Wardrobe & Styling Tips for your Headshot Photo Session

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December 13, 2016

If you’ve booked a professional headshot session, congratulations! That means you are serious about your business and the image you are projecting to your clients and colleagues.

In order to ensure you make the most of your shoot, I’ve compiled a few wardrobe and styling tips for you.

The most frequently asked question I hear when someone books a session with me is: “What should I wear?”
If you are in a corporate field, I recommend a long sleeved blouse with a face flattering collar. A “V” neck elongates the torso and highlights the neck and clavicle which is always a pretty feature.
As far as color goes, jewel tones photograph really well and flatter all skin tones.
Show your personality by wearing heirloom jewelry or a fun costume piece.
Find blouses and jackets at: Ann Taylor, Talbots, Banana Republic

If you are a creative and not bound by a dress code, choose clothing that speaks to who you are and what you do. In this case, a soft palette and texture connote warmth and trust.
The same rules apply as above however…long sleeves and a face framing neckline are recommended.
Find trendy, fun clothing as: Anthropologie, Barneys, Buffalo Exchange

For group photos, it’s important to coordinate everyone’s wardrobe but that doesn’t mean you all have to match. Keep all clothing in the same color family, that way you will have photos that are harmonious and pleasing to the eye. Also, this way, each participant can choose a shade that is flattering to his or her particular skin tone. Another thing to consider is keeping the textures similar, meaning don’t have one person in a sun dress and another in a sweater.

A jacket or sport coat is great to wear to your photo shoot. It’s the easiest way to get two very different looks. A structured blazer in a solid color is wonderful for a corporate session while a fun tweed or khaki jacket works for someone in a creative field. This tip, also applies to women.
Find great men’s blazers at: Hugo Boss, Nordstrom Macy’s

Be sure all the garments you are planning on wearing are clean, pressed and free of lint and pet hair. Also, since your hands may appear in some of the photos, treat yourself to a manicure before the shoot.

Get your hair cut a week before the session. That way, it will have time to grow in a little and look perfect for the big day. Also, schedule any facials or laser treatments 1-2 weeks prior to when you will be photographed.

This last tip is perhaps the most important and the one that will make the greatest difference in the success of your shoot. Professional hair and makeup artists know how to bring out your best features for the camera. Yes, you may do your own face everyday but there are many differences in the application of everyday makeup and that which is done for professional shoots. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be pampered before her session? By the way, gentlemen, this goes for you too. Most men would benefit from some light grooming of their hair and eyebrows as well as concealer for patchy areas of the skin.
Don’t have a pro you regularly use? Ask me for a referral.

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