Most of the work done during a headshot session is done by the photographer.  There are a few things you can do to make the shoot go smoother and produce a better product. Feel free to call before your session if you have any questions or concerns. These are just a few of the more common ones.

Clothes

This is usually the topic that causes the most stress. What you wear for your headshot photograph sets the tone for the headshot. Clothing should simply enhance you and your features and keep the focus of attention on your face.

 

  • Bring mainly tops but some bottoms too if you want some 3/4 length shots).

  • Solid colors look great in headshots.

  • Make sure you are comfortable in what you choose. If you don’t like it, that will transmit to the camera!

  • If you don’t bring it, we can’t shoot it. If you are unsure whether something will work, just bring it along any way. Want something new and fashionable, go shopping keep the tags on (you can always return the items you don’t want to keep after the shoot).

  • Try to avoid patterns in clothing, or select very simple patterns.

  • Layers look great.

  • Don’t necessarily dress for the weather, your headshots are timeless.  Bring what looks good.

  • Bring a few changes of clothes to the shoot.

  • Make sure that your clothes are ironed before the shoot. Wrinkles in clothes are difficult to fix in post processing.

  • Bring a lint brush or roller with you.

  • Hair & Make-up

  • When you arrive for your shoot, your hair and make-up should look like you are arriving for a job interview. Feel free to bring whatever styling products you need to create your look.

  • Makeup should be simple and not heavy. Heavy make-up keeps the viewer from focusing on the eyes and the mouth, which are the important parts of the headshot. One concern is shine think about bringing along some powder.

  • Consider booking the services of a make-up artist.

  • Men, consider a haircut a week or so before your session.

  • Bring a brush and some hair product (gel/hairspray) with you to the shoot to help calm fly-aways. 

  • Start with your hair down and towards the end of the shoot put it up in a ponytail for a more casual look.

  • If you can afford it hire a hair stylist for the morning of the shoot.

  • With make-up,  use just enough to cover up any blemishes or temporary marks on your face. 

  • Bring make-up with you for touch-ups and a different look. We can start simple and add more later in the shoot.

  • Bring lip balm with you to help keep lips looking good.

  • Don’t do any extreme with your skin right before your shoot. Facial peels, tanning can make your skin look very red and irritated.

  •  Clean-up brows and upper lip hair.

  • Men, if you want to have scruff in your shot, bring your shaving gear for some clean face shots later.

Preparation Helps!

  • Before the shoot look at your face in the mirror and see what side you like better. Everyone has a good side, find yours. Remember though, a mirror will flip your face and the camera won’t so the images might look a little different than you were expecting. 

  • Try different expressions in the mirror. Our goal is to make you confident and approachable. I will help guide you to that look,  but practice helps.

  • Bring glasses, if you wear them. As many pairs as you have.

  • The Shoot

  • Let me know what music you like. Playing music eases some tension and makes those first awkward silences easier!

  • I will be directing you. direction. I know the best posing on headshots and the best way to shape your face. You may feel a little funny posing differently, but trust me the photos will look great.

  • Relax. Headshot sessions should be fun. Don’t be afraid to let your guard down.

  • Don’t force your smile. It will look awkward in the images.

  • Squint, Squint, Squint!!! Squinting your eyes just a little will also help the shots look more confident and natural. The deer in headlights look is pretty horrible. We will work on this…a lot.

  • We will take breaks. Let me know if you need a moment to relax. When we break, we will look at our progress together and make some suggestions to get even better.

  • You may think we have taken the same shot over and over. The pose isn’t the most important part of the shot, it’s the expression. I may see something that is absolutely perfect, and I want to get a few to choose from.

  • After

  • Do you want any imperfections processed out of your shot? Some people like everything to be cleaned up in their headshots. (Freckles, moles, scars ect…) While actors and actresses need to be mindful that casting directors want to see any imperfections or distinguishing marks you may have.

  • There are limits to what we can do in post processing. The goal is to make changes that nobody even notices.

  • If you do want any major editing done, please keep in mind that it may cost extra.

  • We will sit down together and go through all the shots before you leave. You will decide which ones make the cut.

  • We can never escape the aging process, but we can help reduce the visible signs. The lighting used in your shoot helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and their imperfections. You don’t want to remove lines completely as it looks too false.

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