Headshot Prep!

1. Clothes

  • Solid colors look great in headshots. Focus on one main “pop” color, either a tie or lipstick color, for example.

  • If going with a pattern keep it simple.

  • Bring two-three outfits/shirts, just in case.

  • Make sure that ALL clothes are ironed and pressed before the shoot. Wrinkles in clothes are difficult to Photoshop out.

  • Don’t worry about shoes. Be comfortable.

2. Hair

  • Bring a brush and some hair product (gel/hairspray) with you to the shoot to help calm fly-aways. 

3. Makeup and Face

  • Leave your colored contacts at home and bring clear contacts with you. Colored contacts can look very fake in photographs.



  • Try not to use matte styles of makeup. It will dry out your skin.

  • Bring your makeup and moisturizer with you to the shoot in case your skin does get dry or you need touch-ups.

  • Don’t do any extreme beauty regimens right before your shoot, like facial peels, tanning or extensive exfoliating. Your skin can look very irritated.


  • Shave right before you leave for a shoot. Use cooling gel or aftershave to help with skin irritation.

4. Practice Makes Perfect

  • Before the shoot, look at your face in the mirror and see what side you like better. Everyone has a good side--find yours.

  • Try different expressions in the mirror. Do you look better stoic or cheerful?

Finally, get excited!