Preparing for your Headshot Session
You’ve booked your new headshots session. Now it’s time to think about how to prepare.
First, I recommend getting a good night sleep before your shoot. Get hydrated and allow for plenty of time to get ready.
You’ll also want to pick out an outfit or two! Think comfort, and think layers. There is a changing area with mirrors for your outfits. If your clothes need it, a quick ironing goes a long way for your headshot.
If you are not used to a makeup and hair routine, consider giving yourself a few minutes to apply foundation and a quick style.
Got a favorite playlist? You can listen to your own music playlist during your session. We’ve got speakers that fit most iPhones and androids so you can create your own vibe during the session.
Lastly, if it helps having someone with you to help organize or just for support, feel free to bring a friend!
Once we are on set I’ll take it from there, I’ll guide you through some simple poses, postures and techniques that can get us ready for your new headshot.
Want to know more?
Below you’ll find
- Tips on getting ready.
- Things to expect during your session.
- How to get to the studio, inside the studio.
- A few common outfits that we see most often worn by our clients.
A few tips on getting ready for your professional headshot session
Whats should I wear? focus on your clothes that you love to wear, that you feel comfortable in, and that align with your professional style or brand colors.
When picking outfits, think layers! Feel free to bring an additional jacket, scarf or cardigan, and/or bring another top. I personally prefer black long sleeve tops layered with a denim short sleeve button up. For outdoor sessions, it’s suggested if needed to wear a tank top for easy changing. Don’t forget to iron your clothes!
What colors should I wear? Solid neutral colors translate the strongest in photography. Bright colors can work great, however, I suggest avoiding tops are bright red or bright green when shooting outdoors. In the studio these colors don’t reflect as much and can be very complimentary. Most popular colors are black jackets with solid colored tops in blue and white.
Textures such as linen, silk, sweaters, or knits work great. When working with patterns, choose a design that is smaller in print. Large dots or stripes can distract from your headshot. But with that being said, don’t be afraid to bring your favorite patterned top just in case!
When choosing tops, focus on complimentary neck lines. For example, I prefer a black V-neck line with a washed out denim jacket. I like the contrast between the top and jacket and the texture of the denim. Other clients will have a round neckline blouse in auburn with a black blazer.
Make sure to give yourself plenty of time if you are using a professional hair and makeup stylist or if you are doing it on your own. For minimal makeup a few things to think about: I’ve found that foundation and mascara are the most important when being photographed. For outdoor sessions when styling hair consider a setting spray or style for possible windy conditions.
And if you’d like to play your own music during your studio session, feel free to prepare a playlist or bring your favorite one! We have two cords to speakers that fits iPhone and a C port for all others.
A client getting ready for an outdoor headshot session.
During Your Session
We will use a posing stool for easy sitting shots and standing poses for natural movement. There are several other posing stools, chairs, couches, lounges and other types of objectst for posing that we can play with.
Most shots are portraits only, above the waist unless requested.
I may have an assistant with me to use modifiers to control light.
For outdoor sessions, it is highly recommended to wear walking shoes!
Be ready to relax and have some fun 🙂
Getting to the Studio
Studio Northwest is inside the New York Building that uses a call box to allow guests to be buzzed in to use the elevator to the 5th floor.
Let’s take a tour of the natural light studio we use for our clients located just north of downtown Portland Oregon. You’ll see:
- the outside of The New York Building
- how to get to the natural light studio
- and inside the studio!
- There is a large metal call box in the lobby facing towards the off-street parking lot.
- Call the studio by using the code is 0017 to ring for Studio Northwest.
- Once answered, you’ll be buzzed in for access to the elevator to take the 5th floor.
- The studio will be down the long hall, the second to last door on the right, #511.
- Tip: Rolling cases are great for transporting session luggage if necessary.
The callbox in the lobby to ring Studio Northwest.
Inside the Studio
You’ll see large windows to allow the south facing light to illuminate the space. You can choose from a handful of background colors as options for your portrait.
The studio is equipted with a private changing area and station for optional hair and makeup services. Enjoy getting ready with our beauty station that includes beauty lights, a full length mirror and an area to hang your favorite clothes.