WHERE DO YOU SHOOT?
I shoot at my purpose built studio in East London. Inside I have complete control of the light and you have somewhere to change, shave, do your hair, iron and generally sort yourself out. There's tea, coffee and water on tap, which makes for a much nicer shoot.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?
Do some research, work out what you want and look up images that inspire you. You can email those to me in advance.
Get a good night's sleep. Prepare your clothes, choose two or three tops with varying neck-lines and in different colours. Don't be afraid of pattern or texture, they can help reflect personality in a sea of black v-necks. You can always keep the tags. Women - you may want to wear heels - they make you stand up.
HAIR AND MAKE UP
Reluctantly my advice is different for men and women.
Men, if you want shaven and unshaven, come with a beard and a razor and you can shave halfway through the shoot. Bring concealor and powder if you need it.
Women you can do your own make up and some of you should, however if you are not hugely confident or think you might need help I'd reccommend booking a make-up artist. The most effective make up is make up you won't notice - think about it you sit in a make up chair for a hour before being ill in Holby. A make up artist will pull out your best features and will also help you feel great about the shoot.
The same for hair, if you are confident then that's great but you can book in for a blow dry before you arrive - there is a hairdresser down the road called The Garden Rooms and Dean the hairdresser used to wok in fashion, so he does a mean blowdry. Again take him ideas, so he has a reference to work from.
Bring along, hair products, grips, bobbles, curling tongs, straighteners etc
DO YOU RETOUCH YOUR HEADSHOT?
Yes, I try to keep people looking as natural as possible and avoid blurring the skin - you know the alien look I'm talking about - but I get rid of spots, blemishes, bags, reduce lines etc because in moving image, these are less visible.