Wardrobe For Acting/Auditioning Headshots

Solid colors always work best. The clothing should be simple and never take away from you.

Solid. Vibrant, middle tone, true colors... 'bold' colors work best for Commercial Headshots.

White & washed out colors will tend to wash you out. There are exceptions but in general stay with bold colors.

Dark colors, Black, Dark Brown. Navy Blue Long Sleeve shirts work best for Dramatic Headshots.

Textures are OK but no patterns. In other words, DO NOT wear stripes or any other patterns.

SOLIDS work the best.

You do not want the Casting Director's eye to go to your clothing before or instead of you.
Remember clients are looking for an actor not a shirt.

Please note that since commercial, film and corporate spokesperson headshots have made a shift to color you must pay attention to the color of your wardrobe.

For example, if you have blue eyes a blue shirt will bring out the color of your eyes, green eyes a green shirt, etc... (you do not need to wear brown if you have brown eyes) Colorful, vibrant colors, not pastel will get attention, especially for commercials.

Make sure that you bring long pants that go with the look.

As you can see by the images in this section I do 3/4 shots, closer shots and horizontal shots during my sessions.

For the 3/4 images your pants will probably show. A pair of Jeans and a pair of Dark pants will do the trick.

Note: Pants work better than dresses or skirts. Positioning is limited when you wear a dress or skirt.

Also skirts or dresses fan out so they can make your hips look wider.

If you are a character actor you should think of the type of character that you are looking to portray. Sinister characters should wear dark long sleeved shirts, leather jackets, dark suit with a dark shirt, etc... Casual characters wear middle tones. No costumes! The wardrobe should help the mood not create the character... you do that with your features & expression.

For a corporate/spokesperson headshot wear a solid color middle tone to dark business pantsuit.

If you are late 20's - 90's or over and look your age or older corporate/spokesperson can work for you.

Men: For Corperate bring a few dress shirts (white, light blue, yellow etc) and a few ties to choose from.

Women: Solid color middle tone or dark pantsuit and a few shells and/or shirts (light color)

Make sure that you iron your wardrobe and put them on hangers if needed. Do not crumple them up and throw them in a bag. Sleeveless (if you look good in sleeveless) and long sleeve work best for women. Long sleeve works best for men. Short sleeve usually cut the arm visually so I don't recommend it. That is not a good thing so I do not recommend short sleeve unless you are a body builder type and want to show pumped up arms. Bring more clothing choices than you need so we have plenty to choose from.

If you are doing your own M /U Bring your own make-up and hair styling products. If you use one of my M/U artists she will have what is needed. If you have a favorite color lipstick or other makeup and or makeup alergies bring your own and she will apply it.

Note: If you are a blonde, red head please make sure that your root area is done. If you come in with dark roots and want them lightened it is difficult and time consuming. Many photographers and retouch artists charge a fortune to lighten roots. It is almost impossible to lighten them and have it look totally, realistically natural. You will have to take the image as it is done.

Men - Shave right before appointment. Unless you want to go for a scruff look(which is a good look for many) in which case you should bring your own razor and shaving cream to shave part of the way through the session. If you sport a beard and want shots with it you should come with it and be prepared to shave to show both looks. No ear rings for men unless it is for a character shot. No uni-brows unless you are a character actor.

Women - Remove any unwanted facial hair from chin, eyebrows or upper lip that you do not want the camera to see. Earrings should be simple studs for women. Large earrings take away from you and should not be worn for acting headshots. Do Not wear dark, bold or bright color nail polish. Neutral or no nailpolish works best.

Children - Solid vibrant, middle tone/true colors only. No patterns, no logos. Short sleeve or long sleeve work best. Nothing bulky. Tee shirts, Polo shirts, Denim shirts with a Tee shirt under, Hoodies work the best. If your child (female) looks good in sleeveless you can bring that also. Long Jeans for pants always work.

Look at the examples on this site to get ideas of wardrobe. You can also look at my FaceBook site, in my albums for lots of other examples. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=867785112

Should you use a Make Up Artist?

If you are a woman looking over 16 years of age and this is your first time doing an actor's auditioning headshot session I strongly recommend that you use one of my make-up artists. My Make-up artists know what to do for the industry and my style of lighting. The make-up artist will keep an eye on you during the session to tone down shine, stray hair, etc... If you are a 'seasoned actor head shot vet' or a model making the transformation to acting/commercials and really know how to do your make up for the camera wanting to do your own make up let's talk about it before the session. In some cases I will agree that you do your own make-up. Most seasoned actors understand how important a make-up artist is to a session so you will probably want to use one of my make-up artists.

Please Please Please do not bring in an inexperienced make up artist or a make up artist that works at a make up counter. They usually do not have the experience to do the proper make up for the camera and professional lighting and may ruin our session. The makeup artists that I work with are experienced with headshot sessions, are fast and know my lighting. Do not go have your make up done somewhere before you come to the studio. If the make up doesn't work for the session and you can't change it you will waste your money on the session. A makeup artist needs to be at the studio so they can make changes. If you do use your own makeup artist make sure that he or she is on time.

Let me know in advance if there is anything special that I should know, for example if you are allergic to some brands of make up.

Women - If you are not hiring a makeup artist, you should come in with your natural shot makeup ready and be prepared to make whatever changes are needed.

If you are hiring a Make-Up Artist come with no make-up and your hair down the way you would normally wear it. The make-up artist does makeup and will help you with your hair. They are not there to do some foo foo hairstyle that you will never be able to recreate for a casting. You need to communicate to the make-up artist what you want done with your make up and hair during the session. We do not wash and set your hair. This is not a salon.

Men - I really do not recommend a Make-Up artist for men. All you will probably need is foundation and powder. If you can't handle that I will help you at no additional charge. The exception to that rule is if you have pale blonde or grey (disappearing) eyebrows and eyelashes.

Note: I repeat from above... If you are a blonde please make sure that your root area is done. If you come in with dark roots and want them lightened it is difficult and time consuming. Many photographers and retouch artists charge a fortune to lighten roots. It is almost impossible to lighten them and have it look realistically natural. If you have dark roots you will have to take the photo as it is done.

If you have any questions call the studio and ask... (305) 891-0550

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