Clothing, Makeup, and Hair

I get asked many questions about headshots from clients often.  Many of those questions can be answered in my blog post "Preparing For A Headshot."  Some of the commonly asked questions are:

What should I wear?

What makeup should I use?

First, let's answer the clothing question.  You will want to wear clothing that complements you, is not the focus of the eye and stands off of the photographic background.  What I would generally always recommend for clothing for a headshot is comfortable clothing without wild or crazy colors or patterns.  The clothing chosen should not cause the eye to focus on it.  The goal is to focus the eye on your face and engage the viewer so as to generate some level of interest in you.  Next, the photographic background should not blend with your clothing.  For example, if you've chosen a gray background, choose a shirt or blouse color that contrasts with the background.

Lastly, for the ladies, I recommend natural makeup that promotes your complexion.  For the gentlemen, I recommend "No Shine" or blotter paper to reduce or eliminate facial oils.


Photographic Background

I have a variety of photographic backgrounds from which to choose.  During your session discussion, one or more backgrounds would have been discussed.

The colors I have to choose from are:

  • black
  • white
  • white painted brick
  • weathered brick
  • muted blue
  • brilliant blue
  • planks

Night Before And Day Of Your Session

The night before your session, please limit your alcohol intake, drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest.  It's important that your portraits reflect you at your best and ultimately represent you whether a business owner, actor, actress, or model.

On the day of your session, arrive early to the location.  It's important that you are not rushed and show a relaxed body posture and facial expressions.

Hopefully, the above will guide you through your headshot experience and that you will enjoy your session.  If the above has not already answered your questions, then please contact me.