HIGH-END HEADSHOTS AND PERSONAL BRANDING PHOTOGRAPHY FOR MONTANA PROFESSIONALS, BUSINESS OWNERS, ENTREPRENEURS, ARTISTS, ACTORS, MODELS, MUSICIANS, REALTORS, GRADUATES, JOB SEEKERS AND GO-GETTERS.
STAGE, THEATRE, JUST STARTING OUT, EXPERIENCED ARTISTS
Branding photography for Artists? Yes! Whether you are just getting started or a seasoned actor looking to rebrand your theatrical image – each session is designed to go above and beyond just your typical Actor Headshot. Strengthen your auditions and increase your bookings with photography that will stand out in the sea of other headshots on a casting director’s table.
As a model, you want your modeling portfolio to be up-to-date with your latest looks. That is what casting directors, agents, and clients will look at to choose you or book you. It is your responsibility to ensure you update your modeling portfolio because outdated images are not useful in the modeling business. If you have undergone a recent transformation, such as a change in your hairstyle, weight or height changes, or a new tattoo, you need to ensure you get new pictures for your portfolio.
ALL INDIVIDUAL HEADSHOT SESSIONS INCLUDE
• HIGH-END RETOUCHING • ADVANCED COACHING AND DIRECTION
• INSTANT REVIEW OF IMAGES VIA COMPUTER • WARDROBE EVALUATION AND SELECTION
WHAT TO WEAR:
I really like everyone to have around 3 to 5 different options for clothing. For headshots, you’ll really just need to concentrate on the top half of your body, so waist up. Rule #1: You have to love it! If you don’t feel comfortable in it, you won’t shoot well while wearing it.
People always ask me what colors are best, and I really don't have a hard-and-fast rule about it. It's better for me to get a visual of something, so I suggest bringing a wide variety of colors. That being said, I’ve found that in most cases, conservative solid colors tend to look best on camera. Jewel tones usually look great on everyone, as do black and grey. Pastels and lighter colors tend to wash out, but I certainly have shot many great headshots with light colors, so if you love it, bring it. Don't be seasonal; everything from t-shirts and tank tops to sweaters and light jackets can work. I love textures and layers, but I would generally stay away from crazy patterns or busy prints.
If it's not in the studio, we can't shoot it, so if you find yourself questioning whether or not something will work just bring it along. I also suggest having some fun with this, if you feel your wardrobe is missing something then go shopping and we'll keep the tags on it and you can return the items you don't want to keep after the shoot. Also, no need for lots of jewelry or accessories, Ladies. This is about your face, not your bling. Small stud earrings are ok but necklaces are usually too distracting. That said, if big sparkly jewelry is your thing, bring it! :)
If you're wearing a jacket and tie I suggest bringing at least 2 different options for jackets, 3-4 shirts, and at least 4 ties. A bad tie can really ruin an otherwise awesome headshot but it's hard to describe what makes a good tie so I just ask you to bring a lot of choices and I can usually pick out 1 or 2 that work best. Solid color ties are usually my preference but ones with small patterns and textures can be great too. For jackets, the fit is key - tailored or slim-fitting jackets are the best, and avoid the kind with shoulder pads. For dress shirts that will be worn with a tie and jacket, they must be solid colors - white, cream, light blue, light pink, light purple, light grey.
HAIR MAKEUP AND SHAVING:
Please arrive with your makeup and hair ready to go how you normally do it. You are welcome to have your hair and makeup professionally done if you would like to but it’s not required.
Here are some helpful tips for a great makeup look for headshots.
- Liquid foundation always looks better than powder.
- Keep the lip color close to your natural lip color or 1 shade darker and GLOSSY—no matte lipstick.
- No visible hard-edge lip liner.
- Go easy on the blush or bronzer.
- Keep eyes looking defined but natural.
- Soft blended eyeliner.
- No hard-edge liquid eyeliner.
- Neutral-colored eyeshadow is usually best.
- BLEND BLEND BLEND UNTIL YOU BLEED! 😜
- No lines of demarcation or heavy, smoked-out eyeshadow.
- No false eyelashes—unless you are used to wearing them and know how to correctly apply them.
- Wear mascara and curl your lashes.
- Make sure you shave well the morning of your session. Dark or messy 5 o'clock shadows are nearly impossible to remove with editing, so take the time to shave well before your come. If you want a little scruff, that is just fine and if you have a full beard (or whatever) that is great too - just make sure your edges are nice and clean and look how you would like to present yourself to the world. If you would like to get some shots with and without facial hair, feel free to bring your grooming products with you and we can have you shave halfway through your session.
For hair, style it how you would normally do it on a good hair day. Hairstyles are extremely personal, and you know how you like to wear it best. You want to look like YOU in your headshot and hair is a big part of that. If you would like to do photos with your hair up AND down, arrive with your hair down and bring the supplies you need to tie it up. We'll do hair-down photos first and end with hair-up photos.
If you need a haircut, I encourage you to get one before your session but not the day before. At least 2 or 3 days prior. If you color your hair and need to touch up your roots, I encourage you to do so as well. If you have long hair, especially thick, heavy long hair, you might consider putting it up in a ponytail or bun for your headshot. Hair up usually draws even more emphasis to the face which is great for headshots. If you want to stop by your usual hair salon/stylist and have your hair blown out or styled on your way to the session that is always a great decision.