from the photographer

Hair and Skin

• Get your hair cut/colored/styled if you’re due

• Bring a brush, gel/hairspray/dry shampoo

• Don’t do any extreme beauty regimens right before your shoot, like facial peels, tanning or extensive exfoliating.

• Remove any unwanted hair a few days before your shoot. Clean up brows and upper lip hair.

• FOR MEN: Shave right before you leave for your shoot. A 5 o clock shadow can’t be Photoshopped easily. Use cooling gel or aftershave to help with skin irritation. I have had men come with a groomed face (with facial hair) and shave halfway through at the studio, if you would like the two options. Your headshot session includes a makeup artist - yes, makeup on dudes! She will even out your skin tone which makes my editing process faster and easier. And, we usually keep you giggling throughout, which means you’ll have a sincere smile. ;)


• Bring layers!

  • Headshot clients: leather jackets, blazers, and tweed are great options.

  • Boudoir: leather jackets, a simple tank, robes, flowy nightgowns/dresses, sheer tops, anything with lace… maybe even a simple white sheet! Simple is usually best.

• Neutral colors are best, with a pop of color (normally jewel-tone)

• Iron/steam and lint roll your clothing

• Email Amy photos of your outfit options so she can give you advice

• Headshot clients: 3/4 body poses include to the top of your thigh and sometimes even to the knee, so yes, bring pants! Shoes are not important, and we both usually end up without them.

• Bring jewelry options

Other Quick Tips

• Get a good night’s sleep

• Drink water!

• Paint your nails or get a manicure

• Always tell Amy if you need a bathroom, snack, or water break during your session


• During the photo session, Amy’s direction will probably feel silly. She knows the best posing and how to shape your face. Trust her and laugh it off.

• Try this in front of the mirror: bring your chin forward and tilt your head down. If you feel like a turtle, you’re probably doing it right! 99% of the time you’ll hear this direction in your session.

• Relax! Photo sessions should be fun and easy. Don’t be afraid to let your guard down.

from the makeup artist

1. Face prep - Arrive with a CLEAN face, with no products. The stylist has everything to prep your skin. 

2. A week prior - Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate = Happy skin!

3. Hair - should be CLEAN and DRY. The stylist does not carry a blow dryer to shoots, and only provides dry-style hair (i.e. irons and pinning). The cleaner the hair, the better. Clean hair is lighter, holds a curl/style much better. Avoid heavy and flat hair!

- If you have very specific styling preferences with your hair, contact the makeup artist directly to discuss.

4. Allergies/Sensitivies - inform your artist and photographer of any allergies you may have to products/scents/latex/adhesive prior to your session. We want to know in advance to ensure we have all the appropriate tools to best serve you.

5. If you have any open sores/infections/pink eye please note, we will need to cancel/postpone the session. Open sores (cold sores/open cuts, etc) are a hazard and can contaminate the stylist’s kit and spread infections to other clients.

6. Hair Styling is a collaboration; the more comfortable and communicative you are, the better we can serve you! We are all picky when it comes to our hair, so you can bring in a photo of when you loved your hair styling, or inspiration, and do not be afraid to speak your mind while being styled.

7. If you have a specific product you like to use (lipstick or mascara), please bring them.

8. Pack a top that is button-down or zip-up to avoid taking clothing off over your head after your makeup application.