MY TOP 20 USEFUL HEADSHOT SESSION TIPS.

Thinking of booking a headshot session?

Do you have a session booked, but are confused about what to wear?

Are you looking to update your Linkedin profile?

Are you an actor or musician that needs new headshots or personal branding images?

Well, look no further guys.

I’ve compiled an extensive list of useful tips to prepare you for your headshot session. This guide is crammed full of great advice. The meat and potatoes. Bookmark it, return to it and use it as a reference. It’s full of information that will help you to get the most from your headshot session.

Here are my top 20 useful headshot session tips.

Click each link for the relevant article.

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #1 TRIM YOUR NOSE HAIR**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #2 GET YOUR HAIR CUT A FULL WEEK BEFORE THE SHOOT.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #3 MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #4 DRINK A GALLON OF WATER EVERY DAY!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #5 WEAR YOUR FAVOURITE FRAGRANCE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #6 LAY OFF THE BOOZE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #7 WORK WITH YOUR BEST SIDE**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #8 DITCH THE FAKE TAN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR WOMEN #9 SAY NO TO THE NECKLACE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #10 CONFIDENCE COMES FROM THE EYES**

**USEFEL HEADSHOT TIPS #11 APPROACHABILITY COMES FROM THE MOUTH**

••USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #12 EMPHASISE THE JAWLINE**

••USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #13 IF IT’S CONSIDERED A FAD…….IT MIGHT LOOK BAD!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #14 FORGET ABOUT THE CAMERA!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #15 WEAR CLOTHING THAT FITS YOU!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #16 DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR YOUR BRAND OR ROLE.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #17 MAKEUP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #18 SHOULD I WEAR MY GLASSES?** 

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #19 WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #20 DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE VALUE OF GETTING PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS!**

Andy

I’m a portrait photographer based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Specialising in creative and styled portraiture, fitness photography, headshots, and personal branding for actors, athletes and business professionals.

Book a session today.

www.andrewkatsaitisphotography.com

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USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS.

#17 MAKEUP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!

Should I invest in professional hair and makeup for my headshot session?

I would personally recommend using a trusted makeup artist for any portrait photography session. A skilled makeup artist can create the illusion of flawless skin, define the eyes and enhance facial features. Professional makeup will also help to keep re-touching and post-production down to a minimum.

Great makeup can make or break a photo!

But, before we go any further.

**THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO EXPERIMENT**

Remember your style.

Stick to your signature look, as you want to portray your personality in your headshot. In my last post, I discussed dressing appropriately for your brand or role. The same rules apply to makeup. Do you usually wear red lipstick? Natural face? Stick with the style of makeup for which you are known. Leave the experimental makeup to the realms of conceptual fashion and beauty. We can shoot that another day.

Here are a few tips should you want to do your makeup yourself.

  • Keep it real.

Your makeup should be an accurate representation of you and your brand. We’re looking for a good balance of clear skin and realism.

  • Pores.

Use a thin coating of foundation which still allows for natural skin texture. If too many layers of makeup are used in an attempt to better accentuate facial features, it will cover the pores and skin texture, resulting in flat, un-realistic looking skin.

  • Matte is your friend.

Steer well clear of shimmer and glitter, resist that urge! For party makeup, shimmer can look great, but for photography, use a matte finish. Whether it be eye shadow, cheeks, or face, remember matte will always look best.

  • Natural Look, not “Light”

It is more important to aim for a natural look than “light makeup.” Studio lighting has a way of reducing the impact of makeup, so you can afford to go a little darker with lip colour, mascara and eye shadow.

  • Colour of foundation.

Match the colour of your foundation to the natural colour of your skin in your neck and chest area. Resist the temptation to choose a shade which is darker than your skin tone. Oil-free matte will yield the best results in headshots but it can be difficult to apply correctly.

  • Oily Skin.

The best way to control oily skin is to use a blotter sheet. Mattifying gel (cream) is another option. It’s easy to apply and works well with the skin of all types and colours.

So, consider whether you should invest in professional makeup for your headshot session. Your headshots are an investment in yourself and your brand so spending a little more to achieve better results seems like a no-brainer to me.

If you do choose the professional option, be sure to confirm that your make-up artist is proficient in make-up specifically for photography. There is a big difference in ‘night-out’ makeup and photo-shoot makeup.

