preparing for your headshots

Let's make the most out of our time together at your session. Here are some things to consider.

- clothing -

Choose what you're wearing in advance. Rushing around trying to find an article of clothing or get something ironed on the day of your session makes this experience so much more stressful than it has to be! Plan ahead and remember:  a headshot generally includes the shoulders to mid chest area, so the shirt or jacket is the most important item. Avoid shirts with large or busy patterns and big logos, as they are distracting. Choose solid colors that compliment your skin tone and clothing that is comfortable and fits well. Make sure whatever you've chosen is wrinkle free and feel free to bring a few options if you're unsure. 

For men, "standard" business attire is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie. If this isn't how you dress day-to-day though, consider a more casual look: you can wear a jacket without a tie, or a dress shirt without a jacket for example. A polo shirt can also be a great option if it's appropriate for your profession.

For women, fitted jackets or blouses with more structure and tops that taper at your natural waist are always the most flattering. Avoid sleeveless tops and dresses as they draw attention away from your face. A V neck will elongate your neck and draw more attention to your face.

- skin -

This is really just your basic health chat: drink plenty of water in the days prior to your headshot session as your skin always looks it's best and most healthy when it's well hydrated. Avoid sun exposure, which can leave your skin irritated at best (and bright red at the worst)! Get plenty of sleep to avoid dark circles under your eyes.

- facial hair -

Prepare your facial hair for your headshots by trimming, plucking, waxing, or shaving. Knowing that plucking and waxing can leave red marks, and bleaching can irritate skin, be sure to do these things a couple of days before your session.

- Hands -

Your hands may end up in some of your images, so consider getting a manicure for your nails. If painting your nails, choose a neutral polish, or franch manicure. For men a clean trim is enough.

- MakeUp -

Keep your foundation light and natural, match it to your skin tone and make sure it's blended nicely. For eye makeup, avoid dark, smokey eyeshadow and heavy liner which can overpower your eyes. Your eyes are the most important part of your headshot, so you want to keep them looking, bright, open and the centre of attention. Lipstick is great, but keep it to colours that you regularly wear! This could mean using a simple balm or gloss or a bright red lip - whatever it is that you usually do, stick with that.

- And Finally -

It is important that your headshot looks like you. There should not be a big difference in how you look in your headshot versus how you look when you meet with clients. A slightly polished version of the every day you is probably perfect.

Please feel free to reach out if I can help in any way!

redwagon photography is an Edmonton Photographer specializing in natural light headshot and personal branding photography in Edmonton, Alberta and surrounding areas including but not limited to Stony Plain, St. Albert, Leduc, Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park and Barrhead.
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