Preparing for Professional Headshots When You Have Facial Hair

You’ve finally scheduled your headshot session with a professional photographer, but what should you do about your facial hair? 

No hard and fast rules state you need to get rid of your facial hair, but perhaps you should consider both a shaved and unshaved look before your shoot. After all, your headshots will be relevant for at least the next two years.

The Shaved Look

If you choose to shave your facial hair, I recommend that you go for a professional shave. Yes, you know how to do it, but a professional shave will ensure you don’t miss any spots and that you don’t end up with cuts or ingrown hairs on the day of your headshot session. If you find yourself in this position, don’t stress, as my retoucher will address these issues during retouching. If you decide to shave on your own, ensure you have the right products, including aftershave, to help soothe your skin afterward. You should also aim to shave at least an hour before your shoot to ensure that any redness has subsided. Staying hydrated will also help your skin look and feel its best. 

The Unshaven Look

If your facial hair is integral to your look, schedule a grooming session before your headshot session. Again, scheduling a professional grooming session for the best results is always better. A barber has all the right tools available for a smooth finish.

If you have a 5 o’clock shadow that hides or distorts your jawline, you might consider a shaved look for more striking photos. 

Why Not Do Both

Many of my clients want a scruffy look and a clean-shaven look. For this, we simply shoot the first look before they shave, then they shave at the studio, then we shoot a clean-shaven look. You could always do both if you have the time and prefer a couple of different options.

Below is the headshot of Ryan after he shaved!

If you have any questions regarding the information above, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.