Headshot and Portrait Tips

Headshot and Portrait Tips

I always prefer to meet with my clients before we set up a photoshoot, this gives me the opportunity to discuss, the clients needs

·       What industry do you work in or what are the photos going to be used for?

o   A fitness instructor would want something more casual that a lawyer or an executive.

·       Where will the images appear, web, print, social media.

o   Example; if your image is going to appear on facebook you should be facing to the right of the page. This way your not looking off the page when you post your image.

·       Color scheme. If the image is going to appear on a website do you don’t want to wear colors that clash with the colors on the website.

Clothing choice for Headshots

·       Solid colors

·       Keep jewelry to a minimum.

·       Simple hair. Keep it natural.

·       If you are shooting more than one top – be sure to mix up the necklines.

·       Be sure that the top has shoulders – no spaghetti straps, tank tops or sleeveless shirts.

·       Shirts with texture are great for headshots. (Sweaters knit or ribbed material, etc).

·       If you have planned your shoot properly – you started with ideas and then selected outfits to match the ideas.

·       Remember – your modeling portfolio is selling you and your ability to portray different characters. The outfits that you select are a costume and should not become the focus of the picture.

·       Nails, thin French tip clear coat, crazy colors. If you don’t want to go to a salon try the glue on type.