What to wear
I only take pictures from your upper torso up, so if you want to wear Bermuda shorts and sandals be my guest! But seriously, one of the most important things to consider is that you feel comfortable. If your clothes are choking you or causing internal bleeding, it will be a lot harder to flash a genuine smile. Wear something that you feel good in.
The other guideline to note is that clothes and jewelry are supporting actors. Your face is the super star, and anything that distracts or detracts from that is counterproductive. So that means no large/flashy jewelry, crazy ties, eye-popping prints/patterns, or super low cut necklines.
Here are some other tips about what photographs well. But if you can’t decide exactly what to wear, bring different outfit choices with you and I will help you choose the best one(s).
If you want a fresh haircut, a few days beforehand is better than the day of the shoot. Having your hair styled or blown out at a salon right before the session is always helpful in having a “good hair day.” Please bring a hair elastic/tie if you want to try putting your hair up for some shots.
Men generally have it easy but there is still some work to be done. Facial hair: You may have never done this before, but there’s a first time for everything. Try to tame your eyebrows and trim your nose hair. I can brush lint off you and adjust your collar, but I draw the line at clipping nose hair. Beard and mustache: if you recognize you’re not the best groomer, stop by a barber shop for a trim beforehand.
Shirts, Ties & jackets
If you are not going for a casual look bring different ties, solid colored shirts, and suit jacket combinations. A bad tie can ruin a great headshot so bring a few to choose from. Avoid jackets with shoulder pads. Collars should be straight and crisp, fitting snuggly around your neck with no gaps. Try to bring freshly dry cleaned or ironed clothes and do your best to keep them clean.
No hard-edged eyeliner; it should be soft and blended.
Eyebrows should be natural. Try to avoid harsh lines and a pencilled-in look.
Neutral color eyeshadow or none at all.
Lip color should be a bit darker than your natural shade.
Glossy (not matte) lipstick.
Bronzer/blush should be applied sparingly.
No false eyelashes (unless you wear them daily)
Wear mascara and curl your eyelashes.
Blend! I can't over-emphasize this. Blend, blend, and blend some more.
Makeup by my fabulous makeup artist
If you want to look better than you ever thought possible, you should seriously consider adding the professional makeup artist to your session package. She is a wonder worker! I have witnessed her transform ordinary people into jaw-dropping supermodels. And she can accomplish this while making it seem like you have hardly any makeup on at all! There are things makeup can do which are not possible to accomplish through retouching without making you look plastic.
videos to help you get a great headshot
During your session
In order to get the best possible headshot, we will try different combinations of angles, lighting, poses, and expressions. I have a laptop tethered to my camera so I can show you samples to make sure you are happy with the results so far and to make any adjustments you desire along the way. This is a collaborative effort so please don’t be shy about telling me if there’s something you don’t like about the way you look; I am here to bring out your best and nothing less.
If you’ve purchased a package with proofing, your top headshots will be posted to a personalized password-protected proofing website. It can take up to a week or more to retouch and upload the images for your viewing, and I will email you the link when they’re available.
Once you have chosen your favorite photos, I will review them and perform any final edits. Digital images are high resolution for printing up to 8x10 prints. I will give you color as well as black & white photos in various crops. So, each image you get from me is actually a collection of several photos.
I want you to be thrilled with your headshot
If you’re not 100% satisfied with your headshot, we can try again. A do-over is free as long as the reason you’re dissatisfied is related to something I can control. In other words, if you don’t like your headshot because of your outfit, makeup, hairdo, or phenotype, there will be a re-booking fee assessed. But if you didn’t like your headshot because I didn’t bring out your best, it’s on me.