A Session with Julia Gerace Photography….
A Headshot Session has a very specific goal in mind: it is to create an image of you that captures your personality and fosters interest in who you are and how you can be cast or hired.
There is a certain level of responsibility on your part to help in the creation of this image and what you put into it will certainly show in the final product (YOU!)
For Women and Teen Girls
- Please bring at least 8 combinations of tops. Please make sure they fit, are clean and free of wrinkles.
- No prints, plaids or stripes – anything with a pattern will distract the viewer from looking at you. Unless it is a very subtle pattern, it is not recommended. If you have something that you think can work, please bring it. It could be just fine. Please still bring the recommended clothes as well.
- For colors, stick to the ones that you feel best in, ones that work with your skin tone and coloring. Bring a range of colors – not just white or black – but do include some white, some black, some pastel, and some bold. Bring some fresh colors (like fuchsia or turquoise) but also some neutral colors (like browns or greens). Bright colors are great too but not the day-glo variety.
- COLORS TO AVOID: Red -- mosts reds are too saturated, will reflect color onto the skin and be the first thing viewers look at, Yellow -- unless you are truly a 'yellow' person, one that can comfortably wear yellow then no... Beige -- if a beige tone matches too closely, it will either drag down your color or make you look naked.
- You aren’t limited to the season we’re in either – remember your favorite winter sweater or summer blouse (you’ll also get a nice range of colors that way). Try to avoid bulky knits and over size necklines.
- Interesting necklines help as well: Square, Round, V-necks, wraps…they’re all good.
- Long sleeves are definitely preferred as it keeps the skin exposed to your neckline and face – sometimes arms can be overwhelming in an image.
- Clothing that you can layer works well too: Camisoles with button downs, hoodies, jean jackets, even shrugs.
- Jewelry should be kept to a minimum, if at all.
- Try to avoid logos (we’re advertising you, not some clothing company!)
- I’ve found that the best makeup is what you would generally wear for an evening out or a nice date. Simple, understated, yet polished. A “Cover girl” look – natural but you at your best. Bring your makeup bag for touch ups.
- Please come with your nails nicely done – even just a clear coat is better than chipped up red polish.
- I am a certified make up artist from the Brio Academy in Fairfield. I can do your makeup for $25 or a $50 Motives Purchase. I am also a Motives Cosmetics Consultant.
- The way you would wear your hair for an audition is usually the best choice for your headshot. Please have your hair ‘done’ but not ‘over-done’. Please do not come with your hair still damp from your morning shower or in a pony tail or baseball cap.
- If you have hair that you like to style into shapes like headbands, French twists, messy buns, half up half down or braids, bring your supplies and have an idea which outfits you will want to go with which hairdo. Also, please practice these styles beforehand as I am not a hairstylist and your look must be polished and clean for it to work.
- For those of you that can go curly or straight and want to do both, it’s allowed, but we will need to discuss the process to make this flow with the session.
For Men and Teen Boys
- Please bring at least 8 combinations of tops. Please make sure they fit, are clean and free of wrinkles
- No prints, plaids or stripes – anything with a pattern will distract the viewer from looking at you. Unless it is a very subtle pattern, it is not recommended.
- For colors, stick to the ones that you feel best in, ones that work with your skin tone and coloring. Bring a range of colors – not just white or black – but do include some white, some black, some pastel, and some bold.
- You aren’t limited to the season we’re in; bring a winter sweater or summer t-shirt if you like.
- Long sleeves are a plus unless you have very developed arms.
Clothing that you can layer works well too: t-shirts with button downs, hoodies, jean jackets, or suit jackets.
- Avoid logos (we’re advertising you, not some clothing company
- If you feel comfortable with a little concealer and powder, that works well.
- If you are clean-shaven, please shave about an hour or two before the session. If you’d like to have stubble for half of the images and then shave, that’s fine too. Just let me know ahead of time to work it into the session.
- How you would wear your hair for an audition is usually the best for your headshot.
- If you would like to start regular and then go spiky, bring some gel and we’re good to go.
For Children - please read the appropriate section above as well.
The same rules apply in regard to hair, clothing and makeup. Also, I know that this is sometimes difficult to ask for but it’s really a plus if their clothes fit them properly. As moms, we’re used to purchasing shirts larger than we need but (especially for boys) the shirts don’t always look the best that way – collars and shoulders fit very specifically and to have them way to big just makes the body look shapeless.
For doctors, lawyers, real estate agents, authors, business people, you still want to follow the above advice regarding texture and color. However, you can have the subtle use of jewelry, prints, accessories within reason! The most important aspect is to think about how you want to appear to your clients - are you formal? casual? chic? preppy? whatever your style, it's all good - you just want it to be an honest concept of who you are.
Other Considerations for all Clients
Another great way to prep for your session would be to take a quick inventory of your face – and I mean this in the best possible way! Please check your eyebrows (men too!), nose hair, upper lip hair (men, women, even children) for good facial grooming.
Especially for boys who are just hitting the peach fuzz stage or girls that haven’t yet started to wax or bleach, the upper lip has proven to be a pretty common area for retouching and one that, at times, can be next to impossible to fix.
For all sessions and all clothing, please have them prepared by being cleaned and ironed – even new clothes might need to be pressed – this should be done prior to the session so that we don’t waste valuable time on laundry. Please bring them folded neatly or on hangers – the standard gym bag usually doesn’t help with resisting wrinkles.
Please wear jeans or khakis for pants and comfortable shoes and get a good night’s sleep before the session.
During the winter months, please bring clothes appropriate for going outside. Jackets, sweaters, etc. Unless the temperature is below 40, we will usually go out to shoot a couple of looks. Also, it is quite chilly in the studio sometimes!