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may seem like a simple one, but please be on time. If youíre late, it cuts
into our shooting time. So please arrive on time and ready to go. If you
need to get your hair and make-up ready here, please come early to do them
This one depends on what type of shoot you are doing.
a couple of outfits. It is OK to bring to many Ė it gives us options and
choices. But make sure each of the outfits is different Ė donít bring
the same shirt in 5 colors. Likewise, donít bring different outfits in all
the same color. Variety is good.
colors work best. Avoid stripes, plaid, patterns, logos, tie-dye or anything
that will distract from you.
clothing that is loose and flowy. It make hide that extra bit of bulge on
your tummy when you wear it, but it will make you look larger in your
portraits. Tighter fitting clothing is better.
long sleeves. Your arms will distract from your face (which is where we want
the attention). By wearing long sleeves, it keeps the focus where we want
it. It also hides larger arms, too.
the correct undergarments. If you need a strapless bra, bring it. Donít
wear bright colored underwear Ė just in case it shows though.
are important. A dark undershirt with darker clothes and a white undershirt
with lighter clothes are amazing. Bring them. Ladies, color is ok.
you want the traditional business portrait, a suit and tie work amazing.
colors work best. Avoid stripes or busy patterns
casual also works well, too.
a couple of outfits. It is OK to bring to many choices. Itíll give us some variety to
you want to show more personality or want a casual portrait, bring
appropriate clothing for it.
company uniform is always OK for a professional headshot.
is also OK wear standard work clothes for your profession.
are important. If your clothing is dark, wear a black undershirt. If it
light, bring a white undershirt.
few jacket choices can easily add variety.
forget your shoes Ė if we end up doing a full body shot, youíll want
your shoes to match the rest of your outfit
Most glasses glare. If they have a special coating, the glare will be
reduced, but may not be gone all together. Transition lenses will make
it look like you are wearing sunglasses in your portrait Ė which isnít
good. Most optometrists will ďloanĒ you a pair similar to yours with the
lenses removed for your photo session. If you wear glasses all the time,
please borrow a pair.
We retouch blemishes; so donít worry about minor breakouts. For headshots,
we donít do major airbrushing Ė we want it to look like you. Weíll
make sure to make the photo ďpopĒ though.
It is OK to wear make-up for your portrait. You can go a little heavier than
you normally do, but donít go crazy overboard. Wearing a little bit of eye
liner can make your eyes pop, which is good. Lipstick and bright or light
eye shadows can distract from the photograph. Foundation can be good
for balancing out skin tones, but donít cake it on to cover a blemish Ė
Iíll retouch it.
Jewelry should be kept to a minimum. Often times it will distract focus from
you. Small studded earrings or a petiete necklace work great. Wedding bands
are OK, too.
Try not to change your hairstyle or cut your hair right before your session.
Give your new do a few days before you set your headshot appointment.
Generally, youíll keep your same hairstyle for the entire headshot
session. If you do want shots of your hair both up and down, then start with
your hair down and pin-it up mid session (not the other way around). If
you want your hair curled or styled, please arrive at the session with your
hair done and ready. Curling your hair during your session will cut
into your shooting time.
Guys, please make sure you are clean-shaven Ė rough stubble does not
photograph well and canít easily be retouched or removed. Facial
hair is ok, but please make you you maintain it neatly. If you want
shots where you have a beard and no beard, you are welcome to shave
Your fingernails might be in some images. It is best not to have bright
colors or unkempt nails. Generally non-painted nails work best. If
you want to have your nails done, French manicures work best.
If we are doing a location portrait or shooting outdoors, rain is very bad.
Overcast days are the best we can hope for. Sunny days can be nice, too. If
it is raining on the day of your session, give me a call. We can do an
indoor shoot or we can reschedule for another day.