Wardrobe Tips For Your Next Headshot

The Do’s & Don’ts For Headshots

We Will Make Sure You Are Prepared And Looking Your Best

Some helpful tips from Duron Studio Photography:

Let’s talk about the ladies…well because…ladies first!

For a great headshot or business photo, start by choosing a professional suit or business type attire that has a classic look to it. Don’t choose anything with bold, distracting, colors or patterns. One exception would be is to layer a plain blazer or nice sweater, like a cardigan, so that it hides the pattern enough where it gets just the right amount of pop.

Speaking of colors…try not to wear bright white unless it will be layered under a sweater or suit jacket. The best look for women is usually with a V-neck…it accentuates the neckline and it generally look best on camera. Just make sure not to choose anything with a low neckline…NO CLEAVAGE!

Stay away from turtle necks!!! They will make you look like there is no neck on you and no one want’s that! Pass up the short sleeves and tank tops: executive portraits look better with the arms covered.

Let’s accessorize: for jewelry, something classic and small will look nice on camera. The earrings should not dangle more than an inch past the ear lobe. (Although, if they are sleek and not too flashy, we can make it work.) A nice use of earrings and necklaces is to bring that pop of color into your outfit. Simple is always better. Bring a few options and we will see what works best.

Check out some examples of previous clients we photographed:

Gentlemen! You’re next!

Think classic! Choose your favorite suit that fits you well…especially around the waist and shoulders. The best suit tends to be a classic dark color like black, navy, or gray. Make sure your suit doesn’t bunch up or hide any buttons when you stand or sit.

When it comes to the shirt and tie..make sure they match or at least have similar color hues. Stay away from anything bold that has distracting patterns or colors. Grid-like patterned shirts tend to look bad on camera so stay clear. Thin stripes are okay to wear.

Ties: they look their best when their hue, or tone, is in between the suit and shirt color. For example, a light shirt with a dark suit means that the tie need to land somewhere in between. Try to stay clear of shiny ties…yes, we have all seen them. Anything shiny, silky or reflective is a no go.

If ties aren’t you thing, choose a non-white shirt if you can because without a jacket and a tie you can lose detail in the clothing folds and the color. And if you wear a button-down shirt, it's best to wear a jacket or sweater of some kind to layer the look. Make sure we can't see your undershirt beneath the button-down shirt: wear a V-neck or no undershirt at all.

Check out some examples of previous clients we photographed:

We hope that was helpful and informative! Next time, you will be better prepared and looking like a million bucks! If you would like to see more business photos or headshots of different kinds, please take a look at our online gallery here: PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY. Good luck now!

Written by: Julia Gartsman