Preparing for a Headshot Session: Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your Time in the Studio
Headshots are a necessity for actors, and there’s no denying that they can be stressful. It’s not just about looking your best when you’re in front of the camera, though. The time you spend preparing beforehand is crucial to how well the session will go.
We know you’re excited to get your new headshots done with the help of a professional photographer. Well, before you can head into the studio for your session, here are some tips and tricks to get the most out of your actor headshot session.
1. Get a good night’s sleep the night before.
You don’t want to go into this tired, so try not to eat too late or drink anything caffeinated the night prior. The photographer will be taking several shots of you in rapid succession, which can make anyone feel uncomfortable when they’re already exhausted from lack of restful sleep. Your best bet is going to bed early and getting up at least an hour earlier than usual on shoot day. This gives your eyes time to wake up without making them feel like they’ve been hit with sandpaper right off the bat! Also, remember that what you do (or don’t do) makes a difference.
2. Eat a healthy breakfast to avoid feeling lightheaded or nauseous during the session.
You want to avoid feeling lightheaded or nauseous when you’re sitting in front of that bright studio light for an hour or two. If this is something that’s happened before with previous photoshoots, then maybe eat some toast and drink water on the way over so you have fuel in your system by the time you get there. This ensures you’ll be ready physically as well as mentally because food gives us energy! Not only does good nutrition keep our bodies going strong throughout long days at work or school but also helps us maintain focus while we’re being photographed too – win/win!
3. Drink lots of water on the morning of your photoshoot to stay hydrated and prevent dry mouth from all that smiling!
Remember to drink a big glass of H20 before leaving for your photoshoot. Keeping ourselves hydrated is so important, especially when we’re going to be smiling in front of cameras all day long! You don’t want that classic tight feeling around the lips or throat from dehydration do you? No one does – so stay away from sugary drinks like soda and coffee because they can actually leave us dehydrated even though it’s something we crave while working up a sweat at dance rehearsal or running between classes during school hours. Instead, stick with water throughout the entire process and remember: if you go into thirsty, you’ll come out parched.
4. Bring snacks for when you get hungry during the shoot.
It’s okay if you’re slightly peckish while being photographed, but too much food in our stomachs can actually make us feel nauseous. The last thing we want is a wave of dizziness or lightheadedness because all that blood has been sent elsewhere! Instead, pack some healthy snacks like an apple, banana and handful of nuts so you’ll have something quick on hand when hunger strikes without having to stop everything right in its tracks – it’s not ideal to break mid photoshoot after all. We recommend bringing these items with about an hour before your appointment begins so they don’t go bad by sitting out at room temperature
5. Make sure you don’t wear anything too bold or busy.
You want to look back at these photos years from now and not cringe because of the outfit choices you made on the day! That said, it’s also important for us to avoid wearing white clothing in front of bright studio lights – this can create a weird halo effect around our bodies which isn’t flattering so be careful with how much skin is exposed when choosing what we’re going to put out there for everyone else to see! Also, another thing photoshop wizards are good at doing is removing pesky items like unwanted blemishes or marks that were present before snapping those shots – just don’t forget anything by making a checklist of what to bring and what not to bring before leaving our homes.
6. If you normally shave your facial hair, moisturise your skin before the shoot.
We all know that feeling of razor burn or itching around our necks after shaving which is why we should always apply some sort of balm to keep our complexions hydrated and clean – it’s also a good idea for those who don’t normally go with scruffy stubble on their chins because prepping our faces can make us feel more confident about how they’ll turn out in photos too! Make sure to pick up one designed specifically for sensitive areas like this area so as not aggravate any existing redness or dry spots from previous shaves either. This will help prevent cuts & nicks during makeup and hair too – and we don’t want to be bleeding all over the place during our photoshoot, do we?
7. Bring your own make-up artist or stylist to touch up before the shoot.
If you usually use a professional makeup artist for photoshoots, bring them along on the day of yours too! This way they can quickly run through any last minute things with you and ensure that everything is looking good – every little detail counts when it comes to these shoots because we don’t want our faces coming out all wonky in pictures later down the line right? Make sure to take some time at home beforehand doing brow maintenance if needed & remember: less is more! If nothing else, lip balm will do until our artist gets there so no one has reason not to show up feeling confident about how their face looks even without a drop of.
8. Do a full-body stretch to release any tension in the muscles.
This is especially important if we’re not used to being photographed as it can be a daunting experience for those who aren’t confident about how they look on camera! That’s why we should take some time beforehand and do a quick full-body stretch (it doesn’t need to last more than 15 minutes) so that all of our blood flows freely again because we don’t want anyone cramped up during their session either, right? It will also reduce muscle fatigue which could make us feel tired later down the line too. We’ll thank ourselves later when everything goes smoothly & stress levels are kept at bay throughout this entire process!
9. Wear clothes that makes you feel confident not uncomfortable.
It might sound obvious but it’s always worth mentioning because we want to look back at these photos years from now feeling good about how our body looked as well as what was on the outside too! We don’t need to go overboard here but wearing a nice blouse or shirt with some jeans is usually a safe bet – just remember to check out those outfit guides I mentioned earlier so no one feels underdressed during this whole process either, right? It will also help if we’re planning for an indoor shoot in case weather conditions aren’t perfect & staying dry throughout everything is another important factor which should be considered before leaving home. No one likes getting caught up in the rain & ruining their clothes so do your research beforehand to avoid any unnecessary drama later on too.
10. Create a pinterest board for inspiration.
Not only is this one of the best ways to get inspired when it comes to style but creating an inspirational board can also help us stay focused on what we’re trying to achieve too! Pinning images with clothes & accessories that match our personal tastes will make everyone feel like they’ve made more informed decisions about their final outfits (which could come in handy if you need anything else during your shoot). It’s all about getting into the mood before heading out, right? That means no one should be wasting time wondering how they’ll look either because everything has already been taken care of beforehand instead which takes some pressure off at least – and who doesn’t want that?!