The pre-session rules of a headshot session often have to do with the photographer himself. Each headshot photographer has a number of different rules they may follow, and these rules can set the groundwork for how a headshot session is going to pan out. In my opinion, the less rules that there are for a shoot the more chance you have to get interesting and different shots. However, based on the weather and other factors that could impede upon the headshot session, there may be specific rules a photographer follows to keep their sessions as smooth as possible.
I will attempt to explain the basic guidelines and the procedure for my personal headshot sessions in this article:
I tend to ask that you arrive with a preselected group of clothing, wardrobe that we will use throughout the session. Typically, we talk about what looks you desire and which outfits would best achieve them. If you're an actor, your headshot looks and needs will be vastly different than if you were a business person.
If you have a makeup artist they will then help you finish your look before we begin to shoot.Typically for makeup, it is important to look as natural as possible while still looking very good on camera.
After your make-up is completed we will speak about the specific moods and emotions for which you're striving. During the first few minutes of the headshot session before we actually begin shooting, I will offer tips to give your headshot confidence and emotion, both of which are crucial to making an image eye-catching.
No matter how new of an actor you are or how many headshot sessions you've had in the past, whether you are a businessperson or an actor, it doesn't matter. You should still look as though you have done this constantly and know exactly what you're doing in front of the camera. The more time we take to make you look confident, the better your headshots will turn out and the more believable they will be. You do not want the people viewing your images to think that you didn't know what you were doing in front of the camera. I am always sure to help with this.
Therefore, I sometimes start out the session by showing you a number of images of celebrities and showing you what they do to get the look that they go for their shots. Celebrities look great on camera, and this isn't by accident; they know exactly what to do with their faces. I make sure to show you how to look just as professional. By the end of the headshot session you will have a number of great images that you can look through on the computer.
Before burning you the disk full of the images, I ensure that you are satisfied with your shots. As long as you are, you can leave with your photos the very same day.
Just remember, there must be effort on both the subject and photographer's sides. Being prepared for your shoot and comfortable with the process will give you more impressive shots than arriving unsure of how headshot sessions work. For this reason, I always request of my clients that they come with a number of outfits and an idea of what they want in their shots. Give yourself the opportunity for the best shots possible!
Hopefully this information has been helpful, and if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to contact me!