Headshot Preparation Advice

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Steps to Prep

Headshot Preparation Advice

In my 2nd installment of Rock Your Shoot, I wanted to give an in-depth outline for what you should do the night before and morning of your shoot. This should answer any questions that you may have about what you need to do to be camera ready. My beauty team will be there during your shoot to prep and pamper you. There are a few key things you can do at home to make sure that you’re ready to go!

Your photo shoot is all about making you look and feel your absolute best! It’s important that you prepare your face and hair to be worked with during the shoot. I’ve teamed up with one of my beauty experts, Amie Decker to come up with this simple guide and tips. Whether this is a personal portrait shoot, headshot session, corporate photo, family photo, editorial shoot or wedding – these steps can and should be applied before all shoots!

I’ll let Amie take it away from here…

The Evening Before Your Photo Shoot

Amie's favorite skin regiment includes exfoliation products from Kate Somerville or Exfoliation Facial Sponges.

Amie’s favorite skin regiment includes exfoliation products from Kate Somerville or Exfoliation Facial Sponges.

Take the time to give your face and neck area a really good exfoliation the evening before your photo shoot (unless you got a spray tan).  After you exfoliate, put an ample amount of moisturizer on before you go to sleep.  Make sure it is a moisturizer that you have used long enough to know it does not irritate your skin

Moisturize and Apply Undereye Cream the night before!

Gently remove all eye makeup and apply an eye cream to your undereye area.

Exfoliate your lips and put a lip balm on them (either a lip exfoliator cream or a toothbrush works well).

Exfoliate your lips and put a lip balm on them (either a lip exfoliator cream or a toothbrush works well).

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Travis’ Input: You can shape up your eyebrows the night before, however if you’d like to get them waxed or threaded, be sure to get them professionally done a few days before your shoot so you don’t have any unnecessary redness or bumps.

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Travis’s Input: A clean manicure is a huge detail that people sometimes forget. Having clean hands/nails adds another level of professionalism to your photos. Neutral colors always work the best and you won’t have to worry about them clashing with your outfit or upstaging your face!

The Morning of your Shoot

Tips to prepare for your photoshoot

Even if a hairstylist will be styling your hair, please show up with dry hair.  If the hairstylist has to blow dry your hair prior to styling it, it will take time away from your shoot, so showing up with dry hair is a big timesaver.  Contrary to popular belief, it does not have to be dirty hair.  If you are washing your hair the day of your shoot make sure to put some type of volumizing product throughout your hair before drying it.  Volumizing products can include a mousse, gel or root boost.  This product will allow your hair to be easily manipulated and styled to your desired look.

Make sure your part & front bang area are set the way you like them when you dry your hair.

When drying your hair you will want to make sure that your part and front bang area is how you want them for your photo shoot.  For instance, if you want to wear your bangs down and swept over to the side, don’t blow them dry straight back, away from your face.  If you have very curly hair and want to wear your hair straight or with a loose curl for your photos, consider getting a professional blowout the day before the shoot.  Once again, this is for timesaving purposes.  For everyone else, you do not have to spend time making sure you give yourself the perfect blowout, your stylist will take care of the rest. 🙂

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Wash your face with your normal cleanser and apply your moisturizer (do not exfoliate, it can leave sensitive skin red or irritated for the photos).

Keeping yourself hydrated leading up to and during your shoot is a great way to keep your skin glowing and fresh! Vitamin E Skin Oil can be applied before your shoot as a moisturizer.

Keeping yourself hydrated leading up to and during your shoot is a great way to keep your skin glowing and fresh! Vitamin E Skin Oil can be applied the night before your shoot and use your favorite facial moisturizer the day of your shoot to make sure it’s ready for makeup!

If you wear contacts make sure to put them in before showing up to your appointment.  If your eyes seem red, apply some clear eyes or visine.

Lather on the lip balm!

How To Show Up To Your Photo Shoot

Dress comfortable with clothes you can easily change into and out of. Be sure to have your clothes all ready to go – bringing them in a hanging garment bag is a great way to prevent wrinkles in transport.

Sarah T, our awesome model for the demo photos showed up to our shoot well prepared! I sent her the text of this blog to review before the shoot, but she was already familiar with these practices from her experience modeling in NYC. Amie did a fresh, natural look and then added some smokey eye, glam-power to her for a second headshot look. See the before & after’s below! I love how Amie was able to keep Sarah’s natural beauty and bring out her best possible look!

Before & After Makeup - Amie Decker Beauty

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Model Portfolio Shoot - Travis Curry Photography

Model Portfolios Travis Curry Photography Model Portfolio Shoot with Travis Curry

About Amie Decker

Headshot-Amie-Decker-Beauty-Travis-CurryAmie Decker is the Founder and President of Amie Decker Beauty, a team of freelance makeup artists, hair stylists and skincare professionals that will travel to your event to glam you up for any occasion! Amie’s love is people and using makeup to bring out their inner beauty. “[my] goal for every client is that they look like them self, photograph well and of course look the most gorgeous they ever have in their life.” Since 2005, Amie and her team have shared many special moments with numerous brides throughout the MD, DC & VA areas! Amie’s work can be seen online and in print in publications such as: Style Me Pretty, United with Love, What’s Up Magazine, Elléments Magazine, Bayside Bride, Engaged, The Knot and more. Amie is also a beauty contributor for the DC Ladies and Baltimore Magazine. Her work has been seen locally on ABC 2 News, WBAL 11 News & Fox 45 Morning News. To find out more about Amie and her team, visit amiedeckerbeauty.com
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