Preparing For Your Headshot


Thank you for choosing Len Grinke Photography to create your headshot. Our goal is to capture a portrait in an artistic and flattering way. However, this cannot be accomplished without your help. There are a few simple things that you can do that will go a long way to insure great results from your photography session.

Please take a few minutes to review these quick tips to getting a great portrait.

Len Grinke, MPA

Stay Hydrated

Be sure to drink lots of water for at least a day before your portrait session and on the day of your portrait session. This will allow your skin to look its best.

Makeup and Hair

Makeup and hair should be the way you normally wear it. If you are planning any major hair changes, have it styled about two weeks before the photography session. This will give it a chance to grow out a little. If you would like a makeup artist, Len Grinke Photography can make some recommendations.

Diet and fitness

Have Fun

Your portrait session should be a relaxed and fun event. You are the star! Let us treat you like one.

Additional Makeup Tips

  • Avoid spray tans
  • If waxing, at least two days before your portrait session
  • No new products within three days of your portrait session
  • Go matt, not gloss, glitter, etc.
  • Apply makeup in a good light
  • Have someone other than you select your foundation color. A trip to the cosmetics counter can be very helpful here.

Key Points To Remember

  • Simplicity is best
  • Solid colours are best. Avoid large or bold patterns and bright colours. They draw attention away from the face.
  • Reserve red and orange clothing for accents. These colours are very bold and will draw attention away from the face. These colours are also predominant in skin tones. Using large amounts of them in clothing can cause the skin to not look right in the portrait.
  • Long sleeve dresses and shirts are recommended. They draw attention away from the arms and focus on the face. 
  • Coordinate your attire from head to toe. Since some of the images may show you in full length, it is wise to select appropriate shoes and socks as well.
  • Mid and darker toned clothing works well for most portraits. 
  • For group shots, get everyone to dress in a similar style of clothing. For example, do not mix casual and formal attire.
  • Keep the tonal range of the clothing within the group the same. Do not mix light and dark values. Save patterns for accents like scarves and neckties.
  • To assure a successful portrait, it is best to bring along some additional clothing choices.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water the day before and the day of your portrait session will help to insure that your skin is looking its best.


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