How to Prepare for Your Professional Headshot


A few days before your session, you’ll want to start getting prepared. If you’re properly prepared, you’ll not only have an easier and more stress free time, but the resulting images will look a lot better than if you just winged it!


Clothing is a form of expression and the clothes that you pick to wear will reflect your personality in the images. My best piece of advice when choosing clothes is - the simpler the better.

- Solid colors look great in headshots.
- If you're going with a pattern, keep it simple.
- Start with a simple shirt or blouse and slowly add layers.
- Bring a few changes of clothes to the session.
- Make sure that ALL clothing is ironed and pressed before the session. Wrinkles in clothing is difficult to Photoshop out.
- Bring a lint brush or roller with you.

This section is for you, ladies!

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

- Start with your hair down and towards the end of the shoot put it up in a ponytail for a more casual look.

- If your budget allows, hire a hair stylist for the morning of the session.
Makeup and Face
- You should wear only slightly more makeup than normal.

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

- Bring your makeup and moisturizer with you in case your skin does get dry or you need touchups.

- Bring lip balm or lip gloss with you to help keep lips looking soft.

- The night before, brush your lips with your toothbrush to help get rid of any dead skin.

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

- Get rid of any unwanted hair a few days before your session. Clean up brows and upper lip hair.
- Shave right before you leave for your session. A 5 o’clock shadow can’t be Photoshopped easily.
- Use cooling gel or aftershave to help with skin irritation.

- Bring some oil absorbing sheets to soak up any oil or sweat that might build up during the session. The studio lights can get pretty hot. Some great sheets are the Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. You can find them at any Walmart or local drug store.
Practice Makes Perfect
- Before the session look at your face in the mirror and see what side you like better. Remember though, a mirror will flip your face and the camera won’t so the images might look a little different than you were expecting.

- If you have one eye that is visibly smaller than the other bring the side of your face with the smaller eye towards the camera. It will help reduce the difference between the two.

- Try different expressions in the mirror. Do you look better stoic or perky? Having a more comfortable expression will go a long way in how good you feel about your images!

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