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Tips For Your Headshot Photography Shoot

Headshot photography may be a daunting prospect to some people, especially if they are not used to having their photograph taken. There are a number of different things to consider when preparing for your headshot photo shoot to make sure your images are as good as possible...

Close-up headshot of female model


Wear clothing that is relatively plain, with simple, muted colours. The photos are about you, not your clothes, so you don't want to wear anything that is going to distract attention away from your headshot. Keep it simple and you can't go far wrong, and have a few alternatives to hand for a different look.


As with clothing, you don't want to wear any jewellery that is going to distract from your headshot images. Keep it simple and small, or even avoid jewellery altogether.

Hair and Make-Up

Hair and make-up should be kept simple, with the intention being for the headshot image to show the 'blank canvas' that can be adapted as necessary to the look of the particular role or job. For actors, actresses and models, the ability to demonstrate versatility is key.

Headshot Posing, Expressions and The 'Look'

Appearing natural in headshots is one of the most difficult things to prepare for. Your photographer will do everything they can to relax you, and lead you through various different poses to give a variety of different looks. You don't have to worry about what poses look best for you, or how to do something 'original', you will be guided through the process by your headshot photographer.

Another thing that photography head shot clients often worry about is whether they should be smiling in the images or not. Whilst this is down to a matter of personal taste, it really comes down to what you're comfortable with, and the type of look you're going for. We will discuss this with you before a single photograph is taken, and will take a variety of different expressions to see which work best for you.

The bottom line is, if you're relaxed, your head shots will look natural too - simple!