4 Tips for Making the Most of Your Headshot Session

I'm a big fan of doing mini-headshot sessions. They're high-energy, fast, and fun! I've got my lights, my camera, and my music pumping. Here are some quick tips for getting the most out of your headshots.

1: Make It Pop 

Professional hair and makeup are surefire ways to make your headshot pop, just make sure people will still be able to recognize you when they meet you in person! And don't be afraid to add some bling to your headshots. Whether it's chunky jewelry or a snazzy watch, these small accents can go a long way. When it comes to color, I'm a big fan of contrast. If people regularly say "that's your color," wear it! It most likely flatters your complexion or brings out the color of your eyes.

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2. Layer It Up

A great way to make the most of a handful of minutes is to dress in layers. Scarves, blazers, necklaces…these are all items that take seconds to change and can give you different looks for different occasions. And don't be afraid to test out small hair changes. Up, down, swept to one side. Go for it!  

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3. It's the Small Movements

When it comes to headshots, it's all about the small movements. Think about those models in a high fashion shoot…they aren't jumping all over the set for different poses. It's the slight tilt of the head, the glance to the left, a subtle lean in, the drop of a shoulder. I'll be there to help you with these subtle changes, but the key is to keep moving making small, quick changes. This will get you lots of options in a short timeframe. 

4. Don't Forget Your Personality 

Like the little orphan Annie said, "You're never fully dressed without a smile." While you can surely have the serious or GQ, no-smile shots, be sure to have some smiling. Smiles say that you are warm and approachable. After all, when you meet someone for the first time, you typically smile to send the signal that you're a friendly and welcoming person. Send that message in your headshots! Go ahead and laugh a little (or a lot) while you're at it. I always know a meeting is going well when there is laughter! And be true to your style and your industry. The occasion doesn't always call for a suit and tie.

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