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Your guide to Headshot sessions

Whether it’s a professional business profile, casting headshot or a fresh new social media picture - I aim to create flattering, relaxed portraits that reflect your personality and help convey your personal brand. You can choose between simple backdrops and professional lighting in my home studio or from the heaps of suggestions I have for vibrant, urban or natural outdoor locations. 

Before the session: We can chat on the phone to discuss your requirements for a professional headshot and the visual messages you’d like to communicate. The trick to getting a great headshot is to feel comfortable with your photographer and be able to ask for what you want. I completely understand that some people hate having their photo taken. I’m here to help you feel confident and make sure you look it in your photos. 

Location: You might be looking for formal portraits with a simple background, in which case I have a relaxed home studio set up with professional lighting and options for backdrops. But if you feel like an outdoor space represents you better, I have excellent local knowledge of natural or urban outdoor locations. 

What to wear: What you wear should tell us who you are. I would recommend wearing something you feel yourself in. If you don’t feel comfortable, it will show in your pictures. Bring a few options to change in to. If you have opted for an outdoor session I will do my best to locate us near a café or somewhere you can do a quick wardrobe change. When deciding what to wear for your headshot, think about what the shot is being used for. 

Hair and makeup: I might brush the odd stray hair away or apply a tiny bit of translucent powder to reduce shine, but mainly I leave your hair and makeup to you. Trust me – it’s better that way! It’s a good idea to bring a brush and your makeup with you on the day. 

Wrinkles, laughter lines & spots: Generally, I use soft wrap-around studio lighting, which helps to naturally smooth lines. The odd blemish can be removed in the edit. 

Glasses: If your glasses have thick or coloured lenses they may make it difficult to see your eyes properly. However, If you normally wear them, feel they are part your look and keeping them on is something you would prefer then that’s fine -We can shoot some shots with and some without. 

Day of the session: Turn up, have fun and take some awesome shots! Depending on your requirements and what we have already agreed – I like to allow up to 1.5 hours for the session. But usually they take much less time than that. 

Feel free to email with any questions you might have. Thank you, and I look forward to meeting you soon!