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The best way to prepare is to get a good night’s sleep, drink plenty of water, eat heathy and breathe deep. Arrive early with an expectation of having a good time. You will do great.
We are a team and I have your back.
We will be shooting at my studio in the Byward Market at 1 York Street, 3rd Floor!
It’s your story so bring what you love. Our focus is shoulders and up, so bring a variety of tops. Solid bold colours with simple necklines work best. Be sure to bring some classic whites, greys and blacks as well. Add a mixture of professional and casual, funky and cool, layers and textures. Try to avoid loud patterns, baggy or loose clothing, really high collars, and anything wrinkled - unless, of course, these things define who you are! Just be you.
If you are going for a business look, I suggest bringing at least 2 different options for jackets, 3-4 shirts and at least 10 ties. Well-tailored or slim-fit jackets (without shoulder-pads) work best. If you normally wear a tie, bring lots with solid colours or small patterns as these tend to work best. For dress shirts that will be worn with a jacket and tie, I highly recommend solid colours (white, cream, light blue, light pink, light purple, light grey). Shirts worn with a jacket but no tie can easily have a some texture or pattern.
Pro tip: I can't shoot it if you don't bring it.
Ladies, please arrive with your makeup and hair ready to go how you normally wear it. If you prefer, we can arrange for a professional Hair and Makeup Artist to help you prior to your shoot, but this is not required.
A fresh, natural classic look works best for headshots - less is more, and we can always add as the shoot progresses. If makeup was your voice - think "whisper" not "shout". Here are some awesome makeup tips for a great headshot:
Things to avoid!
If you really want a more dramatic style, all good. Bring what you need and we can get this done once we get the natural look covered.
If your don't normally wear any makeup, that's cool too! I do recommend a facial moisturizer of some kind so we don't have any dry skin issues. And if you tend to have oily skin, I have a wonderful product that we can put on you to cut the shine if need be.
Clean dry hair done the way you normally wear it (on a good hair day) works best. Hairstyles are extremely personal and only you know how you like to wear it best. If you need a haircut or colour touch-up, please be sure to get this done at least two or three days before your headshot session. If you have long hair, we will likely shoot some with you in a ponytail, so bring what you need.
If you prefer, we can arrange for a professional Hair and Makeup Artist to help you prior to your shoot, but this is not required. You could also schedule a quick stop by your usual hair salon/stylist and have your hair blown-out or styled on your way to the session!
For those shaving, make sure you shave well the morning of your session. If you want a little scruff or have a full beard, that's cool too - make sure your edges are nice and clean! If you would like to get some shots with and without facial hair, feel free to bring your grooming products and you can shave part-way through your session to get some different looks.
And be sure to pluck or trim any pesky chin, nose or ear hairs.
If you prefer, we can arrange for a freelance Hair and Makeup Artist to help you 30 minutes immediately prior to your shoot. Simply indicate you would like a Hair and Makeup Artist for your shoot when booking and the artist will contact you directly to explore your preferences and offer guidelines to get you fully prepared.
There is an extra charge for the Hair and Makeup Artist of $100/hr (one hour minimum), paid directly to the artist. As always, HST is included, no up-sells and no hidden fees.
Done right they give tons of personality. They can also be terribly distracting. To best tell your story, bring a range of options from nothing to everything. Small earrings with no other jewelry are great for a clean professional look. Showcasing a more funky vibe would take more.
If you wear glasses, bring every pair. Some coatings do better under the lights then others. Shades are cool too.
Yes, there is homework. Here are a few YouTube videos by my friend and mentor Peter Hurley that I encourage you to watch before your session.
Practice these moves before you arrive (yup, there's a test). We will use all of these magic moves during our session.
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