Headshot Tips

1. Consult with your agent: They will have a specific way they want to market you.

2. Outfits: Plan your outfits and make sure you iron or steam your clothes. American Apparel or Zara are great places to find headshot clothing because their styles are basic and modern. 

3. Things to Bring:

  • (Male Products)– Comb, brush, styling products, lip balm, shaving gear if you need it and I suggest buying some powder to keep the shine down.
  • (Female) Products Make-up, Hair products, curling irons, blow driers, etc.  

4. Parking Money: Have 3-5 dollars for parking.  There are meters that take a credit card on Hope Street but just in case bring a little cash for parking.

5. Nutrition: Make sure you’ve had a nice meal so you are focused.  It’s all about giving energy to the camera.  You better have something in your stomach.

6. Practice Expressions: Your face has muscle memory.  So the more you stretch your muscles during the shoot the better variety of shots you will have to choose from.  Practice expressions in the mirror prior to the shoot.  SURPRISED ,HAPPY, SAD, WORRIED, SEDUCTIVE, LOST, CONFUSED, EXCITED, TEMPTED, DEVIOUS, NERVOUS, SCARED

Wardrobe Tips 

Theatrical/Acting Headshots


  • Muted colors
  • Grays, Blacks, Earth Tones
  • V-necks
  • Black tank tops are standard.
  • Try to keep your clothing modern.  Pay attention to the cuts of the shirts and the materials.  I like shirts that look modern but don’t distract.
  • Try to put your vibe into the styling of this shot but not so much as it takes attention from you.

Do Not-

  • Spaghetti Straps
  • Busy patterns
  • Overly stylish
  • Out dated styles
  • White

Commercial Headshots

Something vibrant that makes you have a commercial feel.  You want to wear colors that you look best in.  

I suggest a medium intensity color. 


  • Colorful shirts that compliment your eyes, skin and hair.
  • Modern cuts, don’t be dated from the start
  • Shirts that frame your face shape

Do Not – 

  • Too Colorful, or too bright
  • Busy patterns
  • Out dated styles and cuts
  • Stay away from white unless under a jacket.

Pick Backgrounds

– Go to through my headshot portfolios and pick the backgrounds for each of your looks.  You can take a screen shot of the backgrounds you like and send it to me or use Pinterest pins to make a board with the backgrounds and info you want to combine for your headshot inspiration.  
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