What To Wear For Your Headshot – Expert Tips

When we book a headshot or portrait session with a new client the most common question posed to us is, “what should I wear for the shoot?”. The return question is, “how are you going to use the photographs?”

The key to a winning portrait/headshot look is finding the natural you. At The Headshot Works we make sure we develop a relationship with you that allows you to relax and be your self. You’ll be so engrossed in our conversation that you won’t have time to put on the face you think you want to project. We’ll catch you being you.

When it comes to wardrobe for normal social media and acting use, you want to project a vibrant and pleasant personality. For business uses projecting professionalism and confidence should be the goal. 

The viewer of a photograph will tend to look at the brightest area of the photo first. For a headshot or portrait, that fact means your face and particularly your eyes should be the lightest area of your photo. Imagine yourself wearing a bright canary-yellow shirt in a portrait. The viewer’s eye will be immediately drawn to the garment and not you. Remember, a portrait/headshot is all about making you approachable and/or professional or both!

This is why we recommend to our clients to wear darker color clothes that are simple in design. These clothes must also avoid patterns or prints which would steal a viewers attention as much or more than clothing that’s brightly colored.

A little discussed problem with clothing is wrinkles! Yes, excessive wrinkles in your clothing sends the message that you didn’t care enough to look your best during the photo shoot. By extension, this says that you pay little attention to detail and are not a serious person. Who could imagine!  So, choose clothes that fit well. Clothes that are too tight or too loose will not look flattering in photos. Pay attention to the fabric. Choose fabrics that are wrinkle-resistant and that will not show lines or creases.

Accessorize Wisely: Accessories can add a touch of personality to your headshot, but it’s important to choose them wisely. Avoid large, distracting jewelry, especially earrings that dangle, that will draw attention away from your face. Instead, opt for more subtle pieces like earrings, necklaces, or bracelets.