Getting a photo taken for your CV/resumé


Getting a CV photo in Christchurch

Choose clothing suitable for a job interview

The photographic image will be cropped to show your head and shoulders only, so this is the area to focus on. For men — a business shirt and tie, with or without a jacket. For women — it’s best to avoid a low neckline.

Make an appointment with Phil Teague at While You Wait Portraits

Phil Teague at While You Wait Portraits takes studio-quality photographs at a moderate price. Phone Phil for an appointment on 03 366 6267 or 027 484 8869. While You Wait Portraits is located at 73 Travis Country Drive, Christchurch, beside Travis Wetland. The cost of a CV photo will be $45 GST inclusive.

Tell Phil that you've been referred by Chris Eilers

This is important — if you simply ask for a CV photo, Phil will digital manipulate the photo and include the cost of this in his price, which will be considerably higher than $45. Also, the photo itself may not be suitable. Phil knows what I want in a CV photo — direct eye contact with the camera, a full, professional smile, a mid-sky background, and two or three digital images via email.

Make sure that your hair and clothing are tidy

This is a quick, while-you-wait service — you will need to take responsibility for taming stray wisps of hair. Check in the mirror at While You Wait Studios. If wearing a tie, make sure the knot is central and right up to the collar line.

Avoid moisturiser if wearing makeup

Under studio lighting moisturiser can make your cheeks and/or forehead look shiny and greasy. If powdering your face, the best option is to use an astringent wipe or mattifying agent before applying the powder.

Face the camera square on with your head upright

You will be seated on an angle to the camera, and asked to turn your head towards it. The camera will be placed slightly higher than the level of your head. Tilt your head up slightly to face the camera square on. Try to avoid tilting your head sideways.

Greet Phil with a full, professional smile

Photographers usually try to get people to look cute and lovable for the family album. The aim here is to look friendly, businesslike and employable. If Phil cracks a joke to encourage a smile, try to avoid an expression of mirth.

Check the result and select the best two or three images

Phil will email me the digital images for your CV. If you would like a print of one of the photos for your own use, you can purchase this at an additional cost of $10.50. You choose the size of the print — you can have either one postcard-size image, two wallet-size images or four passport-size images.

Getting a CV photo outside Christchurch

If you’re not in a position to visit Christchurch during the CV preparation process, you’ll need to find a photographer who will supply your photos in digital format, and who has a full complement of studio equipment, including a soft light source — a softbox or photographic umbrella, not a front flash — and a reflector or secondary light source. Tell the photographer that I want a sky-blue background, a full, professional smile and direct eye contact, with your body on a slight angle to the camera and your head upright and square on to the camera. Show the photographer the CV photos at

It’s important that I receive your photographic images uncropped, so that I can make any minor adjustments to the vertical alignment that may be necessary. Ask the photographer to email me two or three low-compression JPEG images at their original resolution, typically 1Mb+ per photo file.

© Chris Eilers 2005–18.