Preparing For Your Headshot Session

Now that you've booked your headshot session, it's time to think about what you can do prior to the session to help get the best results. Preparing well for your headshot session can help bring the results that will make your images stand out in a crowded marketplace.


The week of your session

It's always best to schedule your hair appointments, color treatments, eyebrows, tanning, etc. around one week prior to your session. You want them to look fresh and clean, but natural. In the days leading up to the photoshoot be sure to drink lots of water and do your best to minimize caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes as they can have a detrimental effect on the vitality of your skin. Also, be mindful of your sun exposure prior to the shoot. Sun burns and dry skin will rob you of the glow that comes with healthy skin. 

Be sure to take time during the week to prepare your wardrobe. With any headshot photo shoot, you want to make sure that the clothes are clean and wrinkle free before you begin. Also, pay attention to the way your clothing fits, because the wrong fit can look funny in the photo. One of the most common fitting problems happens when people wear clothing that is too small. You will also want to avoid wrinkled or bulky clothing, because it can look unprofessional in the photo. When you are wearing overly bulky sweaters or clothing, they can look rumpled and make you look fatter than you are in reality. So, if you have an older outfit that you love, be sure to try it on in advance.

Hair and makeup

If you are having your hair and makeup styled with us,  coming with a product free clean face and clean, un-styled hair will help our hair and makeup team achieve the look you want.

General Wardrobe Guidelines

Choosing your outfit for your headshot photography session can make a big impact on the way the photos turn out, and you want to make sure to select clothing that will be comfortable and attractive at the same time. The goal with the headshot is to make you appear confident, and emphasize your face and your eyes instead of the clothing. Sometimes, people get too caught up by choosing cute and trendy clothing, and it causes the picture to look unprofessional or amateur because of the clothing choices. Making poor clothing choices can actually detract from your face, and have a negative impact on the effectiveness of your headshot photo.

The most important clothing selection should be the shirt, blouse, or jacket that you choose, because the other clothing options won’t likely be shown in the picture. For example, don’t worry too much about your pants, because they probably won’t be seen in the photos. The goal with a headshot is to highlight your face and eyes, so headshots usually only focus on the top half of your body. 

In terms of color, it is important to stay away from patterns on the fabric, because the patterns can detract from your face. So, don’t choose a shirt with floral print, checkers, polka dots, stripes, or any other type of pattern on the fabric. These patterns will make the photo too “busy” and they can be very distracting. Stick with darker colors instead of lighter colors, because the darker or mid-tone colors tend to put more emphasis on your eyes and smile, instead of the clothing. Always avoid lighter colors that are too similar to your skin tone, because they can make you appear washed out. You may consider selecting a color that can help to bring out the colors in your eyes. For example, if you have blue eyes, then you may consider a blue or grey shirt. Or, if you have brown or green eyes, then earthy tones can be very complimentary to your eye color.

Business/Corporate Headshots

If you are working in a corporate environment, then it is important that you are wearing the right type of clothing that is common in an office. Many corporations have conservative dress codes, and you want to be sure that the clothing in your picture is the type of clothing that you could wear when you are going to work each day. As a general tip for both men and women, it is best to wear long sleeves in a corporate headshot, because the bare arms are often distracting.

That being said, over the last decade business headshots have become much more relaxed; for example, a jacket and unbuttoned collar have replaced buttoned up shirts with neckties.

For women: Make sure that your clothing is appropriate to your industry, because it is a bad idea to reveal too much in many professional environments. Choose a classy corporate style which shows that you are serious about your career. For example, you might choose a nice blouse or a collared shirt, paired with a suit coat and slacks or a skirt.

Also, make sure that you choose jewelry to match your outfit. The jewelry should add a nice accent to the outfit, without detracting from the overall appearance of your photo. Too much jewelry can send the wrong impression, and having the photo taken sans jewelry can appear too plain.

For men: Always consider wearing a collared dress shirt (neatly pressed), and perhaps a suit jacket. If you want to add individual style to the photo, then you may consider options such as v-neck sweaters over your dress shirt, or a tie that makes a statement.

Actor & Model Headshots

When you are choosing an outfit for actor headshots, a good guideline to follow is to consider the type of outfit that you would wear to an audition. It's also important to choose clothing that is age appropriate to the rolls you typically audition for. Good clothing styles to consider are solid colored shirts or sweaters 

As a model, your goal is to show the canvas of your face in the headshot, and avoid the image being about your fashion choices. You want to sell yourself, not the clothing that you are wearing!

As a model, it is especially important that your clothing fits correctly, because you want to show a realistic image of your shape and size. You may consider wearing different layers of clothing, and the top layers can be removed for some of the pictures.

For women: If you do a lot of beauty or skin product modeling, then you may consider natural photos that show more skin than regular headshot photos. Even though it is generally advised to keep your shoulders and arms covered in headshot photos, it can be advantageous to have modeling photos that show a little more skin. In some of the photos, you may consider wearing a spaghetti strap tank top or a tube top to show off the lines on your neck and shoulders.

For men: As a model, you generally want to stay away from corporate clothing that looks too professional. If you plan to wear a collared shirt, you may consider making it a little more casual by leaving the top button open and not wearing a tie. Or, you can choose another style of shirt if you don’t want to wear a collar.