Everybody needs and wants a different amount of coaching when they shoot. It's okay if you're not sure how much you'll need or want. It's our job to find out, intuitively and by asking.
First, we'll make sure we’re on the same page, we have a good idea of what you are going for (like what kind of looks/headshots), and we agree on how to get there. We’ll plan out some clothing choices and some background and lighting choices. We’ll give you some tips for engaging the camera in general. We’ll do some test shots. We’ll take a look at the test shots and make sure you really like what’s going on there. We'llmake sure you’re fully covered in terms of having lots of great choices for now and in the future with your headshots. The most important thing we do is make sure you feel comfortable when we begin. The more comfortable you feel, the better you'll perform.
CLOTHING FOR THE SHOOT
Bring a lot of tops for us to choose from. Bring enough for each look you are shooting, even more if you’re bringing t-shirts or camis to layer underneath (you obviously won’t wear them all—but we need choices). Subtle, solid colors that aren’t too light are the best. Avoid super bold colors like bright red. If you have blue, green, hazel or other “bright” color eyes, bring tops that match your eye color to bring out the color of your eyes. Bring a pair of jeans that fit you well and aren’t torn or too distressed. Oftentimes that’s all you’ll need to wear. You really only need to bring other pants, skirts, etc. if you are shooting a business/industrial look OR if you have a more unique style or another idea in mind.
Bring your favorite clothes, the ones that make you feel attractive or special or important. Bring clothing that you love, stuff that says, “this is me; this is my look.” Oftentimes one of the best outfits we use is the one clients walk in wearing off the street and didn’t plan to use! That’s because it’s simply them. Bring different types of stuff. Vary the style and tone of your clothes. Bring clothes that fit perfect and are fresh and clean looking. If you don’t like most of your clothes or they’re in bad shape or don’t fit well, please go shopping! Save your receipt and return them if you don’t want to spend extra $$$.
Casual clothes are great. Don’t feel you have to be dressed up, unless that is your style or the look you’re going for.Avoid distraction: crazy patterns, crazy stripes, crazy styles and really loud colors are no good. Your clothes should never steal focus from your face.
Women: PLEASE bring a seamless, smooth bra that matches your skin tone very well. This way it will rarely show through.