5 Tips on How to Prepare for your Head Shot Portrait Session | Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer

July 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

5 Tips on How to Prepare for your Head Shot Portrait Session

Many clients come for a portrait session feeling a little anxious about having their picture taken and are concerned about looking their best. Today I'm sharing 5 tips for a successful professional and/or fun headshot portrait session and photos from a recent portrait session.

1. Loosen up | Relax and be yourself

When you are relaxed you look comfortable, confident and your natural state. You want to portray your unique style and personality. You don't want to look like a statue.

2. Bring Wardrobe Options

Bring different tops that reflect your character. Wear solid colors and textured clothing like leather, denim and lace. Avoid busy patterns because they can distract from your face. Layers look great. Bring vests, scarves, ties, jackets, sweaters etc.

3. Mentally Prepare.

Think of your favorite actor and work on sharing a range of emotion! Forget about the camera and have fun! Remember that it's all about the eyes. Your eyes show your inner thoughts, your background, your life. Make your eyes come alive and energized you don't want dead or glazed over expressions.

4. Be Well Rested.

When you are rested you have better focus and more energy. You want to be at your 100 percent.

5. Go easy on yourself!

90 percent of actors worry that they look awful in their portraits. It makes sense. We are all too hard on ourselves. Don't be.  “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” – Mark Twain

 

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Laura Mares is an experienced photographer specializing in capturing timeless family keepsakes. Laura works on location and in her fully equipped home studio, located in Mt. Lebanon, eight miles south of Pittsburgh, PA. Laura’s style is creative, natural, and timeless. Would you like beautiful portraits of your newborn baby, to update your child and family portraits or to document a milestone in your life such as a wedding, graduation, birthday or reunion? If you are interested in high quality, timeless photographs, book your session today, call (412) 654-3367 or email [email protected]. To view a wide range of gorgeous portraits and to get great tips, advice and beautiful inspiration follow us on Instagram and Facebook.


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