General Tips

  • Let us know what kind of look you want for your headshot.
  • Where will your headshot be used so we can be sure it’s appropriate
  • Drink lots of water and be well rested to avoid the dark circles under your eyes
  • Avoid having a facial 1-3 days prior to your shoot as the skin can stay red or blotchy for a few days and a facial can bring up fresh pimples.
  • Your skin might not look it’s best after drug/alcohol use. Try to abstain from these before your shoot
  • Please call if you are running late or arrive early

What to Wear

  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look and feel great
  • Make sure your jacket, shirt, blouse and/tie fit you well. A poor fitting jacket or shirt will be obvious in the photos (especially around the neck)
  • Don’t overdress
  • Turtlenecks are almost always a bad idea (since they crowd the face) but can hide a double chin well… so think it through
  • Clothes must be neatly pressed and should look new or like new
  • Avoid busy patterns and large lines/stripes
  • Utilize blue/green/turquoise shirts/blouses or accents which can help emphasize blue/green/hazel eyes

What to Wear – Men

  • The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie
  • A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, shirt and tie, or dress shirt on it’s own with no jacket
  • Polo shirts are a good look for some businesses. Be sure the shirt is in good condition and fits well
  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring colored shirts – ideally darker than your skin tone
  • A white dress shirt by itself is a bad idea – unless you plan to wear it underneath something (jacket or sweater)
  • Bring a few different jackets, shirt colors and ties so we have choices for the photo

not a well fitting jacket

well fitted jacket

What to Wear – Women

  • Avoid clothing with big prints and busy patterns
  • Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face.
  • Bring a variety different shirts/blouses to see what works best with your face and venue
  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring various colored blouses – ideally darker than your skin tone
  • Be stylish and fashionable, but remember the picture is about your face and not your clothes or jewelry… so avoid flashy accessories
  • Sleeveless tops/dresses can draw attention to your shoulders/arms. Consider bringing items with a variety of different sleeves

Remember: Select and wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. Select something that makes you look and feel good.

no jewelry

gorgeous necklace, but it’s the first thing you notice

Jewelry

  • Keep jewelry extremely simple – small is better
  • Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated
  • The picture is about your face, not your jewelry
  • Consider if facial piercings or multiple ear piercings are appropriate for where your photo will be displayed

What to Bring

  • Your previous headshots so we have something to improve upon
  • Examples of headshots that you like to help communicate the look you are looking for
  • Various changes of clothing (see above)
  • A good, open, positive attitude
  • Lip balm
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Makeup and hair products you prefer (especially if you have allergies)

Hair and Makeup

  • Make-up should be clean and natural
  • Wear a heavy layer of translucent powder – your face will appear flawless in photos. Shine disappears, pores seem smaller, skin looks even, and blush is smoother
  • Line lips before applying matte lipstick, then reline. Don’t overdo it. Dip a cotton tip of a Q-tip in powder and run along lip line to prevent color from bleeding
  • Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine
  • Avoid frosts or overly-bright colors
  • Don’t get a new hair cut just before the shoot (you may want to let it grow-in a bit or get used to styling a new cut)
  • Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or few days before your shoot. In case you have a bad reaction to the product
  • Arrive with hair styled and makeup already applied, if you are not using makeup artist