You likely have some questions about the headshot session – here are some answers. If you don't see the answer to your question here, feel free to call me at (781)237-0495 or email email@example.com.
What should I wear for my session?
This depends on how you plan on using the shot (business vs. entertainment vs. other). In general it’s good to bring several options to the shoot. We discuss this beforehand but here are some things to consider:
Bring clothes that you feel comfortable in, that are classy (particularly for business purposes) and match your style and personality. Avoid clothes that are too tight/uncomfortable.
Avoid black or white clothes (except for men’s dress shirts) as they tend to lose detail in some photographs.
Avoid clothes with busy patterns. Solid colors are best but avoid bright colors as they detract the viewer from your face. For women, pick colors that complement your makeup/eye color/eye shadow and skin tone.
Make sure any clothes that you bring are clean and neatly pressed especially for collared shirts and suits. The camera is very high resolution and you’d be amazed at what it can pick up.
For headshots, pants/the lower part of your body won’t be in most of the pictures, but it’s still a good idea to bring some good-looking pants for the shoot. For many non-business shoots, blue Jeans always look great on camera (yes, even with a white shirt), unless they are dingy and torn.
V-neck and u-neck sweaters and shirts work well. For women tank-tops generally look good. Collared button-down shirts are great, a solid color with a crisp-clean white shirt underneath for the men and a stylish solid color for women. Men should bring several different colored ties. All shirts should be clean and pressed.
Be well rested and hydrated the day before and the day of your shoot – you’ll look and feel better.
Avoid jewelry or other accessories – it detracts from the purpose of the shoot – showing who you are.
What about hair and makeup?
Men: Most of the time men can get by without using professional hair and makeup, but let me know if you have oily skin. Sometimes a powder or foundation can help even out skin tones and keep the face from looking shiny.
Women: While not required I generally recommend professional makeup. A professional makeup person knows how to help you look your best in front of a camera.
How long does it take to get my images?
Turnaround time is generally three business days to get your initial gallery of images. Once you down-select your images for retouching, it is typically another two to three business days before your final, edited images are delivered to you. Let me know If you have a deadline and need something even faster when you book the session and I generally can work this out.
How much retouching do you do?
I work to have your images look great straight out of the camera with the best lighting and a variety of “looks” to make you look your best. The images you initially receive will all be in focus, with correct color, crop, etc. I include very minor retouching to remove obvious blemishes, etc.
You have the option to have images further digitally retouched if you’d like to remove or smooth out wrinkles and blemishes as well as stray hairs and dark circles around the eyes, etc... The key is to enhance the image without making you look fake. Additional retouching fees will vary depending on the level of retouching needed, which we can discuss. Most of my clients don’t require additional retouching.
Getting a facial several days to a week before the shoot can ensure that your skin will look its best. It is important for you to look natural, and too much retouching can make you look fake.
I’m a businessperson (ie, not an entertainer/artist/actor) – how formally should I dress?
This depends on a variety of factors mostly centered around whom the audience is, what profession you’re working in, what image/persona/message you want to convey, etc. For example, if your intended audience is in banking, the norm is more formal, vs. a high tech young startup, where you’d more likely want a more causal look. We can discuss this all prior to the shoot
I’m an entertainer/artist/actor and these are my first headshots - what kind of headshots do I need?
Actors, entertainers, and other artists need different types of shots depending on the intended purpose(s) of the photos. For example, actors may require different headshots depending on the roles and what type of look you’re going for. Musicians may or may not want their instrument in the photograph, etc. We can discuss these factors prior to the shoot, but here are a few things to think about:
- Consult with your agent (if you have one) on what you need. They have experience in the industry and more importantly, they know what you need to book more jobs.
- If you don't have an agent, then it’s good to get a simple, clean, smiling/upbeat/happy look with minimal retouching to show what you (primarily your headshot) looks like. For dramatic roles, a more dramatic look is also good to have.