If you're wondering what you need to do in order to be ready for your headshot session, this is the email you've been waiting for.
There's a lot of information here, so read through it and if you have any questions at all, you know how to get a hold of me.
Know what you like and don’t
We dove into this a bit already, but know what you like and don’t like when you look at images of you. There are some tips and tricks I’ll go over below that you can practice before the session. But if there’s anything in particular that you want to highlight or minimize, we’ll discuss this before we starting the session. And make sure to show your previous headshots so you can easily communicate your expectations, likes and dislikes.
Rule number one here is to feel good in what you’re wearing. If you have chosen an outfit, look at yourself in the mirror while wearing and think, “Damn, I look good,” you’re on the right track.
Avoid shirts with busy patterns, as they distract from your face. Go for a solid colored shirt that elongates or features your neck. So, turtlenecks are out, as are solid black and solid white shirts, as they wash out your skin tone. Also avoid clothing with large logos. We don't want anything to distract from your face and eyes.
The night before
Have your clothes wrinkle-free and ready to go. Wrinkled clothing that is Photoshopped looks horribly fake. So make sure you’ve ironed/steamed them and have them hung so they look their best.
If you can, drink plenty of water in the week prior to your session. This will keep your skin looking good. Also, don’t tan (real, tanning bed, or spray) right before the session. The Oompa Loompa look isn’t very popular right now and fixing those issues in Photoshop will be noticeable. And be sure to get plenty of sleep to avoid dark circles under your eyes.
If your skin is on the oily side (like my Greek skin gets) bring some Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets.
Choose a haircut and hairstyle a week or two in advance, as freshly cut hair can look strange on camera. You should look like your headshot photograph, so choose a hairstyle that you can easily recreate for the day-to-day look. A neutral style that highlights the natural curve and shape of your face is always a goo choice.
Nails (Yes, Nails)
Your hands may end up in some of our shots. For women choose a neutral, skin tone polish, or a clear coat if you're getting a manicure so they don't distract from your face. For men, a clean trim is enough.
Bring a brush and some hair product (gel/hairspray) with you to the shoot to help calm fly-aways. Also any makeup, lotions or other items to do touchups.
If you normally wear glasses and have a strong prescription, or glasses with no anti-reflection coating, we do advise that you visit your opticians and either borrow a pair of blank frames or or get them to remove your lenses for the shoot. As we can have problems with reflection and refraction. We’ll shoot some shots with and some without glasses.
Shaving or Going Burly
Gents, you need to prepare your facial hair for your headshots by trimming, plucking and/or choosing a style for shaving facial hair in advance. Shave about an hour or so before you leave for the session. A five o'clock shadow can’t be Photoshopped easily. Use cooling gel or aftershave to help with skin irritation.
Practice Makes Perfect
Before the shoot 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.
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.
Try different expressions in the mirror. Do you look better stoic or perky? We’ll be working through this during the session. But understanding what you like and don’t will help us achieve great results earlier.