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How to Prepare for your Headshot Session

Updated: Jan 12

If you're getting ready for a headshot session in Los Angeles (or any other City), you've come to the right place. As a top headshot photographer, I've seen it all when it comes to preparing for a successful headshot session. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your experience. Your headshots are a crucial tool for your acting career, so take the time to prepare and make the most out of your session.

First and foremost, it's essential to do your research and find the right photographer for you. Look for someone with a strong portfolio and positive reviews from past clients. A good headshot photographer will make you feel comfortable, help you choose the right wardrobe, and provide guidance on posing and expression. See my other post regarding choosing a headshot photographer for tips on this!

Next, it's essential to take the time to prepare your wardrobe and looks. Your headshot is your calling card, so it's crucial to look your best. Choose clothing that reflects your personality and the types of roles you're looking to book. Avoid logos. Stick to solid colors you feel great in and certain patters and texture. (I personally love texture) Look for items that that complement your skin tone, bring out your eyes, and reflect your personal style (or the style of the type you are going for) Good lighting and complimentary makeup will help bring out your eyes as well. Look at your photographers portfolio to get inspiration to see what others have worn

In terms of grooming I highly recommend using a professional Hair & Makeup artist. I can't speak for every photographer but I have worked with my artists for years and trust them 100%. They know what looks good with my lighting and they collaborate with each Actor to ensure they feel like themselves. How you do your makeup for daily life (or going out) is not the same as it how looks on camera with professional lighting.

*If you do decide to do your own Hair & makeupup make sure your hair is looking its best and flyaways and maintained, keep makeup natural and minimal; the goal is to look like yourself on your best day. It can be really difficult on the photographer if a clients hair is all over the place and distracting or makeup is the wrong shade. Our focus is capturing images not having to constantly fix hair or makeup. Where and how your hair is placed in the frame and small makeup adjustments are a part of the art in what makes a gorgeous shot.

If you have representation speak to them prior to your shoot and go over the looks you are planning. Make sure everyone is on board! Every agent and manager is different in their involvment but be sure to at last open the conversation and include them. Make sure to bring plenty of backup options in case something isnt working or doesnt photograph well.

Before your session, it's a good idea to get plently of rest, drink lots of water, and DO NOT do any new facial treatments or use new hairstylist the week leading up to your shoot. (I have seen this go VERY WRONG!!!) Also life happens and things come up, but try not to schedule anything important on the day of your shoot. Distractions, and scheduling should not be part of your session.

Lastly, don't forget to communicate with your photographer about your goals and expectations for the session. We are here to help you get the best possible headshots, so don't be afraid to ask questions or voice any concerns you may have. Go in prepared, but with an open mind and be ready to play and be yourself.

I hope these tips help you feel ready and confident for your headshot session. Remember, preparation is key, but the most important thing is to relax and enjoy the experience. You did all the work to choose your photographer and preapre so trust your choice.  Remember, the key to a great headshot is authenticity, so relax, have fun and let your personality shine through.


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