Tips for a Great Headshot

Tips for Great Online Dating Profile Photos, Head Shots & Business Portraits:

MEN:

Clothing:
– Choose well-fitting clothes. Not too tight, not too baggy.
– Make sure clothes are wrinkle-free.
– Avoid clothes with logos or branding.
– Choose solid colors, over busy patterns or stripes.
– Avoid all black, all white, red and neon colors.
– Choose blues, greens, dark gray, chocolate, navy, and purple.
– If you have a lighter skin tone, avoid cream, beige, pastels, peach or yellow, as they will make your skin tone looked washed out and pale.
– If you have a darker skin tone, avoid dark colors. Lighter colors will bring out the lighter tones in your skin and even the contrast of the photo.
– Dress to make an impression. Leave old t-shirts and work out clothes at home!
– For a casual look, consider a nice t-shirt, button-down shirt, or sweater.
– For a more professional look, consider a suit or jacket.
– Ties look best when their tone lands between the suit and the shirt-so a light shirt, a dark suit, and a tie in a shade somewhere between them. Avoid reflective, shiny silk ties and those with busy patterns.
– If you have noticeable tan lines, wear clothing that hides them. If you have a noticeable sun burn, it’s best to reschedule your session.

Hair:
Be clean-shaven or have facial hair neatly trimmed. If prone to skin irritation, shave the night before.
– Get a hair cut/trim in advance of the session.  A new haircut also looks its best after at least a week.

Accessories:
Consider wearing contacts rather than glasses in order to avoid glare and distortion.
– If you choose to wear jewelry, choose something small, classic, and non-reflective or flashy.

Teeth:
– If you are a smoker, or a coffee/tea drinker, consider whitening your teeth in advance of your photo session.

ETC:
– When in doubt, bring a few extra outfits so we can choose what looks best on you at the shoot
– Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking. Drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep the night before your session. You’ll look younger, brighter and healthier!

 

WOMEN:

Clothing:
– Choose well-fitting clothes. Not too tight, not too baggy.
– Make sure clothes are wrinkle-free.
– Avoid clothes with logos or branding.
– Choose solid colors, over busy patterns or stripes.
– Avoid all black, all white, red and neon colors.
– Choose blues, greens, dark gray, chocolate, navy, and purple.
– If you have a lighter skin tone, avoid cream, beige, pastels, peach or yellow, as they will make your skin tone looked washed out and pale.
– If you have a darker skin tone, avoid dark colors. Lighter colors will bring out the lighter tones in your skin and even the contrast of the photo.
– Dress to make an impression. Leave t-shirts and yoga pants at home!
– For a casual look, consider a cute top or a sweater paired with skinny jeans and heels.
– For a more professional look, consider a dress/skirt, blouse or a blazer.
– Choose half, 3/4 or full length sleeve tops.
 Avoid sleeveless tops and spaghetti straps unless you have extremely toned arms.
– Consider tops with V-, U- or scoop neck lines. Avoid turtlenecks and ultra-low necklines (no cleavage).
– If you have noticeable tan lines, wear clothing that hides them. If you have a noticeable sun burn, it’s best to reschedule your session.

Make Up: 
– Consider using a professional make up artist. This will help ensure your skin tone is even, matte and any imperfections like blemishes, discoloration and wrinkles are concealed.
– Avoid heavy make up, caked on foundation, shiny eye shadow, lip gloss, ultra dark eyes, or bright red lips. Stick to one or two shades darker than your normal skin tone.
– Bring along extra lip color and powder/oil absorbing tissues to help keep your complexion matte.

Accessories:
– Consider wearing contacts rather than glasses.
– If you choose to wear jewelry, choose something small, classic, and non-reflective or flashy.
– Avoid anything too “busy”, such as: glitter, patent leather, shiny fabrics, sweaters with large knit patterns, ruffles, bows, ribbons, sequins, and gemstones.

Hair:
– Don’t cut or dye your hair right before the shoot.  Freshly colored hair can look too vibrant and unnatural. A new haircut also looks its best after at least a week, and colored hair looks more natural after 1-2 weeks’ worth of shampooing.
– Stick with the hair style that you normally wear.

Teeth:
– If you are a smoker, or a coffee/tea drinker, consider whitening your teeth in advance of your photo session.

ETC:
– When in doubt, bring a few extra outfits so we can choose what looks best on you at the shoot
– Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking. Drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep the night before your session. You’ll look younger, brighter and healthier!

 

 

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