Face it: They say it only takes seven seconds to make a first impression. Why not make those seven seconds count? The first time the judges see you, most of the time, is in the program book. Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but definitely not thousands of dollars. We are thrilled to have Adreon Willingham bringing her photo studio to us, and we want you to get the most out of your photo session.

The most important idea we want to get across here is that you should look like the girl in the picture. Nothing is worse than a judge seeing a glamour shot of you, and then having you walk in looking like someone completely different. We are asking that you wear a plain shirt, dress, or jacket; free of any rhinestones, beads, or sequins. Something you might wear to your interview.


  1. Get a good night’s sleep and rest the day before your shoot. (You don’t want dark circles or bagging eyes for your shoot).
  2. A good headshot should focus just on your face. Clothing should be complementary & should have contrast, IE, someone with lighter color hair should have darker tops or suits, someone with darker hair should have lighter colored tops or suits.
  3. Clothing/wardrobe: should not be busy or have patterns. We want this photo to be professional and friendly, but are not looking for a glamour shot. Bring several different tops if possible. It is always better to have too much than only one outfit to work with.
  4. Accessories: Jewelry should be subtle and not overpowering (again, the main focus is on the face).
  5. MAKEUP/HAIR: Makeup is not only important, but makeup looks COMPLETELY different on camera than in real life and the camera PICKS UP EVERYTHING. Everyday makeup under professional photography lighting and strobes will look like you have no makeup at all. We will have a makeup artist on hand to touch up your makeup, but try to arrive camera ready, and we can adjust your makeup for the camera.
  6. Retouching. With computers and Photoshop these days, retouching is an absolute given. One caveat, just don’t have your photographer OVER RETOUCH your photo making you look plastic and not real (unless that is the look you want).

And, when it comes to headshots, nobody does it better than Peter Hurely. Watch the video below for his #1 headshot tip: The Squinch.