Preparing for the Shoot
So, you've decided on the photographer you are comfortable
with and can afford. What do you do leading up to the day of the shoot?
Sleep. Be rested. Try to catch up on your sleep
for a few days. You'll be using the results of this shoot for some
time, so you want to look your best. You may have to skip that rerun
of "Sunset Boulevard" that's starting at 1:00 a.m.
You may need to come home after the first nightclub. (Ahhh,
the sacrifices we make for our art ...) But it'll be worth it in the
Exercise. Get some exercise that day, prior to
the shoot. Jog, take a brisk walk, do some yoga. It doesn't really
matter what exercise you do. But if you get your blood circulating
you're more likely to have that certain glow. You're also less likely
to tense up in front of the camera.
Clothes. It's a good idea to wear neutral clothes.
The headshot is about you, not your wardrobe. So you shouldn't wear
anything that will lead the eye away from your face. Interesting textures
are good, but don't wear any bold prints or stripes. Simple, solid
colors are best. And you may want to check in advance to see what
kind of background your photographer wants to use. If the photographer
uses a black background, you probably don't want to wear black clothes,
or your headshot may end up looking like a disembodied head floating
against a field of black.
You'll probably want to use a variety of outfits during the shoot.
But, again, don't get too extreme. Bring three or four simple outfits
to the shoot so that you and the photographer can choose what will
work best. And remember that it's a good idea to wear clothes that
you feel comfortable in. You don't want to be distracted by a collar
that's too tight or a scarf that won't stay in place.
Hair. It's a good idea to keep your hair simple,
too. Although it may be tempting, it's probably not a good idea to
try a new hairstyle just for the photo shoot. If your hair is a particular
selling point (like Jane Seymour or Fabio), you may want to make it
a bit more prominent in your headshot than most people would. Otherwise,
it's best to have a becoming yet dignified hairstyle for your headshot.
It's also usually best to schedule your shoot at least a week or so
after you get a haircut, so it doesn't have that "just buzzed"
look. Consult with your photographer to gain further insight; he or
she may have additional hair advice.
Makeup. You might consider having a makeup artist
join you in your shoot. Collaborate with the photographer that you've
chosen, because he or she may have a working relationship with certain
makeup artists in your area. Your photographer may also tell you that
he or she would prefer to work with no makeup or with only your usual
street makeup. In any event, you want to make sure that you don't
do anything too extreme.
Jewelry. As in so many things, less is more.
If you want to wear jewelry, keep it very simple. Jewelry is yet another
way the focus can be taken away from you.
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