So you’ve decided to invest in a photography session with a photographer to get quality head shots you can be proud and feel confident displaying them on your website, or on social media to promote yourself or your business. But maybe this is your first photo sessions, or your are a little nervous about it. Well, below you will find some helpful information on preparing for a photo shoot to help make you feel more at ease, and be ready a prepared, so that you can focus more on having fun and getting great photos!
First things first. Choosing the right photographer can make all the difference. Each photographer will have a different style, personality, and skills. So it is to review their portfolio, check out what they offer, and a what cost. Even better, if you can, talk to people who have worked with that photographer.
How to Prepare for the Photo Shoot
Plan you Photo Shoot
- Decide what kind of shoot you would like to do. Headshots can be done at a location, in a studio with various backgrounds and outdoor locations. Each involves some different planning.
- If an outdoor location is selection have a plan for if the weather does not decide to cooperate with you.
- For studio shoots, decide on what kind of background you would like. White and Black are the standard backgrounds, but others could also be available.
- For photoshoots at a location, make sure there is enough room for the photographer to set up their equipment and do the shoot.
Getting Ready for the Photo Shoot
How to Look Your Best!
- Consider getting your hair done, or getting a haircut close to the photo shoot.
- Choose the proper outfit that will work with where the photo shoot is being done.
- You might decide to get your makeup done. (A photographer might have some suggestions, or work with a make up artist.
- Brush you teeth for that bright smile 😊
- Make sure you outfits are ironed and clean.
- Avoid drinking alcohol and eating salty food the day before the photo shoot.
What to Bring
- Lint Roller, to be sure your clothes look their best.
- Bobby pins, headbands, hair ties, hair brush or comb, hair spray/gel, etc.
- Bring additional outfits. (Be sure to discuss with the photographer to see how many outfit changes are allowed).
- For those longer shoots, you should bring something to drink or snack on.