While very few people seem to be camera shy these days with the advent of the camera phone,
having professional photographs taken are a completely different kettle of fish. The technical
aspect of professional photography are harder than snapping a selfie in front of your bathroom
mirror. I had the thrilling opportunity to pose for famed celebrity photographer J. Horton in
Hollywood for my website launch. J. Horton’s resume is long and his client list even longer.
Out of respect I won’t divulge his client list. BUT I will say I don’t know many people who have
been invited to shoot “Lady O”, in her home for the cover of her magazine!
If you are thinking about having head shots or general pictures taken here are a few keep thing to
keep in mind to guarantee the best pictures ever.
Rehearse: Take a good look at yourself in the mirror at home. Practice your smile (s). Try
different looks and positions of your head and angles. This may sound silly, but photographers
want to capture different angles. You never know what will read best on the other side of the
Hydrate: Bring a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated throughout the shoot. The lights are
hot and your energy can easily be drained. Also pack a pocket sized container of Vaseoline. This
is an old model’s trick. Rub the Vaseoline on the insides of your lips. It will help to keep your
mouth lubricated and keep your lips from sticking to your teeth in the open air after smiling for
Wardrobe: Bring at least three changes of clothing. Bring different looks to give yourself
options. Not all colors read well on camera as we might think, especially in the bright lights.
Remembering these few tips with ensure a happy and successful photo shoot! Say Cheese!