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HEADSHOT TIPS for MEN
First things first.
PLEASE don't get SUNBURNT before your shoot.
 
High-risk activities include gardening and sailing.
And no serious partying for FOUR days beforehand.

 
If, like most white men (such as me) you have a red nose and cheeks, a white forehead (from hat) and white under your eyes (from sunnies) plus dark rings on the white part... I would respectfully recommend make up.
 
When you work on a film, you will notice the make up department is quite big. That's because make up is just a part of the process. If you look at the sample photos down the left side of the page, all the actors (with the exception of the 14 yr old boy) are wearing make up.
Clothing

 
You shouldn't stress about the clothes.
Just wear what you would normally wear
and bring me some OPTIONS please!
 
A headshot is about your head.
Not your clothes.
 
That does not mean that you shouldn't bring clothes. They are very important. Just bring shirts that whisper. Not shirts that scream. Clothes should make you look good, but not draw attention to themselves.
 
There are 2 different types of clothes you need to bring...
  • normal headshot clothes
  • special clothes for "character shots" or "loser shots"
The tips below apply for normal headshot clothes. For character shots take these tips with a pinch of salt...
Affluence... You want to look successful. You do not want to look like you are on the bones of your arse. Remember "the client?" All that money? You gotta have money to make money. No crappy old t-shirts. T-shirts in general look a bit low rent. (I mostly wear t-shirts, but I am BEHIND the camera.) No contrasty stripes. No logos. NO WHITE. No buttons that are a different colour to the shirt.
Wear a nice collared shirt. It does not need to be new. NOT a straight office-y one. A mid-tone or darkish one.
In Black and White photos, RED comes out as dark grey. Green is mid grey. Light blue is pure white.
 
For colour shots you want people to look at your face, not your shirt. Wear grey, blueish grey or muted, unsaturated colours...
 
What is an unsaturated colour???
Grey. Greyish.
EXCEPTIONS
 

 
Please understand that I hate formulas, and these rules are made to be broken. But if you want rules to break, that's them!
Of course if we are doing extra character shots, a " loser shot", or anything different, those rules are out the window. If you are young, rebellious, zany, or any one of a million adjectives, surprise me.
If we might shoot a character, bring clothes for that character. For example, if you play a westie, bring a flanny and a singlet. If you play a clown... you get the idea.
If you think twice... bring it.
 
What to bring
  • Eight to fifteen shirts (including t-shirts)
  • Hair product if you want to
  • Make up if you want to
  • Shaver if applicable - see Grooming below

What not to bring
  • Shoes (not seen in photos)
  • Pants (not seen in photos)
  • Belts (not seen in photos)
  • Heavy coats
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Hair Dryer (we have one)
  • Iron (we have one)
  • Hair Straightener (we have one)
Hair
 
Normal and neat.
Don't try anything new. In fact it is a bit risky having a haircut anywhere near your headshot day. We know how these things can backfire!
Actually I do have one hairdresser I recommend. He is extremely quick and
does an excellent job.
 
 
 
Levali Hair Studio
Shop 29
Edgecliff Centre
 
Phone 7901 6499
 
Click to see Levali website
 
It takes 20-30 minutes for your haircut and 2 minutes to walk across the road to my studio.
Don't wear too much hair product. Wear less than usual, bring the product and ask me if you should use more.
 
Make-Up
 
Men's make up can be tricky.
Make up is labour intensive.
You look better with make up, if it is done right.
Don't go lighter. Go darker. Darken your forehead as if you had a suntan up there.
Don't have a white neck and a dark face.
Options...
  • You can wear none.
  • You can wear powder. We have powder here.
  • You can do your own before you get here.
  • We can do it for fifty bucks (mens price) Let us know beforehand if possible
Girls should not read that.. it does not apply to girls!
 
 
Grooming
 
A lot of agents now are requesting that more masculine guys wear a bit of facial hair. Like a 3 day growth. Apparently in a recession women prefer butch blokes who can look after them. I like facial hair, it makes a darker area at the bottom of the face, making the eyes appear lighter, and attracting the viewer's eyes to your eyes. That's good. If you want to get shots done with a growth and shaven, that's do-able, but it slows down the proceedings somewhat and can not be rushed. Do NOT rush it - you will get a red rash. Soap up your beard and let it soak. It's not really such a hassle, but long experience has taught me that I should charge $10 for the extra time. Ask your agent if it's worth it.
Masculinity does not extend as far as Nose hair and ear fuzz. These should be trimmed.
 

 

 
Food and drink
 
Eat a healthy proper meal an hour or two before you come. Don't let your blood sugar drop too low by being hungry. Don't let it spike too high by eating junk food crap, fat or sugar.
Don't drink too much coffee. It makes you feel vaguely awful. Have just enough to keep withdrawal headaches away.
 
Fun
 
Your shoot is going to be fun. The photos will be awesome and you will be delighted. There is no need to be nervous.
 
FUN!

 
And... PLEASE include your MOBILE NUMBER when making a booking