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"Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art."
Ansel Adams

Man Fixing Dress Shirt

“I've never taken a photograph of someone and created a persona; I've just discovered what was already there.”

― Anthony Farrimond

Woman Getting Ready

You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.
-Joan Miro

Eyebrow Makeup

“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”
― Yves Saint Laurent

Makeup Palette

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”
― Gwyneth Paltrow

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What to Wear

  • Think about the purpose and reason you are getting a professional Headshot and match your clothing to that purpose.  You wouldn’t wear a suit and tie if you are a football coach or plumber and conversely, you wouldn’t wear shorts and a t-shirt if you are a corporate attorney.  Dress to your purpose.

  • Solid colors are best with minimal and simple patterns being ok

  • Decide, along with your Photographer, on what colors not to wear as to avoid blending in with the chosen background-color

  • Avoid turtlenecks as they create a squished look on the face

  • Have your clothes freshly cleaned and pressed

  • Let your Photographer know how many changes of clothes you want.  This will help the Photographer time the shoot correctly.

  • Should you wear your glasses during a Headshot session?  Well, the answer is probably yes especially if you wear them all the time. Afterall people may not as readily recognize you without them.  The challenge is glare – reduce the chance by making sure to have them super clean.  The Photographer can offer the same professional cleaning fluids that are used on his camera lenses.  I get this from my Ophthalmologist.  Glare is not easily removed in post-production.  In either case, I usually take the images with and without glasses and along with the client choose the best results. You’ll have options!

HINT:  "Consider getting an inexpensive pair of sunglasses or readers that mimic the look of your regular

glasses and pop the lenses out"...

  • Get rested the night before.  A tired and fatigued subject really does translate into the results.

  • Avoid getting a haircut just before your photoshoot

  • Drink plenty of fluids to be well hydrated

  • Once dressed keep clear of any pets – with modern super high-resolution cameras stray hairs are easily depicted

  • Headshots of North Phoenix provides no-cost editing to smooth out wrinkles, blemishes, whiten teeth and other subtle adjustments.  Let your photographer know if you don’t want these services.

  • Relax and make this a fun event and communicate any expectations you may have with your Photographer. Schedule enough time so that you are not feeling rushed.

  • Wear clothes that are comfortable, fit well and that make you feel good and look your best.


HINT:  "Bring your previous Headshots or sample

Headshots with you so we can get

your photoshoot dialed in"...


What to Wear - Men

  • The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt, and tie

  • For a casual business look consider a jacket and no tie or a shirt and tie with no jacket or dress shirt on its own

  • Polo shirts are good when it specifically represents your workplace and culture

  • It's best to avoid the "Casual Friday" look.  Dress at the higher level of formality normal for your workplace

  • Choose a shirt color that is generally darker than your skin tone 

  • Avoid a plain white dress shirt when worn on its own

  • If possible, avoid wearing the same clothes you are wearing for the session in the car on the way over.  Bring your clothes on a hanger and change after you arrive

  • Avoid shaving immediately before the session to minimize any skin irritation


What to Wear - Women

  • Avoid big prints and busy patterns - simple is better

  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring various colored blouses - ideally darker than your skin tone

  • The focus is placed on the face so be stylish and fashionable but don’t overdo it

  • Sleeveless tops and dresses can draw attention away from your face and should be avoided

  • Jewelry should be simple, small and non-distracting

  • Unless you wear multiple facial piercings in your work the best advice is to avoid them

  • Keep jewelry extremely simple - small is better.  The idea is not to distract from your face

Note: "To avoid a “Shiny” face your photographer

will have matte powder available if needed...


  • Matte lipstick achieves the best result, lip liner helps define lips. Don't overdo it

  • Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle, glitter or shine in foundations, blushers, and lipsticks

  • To avoid a “Shiny” look use a Matte finish powder

  • Avoid frosts or overly bright colors as they can detract from your natural beauty

  • Don't get a fresh hair cut just before the shoot (you may want to let it grow-in a bit or get used to styling a new cut)

  • Do not try/use any new products on your hair, face, or body the day before or a few days before your shoot. In case you have a bad reaction to the product

  • Professional make-up is generally not needed.

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