1. Mid-tones: Avoid plain black or white colors because they
may cause lighting trouble. This may result in contrast problems
with finished prints, although a professional photographer
should be able to work with these extremities of contrast.
Try to wear colors closer to your skin tone. This will help
accentuate your natural features.
2. Neckline: Is your neck short or long? A V-neck lengthens
the neck; a round neckline shortens it. A collar frames the
face well, without decreasing the length of your neck. A collared
shirt with a V-neck or a few buttons undone is most popular.
Turtlenecks completely hide the neck, which is very unflattering
and should be avoided.
3. Subdued/No Patterns: Avoid bold colors and crazy patterns
(i.e., like Mr. T's chain, a huge Charlie Brown stripe). They
will present a distraction.
4. Glasses: If you wear glasses, go with frames only, no lenses;
lenses can cause a glare or reflect the flash, ruining a perfectly
5. Personal: Wear something that makes you feel great and
6. No Jeans: Jeans are a bit too casual. Try something more
formal. Remember--you want to look extraordinary and have
something to offer that the rest do not have.
7. No Leather: Screams NYPD Blue. It limits your potential
8. No Jean Jackets: The eighties are over. Throw it away.
9. No Logos: Okay. Listen carefully: NO WRITING ON YOUR SHIRT.
That goes for auditions as well.
10. Limited Jewelry: Avoid distracting accessories, such as
large, shiny jewelry. If you have a pierced ear, wear studs
or small hoops. No matter how much you love your gold necklace,
remember it will take the focus away from your face.
Makeup! Look your best.
1. Base: Use a good quality
base that covers your skin without caking. You want your
natural skin tones to show.
2. Skin Features: Do not hide your skin's personality! Flaunt
your freckles. They are part of what makes you unique. Unusual
features make others sit up and take notice. Of course,
if on the day of the shoot you are sporting a monstrous
zit, use some make-up. But generally, unique attractive
features are an asset. Who would ever want to say good-bye
to Harrison Ford's chin scar?
3. B/W Photo: Remember, you're doing this for Black and
White film, not color; darker colors will appear as shadows,
lighter colors as highlights.
4. Eyeliner: Soft, applied sparingly with a brush, using
very little on the lower lid.
5. Straight Hair: You want to frame your face, so if your
hair is very straight and long, give it some body to accentuate
6.For Men Only: A light coat of powder will help even out
your skin tones.
Otherwise, use make-up very sparingly.
7. Pimples, Etc: Life is full of little imperfections. Use
makeup to even it out.
If it still shows, don't panic. You will be amazed what
retouching can do to a photo.
8. Dark Beards: Dark beards usually are accentuated in photos,
so some men
may want to use a little cream base to slightly lighten
9. Hairpiece: Great! You've got two looks. Definitely do
a shot with and without it.
10. Haircut: Don't cut your hair the day before your shoot!
It will look like you just got a haircut. Give your hair
at least a week after a cut to relax.Set the Atmosphere.
Here are five ways of enhancing the senses
so that your photo will flatter you:
1. Sound: Provide music that makes you happy, relaxes you,
you feel more at home.
2. Sight: Bring several changes of clothes, and do not be
afraid to use them.
3. Taste: Eat well. Stay energized. Bring something to drink
are shooting (and I don't mean beer).
4. Smell: Scents tap right into the animal part of your
brain. They can help get you in the right mood. If you have
a perfume/cologne that makes you feel like a million bucks,
or a scented candle that puts your mind at ease, by all
means bring it.
5. Touch: Ask the photographer if you can bring a close
friend who helps you relax and feel at ease with yourself.