Hair and Makeup Ideas

Whether you are doing your hair and makeup yourself, or you are hiring a professional.  Here are some hair and makeup ideas:

For Females:

Use natural makeup for a simple, natural look which can enhance your features without being too overpowering. Choose neutral shades for your eyes and lips and a light foundation that matches your skin tone.

Make sure your hair is clean and styled neatly. This includes removing any stray hairs, ensuring that your hair is free of frizz and flyaways, and making sure your hair is evenly styled.

Keep it simple and opt for a classic, timeless style that’s clean and polished. Avoid elaborate updos or hairstyles that are overly trendy.

Choose a hairstyle that flatters your face shape: You want a style that complements your features and creates a balanced, flattering look.

For Males:

A clean shave can make you look well-groomed and fresh. Make sure to use a good quality razor to avoid irritation and razor burn.

If you prefer a more rugged look, you can trim your facial hair to create a well-groomed beard or mustache.

Natural hairstyles can complements your face shape and can be a great choice for your portrait. Use a good quality shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair healthy and shiny.

A side part can create a clean, polished look for your portrait. Use a comb to create a defined part and keep your hair in place.

Tips I use to take stunning portrait photos

Tips I use to take stunning portrait photos

  • I mostly use natural light: I take advantage of natural light sources such as windows or outdoor locations for the most flattering portraits.
  • I pay attention to the background: Since I mostly shoot outside, I choose walls, windows and other natural environments (including the beach) around Santa Monica and Culver City to ensure that the background does not distract from the subject.
  • I get close (not too close of course): I move in close to my subject to fill the frame and make sure the focus is on them
  • I use a shallow depth of field: This will blur the background and draw attention to the subject’s face.
  • We try different poses: I give direction to the subject to ensure we get the best shot
  • I pay attention to facial expressions: Capturing a genuine smile or a more serious gaze can make a portrait more compelling.
  • Edit selectively: I use editing tools including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom to enhance the light and color in your headshots, but am careful not to over-edit and detract from the natural beauty of my subject.

  • Questions for the photographer:

    Questions for the photographer:

    1.     What is your photography style?

    A: Most of my portrait photos are taken outdoors using natural lighting.  Of course, I can also set up lights indoors, but shooting outside is less expensive for the client.

    2.     Can you provide examples of your work?

    A: Yes, I have a lot of photos on my website.  But you can always check out my Instagram @stevenhankinsphotography to see more work.  Otherwise, contact me and we can see how I can accommodate any your photography needs.

    3.     How do you handle editing and retouching of photos?

    A: I typically use both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom to color correct and edit the photos to ensure the highest quality finished product.

    4.     How long will it take to receive my photos?

    A: Oftentimes I am able to deliver the finished photo the day of the shoot or the next day.  However, turnaround times can always take longer.

    5.     Can you provide digital copies of my photos?

    A: Yes, for headshots I will edit and upload 2 high resolution photos to either Google Drive or Dropbox.

    6.     Do you have experience shooting portraits?

    A: Yes, I have extensive experience taking headshots, but I’m also a skilled event, engagement and editorial photographer.  But, basically contact me with any of your photography needs. 

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