Tips for Headshot Sessions

I've put together this list of tips to help you prepare for your portrait session. These are some of the most common questions I've been asked so please read through them and if you have more questions feel free to contact me.

What do I wear?

The first rule of headshots is to look like you on a good day. You don't want to surprise or frustrate your auditor by showing up looking differently than you do in your headshot. A good general rule to follow is that the person should look like their headshot. Remember that it should be something that you feel good in. You should bring several options from your closet to show before the shoot. Together we can pick out the right outfit.

I recommend finding clothes from your closet that you feel good in and that are flattering. Consider bringing clothes that you get complimented on often. Sometimes spending a little money on a new outfit can give you a little boost of confidence that can show in your pictures. remember that you're taking new headshots to get work so consider it an investment.

A note about color: The industry standard for headshots is now color. Choose colors that are flattering but not distracting. Wild colors or busy patterns should be avoided. White doesn't read well on camera. Darker colors work best on most people but if you have long dark hair, you may consider something lighter so your hair doesn't blend into your clothes.

What about hair and make-up?

For men a light powder and lip balm (like Chapstick or Carmex) are all you need. For women I suggest a "fresh" look. A little make-up goes a long way and a clean look doesn't pigeonhole you when a casting director is looking at your headshots. I also recommend getting a haircut or trim a few days prior to the shoot so that you are feeling good and confident about your look.

Don't spend hours getting "dolled up" if you don't usually take the same time before going to an audition. That said, you should always present yourself professionally. Looking and feeling your best gives you confidence that can be seen on camera and can translate into jobs down the road.

For an additional fee I can arrange to have a makeup artist at your shoot if you prefer. See the rates page for details.

When do I pay for my headshots?

At the time of the shoot. I accept either cash or a check. If you'd like to pay with a credit card arrangements can be made in advance to by via PayPal. After delivery of your CD of images you'll pay for reprints and lithographs separately with the company that you choose.

How do I know where to get reprints and lithographs made?

Check out the links page. I've posted the information for the labs and print houses that I use. I've been working with these folks for a while now and they come highly recommended.

I have more questions!

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I'm happy to help.