What to Wear

What to wear for your headshot?  This is a common question, and we are here to help.  Before any booking date, we walk our client through what to wear based on the brand and look they are creating.  Wardrobe is an essential part of your session. 

General Tips

  • Tell us your expectations and intentions. Let us know what kind of look you want.
  • Tell us how and where the photo will be used.

What to wear – Everyone:

  • Avoid busy patterns and large lines/stripes
  • Solids always look great.
  • Make sure your jacket and shirt fit you well.
  • Don’t overdress
  • Turtlenecks are almost always a bad idea
  • Clothes should be neatly pressed and should look new or like new
  • Blue/green/turquoise shirts/blouses or accents can help emphasize blue/green/hazel eyes

What to wear – Men:

  • The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie
  • A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, shirt and tie (no jacket), or dress shirt on it’s own
  • Polo shirts are a good look for some businesses. Be sure the shirt is in good condition and fits well
  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring colored shirts – ideally darker than your skin tone
  • A white dress shirt by itself is a bad idea – unless you plan to wear it underneath something (jacket or sweater)
  • Bring a few different jackets, shirt colors and ties so we have choices for the photo

What to wear – Women:

  • Avoid big prints and busy patterns
  • Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety different shirts/blouses to see what works best
  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring various colored blouses – ideally darker than your skin tone
  • Be stylish and fashionable, but remember the picture is about your face and not your clothes

Remember: Select and wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. Select something that makes you look and feel good.


  • Keep jewelry extremely simple – small is better
  • Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated
  • The picture is about your face, not your jewelry
  • Be prepared to remove facial piercings or multiple ear piercings

What to bring:

  • Various changes of clothing
  • Lip balm
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Makeup and hair products you prefer (especially if you have allergies)

Hair and Makeup Tips:

  • Make-up should be clean and natural
  • Wear a heavy layer of translucent powder – your face will appear flawless in photos. Shine disappears, pores seem smaller, skin looks even, and blush is smoother
  • Line lips before applying matte lipstick, then reline. Don’t overdo it. Dip a cotton bud in powder and run along lip line to prevent color from bleeding
  • Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine
  • Avoid frosts or overly-bright colors
  • Don’t get a new hair cut just before the shoot (you may want to let it grow-in a bit or get used to styling a new cut)
  • Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or few days before your shoot. In case you have a bad reaction to the product

Please arrive with:

  • Hair styled and makeup already applied (if not using makeup artist)

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