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 email@example.com !
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