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How to Prepare for your Headshot

You may not know quite what to expect if you’ve never had a professional headshot session before, so here is a guide on how to prepare for your headshot. Some of the most common questions we hear from clients are these: What should I wear? Should I have my hair done? What if I have a breakout?

For starters, take a deep breath. Relax. You hired a professional to take your photos, which means you get the benefit of all our experience. We’ve seen everything, and it’s totally normal to feel nervous about your photos. But with a little preparation and guidance, you will end up with headshots that will make you look like the talented, dedicated professional you are!

To help you out, we’ve put together this guide on how to prepare for your headshot session. So, let’s dive in! 

Choosing the right outfit

Think about what kind of impression you want to make. What the owner of an art gallery wears may be different from what the CEO of a financial company might wear. Know what’s appropriate for your line of work and what will make you look as professional as possible.

 A good rule of thumb when choosing what to wear is to keep it simple. Go with solid colors and avoid loud patterns or bright tones that can draw attention away from you or even wash out your skin in photos. Overall, you want to feel comfortable and confident. 

It’s also great idea to dress in layers, like a blazer or cardigan over a blouse or button-up shirt. Layers can easily be removed or added for different looks. Make sure to iron or press your clothes before your session. Wrinkles definitely don’t look professional! 

Getting your hair and makeup done

Whether you hire a makeup artist or hair stylist is completely up to you! Some feel comfortable handling their appearance on their own, but if you don’t often wear much makeup or don’t like the way your makeup has appeared in photos, definitely consider hiring a professional to do it for you. 

If you do choose to get a haircut, schedule it at least a week before your session. We’ve all had bad haircuts, and you want to give your hair time to grow out, just in case it’s too short for your liking.


As for men, avoid shaving right before your session, as your skin may be irritated and red. Instead, shave the night before and use aftershave or cooling gel to help sooth any irritation. And don’t be afraid to use a little makeup as well to cover up any blemishes you may have.

When you pack your bag for your session, be sure to bring along a brush and any products you use to help deal with fly-aways and any other touchups your hair may need throughout the day.

The most important thing is that your headshots look like you, so make sure to do your hair and makeup in a way that is normal for you. After all, you want people to recognize you from your photo!

Rest up and hydrate!

In the days leading up to your headshot session, be sure to drink plenty of water. Hydrated skin will look fresh and healthy in photos. Alcohol and fried or salty foods can cause bloating so be sure to avoid them too. You should also do your best to stay out of the sun to avoid sunburn or skin irritation.

The night before your session, go to bed early and get plenty of sleep, so you arrive at your session feeling refreshed and ready to go! 

Don’t rush

Give yourself plenty of time to get to your session. Rushing causes unnecessary anxiety, and you don’t want to arrive panicked and anxious. Look up directions to your session location ahead of time and check traffic to determine if you need to give yourself any extra time in the morning. It’s better to arrive early than to arrive late!

Don’t schedule any other activities on the day of your headshot session. While your photoshoot won’t take the entire day, you don’t want to feel rushed and pressured to get to your next appointment. Give your photographer plenty of time so that both of you can move through your session at a comfortable and relaxed pace.

Talk to your photographer

If you prefer a certain style or have concerns about the shoot, be sure to talk to your photographer beforehand. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have and can offer advice or guidance to make you feel more comfortable! 

Hopefully this guide to how to prepare for your headshot boosted your confidence! If you’re interested in scheduling a headshot session with me, fill out the form down below. 

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