HEADSHOT PREPARATION GUIDE
This headshot preparation guide has some quick tips to help you get ready for your headshot and branding shoot.
When it comes to clothing, we all have our own style and ways to wear them. So, as part of your headshot preparation, I always recommend that you bring several tops or outfits (at least 4 or 5) that not only match your style but that convey the message you want to portray. Professional attire, t-shirts (no logos are recommended unless it’s part of your brand), solid tops, collars, varying necklines, etc. Preferably solid colors that compliment your skin tone without matching it. Though some texture to the outfits can also help create depth, don’t have solid stripes, patterns, neon colors, or padded shoulders as they can be distracting, and we want the image to focus on you.
We all love things that shine, but when preparing for your headshot, avoid flashy and long earrings or jewelry that is distracting which will draw attention away from the face.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
I always recommend that if you want to get a haircut before the photo session, do it a week before the shoot so that your hair has time to settle into place. Also select a style or cut that compliments you, that you know you love.
For Women – I recommend that you have your hair styled and make-up done by a professional; please make sure to convey the message that you are having a headshot or branding session so they know how to prepare your hair and makeup. If you are doing your own make-up, remember that less is more, you want that day look for work. If you should have a breakout, don’t worry, I can fix it with it during the retouching process. Also, you want your make-up to embody your day look, to lightly smooth out your skin, and enhance your beautiful features. Heavy make-up is difficult to retouch and will not showcase you at your best in the photo.
For Men – If you want to have some scruff in your shot, grow it a few days ahead of time so that it settles into place. If you would also like some clean shots you can shave at the studio. Pay attention to places you might normally overlook. Also remember to check your lips, if they are chapped you might want to pick up some Chapstick a few days before and apply it daily 2 or 3 days before to minimize the crack lips.
Other areas to look at before the shoot is nose and ear hair, make sure your eyebrows look like you, and if you have a unibrow, unless it’s your look, get it taken care of a few days before the photoshoot.
SOME FINAL HEADSHOT PREPARATION TIPS
Layout the outfits you are bringing to the photoshoot the day before to minimize the stress of getting ready.
If you have a specific type of music you would like playing during the photoshoot, let me know or bring it with you. I usually play soft music, but we can also mix it up if you let me know.