Are you scheduled for a headshots?  Great job for investing in YOU!  One of my deepest beliefs is that everyone has something special to offer this world, WE ALL have a special uniqueness and finding the courage to shine that light on the world is exhilarating!

One of the most common questions I get is “What do I wear for my headshots?”.  I’m happy to provide some guidance to help you feel and look your best.


Think about the times when your friends tell you “You look amazing today“.  It’s usually because you’re wearing a color that’s great for your skin tone.    Solid colors look best for headshots as they do not compete with your face.   I also advise avoiding wearing skin tone colors (ivory, cream, peach, beige, etc.) because those colors will blend in with your skin.  If you’re really wanting me to pick a color for you, I’d recommend a jewel tone.  They look good with most skin tones.  If you really love black but want something with more pop, consider chocolate, navy, maroon and forest green.  A fail-safe tip is to choose a color that accentuates your eyes.  If you have green eyes, go for that mossy green shirt.  

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Rich textures lend a rich, tactile element to your images.  High-contrast patterns or prints are distracting.  Logos and graphics are definite “no’s”  We want YOU to shine in your photos, not your clothing.

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Necklines and Sleeves:

Different styles of top neck lines evoke certain moods.  Off-the-shoulder and sweetheart necklines evoke vulnerability while square and high neck tops denote power.  For sleeve lengths, if arms are a concern, go with a 3/4 length or longer.

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Jewelry and Accessories:

Choose simple earrings and necklaces.  Strong and bulky items will compete with your face.  Also, some accessories can become dated quickly as styles change.   An exception to this is if you’re in the creative field and want your personal style to shine and if you regularly get headshots taken.  Costume jewelry fads change often and I want your photos to be timeless.

Fitted or Not?

Always keep your jackets and cardigans fitted.  I’ll bring clamps to keep everything snug but not tight.

I hope this helped you decide about your wardrobe.  If you’re still undecided, please bring a few options with you to your photo shoot and your photographer can put together a great outfit for you.  Many of my clients bring five different tops and a selections of jewelry, and we piece together the ones that work best.

Still not convinced that you need a headshot?  Read this article and give me a call!

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