Headshot tips for business Look
Actors, please see : Headshot tips for actors
THE GOAL IS TO TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH THAT MAKES YOU LOOK YOUR BEST.
Share your intentions for the session. Let us know what kind of look you want and where the photo will be seen.
Drink lots of water and be well rested (so your eyes will not have dark circles).
Do not drink alcohol or take any drugs directly before or the night before your shoot (so you are not dehydrated). If possible, do not smoke cigarettes directly before your shoot.
What to wear - Anyone:
Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great.
Make sure your jacket and shirt fit you well. A poor fitting jacket or shirt will be obvious in the photos.
Turtlenecks are almost always a bad idea (since they crowd the face).
Clothes should be neatly pressed and should look new or like new.
Avoid busy patterns and large lines/stripes.
Blue/green/turquoise shirts/blouses or accents can help emphasize blue/green/hazel eyes.
OUTDOOR HEADSHOTS and the WEATHER
Natural light photography, and outdoor headshots are really popular right now, and it’s possible to shoot out doors at almost any time of the year if you prepare for the shoot with the weather in mind. I can shoot outdoors unless the weather is extreme. If it’s too windy, rainy, well below freezing or unbelievably hot, it may not be possible but there are tricks to get by in the in-between times, because let’s face it, in New York the weather is rarely perfect.
long underwear can be handy! If you can wear long under wear under a pair of jeans, even if it’s not super cold outside, this can make it easier to stay out a little longer and make it possible to wear a top that would other wise make you to cold. Gloves are good too. In a headshot we rarely see the hands so having a pair of gloves will make an out door shoot on a chilly day a little easier for you. Camisole for the ladies. If you can find a camisole or tank top that works under a couple of different tops that you were hoping to wear, it will not only add a layer to fight off the cold, it will make it much easier to switch outfits during the out door headshot session. Also, since a headshot can just be head and shoulders, you can take your winter coat down just out of the frame and stay pretty warm.
Windy days are hard on hair:
This is for those who have long hair and are hoping for an outdoor shoot on a breezy day. Load up on the hairspray. Even if you never wear hairspray day to day, we would use a good amount even in an indoor shoot, but if you wanted to do an out door shoot and it is a little breezy, if you layer on the hair spray so it stays together and is a little heavier, it will help a lot. Even if it feels nasty it will look great in the shots, and then you can always go home an give you hair a good wash.
The heat of summer:
Wear shorts and flip flops, whatever is coolest. Unless you want a 3/4's shot or a full body shot it doesn’t matter what you are wearing on the bottom half. This will make it possible to wear a top or shirt that would otherwise be to warm on a humid Summer day in NYC. Also drink lots of ice cold water.
What to wear - Men:
The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie
A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, shirt and tie (no jacket), or dress shirt on its own
Polo shirts are a good look for some businesses. Be sure the shirt is in good condition and fit well
For a no-jacket casual look, bring colored shirts ideally darker than your skin tone.
A white dress shirt by itself is a bad idea unless you plan to wear it underneath something (jacket or sweater).
Bring a few different jackets, shirt colors and ties so we have choices for the photo.
What to wear - Women:
Avoid big prints and busy patterns
Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety different shirts/blouses to see what works best.
For a no-jacket casual look, bring various colored blouses ideally darker than your skin tone.
REMEMBER: Select and wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. Select something that makes you look good.
Keep jewelry extremely simple small is better.
Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated.
The picture is about your face not your jewelry.
Be prepared to remove facial piercings or multiple ear piercings.
What to bring:
Your previous headshots (so we can improve).
Various changes of clothing (see above).
Makeup and hair products you prefer (especially if you have allergies).
Hair styled and makeup already applied (if not using makeup artist).
Already dressed in first outfit.
Hair and Makeup Tips:
Make-up should be clean and natural
Wear a heavy layer of translucent powder your face will appear flawless in photos. Shine disappears, pores seem smaller, skin looks even, and blush is smoother.
Line lips before applying matte lipstick, then reline. Don't overdo it. Dip a cotton bud in powder and run along lip line to prevent color from bleeding
Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine
Avoid frosts or garish colors.
Don't get a new hair cut just before the shoot (you may want to let it grow-in a bit or get used to styling a new cut).
Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or few days before your shoot. In case you have a bad reaction to the product.