Hopefully you’ve done your research before your headshot session: you’ve determined your marketing looks and put together the proper wardrobe for each look. If you’ve already gone through my sample blog photos (each marketing look is indicated) and downloaded my wardrobe tips but you still can’t figure out what wardrobe to bring, hiring a stylist may be your answer.
Before you do, here are four tips to make sure you get the most out of your investment.
- Make sure you’re clear on the specific “types” you’ll be shooting for on the day of your session and convey those looks to your stylist. Don’t simply bring clothes that look great on you or go well with your skin tone.
- Let the stylist know that acting headshots are shot from the waste up and therefore don’t show the full outfit nor do they show the shoes. This means that the look has to be clear with no help from wardrobe from the waist down. One way to make that happen is with accessories.
- Be sure to have your stylist put together 2 to 3 options per look and don’t rely on one outfit being the “perfect” one for a look. You may find the photographer’s input and experience may contradict what you and your stylist thought would convey a look.
- Lastly, know exactly how many outfits your package includes and convey that to your stylist. You may end up selling yourself short if your stylist doesn’t know how many final outfits you’ll be photographed in. Ask me how I know…
My favorite wacky and talented stylist is former client, performer, and now certified Style Coach, Rayne Parvis.
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Ally Iseman: Hipster / Creative Professional
Cynthia Graf: Business / Love Interest
David Enrico: Hipster / Hero / Suburban Dad / Casual Business
Emily Brooks: Leading Woman / Young Professional / Girl Next Door
Gracie Snyder: Grad Student / Young Professional
Heather Savoy: Neighbor / Middle Management
Ingrid Moss: Backyard BBQ Mom / Suburban Mom / Upscale Business
Jenni Nicole / Young Professional / Girl Next Door
Jimmy Chimarios: Blue Collar / Backyard BBQ Dad / Anti-Hero
John Marrott: Casual Dad / Upscale Business
Joanna Kelly: Hero / Detective / Casual Mom
Kelly O’Malley: Victim / Fashionista
Laura Caputo: Secretary / Blue Collar
Michelle Chaho: Hipster / Hero / Girl Next Door / Edgy
Mauricio Lowry: Lawyer / Sidekick
Nicole Pierce: Suburban Mom / Upscale Socialite / Hip Mom / Victim
Olivia Jones: Edgy / Hipster
Rachel Axelrod: Quirky Neighbor / Blue Collar