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Preparing for Your Headshot Session

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To make the most of your session and ensure its success, there are a few things you’ll want to do ahead of time to make sure you are at your best.

Stay Hydrated and Eat Well

Many people don’t realize the importance of good hydration to your skin and its impact on energy levels. Even a little dehydration can make you look and feel tired and cause any wrinkles to be more pronounced. Be sure to drink plenty of water for several days prior to your session. Don’t skip your meals the day of your photo shoot. Eat something light if you need to, but don’t come hungry.

Sleep Well

Plan ahead to get a good night’s sleep, maybe even two. Being well rested reduces stress and helps you maintain a positive attitude, which increases your confidence levels.

Skin Care

Try to stay out of the sun for a few days before your session to avoid accidental sunburns, and use lip balm to maintain well-hydrated lips. If you will be having any facial waxing or tweezing done, do it a day or two before your session to allow time for any skin irritation to calm down. Staying hydrated will also help detoxify and clear up your skin. If you are prone to breaking out after eating certain foods, be sure to avoid them.

Hair Care

Get a trim a few days before your session. Style it the way you would normally wear it in a professional setting, whether it’s a business meeting or meeting with a client. Consider having your hair done professionally for the session, and book a hair and makeup artist for your session.

Facial Hair

If you normally wear facial hair, come with it trimmed. If you don’t normally wear facial hair, be sure to come freshly shaved. If your skin is prone to irritation, try shaving the night before. If you would like to have photos with and without facial hair, bring your shaving items. We will take photos with facial hair first then have you shave and do a few more with a clean face.


Cosmetics should enhance your features, even skin tone, accentuate the eyes, and conceal any imperfections while remaining natural and matte. Avoid any makeup that shimmers or glitters; it will reflect off the studio lights. Be sure to pack and bring any makeup you use — extra lip colors, face powder, and anything else you think you may need for touch-ups.

While you may not wear it normally, a little translucent facial powder will help keep your complexion matte and conceal imperfections as well. You won’t be able to see it in the photo, but your facial shine will be drastically less noticeable.

Remember, retouching is included, so minor blemishes can be removed.


Select and try on all clothing choices beforehand. Have a friend or spouse give you honest feedback. Do not bring anything that is ill fitting, too tight, or too loose.

Choose and bring more selections than you plan on using. We can make final selections when you arrive. Bring all of your clothes hung separately on hangers — do not wear them there — sitting in a vehicle and wearing seat belts can create a lot of wrinkles.

More Information

Follow the tips on What to Wear for Your Headshot Session for more helpful hints on choosing your outfits. You can also read What to Expect for your Headshot Session and FAQs for more info.

If you have not already, contact Gustavo Fernandez Photography today to schedule your new headshot.

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