Headshot Prep Guide

Preparation = Success

First, Consider your audience.

Whose attention are you trying to get? Hip startups? Hungry entrepreneurs? Old-school business conservatives? Someone's parents?  You get to decide, but whatever the case, be sure to bring clothing options that look the part.

Next up, plan your wardrobe and bring plenty of clothing options as you never know how things will translate in camera. Be sure to choose pieces you are comfortable in and feel great wearing.
Bringing too many options is far better than not enough. If you love something but it's not a perfect fit, don’t worry; we can pin or tape the back so it appears more fit.

Upon arrival we will discuss your options and I may have you try on a few different things to see what translates the best in camera. We will work as a team to make final decisions.  👍

Pro Tip: 

24 hrs before shoot day, drink hella water (your skin will thank you).

Did Someone say layers?

More often than not a layer can really round out an image. Jackets or blazers are a must; but a fancy scarf (if that’s your style) can really round things out as well. Got some other non-descript layer related items but are unsure if they will work? Rad! Bring em and we'll decide together. More is more!


If you want to play it safe, go with a neutral color palette. Neutral colors typically "just work" and translate nicely in a headshot. That being said, if your brand is more creative & artsy; or if you really just want to stand out; choose a color that pops and works well with your eyes, hair and skin tone.  If busy patterns are your thing—great! Bring em, but also bring solids and basics just in case.

Backup Plan

That “perfect piece” you brought might not translate exactly the way we'd hoped so it's always good to have a plan B! Bring simple alternatives like plain T’s, V-necks and/or tank tops. They often look great under a sports jacket for a more business-casual vibe.

On Shoot Day

Show up groomed with your supplies and any clothing options, then relax, the rest is fun! We'll adjust as we go and I’ll let you know what looks best “in camera.”

Things will move pretty quickly: I will coach you into your best angles and distract you with questions (and my bag of “dad jokes”) to keep your mind off of the camera. We will try a few different things to make sure the light and your angles are looking amazing.

I will capture a spectrum of vibes, expressions, poses, and ultimately you will decide which shot works best at expressing your personality / brand. You’ll also have a chance to preview your images during the session to ensure we’re in sync (not the band – first dad joke). The rest is history.

Shoot Prep Checklist

  • ✓ A minimum (+2) looks/styles.* More is more!
  • ✓ Layers, jackets, scarves, blazers, etc.
  • ✓ A range of jewelry & accessories if that's you.
  • ✓ chapstick & lip gloss
    *Headshots are from the waist up, so don’t worry if your pants don’t match. [insert joke about sweatpants here]


Remember, we’re in this together, so don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns. And layers. Remember layers.


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