One of the best ways to set yourself up for a successful headshot session is through preparation and goal setting.
Let’s cover preparation first: In order to look your best, you need to be rested and hydrated. Please get good sleep the week before your session, and make sure you are hydrating throughout the week – your skin will thank you. Speaking of skin, please don’t fret if you have a blemish or two on the day of your photoshoot. We can make fixes in post-processing and clean up your image without making you look overly retouched. You will also do yourself a favor by doing a bit of research on what headshots tend to look like in this market (I suggest peeking at local talent agency websites), and you should also check out my gallery if you haven’t, and see what things look like out of my camera & on location.
Goal setting: What do you want to achieve in your session with me? Even if you are scheduling your first ever professional session, you should have an idea of what you want to accomplish with my help. Depending on the session you purchase, you will get, at the minimum, one headshot that you can use to “sell” your type. Remember, I am headshot photographer for actors, which means you are in the business of selling “you,” and the photos we take will showcase whatever version of yourself that you are comfortable expressing in front of my lens (hey, don’t worry, I am pretty good at helping my clients relax and have fun during the work). If you purchased The Basic Session, we will work together to get an amazing commercial (smiling) or theatrical (serious) headshot. Depending on the wardrobe you bring, we might even be able to get you one of each. If you know you need a more than one final headshot for your portfolio, you should consider The Standard Session. Information on packages and prices can be found here.
Speaking of wardrobe, this brings us back to preparation, but it’s also a part of goal setting – it is very important that you bring plenty of wardrobe choices for your session. What we wear affects how we feel. And the color of your clothes, and their style, will influence what people think when they see your headshot. In the most general of terms, your commercial shot wants to be more colorful, and your theatrical shot wants to be a bit more muted (darker tones). It will certainly help to bring colors that work well with your skin tone and bring out the color of your eyes, and it’s also nice to layer (a colored T-shirt or tank top under a button up; a shirt with a jacket; a shirt with a blazer, etc.). I am never going to photograph you from head to toe (unless you warn me ahead of time), so wear whatever shoes are most comfortable. Sometimes patterns can be distracting, so please don’t bring in a ton of busy wardrobe choices – solid colors work best, but flannel-type patterns can work well. And, no jewelry (earrings, necklaces), please.
Hair and makeup: Please come to the session “hair and makeup ready,” and if your hair tends to move a lot or become unruly, bring some product so we can keep things in order during the photoshoot. If you will be bringing and hair and makeup artist, that is welcomed, and if you need a referral, please let me know.
As a final reminder, if we do on-location photography, so there will be some walking involved. If you have any limitations or concerns, please contact me so we can discuss your options.
If you need anything else before our session, please reach out. I am available via Email or phone.