If you're looking to update your headshots and want to feel confident going into it, here are some simple suggestions to keep in mind when preparing for a successful photo shoot.
What to wear
You can't go wrong with solids basics. Patterns can be nice if they aren't too distracting/busy. Pops of color can also be a fun way to show a bit of your personality in a headshot and make it more fun and approachable. The idea is that the clothes compliment your face, complexion, brand, so anything too distracting takes away from the whole point of a headshot.
Layer your clothes. Throwing a jacket or blazer over a shirt or dress creates nice texture and interest.
Whatever you wear, have it ironed or steamed before hand. These can be really difficult to remove post processing and much of the time will cost more money to completely edit. If you're like me and have pets at home, bring a lint roller or a roll of packing tape to remove any stray hairs that may show up.
Face and Hair
Keep it simple and natural. If you tend to have dry skin, bring your moisturizer and makeup to the shoot so you can touch up prior to photos. For women, bring translucent powder. For men and women, oil blotting sheets work just as good as translucent powder.
Avoid any products or face treatments that may irritate your skin prior to to the shoot. So if you want to get a facial, wax, or do an at home treatment, plan several days in advance to the shoot. You don't want to have an allergic reaction the day of the shoot.
For men, shave day of the shoot to avoid any shadow or scruff. Use moisturizer or aftershave to help with redness.
If you tend to have trouble with red eyes, bring eye drops and use them before you start.
For hair, wear it down to start with. You can always put it up half way through the shoot if you need to. Bring any bobby pins, hair ties etc with you just in case it gets windy.
During the Shoot
Relax and have fun! You will look your best when you're comfortable and happy. I always try to make the shoots light hearted and fun. I joke around and will make small talk to help capture genuine emotions. If there is anything that would help make yourself more at ease such as music, don't hesitate to mention it.
Follow direction and try new posing. A good photographer will help you pose correctly to make you look your best. That being said, you also know your best side or look and don't be afraid to let the photographer know that.
Try different facial expressions aside from smiling. Check out Peter Hurley's video on 'squinching'. Lots of good tips here.
After the Shoot
Let your photographer know if you want any imperfections edited or not. I will personally edit out acne, correct some skin blotchiness/discoloration, and smooth the texture on close up images like headshots, but if you prefer less editing or more editing, make that clear. I do not typically edit out moles, scars, or other identifying traits, but every photographer is different to make sure to discuss this with them.
Everyone knows that Photoshop can work magic, but some things just can't or shouldn't be done. Have realistic expectations and remember that we want headshots to capture you as you currently are, just the best version of you.
Depending on the amount of editing required, there may be an extra fee. I always inform my clients before hand of any extra fees and wait for approval before proceeding.
Have you had your headshots done recently? What did you find helpful in preparing for your shoot? Comment below!