preparing for your headshot session
Clothes & Jewelry
Set aside your clothing options and accessories to wear during your session at least the day before, so you're not stressing the day of. A headshot image presents the shoulders, or mid-chest up to the top of the head, so the shirt is the most important article of clothing. We'll also get some 3/4 body images so do bring one or two options for pants, but focus more on bringing a range of different tops. If your session is only for headshots, don’t worry about shoes. Be comfortable.
A solid colored or simple patterned shirt
A simple shirt/blouse with a solid blazer.
Simple jewelry - earring studs, nose ring stud
Shirts with busy patterns, because it distracts from the face (unless it's your personal/professional aesthetic).
Turtlenecks , because it adds bulk and shortens the neck.
Also avoid clothing with large logos., because it can be distracting.
Solid black and solid white shirts, as they wash out your skin tone.
Large or distracting jewelry (unless it's your personal/professional aesthetic).
Make sure that ALL clothes are ironed and pressed before the session. Wrinkles in clothes are difficult to retouch in post. This will result in an extra fee per image, and is not guaranteed.
Skin & Make-up
Don’t do any extreme beauty regimens right before your session, like facial peels, tanning or extensive exfoliating. Your skin can look very irritated. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, which can leave your skin irritated and with uneven tan lines.
If you can, drink plenty of water in the week prior to your session, as this will keep your skin hydrated. Try to avoid fried and salty foods which causes bloating and water retention. The night before brush your lips with your toothbrush to help get rid of any dead skin. Get plenty of sleep to look refreshed and feel your best!
Bring lip balm or lip gloss with you to help keep lips looking soft.
For lipstick changes, we'll start out with lighter colors and can add darker lipstick later in the session.
Try not to use matte styles of makeup. It will dry out your skin.
Bring your makeup and moisturizer with you to the session in case your skin does get dry or you need touchups.
Studio lights and outdoors can get pretty hot. Bring some oil absorbing sheets to remove oil and sweat during your session.
Leave your colored contacts at home and bring clear contacts with you. Colored contacts ALWAYS look fake in images. Bring eyedrops.
Consider hiring a Makeup artist to do your makeup and stay with you for touch-ups.
Wigs and Weaves need to be on point. Matting, tangling and bad hairlines won't be retouched.
Bring a comb/brush, some hair product (gel/hairspray) and bobby pins with you to the session to help calm fly-aways.
Start with your hair down and towards the end of the session put it up in a ponytail for a more casual look.
Consider hiring a hair stylist the morning of, or night before.
Prepare your facial hair for your headshots by trimming, plucking and/or choosing a style for facial hair days in advance. Knowing that plucking can leave red marks, and bleaching can irritate skin, be sure to do these things prior to your session. Remove unwanted hair a few days before your session. Don't forget to clean up brows and upper lip hair
For packages that allow for more time between looks, I invite my clients to arrive at the session with stubble or beard for the first shots, then you can shave so we can get a cleaner look. Be cautioned, skin can becomes red and irritated after immediately shaving so this option may work for some better than others.
Brush before your session to remove any food or particles. And avoid anything that may stain your teeth on the day of your session. If your teeth are noticeably yellowed or stained, consider an at home whitening kit and/or a professional cleaning and whitening, but don't worry if you don't have the time or money, we can easily get the same result with retouching.
NailS & hands
Your hands may end up in some of our shots, a manicure is recommended. Choose a neutral, skin tone polish, or a clear coat, so as not to distract from your face; and/or a clean trim is enough. Lotion up those hands! Tip: lotion mixed with a bit of dab of olive oil or coconut oil works wonders the night before.
Peace Of Mind
For peace of mind write down all the details for your session and add it to your clothing bag: helpful info to include would be time, location, directions, and any instructions provided. It's also a good idea to have my number saved into your phone in case you need to contact me on the way. If you are working with your own hair stylist or make-up artist, make sure to send them all these details too.
For a lot of people having their photograph taken is stressful, so set yourself up to minimize your stress. Be sure to GPS the location in advance and allow yourself plenty of time to get there. Map your route in advance and consider what the traffic conditions will be on the day of your session. Give yourself at least two hours to spend at the studio. It's important that we get at a comfortable pace and not feel rushed.
Know What You Want
Before the session 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.
Take some time in advance to consider what kind of feeling you are trying capture in your image. Prepare by practicing in front of the mirror. Don't worry if you are not certain about this, I will help you figure this out, but if you can come in with your own ideas that will help!
If you have one eye that is visibly smaller than the other bring the side of your face with the smaller eye towards the camera. It will help reduce the difference between the two.