A great headshot is your chance to tell the world who you are and what you represent. It’s like your resume, a chance at presenting that first impression. A well-crafted portrait represents you at your absolute best and ups your game whether competing for jobs, roles, clients, or dates. It’s also a positive indicator of your self-worth and professionalism. Or you may simply want to update your social media profile.
It’s important that you’re having a good time because that comes through in your pictures. My job is to help you relax, have fun and let me bring out the essence in you.
How long is a session?
Usually between 45 to 60 minutes of camera time, not including, preparation, grooming, etc. A full makeup look can take about the same amount of time and double that for hair. It all depends on what you want. But your time is valuable, so I aim to keep your session prompt and efficient.
Can I suggest a location?
Absolutely, the preference would be the studio location, where you can receive the proper lighting. But we are not limited to just there. At home or office and maybe a scenic park will do as well, anything is possible. Just ask.
What about hair, makeup and grooming?
We can arrange special bookings on-set or you’re free to handle it yourself and arrive prepared. Be aware that professionally applied generally guarantees the best results. However, if you choose to do your own makeup, we can provide a list of pointers.
What should I wear?
We can consult with you on the best options from your existing wardrobe, depending on your objectives. For example, a profile shot for LinkedIn may be styled differently than one for an online dating site. Always keep in mind that solid colors and simple lines eliminate distractions and provide the best results. Fine patterns or stripes can cause an undesirable ‘moire’effect, which is when a fine pattern clashes with the intricate pattern of pixels on the camera’s sensor. Props like hats and jewelry can be used with discretion, unless it is an integral part of your character. Earrings should mostly be studs, but there are always exceptions to every rule.
How can I best prepare for the big day?
There are several things to help make you look your best when arriving on set: 1. Drink lots of water in the days prior to hydrate your skin. Avoid excessive salt intake which may cause water retention. 2. Exfoliate your skin and use a mask or have a facial to clean pores. It’s best to do it about 3 days ahead of your session date to allow your skin to calm down. Be conscious of often overlooked details like trimming nose hairs and flossing to help minimize retouching. 3. Being well-rested ensures that you’ll be your most radiant. 4. Avoid too much sun to keep skin tone even and natural. 5. Some men may want to avoid a fresh haircut immediately prior to their session. Give it a week for your hair to relax. On the other hand, guys with fades and highly groomed styles may ignore that advice. 6. Finally, be conscious of lint and other particles on clothing that may appear in your pictures.
Some headshots look over-processed. What’s your approach?
I couldn’t agree more. When retouching a photo, I prefer to preserve an individual’s character, selectively enhancing a subject’s strengths where possible. Distractions like blemishes, skin discoloration or blotchiness, fly away hair, and so forth are dealt with effectively while preserving natural skin texture and character lines. This kind of retouching is bespoke, individualized for each client, not a series of predetermined actions that apply the same formula to everyone. The final result has integrity, with a human, natural feel. Or I’m fond of saying, the essence of you!