Why do I offer hair and makeup services with portrait photo sessions?

Because I have thought seriously about the seamless experience I want to give everyone who comes in to have their photos taken. And I know that removing one more thing that you have to think about and plan for will make your experience better.

woman getting her hair and make up touched up during her headshot session

Mid-shoot hair and makeup touch-ups are sometimes essential

Scheduling challenges and conflicts

The really great makeup artists and stylists are always in demand, and so are usually already booked out weeks or months ahead. If you have never had to hire a professional makeup artist before, you may not even have any contacts. This means you’d have to start the not-so-fun task of finding and vetting a stylist or makeup artist.

Offering this service to you, means skipping the headache of finding someone who is available at the same time as your photoshoot. It also means you that if you trust me to photograph you, you can trust my makeup artist to do a good job of getting you ready.

Do I have to get my hair and makeup done?

Absolutely not. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to.

Many people are particular about who touches their hair or who does their makeup. I get it. It’s your body and your image, and you are allowed to be protective of it. After our consultation, if you don’t feel like my makeup artist can deliver on what you want, it is okay to skip this part of the service.

But what if I don’t like wearing makeup?

Some people do not like putting on makeup or hardly ever do. I’m one of those people.

I don’t like the feeling of the “makeup stuff” on my face. I want to rub my eyes in peace without worrying about smudging my eye makeup. Oh and don’t get me started on how I stain every single thing I touch because I forgot to not touch my face.

But you know what, every time I had to go to the DMV to update my driver’s license (6 times in the last 5 years), I put on some makeup.
It wasn’t anything intense or exciting, but I wanted to look my best. I didn’t want my acne scars to be the first thing my eyes were drawn to every time I looked at my license.
It’s a photo that I’m going to be stuck with for a long time. I’ll have to look at it every time I open my wallet, or try to buy alcohol. I wanted to feel good about it. So I put on a little concealer, some finishing powder, and some lip gloss.
Doesn’t mean the pictures were always nice hahah, but at least I tried, and that’s what mattered to me at the time.

The camera sees things a little differently than the human eye

The goal with styling and makeup is never to change how you look. It is to help the camera create a true to life 2D representation of everything about you that the human eye perceives in 3D.

We want to highlight your best features and bring back what might get lost in translation from 3D to 2D.

This service is available to you if want it, but you don’t have to have it. Your photoshoot is about you and what you are most comfortable with, and that’s why the discussion we have before we book your photoshoot is the most important step in this entire process.