What To Wear For Headshots
One question that always comes up regarding photography sessions is about what to wear for headshots. It is one of the most important questions.
What Kind of Headshot Do You Need?
What you are wearing plays a large part in how you will present yourself in the photos.
It enhances the image of yourself that you are trying to portray. A CEO needs completely different clothing choices than a fitness instructor does. If your company is looking for a photo for their website, you need an outfit that fits with the look and feel of those already there. If you’re after a more relaxed feel for a LinkedIn headshot then check out some other people in the same field as you on LinkedIn for some ideas. Taking a little time to do some research before hand can really pay dividends.
What Kind of Clothes Should I Bring?
Everything should be second nature, the comfort
you feel while wearing clothes will transfer into a comfortable look in your photos. Splurging on something new can sometimes make you feel great and if you know that you look and feel fabulous in certain outfits you already own, then bring those too. That is of course, as long as it’s not zebra stripes or polka dots!
Bring A Good Selection
I always recommend bringing a variety of clothing to a headshot photo shoot. A few things that work are suit jackets, white blouses and dark coloured tops. You don’t have to empty your wardrobe, but it is better to have some clothing pieces that we don’t use, than not enough to choose from.
What Colours Should I Wear?
I always start by saying bring solid colours and clean lines. Avoid busy patterns, ruffles and logos, big jewelry and accessories. The photo is about you. Clothing helps to show “you”, the same as a proper makeup job does. A great headshot should make you appear confident and is about highlighting your face and eyes, clothing that is distracting doesn’t contribute to this.
Avoid colours that are similar to your natural skin tone. Flesh tone colours are generally not flattering. Choose a colour that contrasts your skin and is naturally flattering for your hair and eye colour. For women, make sure you wear a bra that doesn’t show through. Visible straps, black under white or white under black are not flattering in a photograph.
Clothes Should Look Good
Just make sure they are clean, pressed, and looking presentable. Bringing a dark sweater or top that your cat slept on the night before is not a good idea! (Yes, it’s happened!!) Also make sure your clothing is well fitting; too tight clothing that is uncomfortable makes you look uncomfortable and too loose can make you look heavier than you actually are.
Remember, there are definitely steps that you can take before your photography session that will add to the success of your headshot ! Doing a little research is always time well spent.
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