How to Prepare
for Your Photo Session

This preparation guide has some quick tips to help you prepare for your headshot and/or portrait session.


When it comes to clothing and our personal style, we each have our unique way of wearing them. That's why, as you prepare for your headshot, I suggest bringing a variety of tops or outfits that reflect your style and convey the message you want to send. Also, include some outfits or tops with texture as they add depth and dimension to your look.


We all love shiny things, but when preparing for your headshot, the jewelry should complement the outfit you are wearing, and depending on what type of headshot you are going for, it will drive the choice of jewelry. For example, a model or actress might choose not to wear earrings as it can distract from the face. While a business professional might have a set of pearls they like to wear. The jewelry should compliment the outfit and never distract from the face.

Hair and Makeup

I always recommend that if you want a haircut before the photo session, do it a week before the shoot so that your hair has time to settle. Also, select a style or cut that compliments you and that you know you love.

I recommend that you have your hair styled and makeup done by a professional; please make sure to convey the message that you are having a headshot or portrait session so that the mua knows how to prepare your hair and makeup. If you are doing your makeup, you want your makeup to embody your day look, lightly smooth out your skin, and enhance your beautiful features. Remember, heavy makeup is difficult to retouch and will not showcase you at your best in the photo. If you should have a breakout, don’t worry, I can fix it during the retouching process.

Hair for Men

If you want to have some scruff in your shot, grow it a few days ahead of time, so it settles into place. If you have a beard and mustache and want to capture a clean look, you may shave in the studio. Pay attention to places you might usually overlook. Also, remember to check your lips. If they are chapped, you might want to pick up some Chapstick a few days before and apply it daily to minimize the crack lips.

Other areas to look at before the shoot is your nose and ear hair, ensure your eyebrows look like you, and if you have a unibrow, unless it’s your look, get it taken care of a few days before the photoshoot.

Some Final Tips

Start hydrating 2 or 3 days before the photo session and stay out of the sun as much as possible to avoid sunburn. Remember, sunburn and chapped lips are extremely difficult to retouch. Ensure a good night’s sleep the night before to minimize puffiness and blackness under the eyes.

Layout the outfits you are bringing to the photoshoot the day before to minimize the stress of getting ready.

If you want to play a specific type of music during the photo shoot, let me know or bring it with you. I usually play soft music, but we can mix it up if you let me know.

During the session let me know if the Headshot Preparation Guide helped to prepare and how I can improve it.