Professional Photo Shoots

Written by Rylee Newton
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If you're getting your headshots done, there are a few basic things you need to know about professional photo shoots. Most photographers work for a flat fee, but you still don't want to waste any time during your photo session. The more you know about the whole process, the easier it will be for you to focus on getting the best possible photos for your headshot and other promotional purposes.

One of the first things you need to know about professional photo shoots is what to expect from hair and makeup stylists. If you're thinking about doing your own hair or makeup, you should seriously reconsider. This is your chance to make a lasting impression on casting directors and producers. The last thing you want to do is save money on the look of your most important feature--your face.

Be Yourself with Professional Photo Shoots

Most headshot photographers provide their clients with their own hair and makeup specialists. When you review a photographer's portfolio, you can point out different looks that appeal to you. This will help to give your photographer and his stylist an idea of what to go for in your photo session. It's a good idea to style your hair the way you normally wear it before you arrive for professional photo shoots. This helps to ensure that your hair stylists doesn't overdo it during your session.

Before you arrive for your photo session, it's a good idea to discuss your clothing options with your photographer. While most headshots are shot with black and white film, there are still clothing and coloring options that just don't work for some people. You don't want to wear anything that matches too closely to the background, or flushes out your face. It's a good idea to avoid anything that is too trendy if you want to use your photos for several years. You also don't want to wear new clothes because you may find them uncomfortable during longer photo shoots.

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