People often ask me what they should wear to their photo shoot. My answer is always the same: whatever you feel comfortable in. For me, I could honestly care less what you wear, because the most important thing you can bring to your session is You. If I do my job right, nobody will be looking at what you’re wearing because they won’t be able to take their eyes off your eyes. Their eyes may dance around the image, but ultimately they will land on your eyes again, as it’s the gateway to who you are.
Are you personable, fun, ready to do business, serious? Your eyes will reveal all! I take particular care with your eyes during and after your shoot. I tend to make some funny faces when I’m shooting – have no fear, that’s just me being critical and making sure your eyes are perfectly sharp – so sharp in fact, I hope to be able to see my own reflection in them in post.
After the shoot, again, my focus is on your eyes. I give everyone a little brightening underneath and in your iris to bring out the colors. I also remove some veins and wrinkles, but not everything – we’ve got to “keep it real”. If I take too much away many people will question when this image was taken, and people really want to see you for who you are, even if you are a few years older than in your last headshot. I like to say it’s you, just “refreshed”.
Some tips for your upcoming shoot…
- book your shoot in the morning, that’s when your eyes are at their freshest
- get a good night’s sleep the night before and
- use cool compresses in the morning when you’re getting ready (ladies, Sephora has some great eye compresses and masks you can leave in your fridge and apply in the morning, they really work!)
- if you have allergies, make sure you take your anti-histamine, allergies can really make your eyes puffy.
- Ladies, definitely wear makeup, even if you don’t normally. If you’d like a makeup artist for your shoot, just let me know, we can arrange for one for you!
- Blue eyes are more sensitive than darker eyes (because they have no pigment), and tend to be “veinier”. If you have blue eyes, you might want to use some Visine before the shoot.
- Finally, relax. We’re going to have fun! And you’re going to love your headshot.
See you in the studio!