Professional Corporate Headshot Session Photo Prep
- Tell us your expectations and intentions. Let us know what kind of look you want.
- Tell us how and where the photo will be used (so we can be sure it’s appropriate).
- Drink lots of water and be well rested (so your eyes will not have dark circles).
- Your skin will not look its best after alcohol use. Try to avoid these before your shoot.
What to Wear – Everyone
- Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look (and feel) great.
- Make sure your jacket and shirt fit you well. A poor fitting jacket or shirt will be
obvious in the photos (especially around the neck).
- Don’t overdress!
- 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
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 just a dress shirt.
- Polo shirts are a good look for some businesses. Be sure the shirt is in good condition
and fits 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
- Be stylish and fashionable, but remember the picture is about your face and not your
clothes or jewelry.
- Sleeveless tops/dresses can draw attention to your shoulders/arms. Consider
bringing items with a variety of different sleeves.
- Remember: select and wear clothes that make you feel comfortable.
- 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.
- Consider if facial piercings or multiple ear piercings are appropriate for where your
photo will be displayed.
Hair & Make-Up Tips
- Make-up should be clean and natural.
- Gently exfoliate your skin before coming.
- 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 overly-bright 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.
- Don’t shave directly before your shoot; this can irritate your skin.
- Don’t wear more make-up than you would when going to a job interview.
What To Bring
- Your previous headshots, if applicable (so we can improve).
- Sample headshots to help communicate the look you want.
- Favorite music (iPod/MP3 player, phone, thumb-drive).
- Various changes of clothing (see above).
- A good attitude!
- Lip balm.
- Hair brush/comb.
- Makeup and hair products you prefer (especially if you have allergies).
- Please Arrive With hair styled and makeup already applied.
- Get plenty of rest the night before and use Chapstick to moisturize your lips overnight.
- Cut out alcohol 24 hrs before your shoot and compensate with extra water!
- Don’t criticize yourself – you are wonderful and unique.
- Have fun! It shows in the photos!