A headshot session is not a fashion shoot or an opportunity to pretend you’re someone you’re not. It is important that your headshot is an authentic representation of who you really are. Your clothing choice should be appropriate for your profession, your business, your campaign or your potential workplace. Whatever the case, make sure your clothes fit! Especially in the arms, chest and shoulders. Watch for things like visible bra straps and pulling buttons. Choose clothing that compliments your skin tone. Also watch for lint and wrinkles.
Choosing the right clothing for your headshot can be an excuse to do some shopping and ask the opinion of a retail stylist, but it doesn’t mean you have to buy something new. Dig into your closet for the item you receive compliments in, ask a friend or a spouse to help.
Tip#2 Easy on the hair and makeup
The day of or the days leading up to your photo session is really not the time for a fresh haircut. I would suggest avoiding any major changes to your hair in the week before your session. That way if anything goes wrong you have some time to fix it. That said, I do encourage having a professional style your hair before your session if possible. However please mind this very important tip: ONLY USE A STYLIST YOU ARE COMFORTABLE AND FAMILIAR WITH… and if possible, have a trial run.
My advice for makeup application is similar. If you can, have your makeup done professionally. Don’t risk it with a makeup artist you are unfamiliar with or that you’ve never used before. If possible, book a trial run with a new makeup artist before your session, or if you are more comfortable doing it yourself, that’s ok too. Keep things light and soft.
Overall, ask your stylists to keep your hair and makeup looking soft and natural.
Tip#3 Sleep and H2O!
Alright, I know this is easier said than done. But sleep is often overlooked before a headshot. Tiredness or hung-overedness will show in your images. Along with plenty of rest be sure to drink plenty of water before your session so you arrive looking fresh and well rested.
Tip#4 Practice posing.
Close and lock the bathroom door. Stand in front of a mirror. Find your best expressions and angles. Move around. Talk to yourself. Get comfortable posing. You know yourself better than anyone else. If you work on getting comfortable with how you look, it will really shine in your photos.
Tip#5 Be prepared!
Don’t wait until the last minute to choose your shirt or decide where to part your hair. Also, bring some quick fix items with you such as a hairbrush, powder, hand mirror, tide pen for touch ups during the session. When you arrive prepared with a clear vision of how you’d like to look, the session will. be. awesome.