Preparing for your head shot:

“Think about what your wardrobe will be saying about you.”

 

When choosing a wardrobe for business headshots or marketing portraits, think about the sort of professional image that you want to present to potential clients and employers. One major reason that some clients opt for our “extended headshot” sessions is that they want a range of different looks to use across various professional networking and social media platforms. By simply changing wardrobe, backdrops, and lighting, we can create individualized marketing looks that range from "wise and experienced" to "relaxed and approachable". So, when planning for your photo session, think about what your wardrobe will be saying about you.

 

Feel free to bring a range of different options for clothing. #1 rule for us is that you must love it! If you don’t feel comfortable in it, you won’t shoot well while wearing it.

We suggest you bring a range of different colors and necklines. If you have any doubt about whether something will work or not just bring it along. Don't be seasonal; everything from T-shirts, tank tops to sweaters and light jackets can work. Try to keep it minimal on the jewelry, studs or small earrings work and simple necklaces, anything hanging or chunky will usually draw too much attention in a headshot.

 

Women's Wardrobe Advice

As with any session, you'll get better results if you avoid intense colors and distracting patterns in your wardrobe. Steer clear of clothing with heavy stripes, polka dots, paisley patterns, flower prints, and such. Try to bring at least two different jackets or tops. For business portraits, long sleeves typically yield better business portrait results than short sleeves. Sleeveless outfits can be particularly rough on your business image unless you are marketing yourself as a professional athlete, actress, or model.


Men's Wardrobe Advice

For an executive or business portrait, bring several different ties and at least one different shirt. If you are going for a more casual look, still bring at least one jacket and two shirts to choose from. Avoid logos, loud patterns, and loud colors in shirts and jackets. If you plan on being photographed without a jacket, wear long sleeves. Short sleeves rarely look good in professional headshots unless you are marketing yourself as a competitive athlete or personal trainer.