Frequently asked questions (and answers!) about our headshot photography, environmental portraits, modeling portfolio photo shoots and more. And if your question isn’t on the list, contact us! We’re happy to chat.
a. Give some thought to what image you want your headshot to convey. If you're in the business world, what are you trying to project? Intelligence? Reliability? Leadership? Warmth? If you're an actor, know your “type” and be prepared to be that type during the shoot. If you don’t know your type(s), talk to your agent, manager, acting teacher, colleagues, etc.
b. Practice posing in front of a mirror. You might feel silly, but it helps. Trust me.
c. You know the routine to make your skin and eyes look their best, so do it.
• for 72 hours before the shoot drink lots of water and stay out of the sun;
• get lots of sleep the night before.
d. If you plan on using a makeup artist, come to the shoot with your face clean and product-free (except for moisturizer).
e. Take care of any beauty treatments (haircut & color, eyebrow shaping, tanning, etc.) well in advance of the shoot (preferably a week ahead) so the treatments are still fresh but look natural.
- Music! Something that relaxes you, revs you up, or makes you happy. And if you forget, I have a pretty huge music collection available, so chances are we’ll find something to relax you, rev you up, AND make you happy.
- Hairbrush and any styling products you need.
- Men: bring shaving gear if you want to take shots with and without facial hair.
- Optional: A friend, but only if you’ll be relaxed and feel comfortable posing in front of him or her. If not, please leave your friend at home.
- Bring a variety of tops to choose from, with varying colors and collars. I recommend packing a bag with at least 3-5 tops to choose from. Think about what you wear when you want to nail your presentation, make the sale, or wow the casting director at your audition. Chances are those are good choices.
- Bring clothes you like and feel comfortable in.
- Feel free to bring a dress, suit, skirt, or something else different, but please bring the basics as well.
- Solid colors are usually best, since patterns and busy prints will distract from your face. Same goes for clothes with big buttons or other features that might divert attention from that beautiful mug of yours.
- Subtly textured clothes and fine weaves often look good.
- No solid white shirts if you’re Caucasian or light-skinned.
- No logos (unless you have a corporate sponsor, at which point load 'em on!).
- Choose clothes that complement your skin tone and eye color. Fair skin and blue eyes? Try blues, pinks and grays. Green eyes? Try browns, greens and oranges. Medium or dark skin and brown eyes? You can probably wear most colors, but avoid those that closely match your skin tone (contrast generally is key).
- Women: bring undergarments that match the variety of your tops’ colors and necklines. No dangling bra straps, please.
- Don't let your jewelry make a bigger statement than you do.
- If you wear glasses, it would be great if you can remove the lenses. If not, we'll work around it.
- Make sure your clothes are pressed and clean. I have a steamer if things get a little wrinkled in transit.
- Theatrical (TV/Stage/Film): Upscale, fitted but not too tight, & darker colors.
For women: Good options are fitted tops, smooth fabrics, scoop, turtle or v-necks, spaghetti straps and tasteful tanks.
For men: Dress shirts, crew necks, textured sweaters, v-neck and turtle necks. Create contrast by layering t-shirt, collared shirt, and/or jacket.
- Commercial Looks: Casual clothes & lighter/brighter colors. Sporty and fun. Layer light and dark clothes for contrast.
- Business Looks: Clothes, whether suits, dresses or business casual, should be modern and fit well. Think twice about anything too flashy that might distract attention from you.