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Styling can have a big impact on your Headshot, so getting it right can be crucial. Here, we offer some tips, advice and ideas to give your headshot a boost before we've even pressed the shutter button on the camera...
Tips & Advice For Women
Choose an outfit that has a classic look; you shouldn't be able to tell what decade it is in the photo - We recomend bringing two to three different outfits or just tops for a bit of variety. Try to avoid distracting patterns or unless you can layer with a jacket or blazer. This applies to stark white shirts too. Clothes should be well fitted, baggy clothing can create unwanted creasing and is generally unflattering!
Necklines can drastically affect the look of a headshot. For business headshots try to avoid excessively low necklines such as the 'Strapless Sweetheart' and the Spaghetti Strap, as well as high necklines such as the 'Turtle Neck' and 'Cowl'. 'U-Neck', 'Square Neck', 'V-Neck' and 'Sweetheart' necklines usually work best. Actors have a little more choice as casting agents and directors are looking for a variety of different looks.
In terms of jewellery, small and classic usually work best and stand the test of time, rather than large, flashy items that can distract from the face. As a general rule for business headshots, earrings shouldn't dangle more than an inch or so from the earlobe.
How much is too much makeup for a headshot? Everyone has a different preference but we would advise to not use heavy/dark lipsticks as it can distract from the real star of the show - your eyes.
Skin blemishes, spots and shadows under the eyes (if you hadn't got enough sleep before the shoot!) can be photoshopped out. Unless specifically requested, we don't remove permanent features, only temporary blemishes and/or signs of tiredness.
We have access to a fantastic professional makeup artist who can do just your makeup (£79) or Hair and Makeup (£99), or of course you are welcome to do your own makeup - its all down to personal preference and budget.
Tips & Advice For Men
Whether you're wearing a formal suit, or a smart/casual look, always think classic and timeless. Wear a suit that fits well, baggy fits are not flattering. Dark coloured suits definitely work best - grey or navy blue always look great, although avoid patterns which can have a 'moire' effect on the camera. If you're going for a completely formal look, pick a tie that matches with your shirt. Try to avoid, silky, shiny ties that can reflect light and become distracting.
If you want to go shirt only try to avoid white and bright colours and go for classic darker tones - white/bright coloured shirts break the golden rule: don't distract from the face!
If you have a beard, trim it evenly so its nicely groomed. If you're going the clean-shaven route, get a good shave before your headshot session. Darker beards tend to be accentuated in photos - trim it well so its not too thick.
You've Got This!
While all these do's and dont's may seem daunting, do remember to not take it too seriously and we are proud to offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere during our headshot sessions!
You're now ready to book your headshot session.