How to Prepare for Your Headshots

PREPARING for YOUR HEADSHOTS – EMBRACE the OPPORTUNITY The term “headshot” can sound menacing or intimidating, as can knowing that this image could set the tone for other people’s impressions of you. And that’s exactly why a good headshot is important, but it doesn’t have to be a scary experience, and you don’t have to settle for a cookie cutter picture like they used to do if you take a few steps to prepare, and come ready to rock!   BEFORE the SHOOT Get plenty of rest the night before your session. Drink plenty of water during in the days preceding our session so your skin is at its best. If getting your hair cut, plan it at least a week before your shoot. Freshly cut hair can be a bit unpredictable, so take some time to tame it and get comfortable with it. Do a little research to understand the kind of image you want, like and/or need for your unique purposes. You can create a Pinterest board or send me some images of people you want to emulate that will help me understand the vision for your shots. Alternately, you can make a list of keywords to keep in mind for the image you would like to convey. Examples could include “trustworthy,” “approachable,” “authoritative,” “engaging.” This will help guide the poses and expressions we use and determine various technical considerations I will need to have in place. BTW, the term “professional” says nothing to me. There are too many kinds of professionals out there. Think in terms of “professional what?”; “Professional, how?” Allow sufficient time to reach the location and...
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