Tips

One Minute Tip #5: Dealing with Glasses

People who wear glasses are faced with the decision of, "should I wear my glasses for my head shot or portrait session?" As a Tampa, FL based photographer, I admit, it can be a challenge to photograph clients with glasses. The primary issue is the reflection or glare glasses produce when the light hits them. It's helpful if you buy corrective lenses with anti-glare. Another option is to have a pair of frames with no lenses. I wouldn't buy a pair of frames, instead, ask your optometrist to borrow a pair for the day. 

It took some study and practice, but I learned how to completely avoid the reflection or glare that lenses produce. With that being said, if people recognize you with your glasses then my suggestion is to wear them for your head shot or portrait session. Plus, you want to look authentic in your head shot and if family, friends, and business associates are used to seeing you with glasses on, you should wear them.

One Minute Tip #4: Hair Cut

For the ladies, If you plan on cutting your hair before you photo shoot or portrait session, I suggest you do so 1-2 weeks in advance. The reason being, if something goes wrong, you have time to correct it, especially if it's a whole new look. For guys, a few days in advance is fine, but the same rule applies if you're going for a new look. 

Ladies, bring your favorite hair accessories, for different looks. If you're shooting outside, you'll be glad you brought them. 

One Minute Tip #3: Hire a Makeup Artist

Hiring a makeup artist (MUA) is a critical part of your portrait session. Makeup for photography is entirely different from everyday use. Because of the powerful lights, you need more makeup for photography and just adding more won't work. A MUA will have the right products to do the job. No one can do their own makeup as well as a professional makeup artist, if you want to look your best. It's also an opportunity  to learn a few tricks of the trade. Every time a client has hired a makeup artist, they always tell me about something they learned. As a Tampa based photographer, MUA make my job easier as I spend less time retouching.

If you have never worked with a makeup artist, I highly suggest that you hire one for your next photo shoot or portrait session. It will take your images to the next level.