Whether you just booked your first professional headshot or are coming in to update your portraits, you should always plan your styling in advance in order to achieve a flawless look on the day of the photoshoot. As people plan out how they would like to portray themselves on the headshot, many wonder if they should just hire a professional stylist to help make the whole process easier.
Photographers can give you a basic guide on what type of clothes and makeup to wear—and we have shared some tips on how to prepare for a headshot on previousblog posts—but the decision of hiring a stylist is up to you and it will depend on your needs and on the kind of styling that will make you feel most comfortable on the day of the shoot. In order to decide which route you want to take, here are some basics that can help you figure out if you should go for a DIY approach or if you would be better off hiring a stylist.
Evaluate your makeup skills
If you already have a basic makeup routine that you have perfected and you know it photographs well, you can probably use that on the day of your headshot. However, if makeup is simply not your thing or you are confused about what products and formulas will make you look your best, hiring a stylist is recommended. They will work with you to create a look that naturally enhances your features so that the makeup itself is not the focus of the headshot.
Think about any skin concerns
When photos are retouched, they can correct many imperfections. However, if you have any specific concerns about your skin, a professional stylist will be able to guide you through the process. They use color correcting techniques for things such as redness and dark spots and can achieve an even skin tone while maintaining a natural look.
Consider how you want to style your hair
Managing hair for an occasion such as a photoshoot can be annoying for many individuals, especially while trying to figure out which look is best and making it stay in place. If this is a major concern for you, you might want to consider hiring a stylist. They have enough experience to know how different types of hairstyles photograph best and will make sure everything stays in place until the session is over.
Additionally, we suggest that whether you decide to hire a professional or style yourself for a headshot, you create a look that focuses on your features and then use natural makeup to enhance them. Usually, the basic rule for a headshot is that the pictures should be easily recognizable as how you generally look in person. Comment below if you have any questions!