Getting Ready for a corporate headshot.

With a bit of planning the photo session can be stress-free, quick and the resulting images will look much better than if you just show up and hope for the best. Nope! Photoshop won’t fix that. 

1. Clothes

My best piece of advice when choosing clothes is the simpler the better.

  • Solid colors look best in headshots. 
  • Avoid busy patterns, text and or logos on clothing. 
  • Wear like new, ironed and pressed clothes before the shoot. Don’t expect the photographer to remove the wrinkles or correct the fading colors on your 15-year-old shirt..;)
  • Wear properly fitting clothes. If it feels like you’re swimming in that jacket it will look like that in the photo. 
  • Bring a lint brush or roller with you.

2. Hair

  • For men. Best is to have a haircut 3-4 days BEFORE the shoot with a barber you already know and trust to avoid surprises. 
  • For men. Yup! Trim the beard if you wear one. Shave an hour or two before the shoot if you don’t wear a beard. 
  • If you can afford it hire a hairstylist for the morning of the shoot. 
  • Bring hair products (gel, spray, etc) you regularly use to calm down some fly-aways. 

3. Makeup and Face

  • Start natural. Just enough to cover up any blemishes. 
  • Build up the makeup as you go. Add eyeshadow and darker lipstick later in the shoot.
  • Try not to use matte styles of makeup. It will dry out your skin.
  • Bring your makeup and moisturizer with you to the shoot in case your skin does get dry or you need touchups.
  • Bring lip balm or lip gloss with you to help keep lips looking soft.
  • The night before brush your lips with your toothbrush to help get rid of any dead skin.
  • Don’t do any extreme beauty regimens right before your shoot, like facial peels, tanning or extensive exfoliating. Your skin can look very irritated.
  •  Get rid of any unwanted hair a few days before your shoot. Clean up brows and upper lip hair.
  • For men: Bring some oil absorbing sheets to soak up any oil or sweat that might build up during the shoot. Walmart or a local drug store might carry those. Oil Absorbing Sheets.
  • Leave your colored contacts at home and bring clear contacts with you. Colored contacts can look very fake in photographs. Bring eyedrops with you.
  • If you can afford it, hire a Makeup artist to do your makeup and stay with you during the shoot for touchups.

4. During the Shoot

  • The photographer will suggest different poses and angles that highlight the best features of your face. If you have ANY concerns (a dry lip, face scar, pimple, etc) make sure to communicate those to the photographer.  
  • Follow the photographer’s direction. Even if it sounds a little silly. We know the best posing on headshots and the best way to shape your face. You may feel a little funny posing differently, but trust me the photos will look great.
  • Relax a little. Headshot sessions should be fun. Don’t be afraid to let your guard down.
  • SMILE! with your eyes too. Don’t force your smile. It will look awkward in the images. A good tip is to leave a little space between your teeth when smiling, enough to put the tip of your pinky in between. Your smile will look more genuine.
  • Squint, Squint, Squint!!! Squinting your eyes just a little will also help the shots look more confident and natural. The deer in headlights look is pretty horrible.



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