Getting Ready For Your Professional  Headshot Session

I want to thank you so much for your scheduling your headshot session with Lisa Fleet Photography and for entrusting me as your photographer.  I'd like to take the time to provide a detailed account of how to prepare for your upcoming session below.

 I will coach and direct you so that we get the best images of you possible. 

After your session I will review the images and have them available for you to view and order within 5 business days. 

I look forward to working with you and invite you to email or call with any additional questions.


5 Tips To Help You Prepare For Your Session

Dubbed "the new handshake" professional headshots are now the first introduction to you, your business and your personal brand. Shouldn't that intro be the best it can be?



It's important that your look matches the image you're trying to convey. What you wear on a daily basis is a great place to start. Solid colors are always a good choice, as are tops with strong collars and necklines. Aim for clothes that complement your skin tones. Make sure to have your clothing cleaned and hung to avoid wrinkles. Also be sure to try your outfit on prior to your session to insure everything fits the way you want.  Before your shoot find outfits that are in line with your brand personality and colors. Outfits you feel comfortable and great in and the right accessories and whatever else you need.


skin, nails & hair

If you can, drink plenty of water in the week prior to your headshot session as this will keep your skin plump, smooth and clear. Try to eat healthy foods, as fried and salty foods cause bloating and water retention.  Also avoid sun exposure, which can make you look tired and leave your skin irritated. Get plenty of sleep to avoid dark circles under your eyes!


Your hands may end up in some of our shots, so get a manicure for your nails. Choose a neutral, skin tone polish, or a clear coat, so as not to distract from your face. 

Choose a haircut and hairstyle a few days in advance as freshly cut hair can look strange on camera.  Understanding that you should look like your headshot, choose a hairstyle that you can easily recreate for your events or videos.  



When scheduling your headshot session also let this be a day that you can de-stress and get a good night sleep the night before. We all wear our stress and our sleep deprivation, and like ill-fitting clothing, they have no business making an appearance in a headshot session. As the photographer, there are a lot of things I have control over during our session, but if you come in tired and tense you’re at a severe disadvantage. It is a proven fact that hydrating can not only provide you with cleaner skin, but also can help rejuvenate you.  Both are essential in making great images in the future.


know what you need

Have an idea of what your new headshot’s intended purpose will be.  While you certainly can use this headshot for a number of different uses knowing what it’s main goal will help to get that shot.  Our default for headshot is a horizontal white background



Here are a few things to think of for the day of your session. Don't stress out about it because I will be there to remind you and direct you.

  1. Rehearse your facial expressions.

  2. Communicate with your eyes. 

  3. Relax and breathe. 

  4. Pay attention to posture. 

  5. Practice chin awareness. 

  6. Relax your hands and arms. 

  7. Practice hand placement.