These busy days of social media mania sometimes we find ourselves with an eight year old photo to use…what’s a girl to do? Call Poprock Photography pronto! Head shots should not be dreaded, they should be fun and relaxed to convey the true you.
Some helpful hints before you dive into the abyss.
First of all gentle reader, boys and girls, tidy those eyebrows. Don’t wax the same day, if you know you are getting your head shots done, get your eyebrows groomed four or five days before. If you find that the time has slipped by, by all means, tame those catepillars by threading or good ole’ fashion plucking. For real guys, get those eyebrows tamed. Same rule with a haircut, try to get your hair trimmed a week or two before. Also, if you color your hair, make sure you grey is covered, roots colored, trimmed & shaped up.
Chapped lips, what a dilemma, lightly brush your lips with your toothbrush and put on chapstick. Cherry chapstick gives your lips a little natural color too. Not necessary, but it is such a good little trick. And of course, a little lipgloss never hurt anyone.
Enough with the white shirts already, people, khaki pants and a white shirt. Really? Everyone looks better in photos with darker colors. Especially if you prefer black and white photos. Dark people with dark hair can rock the white shirts, but fair, blonde people, throw us a bone and wear some color. Bold prints or some prints that look like optical illusions, don’t do so well. In photos, even larger folks, where a form fitting shirt, we can do shoulders up and it makes you look thinner.
Also check your tight pants and your muffin tops, make sure buttons are secure, ironing makes a huge difference too. Even ironing a t-shirt looks fantastic in the photo.
Jewelry, unless you wear tons of jewelry all the time, tone it down. If you wear glasses all the time, wear your glasses in the photo.
Make up.. do not wear heavy eye liner unless it’s high fashion, art or punk raaaaawk. Corporate head shots, tone down the raccoon eyes.
Long straight hair, bring a brush, while photographers are taking photos, make sure you don’t have stray hairs in your mouth and eyes.
Simple tip, of course, we hate to say it, but our mothers were correct, are you ready? Sit up straight. Shoulders down and roll your shoulders back a little. Practice in the mirror, keep chin level, slight turn to the left, the right, see what feels comfortable and looks good. Sometimes a little lean forward helps too. Most importantly, as Frankie (goes to Hollywood) would say, “relax”. Words from a waitress, she said, “people are so uptight when a camera is in their face, just sit back, smile and get it over with.” That really stuck with me, she must have told me this fifteen years ago. And please, no gum chewing. One more important piece of information that really works is, get a good night’s rest. If possible that day, wake up naturally so you will look refreshed or just take an Ambien, snoooooore.
Be sure to tell your photographer exactly what you want or bring in some photos that you like. Smile, click, be confident, click, and have fun!