Preparing for your headshot session with Folrev Photography

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I recommend that you begin preparations a couple of days before your shoot. Properly planning for the session will reduce your stress, and you’ll have a better time. Your photographs will also look a lot nicer than if you only “wing it."

1. Clothes

The clothing you wear is an expression of your personality—your photos will reflect this. My recommendation for selecting garments is to make them as simple as possible while maintaining your personal style.

  • Solid colors are preferable.
  • Avoid patterns, as they may be distracting. 
  • Start simple: a shirt or blouse, then add layers.
  • Bring a few changes of clothing to the shoot.
  • Make certain your clothes are fully ironed before the shoot. Wrinkles in garments are tough to Photoshop out. Don’t expect us to try to this.
  • Cover your shoulders.
  • Simplify your jewelry

2. Hair

  • Bring a brush and a few hair products (gel/hairspray) with you to the session to help calm fly-aways.
  • Women may begin the shoot with their hair down, and towards the end of the session put their hair up (in a ponytail etc.)for a more relaxed look.
  • If you want, hire a hair stylist for the duration of the session, or immediately before the session. There are many hair salons within 100 yards of the studio. Make sure they understand you want your hair styled, not cut!

3. Makeup and Face

FOR MEN AND WOMEN

  • Leave your colored contacts at home and bring only clear contacts with you. Colored contact lenses will look terribly faux. Bring eye drops with you.
  • If you wear glasses, and contacts are not an option for you, please note that I can’t guarantee reflection-free photos of your glasses. I know tricks to minimize the reflections, and most of the time it becomes a non-issue, but not always. It depends on the glasses—their curvature, their thickness and their reflective treatment. If possible, check with your optician to borrow/adapt a frame without lenses for your headshot session.
  • You may hire a makeup artist for the duration of the session, for initial makeup and subsequent touchups. Please let us know in advance if you are choosing to do so!

FOR WOMEN: Keep it light!

  • Start with a natural foundation. Use just enough to hide any blemishes.
  • Build the makeup application as you go. You may add eyeshadow and darker lipstick later in the shoot.
  • Bring your makeup to the shoot, and possibly your moisturizer in case your skin becomes dry.
  • The night before your headshot, you may want to brush your lips delicately with your toothbrush to get rid of any dead skin.
  • Don’t have any aggressive beauty procedures right before your shoot, including facial peels, tanning, injection or exfoliating. Your skin will look irritated in your photos.
  • Get rid of any unwanted facial hair about three days before your photo session.

FOR MEN

  • For a talent headshot: Shave right before going to the session. A five o’clock shadow can’t be removed easily. Use cooling gel or aftershave to prevent skin irritation.
  • If you are concerned with skin blemishes, feel free to use a little foundation.

4. Actor Headshot: Practice!

  • Almost everyone has a better side! Before the shoot, examine your face in the mirror and find the side you prefer.
  • Similarly, almost everyone has a smaller eye. Typically, I will want to have this eye closer to the lens.
  • • Try different facial expressions in the mirror. Do you look better stoic or perky? Laughing or surprised? Happy or concerned? Compassionate or confident? I hope to capture many of your distinct facial expressions throughout the session.

5. Throughout the Headshot Session

  • We have Pandora and online radios! Ask for the music you prefer during your session in the studio. This can ease some tension you may be feeling.
  • Follow my direction, even if it may sound stupid or unnatural at times. I know the most effective poses and the ones that will work best with the shape of your face.
  • Relax! Headshot sessions should be fun. Don’t be afraid to let your guard down.
  • Don’t force your smile. It will look awkward (and your cheeks will be sore once the session is over.) If you're too nervous to smile, here is the right way to fake it: leave a little space between your teeth when smiling, enough to insert the tip of a pencil. Slightly squinting with the lower lids of your eyes will also make your smile more confident and natural.

6. After the Session

Not only do photographers have completely different shooting styles, but they also have different editing styles too. My style generally is to keep things clean and natural, but I will adapt to your needs:

  • Do you wish to have any imperfections removed in Photoshop? Some folks like everything to be cleaned up in their headshots. (Freckles, moles, scars etc.…) Whereas actors, actresses, and models must be aware that casting directors need to examine any imperfections or characteristic marks they have. This shouldn’t be confused with blemishes or other minor skin problems. Regardless, make sure you have this discussion with me. It is a normal discussion to have.
  • “Can you Photoshop this… or this…” Well, that depends. Each photo is completely different and Photoshop is a fantastic tool, but not an easy one. Something that may seem simple can be very time-consuming, or vice versa. Again, make sure you have your questions answered. If you do want any major editing done, please keep mind that it will be charged accordingly.
  • Keep in mind that as a photographer I spend more time editing than shooting. Please allow 1 day to receive your photo(s). If you want major photo editing work done, expect a longer delivery time.

Hopefully, this guide will help you prepare for your time in front of the camera, and will make your experience more pleasant and relaxed!