1. Clothes

Choose the exact clothing and accessories to wear during your headshot photo shoot and put them in a bag the day before your headshot photography session, so you’re not stressing to find and assemble them the next day.  A headshot photo pictures the shoulders, or mid-chest, up to the top of the head, so the shirt is the most important item.

Avoid shirts that are overly bright or have busy patterns, as they distract from your face. Go for a solid colored shirt that elongates or features your neck. So, turtlenecks are out. Also avoid clothing with large logos. We don’t want anything to distract from your face and eyes.


  1. Skin 

Avoid sun exposure, which can make you look tired and leave your skin irritated. Get plenty of sleep to avoid dark circles under your eyes!

  1. Hair

Choose a haircut and hairstyle a week or two in advance, as freshly cut hair can look strange on camera.  Understanding that you should look like your headshot photograph, choose a hairstyle that you can easily recreate for your auditions.  A neutral style that highlights the natural curve and shape of your face is always the best choice for an acting headshot.

  1. Facial Hair

Prepare your facial hair for your headshots by trimming, plucking and/or choosing a style for shaving facial hair in advance.  Knowing that plucking can leave red marks, and bleaching can irritate skin, be sure to do these things a couple of days before your session.

  1. Teeth

Avoid anything that may stain your teeth on the day of your headshot photographs.  If your teeth are noticeably yellowed or stained, invest in having them professionally cleaned and whitened, but don’t worry if you don’t have the time or money, we can easily get the same result with a little bit of Photoshop magic.

  1. Nails (Yes, Nails!)

Your hands may end up in some of our shots, so get a manicure for your nails. For women choose a neutral, skin tone polish, or a clear coat, so as not to distract from your face. For men a clean trim is enough.

  1. Know What You Want

Modeling for a headshot photograph is like acting for a still camera.  Take some time in advance to consider what kind of feeling you are trying capture in your image. Prepare by thinking ahead of some of the characters you want to be cast as and then practicing their “looks” in front of the mirror. Don’t worry if you are not certain about this.

  1. Don’t Rush & Be on Time

For a lot of people having their photograph taken is already a stressful event, so set yourself up to minimize your stress.  Be sure to GPS the photoshoot location in advance and allow yourself plenty of time to get there. Map your route in advance and consider what the traffic conditions will be on the day of your shoot. Being on time to the photo shoot is respectful to the photographer.

  1. Social Media

Do not alter or edit a photo in any way. You may use your Headshot on social media for a post, profile picture, etc. Please tag my page or use #trinacphotography in your post.

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