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Preparing for your Session


PREPARING FOR YOUR SESSION


In a time where so many flock to the internet to find a service provider, face to face meeting has lost its sense of importance, and convenience is key. Whether you’re a doctor, lawyer, sales professional or corporate director, you know both your staff and clientele are judging you based on your appearance and professionalism before they ever encounter your expertise.

Our process always includes a pre-session consultation where we learn what your professional image goals entail to craft a session that best describes you. We will discuss clothing choices as well as other suggestions to make sure you will stand out. After the session, we upload your images into a online proofing gallery where we will select the best images that represent your personality in the most natural way. From there, we edit the finals and when finished, upload them into a password protected online gallery where you can download them.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR HEADSHOT


Leading up to the days before your session, avoid drinking alcohol and smoking, and drink plenty of water. This will help make your skin very hydrated to fill in lines, wrinkles and under eye circles, naturally giving you a healthy glow. Be sure to get plenty of sleep the night before your session so you're rested and ready to go.

Hair: Don't cut or die your hair right before the shoot, since stylists tend to cut hair a little shorter. A new hair cut usually looks its best about a week to two weeks after having it cut as well as having your hair colored.

Teeth: If you want to whiten your teeth before your session, start as early as possible and use a natural whitening method, or have them whitened by your dentist. I usually do complimentary teeth whitening as part of my editing process.

Beards: If you have a beard, trim it so its even and looks nicely groomed. If you are going for clean shaven, get a good shave before your headshot. Darker color beards tend to be accentuated in photos, so trim it well so its not too thick.

Most importantly, try and have fun and not take it too seriously! I can understand how difficult it can be with hearing all these "do's" and "don'ts", but I promise to make it fun and relaxing so in the end you have a great headshot that will turn heads and help you stand out from the rest!


WHAT TO WEAR FOR A PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT FOR MEN?

When choosing clothing for your professional corporate headshot, think classic and simple. Pick a favorite suit that fits well and is preferably a dark color, like navy, gray, or black. Choose a suit that doesn't bunch up when you button it or if you sit down, and a suit and tie that match each other. Ties look great when their tone lands between the suit and shirt and are non-reflective. Try to stay away from anything bold, or with distracting patterns or colors. If you wear a tie, choose a non white shirt if possible. White shirts without a jacket and tie to break them up can lose detail in the color and folds. If you wear a button down shirt, it is best to wear a jacket to layer the look.


WHAT TO WEAR FOR A PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT FOR WOMEN?


Choose a professional suit or business-oriented outfit that has a classic and fitted look. Don't choose anything with bold or distracting colors, or patterns. Try and stay away from short sleeves or tank tops: executive headshots tend to look better without bare arms. For jewelry, go for something small, and not very reflective or flashy. Earrings shouldn't dangle more than an inch from your earlobe. Simpler is always going to be better, so if we notice your jewelry before we notice your face, I may ask you to remove and excess jewelry.

If you're concerned about looking your best for your headshot, then I would recommend having a hair and make up artist present for your session. Especially if you don't usually wear all that much makeup. A good makeup artist will know what colors and tones that will build upon your usual look to make it photo ready, so you look like you!



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