Checklist for Shoot
- Read our article to get some ideas on preparing for your headshot session.
- Tops: Bring at least four choices for every look. It's best to bring extra options.
- Bottoms: For most headshots we rarely see below the belt - maybe a knee or something (unless we're going for a 3/4 or body shot.) So just a few options should do it. Make sure they go with what you're bringing. Again, since we're not seeing them think 'comfort'! (If it's hot - shorts, if it's cool - jeans.)
- Layers: Think about what each casting look might layer over things. Jackets, coats, sweaters, sweats, jean jackets, leather jackets or anything else you can think of.
- Favorite Shirt: Always bring your favorite or most complemented item of clothing (shirt, dress, whatever).
- Avoid: clothing that has stark, busy patterns or stripes with lots of contrast. Solids and subtle patterns work best and distract less. Avoid white unless you know it's a real winner for you. Pastel colors or medium bright colors work great for commercial looks while some neon 'too bright' colors just don't.
- Think: When you choose your wardrobe think about your casting. Be specific.
- Agents/ Manager notes:If they have specific ideas or requests bring them to the shoot.
- Casting: If you read my article on this bring any notes, tear-sheets, old headshots or any ideas you may have. If you're new and aren't ready for this yet, don't worry, We're here to help!
- Eye Drops/ Visine: A great way to help insure your eyes are clear and look great.
- Guy stuff: If you choose to come with facial hair and want to shave for a different look please bring your own shaving kit. (We have one here if you forget.) Also, don't forget to check for any unwanted nose or ear hair before you arrive.
- Some optional things to consider bringing:
- Music: Bring tunes that will inspire you. iPod's, CD's or whatever. We've got great tunes here too, and we're always listening to RadioParadise.com(our absolute favorite!)
- A Friend: Someone who you feel really comfortable with and who can make you smile like no one else. They can also help as an additional pair of eyes, keeping your hair in place among other things. Only bring this person if you're absolutely certain they will add to the shoot, obviously this is totally optional.
- Jewelry: Only subtle or casting specific jewelry. Remember, it's about you.
- Eye Care: If you wear contact lenses make sure to bring all the accessories.
- Eyeglasses: A good accessory for some, not for everyone though. 'Glare resistant coatings' are a must unless removing the lenses. If the lenses can be removed do so before the shoot and wear contacts instead. We can also assist in removing the lenses here if you like. This works very well with still images.
- Some wardrobe possibilities:
- Just in case you're still struggling for ideas!
Corporate/Professional look: Suits, jackets, dress shirts. Men: ties sell the look. Ladies: Camisoles are great with jackets.
Commercial look: Sporty short sleeved shirts, sweaters, layers (T-shirts w/ jackets, etc.) Pastel colors work great. Think warm and approachable.
Theatrical look: Medium to dark tones emphasize the face, avoid patterns. Textures are always great. Pick clothes that emphasize the "casting" you're marketing yourself for. Be creative. Be specific.