What to Wear for a Professional Headshot
A business headshot is an integral part of your personal brand identity. You might not own your own business. However, the right headshot can see you get headhunted on places like LinkedIn, by people you need to take your career to the next level. There is just one question. Namely, what kind of attire should you wear to a headshot photography session?
Headshot Clothing Basics
Every headshot tells a story and what you wear for a headshot session will tell yours. My friend Norman of Norman Jaillet Photography says: "It’s the appearance of something, or someone that leaves an impression; sloppy, disheveled, well-groomed, expert … and on and on. Your image creates words in someone’s mind."
Business Headshots for Women
When it comes to headshot clothing, most women elect to wear a jacket or blazer during headshot sessions. However, it is important not to feel restricted in terms of attire. Often, dresses worn with jewelry like necklaces can result in headshots which catch the eye more effectively. Just remember never to overdo things. If wearing a dress or blouse, remember that plunging necklines might be cut off in a finished photo. In this case, never go too low.
Regardless of what you wear, you can ask to see a sample of the background you will be photographed against, before your shoot. This will help you co-ordinate garment colors accordingly. If wearing just a blouse or shirt, remember not to look too casual. Usually, casual headshots only work well for people in fashion and the arts. When electing to wear a jacket or blazer, avoid sheer white colors, and always choose a fit which helps exemplify your upper body language.
When planning a headshot photography session, make sure also to avoid heavily patterned clothing. Solid colors always work better against headshot backgrounds. Don’t be afraid to experiment with color, though. Bold colors can often add more character to a headshot than grey or black can. You can always go against these rules - if you love it, bring it.
Business Headshots for Men
When it comes to headshot clothing, men have fewer styling options than women. Short sleeves often don’t work well in headshots. Suits and blazers are, therefore, the go-to option for most men. However, there are still ways to help your personality shine during photography sessions. Mix and match different tie and shirt combinations. Darker colors are best. However, bolder can be better in creative business niches. Never wear sheer white shirts or shiny materials. Gloss and reflected light can result in headshots which look plastic and insincere. Always get a fresh haircut a few days before a headshot, so that you get used to it, and if you have considerable amount of facial hair, think about allowing a professional barber to refine your look for you.
Headshot Photography Tips for Both Male and Female
Regardless of whether you are male or female, it is always a good idea to take at least one extra change of clothing to a headshot session. This way, last-minute fashion crises can be avoided. Photographers will also be able to tell you what attire they feel is most appropriate.
Published by: olli in Headshot Tips