I'll be forever grateful for the perfect moments you captured. Thank you again, so much."

"Hi Karen. Just wanted to really say thank you again for everything with our sessions. I could not be happier with how they both turned out."

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We have gotten many compliments from visiting guests. The photos you took are candid and captured true moments of joy. The product has amazing quality and yet very easy to install. I can’t wait to get another great collage for the upcoming family shoots. Thank you Karen.

"We absolutely loved the wall collage you designed for us. It has become the focal point of our great room"

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She listened to what type of photos we were looking to achieve and offered suggestions since she is in fact the professional! Karen was always very responsive if I had any questions leading up to the actual photo shoot and was an absolute pleasure to work with the day of our session. Everything went very smooth, and our proofs were delivered very quickly. After the selection process, our final images were delivered also very quickly and looked so amazing. We have received so many compliments and will be using Karen again in the future. I highly recommend MuSen Photography to anyone looking for quality professional photography!

"Karen was amazing to work with from the very beginning through to the delivery of our final photos"

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I hired her to do my daughters first birthday party photos and she captured the moment perfectly. I was so pleased with her work I hired her again to do a mother and daughters photo shoot for Mother’s Day. She NAILED IT one of the most beautiful photo shoots I have ever seen. Karen picked the location, lighting, told us how to pose her eye for perfection is beyond words she saw my vision and made it come true. She also was very easy to contact and communicate with. The turn over time to receive the photos was fast and easy. Karen is also very sweet it was truly a pleasure working with her.  I highly recommend her and if perfection is what you seek Karen is definitely the one.  I look forward to working with her again. Thank you so much Karen you rock .

"Karen is absolutely amazing."

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Truthfully from the beginning when we met in the diner to the very end of our day to stay to capture all of our memories. You were a pleasure to work with and we will be using you again for sure for our family photos and every event we have. I love most about you that your attention to details and making sure you get everything right and perfect for us. 

"Karen what can I say but you are fabulous"

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Once again I'm so grateful that you managed to squeeze us in and did such wonderful work with our newborn! We absolutely love the prints and can't wait to put them up around house! I can't wait to book you for his 1 year shoot!

"Hi Karen, thank you so much!"

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