Tips for a GREAT Studio Headshot…
Book a hair and makeup artist
I cannot emphasize the importance of having an exceptional hair and makeup artist present on the day of your shoot. To fill that role, I'm lucky enough to have found Rosie Hunter, the best in the biz, right here on Chicago's North Shore.
In fact, I'll put my money where my mouth is and give you 25% discount off your sitting fee if you book Rosie Hunter Artistry for our shoot.
The focus is on professionalism from the shoulders on up, so...
Less is good, none is best. Small studs are ok but people need to see your face no matter how small the thumbnails get. Hoops, necklaces and other sparkly things distract and interfere with that.
"A woman of your beauty has no need for such...decorations."
- Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (1991)
Makeup (If you do your own)
It’s best to arrive ready to rock. A fresh natural look is always a great choice but err on the side of boring at first since it's easier to add more than take away as the shoot progresses.
If you don't normally wear any makeup, just use a facial moisturizer to avoid a dry skin situation.
Lips are so important they get their own section (YLBB!):
Hair (If you do your own)
The focus is on professionalism from the shoulders on up, so a shirt & jacket combo(s) that fit well, particularly around the neck, are paramount. Bear in mind…
Hair (and other stuff)
Guys, we know we are simple creatures, so simply put:
If you are Non-Binary:
Just be you and own it. Pick and choose from any or all the tips above as you see fit and we will rock it from there.
Q: You've got a really fancy camera and bright lights, so why does it take so long to do a headshot?
This is NOT the DMV!
In fact, the quality of the headshot has very little to do with all the cool gear we'll be using.
Instead, it’s all about providing you a safe and welcoming environment that lets us work together to capture the moment when you're most confident, most approachable and looking your very best (and maybe even have a little fun while doing so).
This process requires a team effort which I'll talk more about when you arrive. As you'll see, it cannot happen in the time it takes to walk in front of a camera, say cheese and click a shutter button.
Q: I woke up this morning with a giant pimple. Can we reschedule?
A: No. Nothing leaves my studio unretouched, so acne and anything else that does not belong, including plaque psoriasis and/or most other skin conditions will be gone. Rosacea is a slightly different story because some people want it reduced instead of removed and I can do either. Permanent scars and/or moles will remain, though tastefully muted (if desired).