Since I am running a headshot and portrait special (that can be found at the bottom of this page!) I decided to create this entry to better educate everyone on what to do to best prepare for your session!
The first thing you want to do is to decide what you want your portrait to convey. Do you want to look warm and inviting? Powerful and in charge? Fun and creative? Make sure to tell me this so I can best direct you on what poses will work best for you session! Make sure you think about this question when choosing the following things for your shoot!
Second you will want to choose your outfit. For executive and business you will want to pick something very professional of course. For men I suggest bringing a great, well fitting suit as well as some options for ties or shirts. Certain patterns do not photograph well or can be very distracting, bring a few options and I can help you pick! Business woman have a few more options, I suggest aimimg for things that are structured like suits, blouse with a blazer, or a structured dress. As for jewelry, treat it like you would treat a tie, try not to pick anything to distracting, we wont people to look at you, not your jewelry!
If you're not taking an executive business portrait you have a lot more options! If you just need an 'About Me' photo for your website or something similar aim for something that says your professional but shows you personality! If you own a clothing or jewelry store wear what you sell or if you're a makeup artist bring your brushes to use in a photo, feel free to ask me and I would be happy to help you pick something out and come up with ideas. For actors I would suggest mostly neutral colors (black, gray, tan, and white) in a range from v-necks, fitted shirts, button up shirts, and sweaters.
The next thing you want to pick out is your location. There are so many options when it comes to locations. In my studio I keep different neutrals like white, gray, and black on hand which work best for clean simple backgrounds. If you ask ahead of time I can also order a different color for you, there are tons to choose from! Your other option is environmental shots, which I love to do! You can use the outdoors and shoot in front of beautiful buildings, trees, flowers, brick walls, textures, skylines, and so much more. Or you can shoot indoors with things that are relative to you or what you do for a living, like shooting at your desk, in your office, in front of books or art, on stage, in a theater, the options are endless.
The last thing you will want to do appearance-wise is beauty and grooming! For men you should make sure you're properly shaven to the amount you want, so whether you want that clean shaven look or a neat trimmed beard make sure you check it the morning of! For men and woman always check your hands if they might be in the photo, they will need to be properly trimmed and either clean and free of polish or freshly painted. For all my female clients I always suggest getting you hair and makeup up done if you aren't confident in doing it yourself! The best hair style is a blowout which many salons near my studio offer. Ask me and I would be happy to send you all my recommendations for hair and makeup!
And last but certainly not least don't be afraid to look at examples online! You can search on Google and Pinterest for photos. Try terms like 'male lawyer portrait' or 'female acting headshot' This will help you to decide what type of photo you might want. Feel free to send these to me so I can get an idea of what type of photo you like.
Lastly, as always, don't be afraid to ask me questions about your shoot. I can help you decide what to where or even what kind of smile you should have, I am here to help you get you perfect portrait!