January 20, 2021

Top Tips for Preparing for your Modeling/Acting Headshot Session

Photography

How to Prepare for your Perfect Picture


There are several ways that you can focus on preparing for your perfect picture. By preparing appropriately, you can improve the outcome that you can expect from your photoshoot and make the most of your time with us. You can prepare effectively by carefully choosing your clothing, getting a makeup artist, knowing your angles, and taking several other steps. When you need to take headshots, preparation can make all the difference in the result. At Boswell Photography, we work closely with you to ensure that you can obtain the perfect picture to meet all of your requirements.


Avoid Wearing White

When picture day arrives, it will be important to carefully choose your clothing. Avoiding white is often an important way to achieve the ideal outcome for your photos. When you wear white, the bright color can often wash you out and detracts from your appearance in the photos. In addition, the nature of white means that it is a color that will reflect light back into the camera. Ultimately, this will result in your clothing standing out more than you do in the picture, which is not the aesthetic effect that you want. If you insist on wearing white, you will want to ensure that you layer color on top of the white to minimize its impact.


Choose a Character

Your headshots are often used to help you get a role or land a job. In order to optimize this approach, you will want to consider what your character type is. What character roles would you most likely be cast as in a movie or production? You will then want to design your outfit, style, and overall look accordingly. This will help you to optimize the impact that your perfect picture will have. 


Hire a Makeup Artist

When you are preparing for your perfect picture, you will want to ensure that you look your best. A makeup artist has the expertise to ensure that your makeup presents the most gorgeous, natural appearance for your photoshoot. When you work with a makeup artist, you will put your best face forward, which can greatly enhance your finished product. This includes men, in addition to women. Everyone should look their best when preparing for a photoshoot.


Get Familiar with your Angles

You’ve been taught that it’s vain to spend too much time studying yourself in the mirror, but this is exactly what we want you to do to prepare for your photoshoot. When you know your angles, you will be able to pose appropriately and create the ideal image that you desire for your headshots. Consider which side of your face you like the most. It can also be useful to determine what looks better with your particular face structure. Practice posing with your chin tilted up, tilted down, to the side slightly, or in any other angle that you think of. This will go a long way toward improving your final outcome and achieving the effect you are wishing for. When you are getting a headshot, you are essentially modeling your face to the camera. By practicing beforehand and learning about your angles, you will ensure that you are comfortable doing so and know what works best for you.


Use a Variety of Expressions

Using a variety of expressions can be extremely useful in improving the impact of your photos. You don’t want to be using the same expression in each photo. By practicing a variety of expressions, you can convey your versatility and better market yourself. A headshot session is generally intended to provide you with variety. You will be able to get multiple different looks and even some outfit changes. In order to optimize this, it will be important to ensure that you are also practicing multiple facial expressions. Try taking one with a smiling expression, another with a serious expression, and even one with a “moody” expression. This will also give you more options regarding your headshots.

Avoid Bold Patterns and Colors

As mentioned previously, the clothing that you choose will have a significant impact on the aesthetic that you will achieve. When you wear colors that are too saturated, they will be distracting. With headshots, the aim is to frame your face. You don’t want to wear anything that will diminish this impact. In order to provide the ideal appearance, you will want to choose an outfit that has muted or pastel colors. You should also avoid clothing that has patterns or any other flashy aspects, such as sequins or particularly shiny materials. You don’t want outfits that will distract or take anything away from your face.


Schedule Appropriately

The last thing you want is to be distracted by pressing engagements while you are trying to get the best headshots. Ensure that you schedule your photoshoot at a time that works well for you. The headshot sessions are an hour-long, so you will want to expect this when you are scheduling your shoot. Not feeling rushed can go a long way toward reducing problems and ensuring that you achieve the ideal outcome during your shoot.


Learn what to Expect

When you know what to expect, you will be able to prepare appropriately for your photoshoot. At Boswell Photography, we focus on providing a comfortable, easy-going experience. You can be confident that we will ensure that you get the best shot for you during your session with us. We will work closely with you to gain the ideal outcome for your particular situation.

These preparatory steps can go a long way toward improving your outcome. When you prepare for your photoshoot, you will be able to minimize problems, such as wearing clothing that will detract from your appearance. When you work with us at Boswell Photography, you can achieve the ideal headshots to meet all of your needs. For more information about the best ways to prepare for your photoshoot, contact us at Boswell Photography today!