How to prepare for a headshot? Some top tips

Are you in the process of looking to update your profile and need a new headshot? Have you wandered “how do I prepare for a headshot”? I have collected some “top tips” on the subject which I hope will be helpful when trying to find out the answer.

  1. Research the photographer

If you are going to organise the headshots yourself, start by researching the photographers. Google searches, ask friends for recommendations and make a shortlist of 2 or 3 photographers. Take a look at their website and ask for a quote.

In the quote ask the photographer to include, the price for the session, the price for the images, price for additional images, how many images are retouched and included, how many changes of clothes can you have, where is the session going to take place and how long it will take for the photographer to send you the final images.

Also ask whether they have any special deals for returning customers, which will mean that if they do you can have a new headshot done in the next 12 months as a top-up session rather than paying a full price.

If your company is organising the headshots for you, the photographer will have circulated some guidance on how to prepare for the headshots. Why not read it and see what it says? Perhaps have a look at the photographer’s website and see their work. If you like a certain look, save it and show it to the phoptographer on the day of the shoot.

2. What is the brief, make it clear to the photographer what you need the photos for? 

You have chosen your photographer and are happy with their style and their work. Make sure to have an initial phone conversation about the session and what you want to get out of it. Make your preferences clear in terms of style and colours and whether you are looking for a formal or informal style, or a personal branding type of setting which might be more suitable to you.

3. Write down the date, location and directions to the studio

It is obvious but having an idea of where to go for the shoot and how to get there, will be important. Arriving a little bit earlier too as you do not want to be in a rush, flustered or hot as it is likely that it will be showing in the photos.

4. Plan your outfit in advance

Hopefully during the initial chat on the phone with the photographer you will have discussed clothes and colour options.  It is a good idea to have a couple of options ready, such as a shirt, a jacket to wear on top and perhaps a third item.

Think about colours that suit you, but also the colours you want to have in the photograph and in the background.

5. Have your hair done, it will make a difference

It is important that you are happy with the way you look and the way your hair looks. Having your hair done or cut before the session, is generally a good idea.

6. Have a good night sleep

Sleep is the best when it comes to looking fresh and feeling relaxed. Do your usual skin care routine and have a couple of options for make-up ready to use on the day. I have some top tips on how to look after your skin in another blog here. 

7. Relax and enjoy  

Hopefully the photographer will make you feel relaxed and as natural as possible during the session. You may feel a little self-conscious and worry about your skin or hair or simply you don’t enjoy having your photos taken. Remember that the session is all about you and you should have some fun. It is the photographer’s job to help you relax and be yourself.

These are some top tips I have collected for “How to get ready for headshots”. The most important thing is to relax and enjoy.

To find out more about my headshot packages and how to book please see below.

Book a professional headshot today

If you like to book a professional headshot you can call me on 07934788100 or email me at photography@shimilimears.com

Headshot sessions are done in a relaxed and professional way, making sure you look and you feel your best.

In my home studio or on location

For professional headshots I am available in my studio in Tooting Bec where I have all the necessary equipment to produce beautiful images that will last and represent you in the most professional way. The space is wide and bright and I offer refreshments.

My studio is 5 minutes walk from Tooting Bec tube station on the Northern Line.

I can also set up studio in an office location for individuals or teams. I can take individual headshots and team group photos if that is desired.

For teams it is advisable that a slot is booked in everyone’s diaries in advance so that on the day all members of the team have the appointment in their calendar. I offer additional days for members of staff that might be absent on the day.

Let me know if you have any questions, I would be happy to answer.