Types of Headshots

Headshots come in a number of styles.

Color backgrounds, environmental/outdoor type, natural lighting and more.

Typical Style Headshots...

are vertical and very common. Typically closer to the body.  Backgrounds vary but a simple gray is classy and timeless.

Environmental/Outdoor Headshots

These headshots are often taken outdoors. They are more casual and help show a somewhat more laid-back side.


  • Solid colors look great.

  • Keep any pattern simple.

  • Slowly add layers.

  • Bring a few changes.

  • Be sure your clothes are wrinkle free unless you don't care. Additional Photoshop editing to fix things later is not an option.

  • Bring lip gloss, hair spray and a lint brush.

  • Don’t worry about shoes. 


  • Take your favorite brush, hair product (gel/hairspray) with you. 

  • Book a hair stylist for the morning of the shoot.

Makeup and Face

  • Natural is a great option but light makeup typically works best.

  • No matte styles of makeup. It will dry your skin.

  • Bring your makeup and moisturizer.

  • Bring lip balm/gloss.

  • Brush your lips with a toothbrush to get rid of dead skin.

  • Don’t do anything prior to the shoot that will irritate your face/skin.

  • Get rid of unwanted hair before the shoot. Clean brows and upper lip hair.

  • For the guys... Shave right before your shoot. Create clean lines!