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Headshot Session Preparation Tips for Men – San Francisco Bay Headshot Photographer

Lately, I have been getting more inquiries from men requesting headshot sessions. A lot of the materials and information about beauty preparation was typically aimed at women for a few reasons (1. They got a new haircut and they didn’t like it, so they had to postpone; 2. Ladies decided to try new makeup techniques they normally do not wear; 3. Ladies tried new product that irritated their skin, etc).

Well, aside from what I normally go over with my female clients during our consultations, I wanted to provide the gentlemen some tips to try before their own headshot sessions.

Most often than not, my male clients schedule their appointments in the afternoon to the last hour of the business day. If this is the case for you, gents, here are some tips that I’ve found helpful through recent months.

Week Before:

  1. If you want to freshen up your hair style, I suggest getting a cut now. This is the minimum time frame to get your hair to grow into the style you like and will help you adjust to any new styling techniques (like taming a random cowlick that appeared).
  2. Pick up some to-go toothbrushes like Colgate’s Wisp disposable toothbrushes. Pack this in your briefcase/bag and bring it to your session just in case. These can be found at any drug store or convenience store for about $3.
  3. If you want to incorporate poses with your hands showing, pick up a travel sized container of lotion. These are usually about $1 at any big box store or convenience store near the “airport approved” travel toiletries. I want you to appear your best and do not want you to have an otherwise fantastic headshot or photo being thrown off by dry hands. If your cuticles are in bad shape, schedule an appointment at a nail shop and ask for just a cuticle trim. Say no to any other service and you should be able to get this all done for about $10.
  4. Avoid the sun for extended periods of time – sunburns usually warrant rescheduling which can be difficult for busy professionals. If anything else, wear sunscreen and reapply as necessary.

Night Before:

  1. Prepare clothing that you want to wear during your session. I have worked with a variety of individuals who work in different fields. Sometimes that entails two personnas–a more polished professional appearance and a more relaxed, “business casual” appearance. Be mindful of the condition of clothes, that they are ironed, do not have fading, or “dryer curls” on the collars of polo shirts. If you’re going to wear your typical work outfit during the session, pack an extra shirt just in case you have a spill or splatter from a meal or beverage.
  2. Lightly exfoliate skin and moisturize. This helps your skin get rid of dead skin cells and bring out a more youthful appearance. Some products I recommend are items from the Jack Black line: Face Moisturizer and Face Buff (Exfoliator) which can be purchased at Sephora or can be ordered online.

Day Of:

  1. If you have your session scheduled after the noon hour, please shave during your lunch break to avoid five o’clock shadow from appearing.
  2. At your session, you have a few moments to do a once over. Take your time to get your hair the way you want it styled, adjust your tie (if you have one), use your wisp, moisturize and then relax.
Including your environment:
If your session requires us to use your environment, like your desk, business door front, or building exterior, please schedule after the cleaning crew has come through so that it is free of visual clutter. The focus is you and the point of your image is to present you at your best. I’m fairly hands-on during my sessions, so be aware that sometimes I will rearrange things in a manner that makes your image visually appealing or complementary.
Also, scheduling a session that makes use of buildings is best made before or after business hours or weekends. Sometimes buildings have large windows with lots of reflection which may show cars in the parking lot during normal business hours. I do what I can to “make it happen” which usually results in being creative. However, creativity does not necessarily fit with every industry.
I hope these tips helped. If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to me.
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