Thanks so much for booking a Guildford or Godalming headshot session with Hester Barnes Photography & Film. As a leading Surrey Brand Photographer I promised you are in safe hands. You might be feeling a little excited or nervous about your shoot so this guide will give you all the information you need to get the most out of our time together.
Commercial Guildford – Outside Harbour Hotel
The areas surrounding the hotel have a number of great back drops for your photographs. Most are grey or dark blue so having a pop of colour in your outfit really helps you stand out from the background. There is a possibility to try some walking shots so make sure your shoes are ready to be photographed too!
- Dark tiles
- Blue / grey walls
- Dark pillars and walk ways
Guildford Cobbles & Old Town
The area towards the bottom of Guildford High Street is perfect for photos. There are a number of different options – many of these are dependant on traffic and the light. Think white buildings, brick walls, wrought iron gate and doorways.
Guildford Bridges & Urban Riverside
This is my secret weapon! I love the riverside area. There is something about standing under a grungy old bridge that does amazing things to the light.
This shoot is about edgey light, concrete steps, black wooden backdrops and brickwork. The background is quite dark so lighter, brighter colours work well or embrace it with earth colours and a leather jackets.
What to wear?
Oh this is the hardest bit. If you get this right everything else fall into place! Here are my top tips:
The single most important thing is to wear something that you love – an outfit that makes you feel fabulous and also fits your image. Think about your brand, corporate image and what your ideal client would wear. If you never wear animal print today is not the day to try it out! Go with a style that suits you – think about the last time you wore something and a friend said you looked great. Go for that outfit. This will make you feel great in front of the camera.
If you already have some photographs that you use for your social channels make sure that you wear an outfit or colours that pulls these images together. For example if you work a pink dress in some other photos make sure you have a touch of pink in these pictures. It could be a pink belt or a pair of statement earrings. It doesn’t have to be the same dress.
Try your outfit on before hand. Cut off the hanger tags at the shoulders. Take a few selfies and send them to a friend. Ask if your outfit looks good. Chop and change jackets and accessories to make sure you have the right combination for the look you are after.
Go for colours that really suit you. Bold colours next to your face can cause a colour cast. Do the ‘buttercup’ test. Hold the item under your chin and see if you ‘like butter’. Bright yellow, neons, bright pinks and reds can transfer onto your jaw line and under your nose so if these show up pick a more gentle colour to go next to your face. Or make sure you have a v neck to keep the bold colour from creeping upwards!
Go for an outfit that fits well. If something is a little snug in pictures it will show. A shirt button pulling, a lumpy waist or parting fly can spoil an otherwise flawless photo. Make sure everything is washed and ironed rather than having those brand new folded creases running down the front of your shirt. And I won’t just photograph your top half – make sure your trousers or skirt goes this the top.
Great underwear is your friend. If your top is slightly see through make sure you have another top or vest underneath. If the v neck of your dress is a little too revealing for you make sure you have a top underneath.
Change up your outfit halfway through the shoot by adding a jacket, tie or cardigan.
Flattering necklines and waist lines make all the difference. You may think that baggy jumpers, polo necks, turtle necks and scarves hide a multitude of sins however they normally just draw attention to the area you are trying to hide. Polo necks and scarves can also give the impression that your head is floating. If you are self conscious about your figure use layers to shape and mould your body.
There will be number of shots where your whole body will be in the photograph. Tucked in tops lengthen the legs, nip in the waist and not forgetting the right shoes to complete your look.
Here are some ideas for outfits that I think look great……
Hair and makeup
Your hands are likely to be in the pictures so neat nails and moisturised hands help the aesthetic of the shoot. Make up is such an individual thing. Many people don’t wear much make up on a day to day basis however the camera doesn’t see makeup like the human eye. A flawless finish, with defined eyes and gentle lipstick can add that edge to your photos. If you wear the same amount of makeup you would on a night out that is about right.
Gents – if you are clean shaven make sure you allow ample time before the shoot for your skin to settle down. Make sure any wispy bits are tamed and flaky skin moisturised.
The shoot is quick and fast paced. There isn’t much time to introduce many props. Earrings, jewellery and bracelets can help add colour to your images. Bring a jacket to change into half way through for some different images.
How to pose
If you are comfortable in front of my camera you will get more images in your gallery than you will know what to do with. I will do my very best to help you relax. You can help me before hand by taking some selfies on your phone. Try standing in front of a full length mirror and have a really good look at how you are standing and how your weight is distributed. Now imagine you are doing yoga or pilates. Stand up really tall. Turn slightly away from the mirror and jut your chin out a little. Move your hands about too. Pop them in your pockets. On your hips. Hanging by your side. Gently crossed across you.
I am going to help you with this on the day but a little practice before hand can work wonders.
On the day
You will have received an email with a confirmation of your start time and meeting point. Please be early if you can. There is nothing worse than running late for a shoot and feeling a little flustered. I do have a period of time built in between session should there be a genuine problem or we run over. Please phone me if this is the case.
- Jewellery / cufflinks
- Remove phones, wallets, keys from pockets
- Leave fitbits & chunky running watches at home
- Jacket or cardigan to change into half way through
- Small umbrella to use between shoot locations if raining
- Small bag to keep all your stuff in whilst shooting
- Change for car park
- Confirm start time and location for shoot
- Hester’s number in phone
If you have any questions please send me an email. I can’t wait to meet you.