HEADSHOTS, LIFESTYLE PHOTO, & VIDEO SHOOTS

Tips for a Better Headshot Session

Before Your Session

  1. Drink extra water for several days – it will help clear your skin just a bit and naturally hydrate it.
  2. If you get a haircut, consider doing so at least three days prior. This way, if you get a bad haircut you can let it grow a bit or reschedule.
  3. Get a good night’s sleep the night before to reduce the appearance of red eye, dark shadows under your eyes, etc.
  4. Makeup should be around the same amount you would used to go to a casting (actors) or to meet an important customer (business).

During Your Session

  1. Look into the camera – it is standard to look into the camera for headshots (not always for lifestyle shoots). This looking into the cameras is what helps create your image as confident, trustworthy, approachable, and so on.
  2. Smile – in almost all cases a smile is preferred. Exceptions include actor theatrical headshots, some lifestyle shots, etc. How much to smile can depend on the profession or your personal comfort level.
  3. Avoid wearing busy patterns like plaids, big stripes, logos, and so on. Less is more as it helps keep the focus on your face and not what you are wearing. Consider a vibrant color somewhere for some pop – the shirt under your coat, a tie, scarf, etc.
  4. Remember your posture – stand tall but not stiff.

Colors

Below are some color palettes and what color theorists often say they convey. You can consider them when planning your wardrobe but remember what you wear should match the expressions you convey with your face. For example, if you want to convey power you probably want to not have a huge smile.

Powerful or Rich

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Moving or Elegant

movingelegantcolors

Energetic

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Dependable or Calm

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Vital or Friendly

vitalearthyfriendlycolors

Soft or Welcoming

softwelcomingcolors

Refreshing or Tropical

Pure

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Professional Colors #1

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Professional Colors #2

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Professional Colors #3

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Professional Colors #3

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Color theory source/credit: The Pocket Complete Color Harmony, by Tina Sutton

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