PRACTICE YOUR SMILE for at least a couple of minutes in the mirror the week leading up to your photo session. I encourage all of my clients to try out different facial expressions before meeting with me. If you’re a smiley person, then great, but if you don’t love your face when you’re smiling big, then practice a warm, closed-lip grin.

Everything that goes into your mouth (food and drink) leading up to the shoot will affect how your hair, teeth, and overall complexion look, so try to avoid processed/ greasy foods leading up to your photoshoot and please drink a lot of water. If you have planned a day of wine tasting the day before our photo session, consider moving it because you’ll probably be a bit puffy.

Use a white strip a few days before to get your teeth pearly white.

Try to get a full night of sleep before your photo session.

Make sure that your clothes are all laid out and ironed the night before your photo session. Cleanly pressed (and lint rolled) clothing will help your photo look more professional.

Have a snack 30 min or so before your photo session, so you’re not hungry.



If you always wear glasses, wear them in your headshot. If you choose to wear jewelry, keep it to a minimum or refrain from it altogether. Simple stud or hoop earrings or a simple necklace might work, but if the jewelry you wear distracts from your face, it is not in your best interest to wear it. Mid-tones in solid colors, no beige or white. Choose colors that accentuate your eye or hair color. No  busy patterns that distract from your face. If you have light skin, do not wear pastel colors, they will make your skin tone looked washed out and pale. The opposite is also true for dark skin: don't wear colors that are too dark- lighter colors will bring out the lighter tones in your skin and even the contrast of the photo.

Classic styles. Simple clothing. Well-tailored clothing that fits well and doesn't bunch or stretch. Clothing that makes you feel comfortable and confident.

Layers that give texture instead of one solid shirt can offer variety in your headshots.

Green, blue, and teal clothes accentuate blue, green and hazel eyes.

Only wear all black or all white if it's layered underneath something.

Less is more: avoid accessories.

Not Good:

Busy patterns that distract attention from your face. Logos, writing, brands. Turtlenecks Sweaters with large knit patterns Ruffles, bows, ribbons, sequins, gemstones. Short sleeves, tank tops, spaghetti straps Low cut shirts- don't show any cleavage. Bulky, loose-fitting clothing. Clothing that looks too tight.

Large pieces of jewelry. Glitter.

Patent leather or shiny fabrics.

Bright colors like neon green or lipstick red.

Makeup & Skin:

Apply your makeup how you usually wear it for an average day, or possibly a nice dinner out. Do not wear heavy makeup; a close headshot will show clumps of mascara or dark lipstick. Choose light eyeliners, eye shadows, and lipsticks that are only a shade or two darker than your skin tones. This brings your features out in a subtle manner. It is also important to keep in mind that caking on your foundation is not a good idea. Avoid shiny eye shadows or lip gloss: too much shine is distracting on camera and looks wet.

Skin blemishes, pimples, and even wrinkles can be retouched. It’s not cheating. I promise.

Do you offer Hair and Makeup Services?


While we don’t offer hair and makeup service directly to our clients, we do have a list of vetted professionals whom we work with that we would be glad to recommend to you. While you are scheduling your photoshoot with us, you can contact one of the stylists to make your hair and makeup appointment. All of the scheduling and payment will be done between you and the stylist, so when you show up for your shoot, you are ready to go!



  • If possible, get a haircut a day or two before the shoot.
  • Shave the morning of the shoot, or be sure to trim your facial hair.
  • Don’t wear a white shirt unless you plan on wearing a jacket over it.
  • Bring a suit coat, tie, sweater, t-shirt, or vest so we can play around with layering



  • You will want to have a fresh haircut for the photo shoot, so please book your session a week or two before your photo shoot. Be sure to touch up your roots! Note: If you decide to do something drastic with your appearance leading up to our session, like chopping off all of your hair, make sure you are completely comfortable with it before getting your photos taken.
  • Take a little extra time on your hair. Use hairspray and look out for flyaways. Try to avoid using any new makeup or skincare products the week before your shoot because it could lead to a breakout.
  • If you usually wear makeup, just do your normal makeup routine the day of the shoot. Nice, clean makeup photographs the best. Also, please moisturize your lips and wear a subtle color.
  • If you don’t usually wear makeup, that’s perfectly fine. You don’t have to wear makeup for the photos to look good, but please wear a moisturizing lip balm of some sort.

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