What percentage of men usually hire make up artists for a headshot session?
When hiring a make up artist, check her work online if possible. You don’t want to look like a clown, the make up must be very subtle, clean, and natural looking for the best headshots possible.
What tips can the make up artist give me on the phone so I can look my best but still save some money?
It's best to get the friendly shots done first while the client is in a good mood, and then go into the more serious shots afterward. If the client arrives in a bad mood, do it the opposite way.
It's best if clients come in a good mood for a headshot session. If they’re feeling happy, then their smiles will be genuine and they’ll get great shots.Learn a few good jokes but avoid religious and political ones. Keep the direction in the positive… don’t say anything negative so you avoid a downward spiral. try to never be offended by the client.
Forced smiles are fake looking and won’t work.
Direct clients on how to get a certain look.
Nod as if you’re acknowledging what someone is saying and you’re agreeing with him. Breathing out through the nose and making a slight noise will give a genuine smile. When you hear me do the little noise, then you do it.
When keeping the mouth closed, have the client keep the lips loose, not pressed together which causes mouth tension.
Relaxing in front of the camera as quickly as possible will get you the most genuine smiles.
Having the client close his eyes, counting to three and having him open them, helps the client to relax more so there will be less mouth tension.
Don't be worried if a smile is too big, just have the client relax it down slowly and take several shots in between to capture those moments.
Tell clients when they are forcing a smile it looks fake.