Putting your Best Face Forward: Preparing for your next Headshot Session

February 11, 2021  •  Leave a Comment


I get many questions when I book a Headshot Session like:  What should I wear?  What colors work best?  So, I pulled a list together that I found very helpful and wanted to share it with you so you can be prepared for your next session and love the results!  Keep in mind, I work with a lot of models and actors, but most of this can apply to Commercial or Corporate Headshots too.


1.  Wardrobe

You want to look your best during your shoot but you also want to be comfortable. Comfort isn’t just about how the clothes feel on you it also has to do with how you feel in the clothes. Depending on what you discuss with your photographer will determine how many outfits you want to bring along with you. If you are limited you want to ensure you have something casual and something more dressed up. Also consider what add on's you can easily bring like belts, hats, scarves, vest or jackets that can give your wardrobe a whole new look and feel.

Think outside just black and white options, which sometimes can really look good, and choose colors to bring with you that compliment your skin tone. If you are doing a shoot say to expand your acting portfolio consider what your ideal character would wear and choose outfits that the type of character you want to be cast in would wear.  Do try and avoid patterns, which can take the viewer away from your face.  Another good tip is to try and aim for more form fitting clothes - not too tight - but a good fit. 

2.  Sleep

Nerves may get the best of you the night before your shoot but getting enough sleep is essential. Try to have everything set out, pressed, and ready to go the night before and get to bed a little earlier than you typically would, especially if you have an early shoot. Not only does this ensure you have the energy to perform your best in front of the camera it is also great for your skin. Lacking sleep will leave you skin looking puffy and irritated so be sure to get plenty of sleep before your shoot.

3.  Hydrate your skin

Keeping your skin hydrated will also keep it looking its best for the day of your shoot. When you don’t drink enough water your skin will look dry, dull, red and puffy. Leading up to your shoot you want to drink at least eight glasses of water each day to ensure your skin is well hydrated.

4.  Appearance

If you are planning on having your haircut or a facial, schedule these appointments a few days prior to your shoot. While you want your hair to look flawless you want to avoid the just freshly cut look. If you are getting a facial you want your skin to have time to recover and reduce the risk of your skin looking red or irritated. Men should shave the night before the shoot to avoid any skin irritation that shaving can cause.

5.  Hire a professional

While you can do your hair and makeup yourself to save some extra money it is always a good idea to leave these tasks to a professional.  A professional hair and makeup artist will not only allow you to achieve the look you are going for they can also give you a confidence boost and assure you that you look your absolute best.

6.  Posing

It is always a good idea to know what type of poses you want to try out during your shoot. Doing the research to have posing ideas in mind can make you feel more prepared and confident during your shoot. Looking through other headshots of models and actors to see which poses would best fit with the type of roles or jobs you want to be booked for can help.  

7.  Trust your photographer

While there is plenty that you can do to prepare for your photoshoot the most important thing to remember is to trust your photographer. While you may have a clear idea about the poses and look you want to accomplish with your images your photographer has the experience, knowledge, and professionalism to know what makes you look best. He or she will know how you should be positioned so you are perfectly lit and how to create the mood so your personality really shines through in the images.

When it comes to your headshot, it is important to always keep in mind that these 1 or 2 photos are everything. They are part of your first impressions, and how people will likely see you for the first time, so you want to make sure that your photos are the best representation of you. Taking these important steps into consideration will most certainly help in rendering the best outcome.



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