Whether you are an experienced or aspiring model or actor, you probably already know what a headshot is. You’ve probably seen a hundred of them and now it’s time to get your own or to update the one you already have. You’ve come to realize the importance of a good headshot and now it’s time to take one. Here are the things you need to think about before scheduling your headshot.
First, you should probably consider just what these headshot are REALLY going to be used for. Do you already have an agent or is this headshot to entice one to represent you? Do you already have an agent and now you want to go after a particular type of modeling or acting part? These are questions you need to think about before you go on to schedule the shoot.
Branding – That’s the current buzzword and that’s what it’s all about. If you’re already represented, you need to discuss with your agent just what type of part or role that you’re most likely best suited to go after. If you’re noes at this, the same thing applies. What is it that you’re trying to break into? If you’re a model, are you most likely to be chosen as a doctor, a nurse, or maybe a young mother? If you’re an actor, do you prefer comedy over drama? Questions like these will influence your final headshot strategy. The answers to these questions will give you an idea of how to dress for your headshot, how much and what kind of makeup you want to wear, how you will want to wear your hair, and what expression you might want to concentrate on when shooting.
If you decide to shoot with Michael, you’ll have a choice of either a two-shot or three-shot headshot session. No matter which session you select, bring more than enough clothes. Bring more than you think you’ll need, because you just never know what might look beautiful on you AND on one of Michael’s backgrounds. Its WAY better to have too many choices rather than too few.
The types of clothing you choose should depend on your personal branding strategy. Are you most likely to be seen as a young mom, doctor, rocket scientist, or maybe you’re a high-fashion type? Let your clothing reflect your branding. Not all your clothing choices have to reflect the branding effort, but most of them probably should.
* There are some basic rules of thumb when choosing clothing for headshot and here they are…
* Loud patterns usually don’t work and the same with logos and type on clothing. It’s usually distracting and we want people looking into your eyes, not reading your shirt.
* Solid colors work best. Blacks are good, whites are okay, bright colors and pastels are good too. A color that goes well with your eyes is best. Remember, bring too much.
* Excessively baggy clothing usually doesn’t work well either. It tends to make people look heavier than they are.
Bring a selection of jewelry. It might come in handy to “set-off” one of your tops. And specking of tops, since most headshots are from the waste up, you don’t really need to worry about panes and shoes. Fingernails are sometimes an issue. A subject’s hand can often time make its way into the shot, so well-groomed hands are important.