Guest Post: How to Prep Your Skin for Headshots (Men)

As a makeup artist with over 7 years of experience doing headshots and photo shoots, I’ve seen firsthand how the skin someone shows up with dictates everything about my makeup process, from the type and amount of product I use, down to the end result. While many would like to believe that a good makeup artist can make anyone’s skin look perfect, this, unfortunately, is wishful thinking (and any retoucher can vouch for that.) Makeup can correct color (think redness, age spots, and undereye circles) but cannot correct texture (think wrinkles, bumps, and flakes.)

Many of my male clients are less than excited about wearing makeup in the first place. What if I told you that the better you take care of your skin in the days leading up to your shoot, the less I have to put on you, and the more natural it will look? Read on to see my five best tips for prepping your skin for photos.

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Guest Post: How to Prep Your Skin for Headshots (Women)

Hi there! I’m Dana and I’m here to give you some great tips to ensure your skin looks beautiful for your headshots.

Most of the women I work with for headshots fall into one of two categories: they either have a multistep skincare regime and a bunch of favorite products, or they want to keep things as simple as possible and have been using the same brand of facewash or (please no!) bar of soap since high school. As an experienced makeup artist (who may or may not also be a skincare nerd who reads cosmetic chemistry blogs for fun), I have five simple tips that will help every woman look her best in headshots.

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3 Misinformed Pieces of Advice for Actor Headshots

I had a great conversation with an actor client recently about some of the crazy things they were told in regards to acting headshots. Everyone’s an expert as they say! He hadn’t updated his headshots in about 2 years and of course some things in the industry have changed since then. According to his actor friend, he should wear black and look serious since that’s what popular for theatre at the moment. Interesting, because I didn’t get the memo. Having worked as a headshot photographer for almost 8 years now, I’ve seen trends come and go and heard quite a few inaccurate statements on headshots. I’ve put together this short little list of some of the worst pieces of advice to help you get the most from your session and maximize your look as an actor. Don’t let your session turn out poorly because you’re listening to a dozen different resources of misinformation. Fake news! Let’s begin.

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Corporate Headshot Tips: Why You Need A Professional Headshot

In this highly visual age of internet and social media usage, it's more important that ever for professionals to hone their image. A great headshot does just that. Nearly all my corporate headshot clients have a LinkedIn profile. You'd be surprised at how many of them are getting professional headshots done for the very first time and in lieu of a professional photograph, they’re currently using a selfie or, worse, a picture from a party/event where they’ve cropped out the other guests. If you’re guilty of this, no need to blush. I won’t judge! But here’s my take on why you need to nix that crummy old selfie in favor of a professional headshot that takes your image to the next level!

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Corporate Headshot Tips: How To Plan Corporate Headshots For Your Company Part II

Following up on my previous post on planning corporate headshots for your company, I decided to add a few more tips that I think clients will find useful. Hiring a photographer, getting everyone scheduled, and the actual shoot day can be stressful affairs. I'm hoping this series alleviates that stress and helps you plan for your corporate headshots in the most efficient manner.

So here’s part 2!

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