You’ve booked your Headshot Day session and are preparing to come to your appointment. What is the proper headshot preparation? What should you bring?
– Hair cut or styled the way you want.
– Three Options for Clothing (See tips below).
– Glasses clean and in good repair.
– As little makeup on as possible.
– Get a good sleep the night before.
– Be prepared to have fun.
The most important is a great attitude and being prepared to have a good time. There is a lot of laughing and music at Headshot Day. Even though many people use these photos as business headshots, we think having a good time lets the real you come through in your photo.
Headshot Preparation for Hair
Both men and women should come with their hair styled and ready to be photographed, since we won’t have time to style hair prior to your session. Men, if you are going to get a haircut, have it done at a few days ahead of your appointment. Make sure nose hairs are trimmed. Eyebrows should be trimmed or plucked the way you like. Unless you normally wear a beard, have a good shave the morning of your photo.
For women, salons offering blow outs offer convenient times and affordable pricing. Both Halo Blow Dry Bar and The DryBar have locations throughout the SF Bay Area and Bounce Blowdry Bar has locations in Oakland and Berkeley. For more tips on Blowouts see our blog post.
Get plenty of rest the night before.
Headshot Preparation – Wardrobe
Bring three or more different shirts or tops for the shoot. Clean and pressed is always best. Make sure at least one is a solid colored shirt; not black or white. Jewel-colored solids look great. If you sometimes wear a blazer or suit coat, bring it as an option, same with a tie. These can look great in corporate headshots. Use this opportunity to be photographed in multiple looks for different places you would use the photo. View suggestions of Women’s attire for Headshots and Men’s attire for Headshots in our other blogs.
When choosing your clothing, strongly consider your audience and the message you want them to receive. Where will you be using the photo? — website, LinkedIn, brochures, etc. We are creating a photo library for future use as well, so go ahead and bring a tie even if you think you might not need one in the future.
If you wear glasses, by all means wear them in the photo. If you have multiple pairs, bring them. Make sure they are clean and in good repair. See more tips for wearing glasses in professional headshots.
Headshot Preparation – Makeup
Wear as little makeup as possible to speed up the makeup process. If you have makeup you like, feel free to bring it. View more tips on wearing makeup in portrait photography.
If you haven’t had a chance yet, please take a moment to view my tips for looking your best in your professional headshot.
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I look forward to creating some beautiful portraits with you.
Note: This post was updated on January 4, 2016.