Headshot tips for your session

Keep it authentic and genuine to who you are as a person.  Don't overdo it! Be sure that this is something you are willing to wear in your everyday routine.

Sometimes, less is more. Begin with finding your outfit first. Find colors that mesh with your personality. Your outfit reveals who you are as a person!

Have multiple options! We can shoot more than one look to ensure we capture your personality correctly. Try to mix it up, go for a bold look with one, and something more natural with the other. 

Choose two to three outfits to wear before your session and lay them out so they are ready to go. Make sure they are clean and wrinkle-free.  And try, try, and try again. Put together different outfits and see how they work together. Move around, look in the mirror, see if your spouse gives you a second glance as you walk past. You will know when you have it right! 

With all of this great advice, it sounds easy, right? It can still be tough, as we often overthink when we are trying to prepare. If you find yourself in a rut, feel free to reach out to me. I am more than happy and take pleasure in helping you succeed! Together we can create the perfect outfit.

Most Important

  • Your headshot should look like you
  • Your photo has to sell your looks and personality
  • What you see is what you get

General Tips

  • Let me know your expectations and intentions. Let me know what kind of look you want
  • Get a good nights sleep the night before.
  • Drink lots of water and be well rested
  • Arrive on time. Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes early (we may have other clients scheduled before you)
  • Please call if you are running late

What to Wear / Wardrobe

  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great and that you feel good in
  • Don't overdress
  • Clothes should be neatly pressed and should look new or like new
  • Bring a variety of clothing that emphasizes different roles/characters (professional, blue-collar worker, intellectual, sexy, etc...)
  • Avoid large logos or branding
  • A simple black shirt/blouse/dress is often a good option
  • Avoid white shirts unless you plan to wear it underneath something
  • Darker clothes attract less attention and put the attention on your face and eyes
  • Solid colors are great
  • Avoid busy patterns and large lines or stripes
  • No glitter, sparkles, rhinestones, sequins
  • Blue/green/turquoise clothing can help emphasize blue/green/hazel eyes
  • Avoid red as a dominant color
  • A suit or jacket are great for men wanting a more professional look
  • Pay attention to details. Layers, ties, belts etc
  • Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety different shirts/blouses to see what works best
  • Turtlenecks are almost always a bad idea (since they crowd the face)
  • Don't only bring 3-4 same-style shirts in different colors. Bring variety of styles
  • Your more than welcome to bring a few extra outfits so we can choose what looks best on you at the shoot

Remember: Select and wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. Choose something that makes you look good.

⦁    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
⦁    Be prepared to remove facial piercings or multiple ear piercings if needed

What to Bring

  • If you have a specific look your seeking, bring sample headshots to help communicate the look you want (you can save some on your phone), if not no worries, we will still create amazing images together.
  • Various changes of clothing (see above)
  • A Smile
  • Lip balm
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Makeup and hair products you prefer (especially if you have allergies)
  • Eye drops if you have extra red in the whites of your eyes
  • Pet lint roller if you have pets, if you don't have one let me know I will bring one for you.

Hair and Makeup Tips

Note for guys: don’t forget to shave away any stubble from your face and neck prior to your session.

  • Make-up should be clean and natural
  • Your make-up or hair-style should be exactly what you would do for an audition
  • 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
  • Men may need base, concealer, and powder for the shoot. It is best to obtain your own so it is specially matched to your skin tone
  • 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 garish 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
  • Avoid over-styling. Keep it simple
  • If you are under 16-years old the only makeup you need is lip balm or lip gloss

Arrive With

  • Hair styled and makeup already applied (if not using makeup artist)
  • Already dressed in first outfit



Extra Actor/Actress Headshot Tips 

"Characters" or "Types" (not essential for those going after certain roles)

Actors are hired to play a character and tell a story. Does your look allow you to play different characters? Think about how these character types would look:

  • The good guy/girl
  • The popular guy/girl
  • The guy/girl next door
  • The bad guy/girl
  • The professional guy/girl

Also, think about the subtext or story behind a character. Where is this character from? What is his/her disposition? What is his/her financial background (blue collar/white collar/middle)?

Bring wardrobe that supports how these characters would look.


  • Rehearse at home in front of a mirror. Practice poses and expressions (see below about characters)
  • If you're having trouble with expressions, watch your face in the mirror while running lines from a favorite scene
  • Visualize different emotions while looking in the mirror. Watch how this changes your expression