PREPARING FOR YOUR HEADSHOT SESSION

I especially encourage business people to talk to me prior to our shoot. Actors are more accustomed to this process. It will give you a chance to ask me questions and get a better handle on the process.

ADVANCE WORK

In the weeks before your shoot, do some research. Find headshots you like. Note the wardrobe and general demeanor of the subjects you find appealing and start thinking of adapting them to your own shoot.

Also, start prepping your body, especially your skin. One of the simplest yet most effective things you can do is drink plenty of water during the week leading up to our session. This will ensure that your skin and lips radiate a healthy glow and are not dry.

Have your hair cut or groomed so you look your best. Remember, the eyes are the “heart” of the headshot, so bangs should be short enough to ensure that they stand out. Don’t do anything drastic like coloring and major change right before we shoot. You’ll want to be “used to” your look. Even hair color is also recommended.

THE DAY OF OUR SHOOT

HERE'S A QUICK LIST OF THE THINGS THAT SHOULD HAPPEN ON THE DAY OF OUR SHOOT.

If we haven’t set up hair and makeup services for your shoot, then come ready to go. You don’t want to be rushing through this process when we should be taking pictures.

For women, please lean towards the most “natural” look with your makeup, with soft eyeliner. Harsh edges look too severe in a headshot. The camera will pick up details, so plan on taking your time before your session (or contact me about hiring a stylist for your shoot).

For men, freshly shaved or a well-trimmed beard is the default option. For actors, we can certainly do a before/after schedule where we start with a stubble/bearded look and then move to a clean-shaven look.

BRING BASIC GROOMING TOOLS

Comb and/or brush.

Hairspray or other hair products.

Chapstick (lighting equipment/sunlight tends to dry out the air and we want to avoid chapped lips).

Eye drops (especially if you have any kind of allergies that could flare-up).

A handheld mirror.

YOUR WARDROBE CHOICES

Bring several options, more than you think we’ll need (which will give us plenty of options).

Everything should be on hangers! This not only avoids wrinkles and late-breaking coffee spills, but also means we can organize the shoot by arranging wardrobe options on the rack as we move along.

Lean towards shirts with solid colors with collars (the same color as the rest of the shirt) or crew neck t-shirts. Lacy material is not a good choice.

Bring at least one white and one black shirt.

Other shirts should be chosen in colors that complement your skin tone and eye color.

Avoid clothing with strong patterns that would be distracting.

For actors, you’ll also want to bring character-driven wardrobe options.

Business clients should bring a couple of attire options that project the image you want to share.

OTHER ISSUES

Jewelry: Should be minimal, since headshots are about your face—and especially your eyes—and jewelry will just be distracting.

Braces: Get clear bands for your braces if possible. As with jewelry, colored bands are distracting.

Eyeglasses: If you wear glasses, don’t be shy about that. We’ll probably take shots with them and without them.

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