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What Not To Do The Day Before Your Headshot Session

So you've just received your email reminder of your upcoming headshot session ! Maybe you've been counting down the days...or maybe you really needed that reminder ;) But either way, it's best to be prepared. Here's my 3 top tips of what not to do before a headshot session...

1- Don't dye or cut your hair

This is probably the worst thing you could do right before a session. Often our hair is an important feature of our faces and can make or break how we feel about our headshot. It's best to come to the session with a hairstyle that you're comfortable with and one that you are used to. This includes not creating a new parting or styling it differently! The risk of dying or cutting it before your session and then not liking it is high, so it's best not to risk it. When you have a new haircut, it can often take for you to wash it a few times and get used to it so you look and feel natural in front of the camera. If you really need to have a haircut, try to do it at least a week before and wash out the blow-dry if you have one so the texture and style is one you're used to. Practise what to do with your hair in a mirror a few days before your session so you feel confident in the way it moves. But don't worry too much as I will be on the lookout for any crazy hair and I've got my little trusty fan to help create a natural effect.

2- Now is not a good time to indulge in a new skincare regime-

Stick to what you know with your skin. Our skin can be very sensitive...now is not the time to try out a new caffeine orange eye cream the night before ;) ! If any spots appear before a session, please don't worry, I can very easily edit them out in post production.

3- Stay in bed you party animal

Maybe skip the night out before your session; puffy eyes and a hangover don't make for great shots ! Alcohol dries out your skin which is never great before a headshot session. Try to get an early night if you can and drink plenty of water.


To wrap it up, just keep to your usual routine , prioritise rest, sleep and chilling the night before :) Next up will be, 'Things to prepare for your headshot session'.

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