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I often get asked what to wear for headshots (and family portraits but we’ll save that for our next blog!) so are some of my recommendations.





 You may be tempted to choose something that is trendy, and that is fine if you plan on updating your headshot every year or so, but trendy stuff will look dated in a couple of years. If you would like to use the same photo for the next 5 years, go with something a little more classic.

General Tips

   Tell me your expectations and intentions. Let me know what kind of look you want and how/where the photo will be used (so I can be sure it's appropriate)

   Drink lots of water a few days before and be well rested (so your eyes will not have dark cirlces)

   Your skin might not look it's best after drug/alcohol use. Try to abstain from these before your shoot

What to Wear - Everyone

   Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great

   Make sure your jacket and shirt fit you well. A poor fitting jacket or shirt will be obvious in the photos (especially around the neck) 

   Don't overdress

   Turtlenecks are almost always a bad idea (they crowd the face)

   Clothes should be neatly pressed and should look new or like new

   Avoid busy patterns and large lines/stripes

   Jewel tones (blue, green, wine and purple) flatter almost everyone!  Blue/green/turquoise shirts/blouses or accents can help emphasize blue/green/hazel eyes


What to Wear - Men

   The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie

   A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, shirt and tie (no jacket), or dress shirt on it's own

   Polo shirts are a good look for some businesses. Be sure the shirt is in good condition and fits well

   For a no-jacket casual look, bring colored shirts - ideally darker than your skin tone

   A white dress shirt by itself is a bad idea - unless you plan to wear it underneath something (jacket or sweater) or with a nice colored tie

   Bring a few different jackets, shirt colors and ties so we have choices for the photo


What to Wear - Women

   Avoid big prints and busy patterns

   Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety different shirts/blouses to see what works best

   For a no-jacket casual look, bring various colored blouses - ideally darker than your skin tone

   Be stylish and fashionable, but remember the picture is about your face and not your clothes or jewelry

   Sleeveless tops/dresses can draw attention to your shoulders/arms-- longer sleeves are usually more flattering unless you are well toned.



   Keep jewelry extremely simple - smaller is better

   Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated

   The picture is about your face, not your jewelry

   Consider if facial piercings or multiple ear piercings are appropriate for where your photo will be displayed

What to Bring

   Sample headshots to help communicate the look you want (you can email or text me beforehand)

   Favorite Music (iPod/MP3 player, phone, thumb-drive or I'll just put it on a Pandora station)

   Various changes of clothing (see above)

   Lip balm

   Hair brush/comb

   Makeup and hair products you prefer

Hair and Makeup Tips

   Make-up should be clean and natural. If you can afford a professional, it's always a great idea. We know some great ones if you need a recommendation

   Wear a heavy layer of translucent powder - your face will appear flawless in photos. Shine disappears, pores seem smaller, skin looks even, and blush is smoother

   Line lips before applying matte lipstick, then reline. Don't overdo it. Dip a q-tip in powder and run along lip line to prevent color from bleeding

   Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine

   Avoid frosts or overly-bright colors

   Don't get a new hair cut just before the shoot (you may want to let it grow-in a bit or get used to styling a new cut) 

• Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or few days before your shoot. In case you have a bad reaction to the product

If you have questions or need help, send me and email, text or call and I will be happy to assist you with your wardrobe choices!





Meet Vanessa Rankin | The Creative Mind Behind Organized Kaos Media

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Vanessa' s innate approach to life is parallel to that of an editor:  Rearrange the details into a new sequence, eliminate what doesn’t matter, recreate, and then transform the situation into something worthwhile. Something beautiful. Something meaningful. You know that old expression… when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. It's really what Organized Kaos is all about!

On a whim, Vanessa decided to join the United States Air Force.  Her training as a combat cameraman was intense but proved to be invaluable.  She was sent all over the world documenting real world events, bringing the stories from the field to the important decision makers of the military. She was a one-man storyteller; producer, director, videographer, writer and editor in the field.  It was this school of hard knocks that awakened Vanessa’s passion for editing and story-telling.  She developed the desire to put it all into context, engaging people with the story.

Vanessa has been involved in television, film and video on a multitude of levels. Several series she shot, co-produced and edited airing on Discovery Health Network, Fox, CNBC, won numerous awards including: 2 Freddie Awards, 2 Gold ADDY awards, and an EMMY Award for Kids Healthworks as best Information Oriented Program Series. Her short film, The Tub, won Best Actress (DeDee Pfieffer-- yeah, Michelle's sister!) at the Charleston International Film Festival. She also won a "Leaders in Luxury Marketing Award" for her real estate marketing video.

She went on to become the Vice President of Castleview Productions in Austin, Texas.  Clients included Dell, INC, UT, Ernst and Young, Austin Business Journal, Austin Junior League, Temple-Inland, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas.  

Her next opportunity was as the Creative Director for the Alamo Drafthouse. She directed the preshow production staff, graphic artists, web developers and was the special event videographer/editor. 

That experience lead her to her next adventure- for over nine years Vanessa was the Vice President of Creative Affairs for Cinebarre movie theaters. She pioneered the idea of showcasing and pairing short films for a customized and unique pre-show experience. Connecting talented indie filmmakers with a chance to be seen on the big screen was incredibly rewarding and a favorite feature from the customers.  Vanessa wore many hats helping the theater grow to 9 locations across the country. Cinebarre was sold in 2015 to Regal Entertainment Group. That's when Vanessa decided to start her own company, Organized Kaos Media!

Along the way, and as a natural progression, she has taken up photography and graphic and web design .... all of her skills building upon the last... Organizing the chaos into something she's proud of and knows you will love, too! 

Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn or contact her if you need help taking your company's marketing efforts to the next level.