5 things to avoid ahead of your headshot session

I take immense pride in creating London acting headshots that really speak to casting directors and assist my clients to land lucrative roles – as well as that my clients themselves just love! However, there are also certain things that you can do yourself – or not do, as the case may be – to help ensure that we take the best quality headshots together.

With this in mind, here are some of the things that I would advise you to avoid in the days and weeks leading up to your headshots session.

Bringing too many items of clothing

Bear in mind that we will only have a limited period of time together for shooting, so we won’t be able to work through an entire case of clothes.

I would instead suggest that you keep the clothing to a minimum, sticking to simple classics – preferably V-necks with long or mid-length sleeves. This will enable us to get the most out of the time we spend together, creating a focused number of impactful looks and headshots.

Spending too much time on your hair and makeup

I always encourage my clients to prepare to look their best ahead of their session with me. However, this doesn’t have to mean applying heavy makeup or spending hours carefully styling your hair.

Indeed, I would suggest that you keep your look as natural as you can, as there will be plenty of time to discuss and play with your hair and makeup in collaboration with me on the day.

Having too many drinks the night before

Unfortunately, if you have had a heavy night, the effects do tend to show the next day, and are likely to show in your headshots, too.

You need to bring a certain level of energy to your session if we are to create the best headshots together, and you can maximise your chances of this by ensuring you are not exhausted or hungover on the day.

Any lack of energy can easily show in your headshots – especially in your eyes – so I would suggest that you relax and get a good amount of sleep the night before your session.


A good level of preparation is important for your headshots session, but it’s also true that one can ‘over-prepare’.

Are you trying so hard to control every element that you’ve barely left any space for your photographer to work their magic? Bear in mind that you’ve hired a professional headshots photographer specifically so that you can benefit from their creativity, experience and expertise.

Anxiety about the end result

It’s very understandable that you may be nervous ahead of your headshots session – but don’t be! I love to meet new clients, and I’ve worked with the full range of them – from seasoned professionals who know exactly what they desire from their headshots, to those who may have never attended such a session before and who may be unsure about what they want.

Whatever your own situation, I will do everything possible to put you at ease and ensure we achieve fantastic results from your headshot session.

Are you interested in having London acting headshots created that say all of the right things to a casting director about your image, professionalism and capabilities? If so, contact me – Steve Lawton – now, and I can guide you through and advise you on my many competitively-priced packages.