The headshot - Getting ready

Create a look that's part of your identity...

Headshot Style

Typically it’s vertical, although other orientations are just as accepted. Many times closer to the body. Backgrounds are varied but if shot indoors, a simple gray is classy and timeless.

Additionally, and Environmental/Outdoor Headshot is popular.

These headshots are shot outside or with an outdoors backdrop and many times shot with natural light. You’ll know a good outdoors headshot when you find that the background is blurry.


  • Solid colors look great.

  • Keep any pattern simple.

  • Slowly add layers during the shoot for varied looks.

  • Bring a few changes.

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

  • 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!

“Do you have a look in mind for your headshot? Whether you prefer a trendy postcard look or you’re going for a more editorial style - there’s a way to capture it!”

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