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How Professional Hair and Makeup Impacts Your Headshots

As a headshot photographer and business owner, I know the importance of making a good first impression. I’m willing to bet you do too. But you may not realize that many of the photos that stand out or catch our attention are styled by professional hair and makeup artists. And the stylists I work with are great at creating customized looks for each person’s taste and preferences.

If you’re a business or team leader, when you’re ready to level up, you want to be seen in the best light. And that’s where the impact of professional hair and makeup styling can help you stand out.

If you’re planning a photoshoot, this post will help you decide if you want to explore pro styling for your session. 

In this post, I’ll cover: 

  • My approach to professional styling (spoiler alert – it’s authenticity!)
  • How my stylists customize hair and makeup for each client.
  • The impact professional styling adds, with photo examples.

With that in mind, let’s dive in!

My Approach to Professional Hair and Makeup Styling

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not much of a makeup wearer. And I’m not always eager to have pro hair and makeup done. But as I’ve worked with my stylists and seen the results first-hand, I’ve realized it’s a great tool for professional headshots.

Did you catch what I said there? Professional styling is a tool. 

I like to think of makeup as an enhancer, not an eraser. When applied properly, it enhances your natural beauty and creates a polished look. I don’t want you to like your photos because you have your hair and makeup done. I want you to like your photos because they show you in the best light. 

Authenticity is a cornerstone of my business, so my goal is always to make your photos look like you. I always come back to the idea that we’re “polishing” you up.

While the image you share to promote your business might not look like the version of you running errands, you can rest assured that it will still look like YOU! The heart of my approach is transparency and authenticity. That’s why my end goal is to create polished photos that you’re proud to share online. 

Next up, customization!

Beautiful in her natural look. Beautiful with professional styling. But man, there’s no denying her 
confidence skyrocketed with pro hair and makeup. She still looks like herself, which is always the goal!

How Our Stylists Customize Hair and Makeup Looks

I work with several licensed professionals in the Sherwood, Oregon, area who are amazing at their craft. So, whether you prefer a natural or light glam look, our stylists partner with you to find the perfect balance. 

We offer more than just professional hair and makeup for women. We also offer men’s grooming services for an elevated look.

I get to know your personality and styling preferences in the planning phase. We discuss how you usually style your hair, the level of makeup you typically wear, and how we can elevate your natural beauty in a way that feels comfortable. 

From here, our stylists customize your look in these areas:

  • Personal style: Everything begins with your style and preferences. Your stylist will ask about your comfort levels with makeup application and hairstyle and tailor accordingly. They ask for feedback as they move along to make sure you’re satisfied and feel confident about your look. 
  • Skin tone. Our stylists are well-versed and trained in color theory to help determine the right makeup shades to complement your skin tone.
  • Face Shape. They analyze your face shapes and plan the best ways to highlight your cheekbones, jawlines, and other features you love.
  • Eye color and shape. While I’m not an expert in this area, my stylists know how to use different colors and makeup techniques to make your eyes bright and pop!

Our goal is to create a look for you that’s authentic, polished, and leveled up.

Here’s an example of a Portland-area musician’s everyday look without any makeup. With our professional styling, she still looks like herself, but it’s given her a polished and leveled-up look to use for marketing materials and a press kit.

The Impact of Adding Professional Styling to Your Photoshoot

Adding professional styling to your photoshoot can significantly impact the end results. Not only does it give you a polished look, but it also boosts your confidence in front of the camera. I’ve listed a few more perks of professional styling.

Boost Your Confidence and Conceal Flaws

I don’t like to use the word “flaws,” but we all have parts we don’t necessarily want to highlight. Professional makeup can help conceal those areas of concern so you feel even more confident during your photoshoot.

Everyday Makeup vs. Camera Ready Makeup

Even if you’re a pro at your daily makeup routine, it might not translate well for the camera. Our professional stylists are trained to create a clean, natural look that looks great on camera. The best part? You don’t have to worry about a thing! Just sit back, relax, and let our stylists handle the rest.

Easy for You!

On the day of your photoshoot, we want you to feel relaxed and at ease. That’s why we only ask that you come in with clean, dry hair and a clean, moisturized face. Our team of stylists will handle the rest. 

rachel hadiashar photographer behind the scenes of one of her shoots with a makeup artist

Is Pro Styling Something You’re Interested In?

Part of what I do as a headshot and branding photographer is to customize every aspect of a photoshoot. That includes the collaboration of professional hair and makeup styling if you choose to add the service to your session. 

Even if you’re not an everyday makeup wearer, it’s worth considering adding styling to your session. The ease of the experience and the impact in the final images is worth it!

If you’re ready to make a more impactful presence online, send me a message here. I’ll be in touch to collaborate on creating your customized photoshoot!

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About Rachel Hadiashar

Rachel Hadiashar has been photographing spirited professionals and creatives for more than 15 years. She excels at finding the unique brilliance in each individual and helping them embrace their power by co-creating bespoke visual branding and extraordinary images.
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