Those are the most commonly asked questions.
What should I wear?
Solid colors, something simple that will not distract from your expression. No jewelry - no earrings! Avoid red tops. If wearing a collared shirt, make sure it fits well around the neck: not too big, and not creating creases. Women should avoid strapless tops, we want the headshot to make sure you're wearing something!
Do I need makeup?
Men do not need make up, just have a clean look, but natural (no eyebrow plucking). For women, it should be a very natural looking make up. No eye liners. No over-plucking your eyebrows.
I highly recommend professional makeup for women (again, very natural). I work with a makeup artist that I can include in your package for a reasonable price.
What is basic retouching and advanced retouching?
With basic retouching, I remove most blemishes while still leaving the skin looking like real skin (not rubber). I also remove the pieces of equipment you'll see in the straight-off-camera shots, they're always there (because the light is right on your face, yep).
Advanced retouching includes removing elements such as pieces of hair in the wrong spots, or changing a piece of the clothing, and things that require precise selection such as adjusting background color.
Is there anything I should do before the headshot session?
Not really, but you should be relaxed and rested. Avoid too much or too little sleep, so you don't have bags under your eyes. Don't overpluck your eyebrows, they should look very natural.
What to expect during the headshot session?
You're working with me. We're both trying to figure it out, your best expressions, you talking through your eyes. Let's make it as easy as possible, let's go with the flow. I'll be looking at what works and what doesn't, and I'll guide you.
For actors: you're creating, I'm directing. Let me direct you, but give me what you got. Let's have fun with it.
If you have an mp3 player with songs that inspire you, that pump you up, bring it.
Don't bring anyone that will be present during the session, we will work better if we're communicating one-on-one here, just you and the camera. Parents, if your child is shooting, it's best if you can step aside and watch from distance.
At some point, depending on what package you got (if there's more time included in your session than the most basic package), you'll be able to see your shots and we may discuss what works and what doesn't, before moving on.
We will work until we have material for what we need to accomplish. It may be quick or it may take longer. Life is a box of chocolates.
In case you haven't found the answer for your question please feel free to contact us, we will be happy to help you.