Soooo, it's the day of your headshot session. You're wondering what to expect, how to prepare and perhaps you're stressing just a wee bit. I get that. We, as actors, put a lot of pressure on this day. It's make or break right? You only have so much money to spend and you've sunken it all into today. These pics are going to dictate whether or not you work for the next year!!!!! You've woken up with a zit!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!!
Woah, woah, woah nelly! I know, I know. It's overwhelming. I completely get where you're coming from, I'm not saying that all of this isn't true. However, putting all that pressure on yourself, and me, isn't going to help! Take a deep breath and have faith in yourself and your photog!
You've done the prep work. You're ready. All you need to do now is show up and have fun!
You might be asking yourself, "Prep work? What prep work?" Hopefully, you've done most of the following:
IF YOU'VE DONE MOST OR ALL OF THE ABOVE, YOU REALLY ARE READY!!
Now that you’re ready, here’s what your session will be like.
You'll meet me at the predetermined address. I'll be the one with the green backpack, looking around and checking my phone ;). You'll say, "Are you Holly?" to which I'll say, "I am! You must be _______!"
At this point, we'll chat for a min to discuss what you've brought and which looks you'd like to achieve. I'll give you a debriefing as to how I like to shoot. Ie, there is no right or wrong. My style is extremely casual. We'll continue to chat the whole time and hopefully you won't even know we took pictures. Sounds painless right? It is!
After the opening chit chat, we'll walk to our first location. I'll decide where that will be once I know what your first look is. I shoot in a downtown setting where I can access a variety of locations within a few block radius. Don't worry, we won't be walking miles.
Wow, we totally nailed the first look! Great job. Okay now on to the next look. Perhaps we'll head back to your car if you need to grab a sweater or jacket or brush, you get the idea. Because you've planned your looks so well, this part is easy and doesn't take up too much time.
We basically carry on like that for the next couple of hours. I will probably tell you to relax your shoulders and lower your chin about eighty times (don't take it personally, I say it to everyone!!!). You'll probably tell me you hate the way you look in pictures (you are not alone). I'll tell you you're killing it (because you will be, because you're prepared, and I'm awesome! Ha!).
It's gonna be a great day. You will be nervous. Just know, I have your back. I care about your career.
We will have fun!!!