Posts in Corporate Headshot Tips
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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Corporate Headshot Tips: How To Plan Corporate Headshots for Your Company Part I

Whether you’re a small or large company, there may come a time where you want to get a round of professional headshots done. Having professional headshots of your staff/team can be a great way to appeal to potential clients and give your company that extra bit of polish needed in the world of business. Having worked with several companies in the past, here are some tips I’ve put together to help you plan your shoot so that it goes smoothly and you get the results you’re after.

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How Many Looks Do I Need?

So you're in the market for professional headshots in NYC? You've taken a look at samples of my actor headshots or corporate headshots and you're about ready to book your session. But how many looks do you need? Well, it depends on what your focus is and where you are currently in your career. Both my actor and business clients have very specific needs and I always look to cater sessions to fit their unique needs. Deciding on the number of looks beforehand will ensure you're getting the most out of your shoot.

How many looks does an actor need?
For actors, two Looks is what I consider the absolute minimal for professional headshots in NYC. Actors need to showcase their versatility(or type) and are often going out for a variety of roles. It helps if you have two headshots to choose from when you get ready to send your headshot out or attend a casting. Depending on the role you're going out for, one of your headshots may serve you better than the other. If you only have one, you'll be extremely limited. I want you to succeed, so two looks is what I'd recommend as an absolute minimum.

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5 Important Tips for Headshots in NYC

This post applies to both my actor headshots and corporate headshots clients alike. There are countless photographers and options for headshots in NYC. New York is a super competitive market and having the right headshot can make or break your chances of success. Here are my top 5 tips for getting your headshots in NYC.

1. Select the right headshot photographer.
NYC is home to countless photographers, especially those specializing in headshots. Ah, the smell of capitalism! The sheer amount of options out there are daunting and at times overwhelming. Each offers a variety of packages, price points, style, and each has their own unique personality. Start by narrowing down your top 3-5 choices. Don't call them first. Before calling, take a look at their online portfolio to get a sense for their style and who they are. Also look to see if they can photograph both sexes well and/or can do photograph actors as well as they photograph business professionals or vice versa. Additionally, look for testimonials, not only on their website, but also on social sites such as Yelp and Google. And lastly, does their personality seem to mesh well with your own? Do they seem fun or cold? If everything looks great, give them a call. If they're available and willing to take a few minutes to discuss your needs, you're likely making the right decision! If not, go to the next person on your list.

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