As headshot photographer James Keates points out, the most important thing to bring to your headshot session is a positive attitude. This may seem self-evident, but experience shows that it bears repeating.

You will get so much more out of your session if you can relax and enjoy the process. I’m great at putting people at ease and helping people relax, but it’s so much more enjoyable for both of us if we’re both “bring our A game” to the shoot.

Things that will help you arrive to your session ready to rock your A game include:

  1. Getting a good night’s sleep the night before
  2. Being able to articulate the vibe you want to convey with your headshots — I assume everyone wants to look confident and capable, but some clients are better served by looking very open and friendly, and some may be better served by looking like a badass.
  3. Having your wardrobe clean, pressed, and ready
  4. Scheduling your session for a day where you’re not already stressed out about a zillion different things.
  5. Allowing yourself to relax, trust me, and try some things that may feel awkward or weird. One of the mantras of headshot (and portrait) photography is “feels weird, looks great”.

For my part, I do everything I can to make sure I’m in tip-top shape to give you my full attention, energy and expertise on the day of your sesson.