What to wear for your headshot photos

Are you scheduled for your headshot session?  Great job for investing in YOU!  One of my deepest beliefs is that everyone has something special to offer this world, that only they can do and I’m so thrilled that you’ve trusted me with creating some unique branding images for you!

One of the most common questions I get is “What do I wear?”.  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.    Plain colors look best.  I also advise avoiding wearing skin tone colors (ivory, cream, peach, beige, etc.) because those colors will blend in with your face.  If you’re really wanting me to pick, 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, this is why jewel tone colors work really well.

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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”

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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 earings and necklaces.  Strong and bulky items will compete with your face.  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.

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I hope this helped you decide about your wardrobe.  If you’re still undecided, please bring a few options and we can put it together on the day of the shoot!

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