The key to a great session is to come prepared, both mentally and physically! I recommend you bring a selection of necklines, from collars with ties, to T-shirts, to V-necks, in a variety of colours. Think about the roles you want to get when picking out clothes. If you want to show that you look great in period drama, bring a neckline that subtly suggests it. It also helps to bring something you know you look good in, right down to the shoes. Feeling confident in an outfit goes a long way to finding that killer shot.
Make-up and Hair:
Make-up wise, bring a selection, but arrive with a bare face, so we can add more as the session goes on. If you can change the style of your hair with pins, hair bands and products then bring those too, it is good to have access to different looks. Bear in mind that haircuts can take a week to settle.
If you have facial hair then we can start with the maximum, and shave it as the session goes on - but bear in mind your skin might be sensitive after shaving.
An actor friend of mine once asked me to criticise her head shot: "Does it say I can play Mother/Daughter/Lawyer/Doctor/
Policewoman/Criminal?". I was stunned to notice that each archetype could be applied to the shot, as she had thought about how to wear her hair, and the sort of projects she wanted to work on. This kind of specific thinking is great for me, as it helps me to understand who you are, and how best to represent you in our limited time together.
The Night Before:
A good night's sleep works wonders, so if you can, get an early night. Of course, our skin doesn't always follow the rules so if you wake up with a break-out, don't panic, subtle use of photoshop.