QUICK LINKS

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #1 TRIM YOUR NOSE HAIR**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #2 GET YOUR HAIR CUT A FULL WEEK BEFORE THE SHOOT.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #3 MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #4 DRINK A GALLON OF WATER EVERY DAY!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #5 WEAR YOUR FAVOURITE FRAGRANCE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #6 LAY OFF THE BOOZE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #7 WORK WITH YOUR BEST SIDE**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #8 DITCH THE FAKE TAN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR WOMEN #9 SAY NO TO THE NECKLACE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #10 CONFIDENCE COMES FROM THE EYES**

**USEFEL HEADSHOT TIPS #11 APPROACHABILITY COMES FROM THE MOUTH**

••USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #12 EMPHASISE THE JAWLINE**

••USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #13 IF IT’S CONSIDERED A FAD…….IT MIGHT LOOK BAD!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #14 FORGET ABOUT THE CAMERA!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #15 WEAR CLOTHING THAT FITS YOU!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #16 DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR YOUR BRAND OR ROLE.**

Andy

I’m a portrait photographer based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Specialising in creative and styled portraiture, fitness photography, headshots, and personal branding for actors, athletes and business professionals.

Book a session today.

www.andrewkatsaitisphotography.com

Find the content useful? Consider buying me a coffee at my ko-fi page.

USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS.

#14 FORGET ABOUT THE CAMERA!

That’s right!

I’ll let you into a little secret.

It’s not much of a secret actually.

It’s kinda obvious.

THE MOMENT YOU RELAX IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA, IS WHEN THE MAGIC HAPPENS!

It’s that simple.

When you can forget about the camera and start to be yourself, is when we’re going to start capturing you at your best.

‘But I hate having my picture taken’

‘The camera makes me nervous’

Don’t worry.

I got you.

We’re going to chat, have a few laughs, have a drink, do a handstand! Whatever it takes to get you to feel comfortable at your headshot session. I’m liberal with my time and I’m not going to pressure you by placing a constraint on it. So, let’s relax, get in the zone and create some killer headshots.

QUICK LINKS

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #1 TRIM YOUR NOSE HAIR**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #2 GET YOUR HAIR CUT A FULL WEEK BEFORE THE SHOOT.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #3 MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #4 DRINK A GALLON OF WATER EVERY DAY!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #5 WEAR YOUR FAVOURITE FRAGRANCE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #6 LAY OFF THE BOOZE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #7 WORK WITH YOUR BEST SIDE**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #8 DITCH THE FAKE TAN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR WOMEN #9 SAY NO TO THE NECKLACE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #10 CONFIDENCE COMES FROM THE EYES**

**USEFEL HEADSHOT TIPS #11 APPROACHABILITY COMES FROM THE MOUTH**

••USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #12 EMPHASISE THE JAWLINE**

••USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #13 IF IT’S CONSIDERED A FAD…….IT MIGHT LOOK BAD!**

Andy

I’m a portrait photographer based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Specialising in creative and styled portraiture, fitness photography, headshots, and personal branding for actors, athletes and business professionals.

Book a session today.

www.andrewkatsaitisphotography.com

Find the content useful? Consider buying me a coffee at my ko-fi page.

USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS.

#12 EMPHASISE THE JAWLINE

Have you ever seen the ten billion or so ‘selfies’ posted to social media every day that are taken with a mobile phone camera from a painfully high angle?

Of course you have.

Looks like the picture was taken from the top of the Empire State Building!

Every time I see one of those pictures, a little piece of me dies inside. I understand why people do it, to make the jaw look stronger and to eliminate the double-chin. The fact remains though, that high-angle selfie sucks, BIG TIME!

Did I just hear the whole of Instagram gasp?

Probably.

Why does it suck?

It sucks because we lose our background.

It sucks because we don’t want to be looking down on our subject.

What does looking down on someone imply?

The subconscious implication is that by looking down on someone they appear inferior and weak. The fore-shortening effect it has on the body looks silly. In our professional headshots, we want to be looking slightly up at someone to project the opposite. We want you to appear confident and powerful, rather than diminished.

So how are we going to achieve this?

I’m going to ask you to pull back your shoulders and jam your forehead towards the camera with your chin down and slightly out. It’s effectively stretching the muscles around your jawline and pulling your skin tight.

That’s it!

It might feel a little strange and un-natural but trust me THIS WORKS. It’s going to strengthen your jawline and get the very best from your face. Have you ever heard the expression ‘the camera adds ten pounds?’

This is how we take those ten pounds away.

Try it in the mirror.

