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How to Prepare for your headshot session


Africann American Women Headshot

Style one: Studio Style 

  • White or Grey Backdrop
  • Natural or Artificial Light

Style Two: Outdoor Scene

  • Outdoors On Location
  • Natural or Artificial Light


Aside from the amazing smile you will be wearing your wardrobe can make or break a photo.

  • Solid Colors: Jewel tones flatter all complexions
  • Choose colors that complement your skin tone or that make your eyes pop.
  • Avoid prints they can look outdated and can take the focus away from your face.
  • Necklines: V neck is the most flatter neck line. It elongates the neck however please be modest with how deep the V goes or wear a tank top underneath. Explore different necklines (V neck, scoop neck, crew, etc…) Dresses are also welcome.
  • Wear The Right Fit: Dress for your body type. Try on your clothing the night before
  • Undergarments: For sheer tops be sure to wear the appropriate tank underneath flash will expose your bra.
  • Iron or steam clothing to present a polished look. (wrinkles are hard to edit)
  • Extra Layers: Jackets, Blazers, Sweaters, Cardigans


  • Suit: Tailored to showcase you physique. You can opt for a blazer look as well.
  • Tie vs. No Tie: Bring a variety of solid color ties or ones with minimal patterns.
  • Shirts: Button downs, Casual V Neck Sweater
  • Color: Choose colors that are complimentary to your skin tone or eyes. (Grey, Blue, Green etc… )


Whether your hair is curly, straight, short or long lets make sure it is tamed for your headshot session.

  • Curly hair- Define your curls with styling products and be sure your hair is dry
  • Straight hair: Blow dry and use a flat iron along with sleek styling products
  • Short hair: Consider adding some light pomade to add some structure
  • Long hair: Use a wide barrel curling iron with light hair spray to add soft curls (curl away from face)
  • Useful Tools To Bring: Comb, Brush, Bobby Pins, Hair Clips, and Hair Spray


Makeup is a very important part of your professional headshot. Flashes tend to wash you out.

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Follow suggestions below to assure you are camera ready.

Most important bring your setting powder to reduce shine.

  • Foundation: Full Coverage Matte Finish (Great Drug store product- Maybelline fit me)
  • Concealer: Two Shades lighter than skin tone
  • Lips: Natural tone- One shade darker than lip color (Try a lip pencil in the same shade to define lips)
  • Eyes: Natural Eyeshadows: Brown, taupe, or even peach tones
  • Eyeliner: Brown (softer look)
  • Brows: Properly groomed and filled in with brow pencil or shadow
  • Mascara: (black or brown)
  • False Lashes: Natural (optional)
  • Blush: Complimentary to your skin tone (Peach, Rose, Plum)
  • Bring your SMILE!!!
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