Q: WHAT ONE THING SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY HEADSHOT SESSION?
A: OUR ONE SUGGESTION? INVEST IN OUR MAKEUP ARTIST.
If you’re not used to being in front of the camera or are on a budget, you may be wondering if you should include a makeup artist on your shoot. Or maybe you’re interested in using a stylist but are wondering if you should bring someone you’ve worked with before.
These are both great questions.
To answer the first, no matter if you are male or female we strongly recommend using a stylist on any headshot session. While we do not require makeup, having someone on hand to ensure your skin, hair, and clothes are looking their best is invaluable to your final images. Not only will an on-hand stylist save you potentially having to purchase a retouched image to adjust shine or blemishes, she also works as an extra set of eyes for those details Photoshop may not be able to adjust, like certain flyaway hairs.
*If a shoot alone is like cake–fantastic in its own right– investing in a makeup artist is the icing that makes the cake that much better.
So who should do your makeup for you?
Maybe your sister or best friend is talented with a makeup brush or you loved your wedding stylist and want to work with her again. But how much experience do they have with headshots? Virtually everyone in our portfolio has worked with our makeup artist, who has extensive experience with our specific headshot style.
*If you love the headshots in our portfolio, our stylist Heidi plays an important part in helping to achieve that look.
Subtlety is key. It doesn’t look like your have blush on, it looks like a natural flush, it doesn’t look like high and contour, it looks like the light is hitting your face at just the right spot.
Heidi’s goal is to make you look like yourself on your best day. Do you always wear thicker eyeliner? Do you always skip blush? You got it. Before every makeup application she makes sure to understand what your normal makeup application looks like.
*Our artist integrates your style into her process, so you look and feel like yourself instead of a vision that a makeup artist might have for you.
You’re part of the entire process! Our makeup artist always starts by asking about your routine and finding good stopping points while she is working. She will show you what she is doing so she can get your feedback. You can relax in the chair knowing there will be no surprises.
As mentioned, Heidi has the knowledge, experience, and arsenal for doing makeup for specifically headshots.
She knows what products work with the camera, how they will differ from indoor and outdoor shoots, the attention that has to be given to certain skin types, and how to create illusions via makeup to fix things like facial structure.
Additionally, Heidi brings all of her makeup on the shoot. If something needs to be adjusted, she always has the tools to do so.
Throughout the entire shoot, we can see the photos up close via CamRanger, which displays the images on an iPad, keeping Heidi engaged with the session and able to modify so that every shot is better than the last.
Comfort and honesty are our top priority. Just as you collaborate with Martin on expression and position during your shoot, our stylist won’t stop until you feel happy and comfortable with the makeup.
Heidi is sure to encourage honesty if she feels someone is holding back, her goal is to ensure your makeup is exactly what you need.
Our stylist is at our studio full time for your convenience and she works with a vast range of clients every day, giving her extensive, specialized experience. To include her on your shoot, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org !
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Have you ever taken a photo and thought your body looked way too big for your head?
Or that your arm was drawing too much attention to itself because you wore a sleeveless top?
Well no need to fear, that's where cropping comes in to save the day!
Sometimes cropping can be a challenge, so we wanted to offer some tips and visual examples.
1. Your head should be in the upper third of the image.
If you are cropping in close, use a grid sectioned into thirds and align your eye line with the top line of the grid. If you are cropping wider, be sure that your head is positioned within the top third of the image.
2. If you are cropping tight, make sure your face is centered.
3. Because this is a business headshot, you should not crop the top of your head (actors usually crop in closer and the tip of the hair is sometimes cut off).
4. Don't lose your neck and shoulders.
In a business headshot, it is also best to crop above the chest. In a male headshot for example, you will want to crop just above where the tie meets the jacket.
5. Your face should be the focus.
You don't want too much headroom or too much of your shoulders compared to your face. Again, be sure to keep your face in the top third of the image.
6. If you are standing on an angle in the image and cropping in close, keep your face to the center of the crop.
If you have more of a front shoulder or can see too much of your back shoulder you may look lopsided!
Now that we've covered cropping guidelines, on to the tech stuff!
What programs should you use to crop?
If you are on a Mac, the standard photo viewing application is called “Preview,” which should come with your computer.
Video of Cropping in "Preview"
First, ensure your selection tool is set to “rectangular selection.”
When you scroll your cursor over the image you should see a cross.
Then click and drag your cursor across the image to select the portion you would like to crop (the dimensions of your crop should display at the bottom right corner).
With your crop selected, you can use the “Tools” dropdown menu at the top of your screen to select “crop,” or use the shortcut “command+K.”
Alternatively, if you want a bit more control, you can use the “Photos” application. Select “Edit” in the top right corner followed by “Crop” on the dropdown menu.
Once you’ve selected “Crop,” you will have the option to choose a fixed “Aspect Ratio,” or photo dimensions, at the bottom right.
The benefit of using Photos over Preview is that the crop option in Photos automatically gives you the grid guide mentioned in point number one.
If you are on windows, the standard photo application is “Paint.”
Video of Cropping in "Paint"
Open your image, then under the home tab in the “Image” group, you will see the option to “Select” and the option to “Crop.” Select the section of the image you would like to keep then choose the “Crop” option.
Voila, now your image has been cropped! Be sure to select “Save As…” when you save the image to create a new file so as not to overwrite the original file–you may need it for a different crop in the future!
As an overall takeaway, cropping your headshot is essential to making sure it looks excellent. If you don't crop, you'll be missing out because your photo could look much less professional!
I commend you for doing your research, because it means you're putting in the work to ensure your photos look as good as possible.
Knowing how to crop professional headshot is only one of things you need to know so you don't make a mistake that could cost you hundreds (or in some cases thousands) of dollars.
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