We’re going to position the camera at chin height. Just slightly looking up at our subject to give that powerful viewpoint. Too low, and we’re looking up their nostrils. We don’t want that. The relationship between camera angle and focal length (lens choice) has a massive impact on portrait photography. It’s a subject that I will cover later.

So are you working that jaw?

Here’s a video by Peter Hurley that will show you exactly how to do this.

QUICK LINKS

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #1 TRIM YOUR NOSE HAIR**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #2 GET YOUR HAIR CUT A FULL WEEK BEFORE THE SHOOT.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #3 MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #4 DRINK A GALLON OF WATER EVERY DAY!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #5 WEAR YOUR FAVOURITE FRAGRANCE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #6 LAY OFF THE BOOZE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #7 WORK WITH YOUR BEST SIDE**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #8 DITCH THE FAKE TAN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR WOMEN #9 SAY NO TO THE NECKLACE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #10 CONFIDENCE COMES FROM THE EYES**

**USEFEL HEADSHOT TIPS #11 APPROACHABILITY COMES FROM THE MOUTH**

Andy

I’m a portrait photographer based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Specialising in creative and styled portraiture, fitness photography, headshots, and personal branding for actors, athletes and business professionals.

Book a session today.

www.andrewkatsaitisphotography.com

Find the content useful? Consider buying me a coffee at my ko-fi page.

USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS

#7 WORK WITH YOUR BEST SIDE

Do you have a preferred side?

Maybe you always part your hair to one side?

In my headshot sessions, I will always work with you to determine which is your best side. It’s important to establish this at the beginning of the shoot as it will allow me to adjust my lighting to better emphasise your stronger side.

It may seem an unusual fact, but the majority of human faces lack complete symmetry. Did you know that sixty percent of people are stronger on the left side of their face?

A study by Dr James Schirillo at Wake Forest University determined that the left side of the face is more attractive than the right! The results suggested that the left side had a tendency to exhibit greater emotion than the right.

Most people have one eye that is smaller than the other or a stronger jaw-line on one side.

Most of you will look better on your left side, some of you on your right side and occasionally straight on will be your best angle.

So whichever it is, let’s work on finding your best side.

I will figure out which side of your face is the strongest, but if you already know which is your best side, then you by all means let your headshot photographer know at the beginning of your session.

I’m guessing that you’re heading to the mirror now to scrutinise your face, sorry about that!

QUICK LINKS

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #1 TRIM YOUR NOSE HAIR**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #2 GET YOUR HAIR CUT A FULL WEEK BEFORE THE SHOOT.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #3 MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #4 DRINK A GALLON OF WATER EVERY DAY!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #5 WEAR YOUR FAVOURITE FRAGRANCE!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #6 LAY OFF THE BOOZE!**

Stay tuned for more useful headshot tips.

Andy

I’m a portrait photographer based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Specialising in creative and styled portraiture, fitness photography, headshots, and personal branding for actors, athletes and business professionals.

Book a session today.

www.andrewkatsaitisphotography.com

Find the content useful? Consider buying me a coffee at my ko-fi page.

USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS

#6 LAY OFF THE BOOZE!

Thinking of getting a little ‘Dutch Courage’ before your headshot session?

Any photographer worth their salt is going to put you at ease and coach you into getting the best from your photoshoot.

I’d recommend that you avoid all alcohol for up to a week prior to the shoot.

You want to look your best right? I think we’ve established this in previous posts, so here’s why you want to lay off the old ‘loud-mouth soup’ beforehand.

Alcohol dehydrates you and we’ve already discussed the benefits of well-hydrated skin in a previous post.

Drinking alcohol interferes with your sleep which means………..

It can make you look fatigued.

Poor quality sleep will give you dark circles under your eyes and your face might also appear bloated.

So, in conclusion, I’d recommend you abstain from alcohol for at the very least a few days before your headshot session.

QUICK LINKS

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #1 TRIM YOUR NOSE HAIR**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #2 GET YOUR HAIR CUT A FULL WEEK BEFORE THE SHOOT.**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS FOR MEN #3 MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #4 DRINK A GALLON OF WATER EVERY DAY!**

**USEFUL HEADSHOT TIPS #5 WEAR YOUR FAVOURITE FRAGRANCE!**

Stay tuned for more useful headshot tips.

Andy

I’m a portrait photographer based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Specialising in creative and styled portraiture, fitness photography, headshots, and personal branding for actors, athletes and business professionals.

www.andrewkatsaitisphotography.com

Find the content useful? Consider buying me a coffee at my ko-fi page.