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The Portrait Photographer’s Guide:

Pro Tips and Insights

Should hair be up or down for a headshot?

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Bonjour mes amis, and welcome to another tête-à-tête on all things photography and style at **. Today, we dance through the silken threads of a topic that often twirls in the minds of many: Should your hair be up or down for a headshot?

In the eloquent frames of photography, your hair sings a silent but profound song about your persona. It whispers tales of your style, your personality, and sometimes, the very mood you wish to convey in the snapshot of a moment.

The French Messy Bun: A Symbol of Effortless Elegance

Ah, the French, our cousins across the ocean, have always had a distinct panache when it comes to style—where simplicity and elegance waltz in delightful harmony. The French messy bun, or as they elegantly say, “*le chignon bohème*”, often finds a home in the headshots of many Francophones.

Why? Perhaps it is in the effortless sophistication it lends. It exposes the neck, elongates the appearance, and—most importantly—offers a clear, unobstructed view of your visage. It’s a gentle nod to simplicity, ensuring that your face, the star of the shot, remains unhindered by cascading locks.

The All-American Full Hair: A Canvas of Vibrant Versatility

Crossing the Atlantic, we find a different storybook of style. The American aesthetics often applaud a fuller, voluminous cascade of hair, reminiscent of the enchanting weather ladies who grace the screens with their buoyant, lively locks.

It’s not merely about the abundant volume or the playful curls. It’s the embodiment of versatility and a subtle proclamation of individuality. The styling possibilities with loose hair are infinite, and each wave, each curl, speaks volumes about who you are and the brand you wish to portray.

Comfort: The Silent Conductor of Style

Whether your inspiration swirls in the whimsical tendrils of a French bun or the lively waves of American full hair, one element stands steadfast amidst the sea of styles: comfort.

Confidence blooms from comfort. In every headshot I’ve had the honor to capture, the most radiant smiles and the most poignant looks have always sprung from individuals who feel genuinely comfortable in their skin… and their hairstyle.

If you find solace in the containment of an updo, let your hair twirl upwards. If you feel the winds of your spirit in flowing locks, let them cascade down. Your comfort will whisper secrets to the lens that styling alone could never tell.

Modeling Polaroids: A Slight Curve in the Path

An asterisk in our journey of hair, modeling polaroids often beckon for a different tune. Here, agents seek to gaze into the natural canvas of your features, unhindered and unadorned. Thus, pulling your hair back—not in a spectacle of style, but in a simple tie that reveals your features—is often the recommended path.

Reflections of Your Style, Cradled in Cleanliness

Whether knotted in a bun or dancing with the wind, the one absolute in the variable world of hair in headshots is cleanliness and maintenance. Ensure that your hair, regardless of its style, reflects the best version of you.

If you tread the path of colored hair, ensure the roots are touched up. A headshot, after all, is a symphony where every element, every note, should be in harmonious alignment.

A Note to Depart With: You are the Style

My dear friends, as you stand before the mirror, pondering the fate of your locks, remember: *you* are the style. Your hair is but a frame, and while it adds to the picture, the true masterpiece is always you.

The styles across the globe, from the streets of Paris to the avenues of New York, whisper stories and tales of cultural nuances. Yet, the most enchanting story your headshot will ever tell is *yours*.

Whether your hair cascades down in vibrant waves or finds itself twirled in an elegant bun, let it be a genuine reflection of *you*. In the end, the most timeless style is authenticity, and the most captivating look is one that allows your genuine self to softly whisper to the world.

Here’s to the beautiful stories we’ll tell together, one headshot at a time.

À bientôt, and remember: Your style is your signature.



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High school senior girl with a bob haircut, wearing a light purple and gold dress, posing with her hand on her chest at Marie Feutrier's professional portrait studio in Gilbert, AZ, for her glamor senior photo.
 Marie Feutrier, a French transplant in Gilbert, AZ, masterfully captures personalities through her lens. With an accent as charming as her photos, she doesn’t just take your picture, she tells your story, one click at a time.

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