Updated: Mar 15, 2021
Hey Hey! I heard you were in need of headshots, but you are completely flustered on what that means before you get to your photographer. Face it, none of us want those dreaded headshots we have to take for our passports, unless they are ACTUALLY for our passports. I thought I'd help you out a little by giving you some quick tips on what to do so you can prepare for your headshot session with your photographer. I broke the tips up by gender, because we all need a little help every now and again, right?!
So gentlemen you guys have it soooo easy. At least I think so. I mean all you have to do is get a haircut and show up right? Wrong! Unless of course you like passport photos. I know that you don't, so we are gonna use these tips to present yourself in the best light (pun intended).
HAIR- Get a haircut a few days BEFORE your scheduled shoot. (I typically say at least 3 days before). Make sure the excess hair is taken care of as well, including: ears, nose, eyebrows and ANY EXTRA LONG HAIRS. Help your photographer so they don't have to edit out those straggly hairs.
FACE- Make sure you wash your face throughly with an exfoliating cleanser and follow up with a moisturizer. You want your skin to look healthy and camera ready! (DO NOT try a new product the day of the session! Use what you've been using.) Pro Tip: Bring your cleanser/moisturizer with you to your appointment to help prevent shine. Wash your face quickly before your session.
LIP Moisturizer. Whatever type of lip moisturizer you use, make sure you are using it on the days leading up to your session. Please leave the crusty, dry lips at home. Your lips are also on your face and we want them to be on point as well!
OK ladies! I have you covered as well!
HAIR- If you have the time to do so, get the hairstyle of your choice if it is different than your normal, and test drive the look before your session. You always want to be your most confident self, especially when taking photographs because that will shine through.
MAKEUP- Go for a natural look and again test drive, run whatever you want to call it. Make sure the MUA (makeup artist) that you are working with can achieve the look that you are going for. Pro Tip: If you are doing your own makeup, make sure you have all of your supplies and aren't searching for them at the last hour. (Keep the highlights and or shimmers at a minimum because it can make your skin look oily.)
LIPS- Always, always ALWAYS wear some kind of lip color to give a little pop. Matte is the new "in" thing to wear. It is long lasting and you won't need to keep reapplying. Pro Tip: Matte can be drying so having a lip gloss to put over the matte lipstick helps A LOT! Lip primers help also.