Let's get the ball rolling!
Please read the following information.
Keep it simple. Bring a couple options if you'd like. I have a place you can hang things up, and change. Remember, when you're picking out clothing options to bring consider how they look from the chest up. Typically the photo will be cropped above the chest, so focus on the shoulders and the neck line of the outfit. You want clothes that give a clean, defined look. Have a look at my portfolio to see the type of clothing that work.
Try to bring:
- clothes you love - you look great in - you feel great in
- clothes that are form-fitting
- clothes that are one solid colour (bonus points if they match/bring out your eye colour)
- subtle patterns
- clothes that are black, white or any shade of grey
- layers; a jacket or sweater that works well with one of your tops
Try not to bring:
- overbearing patterns, (they distract and pull focus from your eyes).
- baggy, loose clothing (they add extra unwanted pounds)
- high collared shirts/jackets (they shorten the neck)
- wrinkled clothing (the camera will see this)
- clothes that don't fit
Most importantly please check in with your advisor/team to get an understanding of any dress code that might be needed for these images. My suggestions are just that.
Clothing should not distract from the 'important stuff', which are your face and eyes.
Above all, trust yourself, even if it goes against the stuff I said above.
Pro tip: Do you have a piece of clothing in mind that you love but you don't own it? Go buy it! Keep the receipts and the tags on, you can return it after the shoot!
MAKEUP (This section is for women. Men, please don't wear makeup)
Keep it Simple.
You want your headshot to represent you. Dramatic makeup 'fads' will date your headshot.
The going trend now, is usually out in a year... a natural look is timeless.
The retouching can clean up blemishes so if you break a few zits the day before, don't worry!
Try to avoid:
- heavy eyeliner (on the top and the bottom), avoid sharp, hard lines.
- pencilled in eyebrows with a harsh line, make it natural
- fake eyelashes (they weigh down the eyelids, and cause you to look drowsy)
- too much blush
- lip liner
- lipstick (bring in a clear/neutral gloss to keep your lips shiny and/or a hydrating lipstick in neutral colors, to even out chapped lips and unevenness)
- powder foundation (liquid concealer is much better on camera)
If you know you want to try out a more dramatic style of makeup, bring it in and we can add a bit as we shoot... but let's start more on the natural side!
During the session, we will review the images on my laptop as we go, so you can see if the makeup is working for you or not.
PLEASE NOTE: these are NOT guidelines these are suggestions. If everything I said above goes against your natural instinct, don't listen to it. These suggestions are put here to help people who are unsure one what they should do for their makeup.