5 Tips To Prepare For A Head Shot Session

Properly preparing for a shoot not only makes your shoot less stressful and easier but it also results in better images when you take a few important factors into consideration. So you’ve booked your photographer and chosen a location, now what? Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for your next head shot session:

1. Clothes

The best piece of advice when it comes to clothing is to keep it simple. When it comes to head shots, you want more of the focus to be on you rather than your clothes. There’s nothing wrong with adding a little touch of your own personal style but try to keep it as simple as possible.

  • Solid Colors
  • If going with patterns, keep it simple
  • Slowly add layers to simple tops/blouses
  • Make sure that ALL clothes are ironed and pressed before the shoot. Wrinkles can be very difficult and time consuming to Photoshop out. (Don’t expect the photographer to do that.)
  • Bring a few changes of clothes.
  • Bring a lint brush

 2. Hair

It is very important to make sure your hair is combed, brushed, cut, styled etc. to your preference. Choose a hair cut/ hair style that you are comfortable with and make arrangements to get it done a few days before the shoot so the day of the shoot all you will have to think about is freshening up your style.

  • Bring a brush /comb and hair product (gel/hairspray) with you to help calm fly-aways.

3. Skin

Drink plenty of water a week before your head shot session. Drinking plenty of water helps with keeping your skin smooth, clear, and plump. Eat healthy foods, and get plenty of sleep to avoid dark circles under your eyes.

4. Nails

9 times out of 10 your nails are going to end up in some of your shots. So ladies make sure your nails are manicured or at least polished with no chips. Fellas, having a clean trim is good enough.

5. Trust Your Photographer/Communicate

Your photographer is a regular person just like you. Don’t be afraid to communicate or let your guard down for a little while. If your the type of person who is shy when a camera is in front of you let your photographer know. Any good photographer will do what they can to help you relax and feel comfortable when shooting with them. Your photographer cares about you so if you have questions, ask them. Follow your photographer’s direction. Some things may feel a little funny and sound silly but trust me, the photos will look great. Lastly but not least, have fun. Your shoot should be fun and having great communication helps with that.

Here are some examples from my recent head session.

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