This shoot is an investment in your future—prepare for it appropriately
Practice: The most important element if your photos is your expression and how your personality shines through. Think about how you see yourself and how others see you and how you want to be perceived. I suggest you stand in front of a mirror and practice your look. Notice how slight changes in expression look and feel. It is helpful for actors to put yourself in a role you are suited to and act it out in the mirror. To get a genuine smile think of things make you smile inside.
Clothing: The key is to wear clothes you love to wear. Comfortable and flattering your best features. Bring several shirts in ranging from neutral and subdued colors, and something that reveals your personality. Solids and simple necklines are best. I recommend having garments professionally pressed. If you want full body shots, pressed pants and clean shoes are a must. Women should bring different undergarments to accentuate colors and necklines.
Make Up: Whether you hire a makeup artist or apply your own, begin with a cleansed and moisturized face. I do not recommend using metalic or glittery make up. For extra care, get a facial two or three days before your session.
Hair: Make sure it is very clean and do not add too much product. Bring what you need and add more in the studio if necessary. If you are getting a haircut or new style, plan it no less than one week prior to shoot.
Facial Hair: Men need to watch for unruly brow, nose and side burn hair. I recommend a clean shaven look, but if you want some shots with facial hair, you may bring your razor and do some shots both ways.Women should pay extra attention to eyebrows.
Eyes: Bring redness removal drops.
Glasses: Make sure they sit on your face straight.
Lips: Lip conditioning is essential. If you have dry lips, put it on all day long before the shoot.
Jewelry: It is not recommended for Actors Headshots. Simple is best for most others.
Music: Your favorite upbeat playlist, designed to relax while keeping your energy and mood elevated.
Comfort: If you are nervous about getting your picture taken, practice facial expressions and body language in front ofmirror. Eat something light, shoots last 2-3 hours.
The Day Before: DO NOT drink alcohol or smoke the night before the shoot. Even if you feel fine the morning after partying, your face will be puffy, your skin will appear dull, and your eyes will lack the spark to make your photos exceptional. DO drink lots of water, moisturize your face, and get lots of sleep.