(Actors, please see our page of headshot tips for actors)
Our goal is to take a photograph that makes you look your best.
Share your intentions for the session. Let us know what kind of look you want and where the photo will be seen.
Drink lots of water and be well rested (so your eyes will not have dark cirlces).
Do not drink alcohol or take any drugs directly before or the night before your shoot (so you are not dehydrated). If possible, do not smoke cigarettes directly before your shoot.
Arrive on time. Please call if you arrive more than 10 minutes early - we may have other clients scheduled before you.
What to wear - Everyone:
- Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great
- Make sure your jacket and shirt fit you well. A poor fitting jacket or shirt will be obvious in the photos
- Don't overdress
- Turtlenecks are almost always a bad idea (since they crowd the face)
- Clothes should be neatly pressed and should look new or like new
- Avoid busy patterns and large lines/stripes
- Blue/green/turquoise shirts/blouses or accents can help emphasize blue/green/hazel eyes
What to wear - Men:
- The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie
- A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, shirt and tie (no jacket), or dress shirt on it's own
- Polo shirts are a good look for some businesses. Be sure the shirt is in good condition and fit well
- For a no-jacket casual look, bring colored shirts - ideally darker than your skin tone
- A white dress shirt by itself is a bad idea - unless you plan to wear it underneath something (jacket or sweater)
- Bring a few different jackets, shirt colors and ties so we have choices for the photo
What to wear - Women:
- Avoid big prints and busy patterns
- Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety different shirts/blouses to see what works best
- For a no-jacket casual look, bring various colored blouses - ideally darker than your skin tone
REMEMBER: Select and wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. Select something that makes you look and feel good.
- Keep jewelry extremely simple - small is better
- Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated
- The picture is about your face not your jewelry
- Be prepared to remove facial piercings or multiple ear piercings
What to bring:
- Your previous headshots (so we can improve)
- Favorite Music (CD or iPod/MP3 player)
- Various changes of clothing (see above)
- Good attitude
- Lip balm
- Hair brush/comb
- Makeup and hair products you prefer (especially if you have allergies)
(Ideally) Please arrive with:
- Hair styled and makeup already applied (if not using makeup artist)
- Already dressed in first outfit
Hair and Makeup Tips:
- Make-up should be clean and natural
- Wear a heavy layer of translucent powder - your face will appear flawless in photos. Shine disappears, pores seem smaller, skin looks even, and blush is smoother
- Line lips before applying matte lipstick, then reline. Don't overdo it. Dip a cotton bud in powder and run along lip line to prevent color from bleeding
- Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine
- Avoid frosts or garish colors
- Don't get a new hair cut just before the shoot (you may want to let it grow-in a bit or get used to styling a new cut)
- Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or few days before your shoot. In case you have a bad reaction to the product