I strongly suggest that you hire a professional to do your hair and make-up. While there is an extra cost associated with this service (about $80 to $100), hiring a professional make-up artist will not only enhance your experience, but also allow you to concentrate on the shoot. Make-up for photo sessions differs from everyday make-up. Professional make-up artists have the proper products and the technical knowledge to bring out the best in you. I have worked with some great make-up artists, who know how cosmetics appear in the lighting of a photoshoot environment: I can highly recommend them to you. Alternatively, you can hire your own make-up artist and come to the session ready to start shooting. Either way, you should be aware that the quality of the photos featured on this site were almost all facilitated by professional hair and make-up services.
If you feel you can do your own hair and make-up, please keep it natural. Less is more in the case of headshot photography. It is easier to apply more make-up than it is to take it off. Style your hair as if you are going for an audition or an important meeting. For women with long hair: please bring a hair elastic to the session so we can shoot both with your hair down, and up in a ponytail or bun for variety’s sake. There is more than one way to frame your face.
You may be relieved to know there is no make-up requirement for men: just exfoliate and moisturize the day of the shoot, for the sake of your skin. If possible, do not get your hair cut right before the session, but try to schedule your session about halfway between cuts. It will photograph better.
Alternatively, if you want some pictures with ‘scruff’, bring a shaving kit. We will shoot until we have the look covered, and afterward we can also get some ‘clean’ looks. Ideally, unless facial hair is part of your normal look, you should come in clean-shaven.
Both women and men should moisturize their lips. Dry, chapped lips cannot be retouched well. Start moisturizing a few days before your photo session.