• Angelica Novak

11 Things You Never Knew About headshot Tips

Updated: Oct 10

This post is the most complete, headshots checklist on the internet. The best part? Everything on this list works great. If you want to know what makes a good headshot, you'll love this post

Skin with impurity and tired face make a bad headshot
Bad headshot

How many times have we booked our headshot photoshoot with a photographer, had the pictures shot and arrived back home to see the aged and sick version of ourselves printed in front of you?

How many times have y we wished to changed the day of the shoot because we didn't feel great or look our best?

It happened to a lot of us at least ones.

Why? Why? Why? And again another big, big, Why?

Well, it could be because we may not have thought that some simple rules to follow the day before the photo shoot will make the difference.

Probably we didn't take it as seriously as we should and thought that the photographer would do his magic with photoshop to bring us back to life.


I will tell you some simple tips that I have used in past that will help you to be at you best for your photoshoot.

( #headshots #actorslife #headshotsohotography)

Let's start.

First of all, choose the right headshots photographer for you, do not think cheap, do not choose someone you don't like just to safe money, and avoid selfie. It is your job! Considers to save money and invest in a professional photographer because it is your presentation, your invitation card to casting directors and auditions.

Second of all, take care of your skin. Here some tips:

  • Drink at least 2L of water the day before.

Body hydration is important because it helps to moisturise from the inside, clean your body from toxins and It will help you to avoid any bloating of the face, as water retention might cause puffed eyes and bloated face. Daily hydration will make your skin glow.

  • Eat light, healthy food.

Good digestion is synonymous of good sleep, will help your skin to look better and avoid any ugly spots appearing your face.

  • Do 30 mins breathing exercise or meditation when you wake up on the day of your photoshoot.

it will help to relax your mind and reduce any tension on your face muscles

  • Go to sleep early

it's notorious that good sleep improves your skin and your mood

  • Don't drink alcohol

Alcohol brings toxins into your body making your skin look sick and bloated

  • Before going to sleep, treat your skin: a nice bath or warm shower

Makes you feel better

  • Before going to bed do a face scrub and moisturised after with olive oil

A good cleaning and moisturise minimises face pores and fines wrinkles

  • Take care of your hair, to avoid to wake up with crazy hair in the morning, remember you do not want to have all your photoshoot looking like just been escaped from a mental hospital.

You want your hair to look great and be able to play with it and try different looks.


Use plain coloured clothes where possible


A simple tip: check your skin undertone:

How? Well, it is pretty simple, look at your veins, if they look more greenish go with warm colours if opposite your veins looks more bluish/ purplish then go with cool colours.

Color chart

Think of some different styles to have some variety, for example, smart, street, casual, sport, etc...

Most importantly wear something that makes you feel comfortable in.

  • Avoid jewellery.

  • If you have long hairs, take a hairband with you.

  • Men, you may want to consider to grow your beard and shave it in between the photoshoot or ask the photographer to split the photoshoot in two different days. Be able to have both versions of you in your portfolio is something your agent might request.

Now that you are ready to go, take three deep breaths and enjoy your photoshoot. Have fun and remember you are the STAR!

*You might want to know something more about all these tips, the check those links:

  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8449457/Exactly-happens-body-health-drink-two-litres-water-day.html

  • https://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/benefits-of-sleep-for-skin#:~:text=%E2%80%9CA%20lack%20of%20sleep%20increases,prevent%20these%20symptoms%20from%20appearing.%22

  • https://www.healthline.com/health/olive-oil-benefits-face#benefits

  • https://www.beauty-heroes.com/blog/how-meditation-benefits-your-skin/#:~:text=Meditation%20slows%20down%20the%20aging%20process.&text=This%20increased%20oxygen%20rejuvenates%20your,process%20from%20the%20inside%20out.

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