Make sure to arrive 30 minutes early to your shoot start time, just to make sure you find parking, can get yourself all sorted, have a couple minutes to breath, enjoy a glass of Rosé or refreshments and do any last minute prepping.
This is something I often tell people who aren't used to having their photo taken, or who really don't like photos of themselves. I've found that sometimes people see that one shot and all they can then think about is "how bad their legs look at that angle." Don't do it to yourself! It’s just a bad angle most of the time, and no one will ever see the image. Plus, I would never send you a "bad photo" anyway, so unless you look at the back of the camera during a shoot, you'd never even know it ever existed. So don't do it! Don't look at the images during the shoot. Wait till the end, or wait until I have edited them and they're all done.
Hiring a professional hair and make up artist for your photoshoot is expensive, but so 100% worth it! It is their job to make you look and feel your best. They are trained in this! So why not spend that money if it will make your headshots look incredible?
Can't afford the extra splurge on a professional? No worries, just make sure you spend time knowing what looks best on you! In photoshoots, you do generally need to wear more make up than you think. So if you can, spend some time the day before practicing your look and take some selfies until you're happy with it :)
With clothes, it’s important that you pick an outfit that you love, but not one that makes you feel a bit self conscious. We've all been there, where we've put something on that we're told we look great in, but we can't help but feel a bit out of place. Pick something you love, your go to outfit! Another word on clothes: try and think about your brand. This is a photoshoot for your business after all, so think of your brand colors and style! If your branding is very luxurious deep reds and oranges, try to pick an outfit which goes well with your brand colors. If it's more minimal, try sticking to neutral colors. You get the idea, but your images should try to be on brand as much as possible!
Head to Facebook and look at your profile pictures. What is it that you like about those images? Which side of your face is showing? Do you have side you prefer? Take some time to analyze them and know your angles and what you like! You can then apply those during your shoot.
After your Facebook analysis, spend time in front of the mirror. Try to recreate those images. Look at yourself at those angles. Pay attention to how your face feels. Make note of those and then recreate them on your shoot!
Sometimes during a shoot we can go blank, and have no new ideas for poses. So I recommend spending some time on Pinterest and looking at how other people have posed during their shoots! Save your favorites and save them to your phone so that you can have them as reference when you feel stuck. Your photographer will be able to help you with poses, but it's always better if you also have an idea of how you'd like to look!
Here is a Pinterest board of poses I’ve put together to help get you started: https://www.pinterest.com/kellyrobynco/poses-for-photoshoots/
Put your trust in me. Let me guide you and tell you what to do. Just know that I will do my best to take incredible photos of you!
Take some time for you on the evening before your shoot! Have a long bath or shower, wash your hair, shave (if you're a lady), and just generally make yourself feel 100%. Do a face mask, make your skin feel super happy and moisturized. Eat a healthy meal that makes you feel super confident, and drink lots of peppermint tea (to help reduce any bloating - I swear by it), and then get an early night. The more you look after yourself the night before, the better you'll feel for the big day :) Make it a priority!