social media headshots

Prepping for your headshot session

Skin and hair tips for great headshots

My friend, Connie Tsang, makeup and hairstylist extraordinaire whose clients include Dr. Jill Biden, Jake Tapper, CNN, PBS and ESPN, just to name a few.

Here are a some of her recommendations on prepping your skin and hair for you headshot session, for both women and men.

Hair Prep: Wash your hair the night before with shampoo and conditioner (If your hair is ultra-fine and oil prone, wash in the morning of your headshot session. Apply conditioner from mid-shaft of the hair to the ends (this helps with tangles). If possible, apply a mousse or smoothing cream in the hair when blowing drying.

Skin Prep: Please exfoliate face with a gentle facial scrub once every day until your session to smooth the “canvas” for makeup application. Focus on areas with noticeable pores, oil, around the nose, mouth and on the lips. After cleaning your face, apply toner and/or moisturizer, before applying makeup for your session. If you’ve scheduled The Power Session, please arrive without makeup.

So now your skin and hair look amazing! What’s next? Check out makeup guru Lisa Eldridge’s very basic tutorial My 5 Minute Makeup. And yes, it’s just five minutes. It’s a great start to applying a little makeup to look great for your photo session and for everyday. And do check my "What to Wear" page for additional info and tips.

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Ready to schedule your headshot session? Click here or call or text me at 443.840.0484.


The Social Media Headshot Session

If you’ve got 30 minutes, you’ve got a new headshot!

Did you just launch a new company, get a promotion or are you embarking on a new career? Don't forget to update your social media profile photo! You can do it quickly and affordably with this social media headshot session. Arrive at my studio in your best business attire and I'll provide the following:

  • 30 minute session

  • light or dark background

  • online proof gallery

  • 1 retouched high resolution image (standard retouching includes removing stray hairs, brightening eyes, teeth whitening and reducing age lines).

  • image delivered via download

  • Final image is typically delivered electronically within 48 hours after your selection.

  • Additional retouches are $25 each

Check here and book your session online today or call me at 443.840.0484.

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  • A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to book your session.

  • Your deposit is applied to your fee. The remainder, due at the time of your session, can be paid by personal check, money order, credit card or cash. A 5% Maryland sales tax will be applied to all orders.

FAQ's About Your Headshot Session

How do I book a headshot session with you?

You can do this a couple of ways. The easiest is to click here. It will take you to an online scheduler where you can easily select the service, date and time convenient for you.  You’ll also be asked to make a deposit. The deposit is refundable—if you cancel 48 hours before your session.

If you’re not quite ready to book your session and have additional questions, please call or text me at 443.840.0484. I’d love to chat with you!

What should I wear? Of course it depends on whether you’re getting actor headshots, business headshots or online dating portraits but here are some suggestions to cover it all.

Ladies: A simple boat or v-neck style looks elegant and casual on just about everyone, no matter your size or shape. For a business headshot be sure to bring a nice fitting jacket and any understated jewelry you might like to wear. Even if you don't wear makeup in your everyday life, it's best to put a little on for the photo shoot. Without makeup, you will look tired and worn out.

Gentleman: I suggest jeans/casual pants and crew or turtleneck shirts in muted colors like gray, navy or brown. Long-sleeved goes without saying unless you're really buff!  Also, a knit sweater with no pattern in small knit will also look good. And if you have a nice suit or outdoor or dress jacket, bring it along too.

Everyone Please avoid loud patterns, stripes, logos or “messages”, wrinkled and ill-fitting clothing. If you're still not sure what to wear call me and check my Pinterest page for some examples.

How long does a typical photo session take? A two to three outfit shoot should take about an hour. While you're changing into your different outfits I'll change lighting set-ups and/or backgrounds. This will give you a variety of images to choose from.

What exactly do I get for your fee? Depending on your package and service we’ll be taking anywhere from 20 to 100 images or even more. I'll then post your proofs anywhere from 5 to 40 images on-line in your own personal gallery to review within 48 hours of our session, usually sooner. Choose your favorite(s) to retouch and after they are complete you can download your hi-resolution digital images to your computer or flash drive.

Where are you located? My home studio is located in Columbia, Maryland, not far from the Route 32 and I-95.

I am so looking forward to working with you!

Cheers,

Bonnie