10 Ways to Prepare for Professional Headshots

What is a Professional Headshot Portrait?

A headshot is a portrait produced by a professional photographer or agency. To be used by a professional, business owner or a team to brand him or herself through social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Google Plus and the ‘about us’ page. There are also other ways of using the headshot such as print media and email correspondence.

10 ways to prepare for your Professional Headshot Portrait ~

The moment you book your session is exciting…and scary! What should you wear? How should you prepare? There are so many things! Here are a few tips to help you feel prepared for our shoot:

1. Clothes

Select your clothing options and accessories to wear during your headshot photo shoot and put them in a bag the day before your headshot photography session, so you’re not stressing to find and assemble them the next day. A headshot photo pictures the shoulders, or mid-chest, up to the top of the head, so the shirt is the most important item. We’ll also get some full body shots so do bring one or two options for pants, but focus more on bringing a range of different tops.

Avoid shirts with busy patterns, as they distract from your face. Go for a solid colored shirt that elongates or features your neck. Also avoid clothing with large logos. We don’t want anything to distract from your face and eyes.

2. Skin

If you can; drink plenty of water in the week prior to your headshot phootshoot as this will keep your skin plump, smooth and clear. Try to eat healthy foods, as fried and salty foods cause bloating and water retention. Also avoid sun exposure, which can make you look tired and leave your skin irritated. Get plenty of sleep to avoid dark circles under your eyes!

3. Hair

Choose a haircut and hairstyle a week or two in advance, as freshly cut hair can look strange on camera. A neutral style that highlights the natural curve and shape of your face is always the best choice.

4. Facial Hair

Prepare your facial hair for your headshots by trimming, plucking and/or choosing a style for shaving facial hair in advance. Knowing that plucking can leave red marks, and bleaching can irritate skin, be sure to do these things a couple of days before your session.

5. Teeth

Avoid anything that may stain your teeth on the day of your headshot photographs. If your teeth are noticeably yellowed or stained, invest in having them professionally cleaned and whitened, but don’t worry if you don’t have the time or money, we can easily get the same result with a little bit of Photoshop magic.

6. Nails (Yes, nails!)

Your hands may end up in some of our shots, so get a manicure for your nails. For women choose a neutral, skin tone polish, or a clear coat, so as not to distract from your face. For men a clean trim is enough.

7. Peace of Mind

For total peace of mind write down all the details for your headshot photo session and add them to your clothing bag: helpful info to include would be time, location, directions, and any instructions provided. It’s also a good idea to have your photographer’s number already saved into your phone in case you need to contact them on the way. If you are working with your own hair stylist or make-up artist, make sure to send them all these details too. If you need these add-on services let your photographer know in advance.

8. Know what you want

Modeling for a headshot photograph is like acting for a still camera. Take some time in advance to consider what kind of feeling you are trying capture in your image. Don’t worry if you are not certain about this, a good headshot photographer should help you figure this out, but if you can come in with your own ideas that will help!

9. Don’t rush

For a lot of people having their photograph taken is already a stressful event, so set yourself up to minimize your stress. Be sure to GPS the photoshoot location in advance and allow yourself plenty of time to get there. Map your route in advance and consider what the traffic conditions will be on the day of your shoot. It’s important that we go at a comfortable pace and not feel rushed during our shoot.

10. Communicate

Be in communication with your photographer before your session. You should definitely feel that your photographer cares about you and you’re not just another client. Be sure to ask them any questions you have and a good photographer should take the time to answer your questions and put you at ease. On the day of the photoshoot make sure that you are in text message communication with your photographer, that way they can help you if you’re having any trouble finding the location or for anything else that comes up. This is your photoshoot, it should be a special event where you feel supported by your photographer throughout the process and great communication is definitely a big part of that.


To book your Professional Headshot Portrait visit www.kaylasuniqueeye.com. See you soon!

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