HOW DO I MAKE MY HEADSHOT SESSION GREAT?
1) Get some good sleep the night before
So, I know it can be hard sometimes, but PLEASE try your best? Photoshop is a photographer's friend, but your natural, pretty, rested face is so much better.
2) Bring clothing options the day of your session
Y'all, I cannot stress enough about this one. It is so important that you bring options for us to pick out together. Sometimes the shirt you love is not going to be the best one for your pictures. Really bright colors can work but are usually not the best option for the camera. DO NOT bring anything with logos or patterns. In your headshot you want the focus to be on your face and your eyes, so we need to avoid any element that could be a distraction.
Also, think about the characters you want to portrait in these pictures. What is your type? What roles do you or your agent see yourself playing? What types of clothes would these characters wear, and how much skin would he/she show? For instance, if you are the "bad ass, villain, drug dealer type", a leather jacket and/or dark colors can be a good pick. Whereas if you are playing a lawyer, blazers, glasses, and button down shirts would work best.
Another important thing to consider is what type of projects you would use the headshots to submit for. For instance, if you need commercial headshots, your pictures would look much different than theatrical shots. The same way you/your agency would submit different materials for a comedy than for a dramatic film.
TIP TO KEEP IN MIND: Layers are great in headshots. If possible, bring a jacket/sweater to play with.
3) Don't overdo your makeup
This one is important, especially for the ladies. I know we all want to look our best in the pictures that are supposed to "sell us", right? But in reality, casting directors will actually be "turned off" by too much make up in a headshot. Keep in mind you want to show your essence and who you really are. There is nothing worse than showing up in the audition room and the casting team don't think your picture looks like you.
For the camera, a good "daytime" makeup will do. Meaning a layer of foundation, some blush, a little mascara, and a light lipstick can be enough. If you want to make sure you get it right and would like to work with a makeup professional, let me know so we can plan accordingly.
For the gents, unless you wear makeup in your day to day life, I would say it is not necessary. Now, in some circumstances you might want to use some powder for "shine protection". But that will depend on different skin colors, sweat level, and/or if you are bald, for example.
Moral of the story: Less is more.
4) Be on time
Emergencies happen, I get it. But try your best to give yourself enough time. The last thing you want is for you and the photographer to be rushed. Also, you cannot expect to have the same amount of time dedicated towards your session if you are late. Besides, if you are in this business you should know this by now: if you are on time you are late. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
RELAX. Enjoy yourself. This time is for you and no one else. You got this!
Thanks for reading. I can't wait to see how your pictures turn out!