How to Prepare for Your Headshots


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!



  • 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 relax for a few minutes before your session.
  • Eat a meal at least an hour or two before your shoot so you have plenty of energy.
  • Bring a comb or hairbrush along with any emergency touch up items, such as: hairspray, hair clips/pins, extra makeup/face powder, etc.
  • Brush and floss. I hate to put this in bold, but clean teeth not only make things easier for me so I don’t have to spend time “picking out” bits in Photoshop, but that freshly brushed clean feeling can add an extra measure of confidence to your smile.
  • Bring your favorite tunes. Create a Spotify playlist or Pandora station of your favorite music that we can listen to during your session.
  • For sessions over 30 minutes, bring a snack and bottle of water for an energy boost during your shoot.
  • Come ready to have fun! There’s no need to be nervous. We’re collaborating together, we’ll have some fun, and we’ll make some great photos in the process!



  • Bring clothes that have solid, neutral colors that complement your skin tones. It’s all about the eyes, mouth and expression in a headshot, so be sure to avoid or minimize any distracting fabrics, patterns, or logos.
  • Keep jewelry minimal and classy. You’re modeling you, not accessories.
  • For longer portrait sessions it’s okay to bring a few options to change looks.


Above all, put your confidence on, and come prepared to have some fun and collaborate on getting some great shots.

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