Friday, June 10, 2016

Put Your Best Face Forward: Tips Everyone Should Know Before Taking A Professional Photo

Makeup by Keri Ann _ Professional Image Tips _Houston Makeup Artist
Keri Ann doing makeup for professional photos at a recent Houston convention - photo courtesy of Buller Photography

I have the opportunity to provide on-location makeup services for many special events, but providing makeup services for busy professionals is one of my favorite things to do.

I have been asked to accompany several of Houston's photographers when they are taking professional head shots and images for corporate projects.   You would be surprised how many people show up to take their photograph completely unprepared.

Your professional image is crucial.  In today's on-line world, it only takes 2-3 seconds for you to make a good first impression.  Pay attention to the smallest of details in your on-line image as potential clients, and employers, have very keen eyes.

Here are some tips to help you look your best before you sit down in front of the camera:

Men & Women:

1)  Check your selected clothing at least a few days before your photo session for stains, missing buttons/threads.

2)  If wearing dark clothing, you may want/need to use a lint brush before your photo session.

3)  If you wear glasses, be sure they are free of dust and smudges.

4)  Don't forget basic grooming - hair, facial hair, teeth, and hands/nails.  (usually hands aren't in a head shot, but some photographers do like some poses with hands resting on the arms)


1) Wear (or bring) a jacket with you.  

2)  Wear (or bring) a tie with you.  If you like additional options, bring a second tie in a bolder color or pattern.

Believe it , or not, I have been to offices where several men did not bring coats or ties.  This is especially surprising when the client is a lawyer, banker or executive at a large company - most people expect to see these professionals in suits.  


1)  Long sleeve blouses or jackets are the most professional looking.

2)  If you typically don't wear makeup, consider wearing some makeup to smooth your skin, enhance your eyes & brighten your cheeks and lips.  (And don't forget about your eyebrows). 

3)  Jewelry and accessories should be interesting, but they don't need to take the focus away from you (classic & timeless pieces are the best options).  If you can't decide what to wear, bring 2-3 pieces & ask for your photographer's advice.

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