Anthony Wood | Tokyo Headshot and Portrait Photographer

Preparing For Your Headshot Mini Session

Information for headshot mini sessions by Anthony Wood | American Headshot and Portrait Photographer based in Tokyo, Japan

HEADSHOTS  |  Preparing For Your Mini Session

There are numerous areas that need to be considered when preparing for any photo session. Key among them is getting a full night of sleep and drinking enough water the evening prior to your shoot. Doing this will not only help you (and your skin) to look better, it will also help you feel better.

Being prepared contributes in no small part to how your final images turn out, so below are a few other important areas you’ll want to keep in mind:


When deciding on what to wear for your headshot, it will be best to avoid any clothing that is brightly-colored, overly textured, or strongly patterned. It is also best to steer clear of anything with logos, images, or any kind of writing. The real focus of your image is you and your expression, so it is in your interest to stay away from distracting clothing. Be certain above all to bring an outfit that you feel completely comfortable wearing. If you're not comfortable in your clothes, it will show in your images.

Men, if you wear a suit make certain that both your shirt and jacket fit properly. Your shirt should fit comfortably, but there should also be no gaps between the collar and your neck when buttoned, nor should there be a gap between your shirt collar and your jacket collar. Your jacket should fit snugly against your shoulders and any padding should not extend beyond the end of your shoulders. An ill-fitting shirt and/or jacket will do your image no favors.

While there will only be enough time to shoot a single outfit during a mini session, please consider bringing an extra shirt, coat, or tie with you.


For those of you who wear eyeglasses, bring more than one pair in differing styles if possible. This will allow for more shooting options. In the case of jewelry such as necklaces and earrings, less is more. A simple pair of stud earrings can be fine, but anything larger or more colorful tends to become an unnecessary distraction in your images.


In the case of your hair, it is entirely up to you. I will say however that it's best to wear it as you normally would and aim to have it in a 'good hair day' condition. Bring with you whatever products/items you need to keep it that way.

Women, keep your makeup light and simple. It's best to go with a natural look and avoid anything heavy or excessive. Also, please keep in mind to avoid any products that create a heavy sheen on your skin. In front of studio lights, these kinds of products are going to create distracting highlights on your face.

Men, you really don't need any makeup. If you have a skin condition you are concerned about, let me know and we'll see if it is something that can be better handled by some simple retouching. However, do consider using some lip balm prior to your session; dry and cracked lips won’t help your image.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.