what to wear
Plan ahead!! When planning your wardrobe, think about what will make you feel special or best portray your brand.
Brand: Carefully consider how you want to portray yourself. Do you want to look friendly and relatable, casual and approachable, or like a serious expert in your field? Be prepared to dress for your brand, and also to let me know, so we can set up your session's images to best communicate that.
Layers: if you wear or bring layers, you can quickly take off a sweater, blazer, suit coat, for a slightly different look. Dark jeans are also great.
Shoes: they may appear in your photos, so wear something that’s in good condition and coordinates with what you’re wearing.
Remember, these are your photos, so do it up a little! You want to look like yourself, but since you've made an investment in your photos, make an equal investment in determining what you both will wear during your session. It should definitely be a step up from what you wear every day.
some clothing tips
Number one, wear what makes you feel special and communicates your brand.
Wear well-fitted clothing. Not skin tight, but clothes that are fitted in the shoulders and chest look best.
A splash of color can look great on a small item or accessory.
Remember below the knees! Your socks, shoes, boots may be in your pictures, so be sure they reflect your style and also work with the rest of your outfit.
Jewelry can be a great addition. Bring a few options so I can advise you with what will look best on camera.
No stripes or abundant patterns. Stripes don’t photograph well, and too much pattern can be overwhelming.
Press your clothes! Please be sure all of your clothing is well-pressed and free of wrinkles, as well as pet hair. Wrinkles are very difficult to edit and there will be extra charges if you need them retouched.
If you need to, go shopping! You’ve already made an investment on a photo session. If you need a few items or accessories, consider spending a few more so you look your best!
send me your snaps
This makes a huge difference! Sometimes what you think looks great together (and it probably does!) may not look as great on camera. When clients take me up on this offer, it really makes a difference in the final result. Text or email me snaps of your clothing thoughts (you can just lay them out on the bed or floor, or wear them, whichever you prefer), and I'll be happy to give you some feedback! If you have a last minute thought and can't decide, bring your options along and I'll help you decide. I love styling my clients for the camera, and this is part of the package when you purchase a photo session with me!
Hydrate! Be well-hydrated and rested before your session. Basically, if you're relaxed, we’ll get the best photos!
Glasses…consider removing them to avoid glare in your photos. If you decide to keep them on, I will probably ask you to remove them for a few pictures. If you wear transition-style glasses, they look like sunglasses in photos. So for your session, please consider removing the lenses or not wearing them for your session.
I always recommend making an appointment with a trusted hair and makeup artist for your headshot session. We will be photographing you up-close for at least some of the time, and most women feel more comfortable when their hair and makeup have been done by a professional.
Hair looks best at least partly down in photos.
Makeup. Wearing it really makes a difference in photos. When it comes to lip color, aim for the lighter side of what you might typically wear…lip color almost always photographs a little darker.
Face and neck. Be sure to give yourself a close shave before your session. Facial stubble and stray beard/neck hairs are hard to edit, so please clean up your neckline, and also trim your beard/mustache the day of your session.
Dry skin. If you're prone to dry skin on your face and don't typically use a facial cream, please do so the day of your session (make sure it's made for the face so you don't have a reaction!)