We will set up a session that lasts approximately one hour. We might be meeting at your home or office, or at another location that works for you. I like to plan both minimal headshots where there is not much background and environmental portraits where the location adds character to your portrait. If we are meeting in your home or office, please take some time before our session begins to declutter and straighten up.
I will be on time for your session, and our hour starts at the scheduled session time. Please don’t be late because that time will cut into your session time. If you can’t make it, please give me as much notice as possible.
Occasionally I have people place their hands near their face for a portrait, so you’ll want to make sure your nails are neatly trimmed and shaped, and that any polish is fresh and unchipped.
So what should I wear for my headshots?
Professional headshots for your business are quite literally the first impression potential clients get when they are considering hiring you. You absolutely want to put your best face forward! Some tips to help you get beautiful headshots:
1. Wear long sleeves. Unless you have the arms of Michelle Obama, you probably can’t pull off the sleeveless look. And arms tend to have uneven tanning (outside really tan, closer to the body pale) that can look funny in photos.
2. Solid colors with a little texture work best. Avoid any kind of large patterns, stripes, or words on your clothing. You want the attention to be on your face, not your clothes. You also want to avoid wearing fashion that will be dated very quickly.
3. Avoid shiny clothing or jewelry. So no sequins, gems or shiny metal on your top, and wear jewelry with a matte finish. Jewelry should be understated. Again, you want the attention to be on your face, not on the lighting reflecting off the pendant on your necklace.
4. Dress to match or complement your web site and/or marketing materials. If your web site is gray and yellow chevron, you don’t want to be wearing purple and blue floral in your photo!
5. Think about the image you want to project. Do you want to look calm and reassuring? Or lighthearted and fun?
6. If you wear makeup, keep it light, and avoid mineral makeup. While mineral makeup is awesome (so I hear) it is reflective and can make your skin have an odd glow in photos. Overdoing the lip gloss is a common mistake as well.
7. Relax and have fun. You don’t want to be stiff in your photos.
8. Trust your photographer. I promise I know what I am doing, and while it might feel like the pose is a little awkward, it works.
9. Check and double check details. Has the chain on your necklace turned around to show the clasp? If you wear glasses, are they clean? Some shots may have your hands in them – are they clean and any nail polish unchipped?
10. Leave the white out. White is generally not a flattering color, and tends to be brighter than your face. Your face should be the primary focus of the portrait and bright whites detract from that.
11. Remember to not be overly trendy. Todays’s trendy outfit is tomorrow’s dated photo. Aim for a more classic look than trendy.
I’m looking forward to meeting with you and working together to create some great images!