Choose two to three outfits to wear during your session and lay them out so they are ready to go. Make sure they are clean and wrinkle-free also, don’t forget to pack any accessories you’ll want for each outfit – jewelry, scarves, belts, etc. Bring matching socks/tights, and shoes for each outfit if one pair won’t go along with all of them.

Makeup reads differently on camera than it does in real life. we recommend hiring a professional makeup artist who knows just what to do. MUAs know which shimmery shadows will photograph weird and what colors to avoid for photos. Most importantly, they also help you look your best.

Get your hair cut about one to two weeks prior to your session. Don’t drastically change it from your normal style in case you don’t like it. Have the hair stylist show you some easy styles you can do during outfit changes to switch it up a bit. For guys don’t forget to shave away any stubble from your face and neck prior to your session.

Session Tips

You want to look like the best version of yourself on your session day. After all, all these photos will be seen by your friends, family and coworkers. Here are a few tips and tricks where beauty and fashion are concerned.

Think about all the details: nails, hair, teeth, skin. Use a whitening toothpaste in the weeks leading up to your session, really look after your skin and don’t pick (we do offer free blemish touch up, though), Get a manicure the day before or day of your session to ensure your nails look their best. Don’t forget that the color needs to match all of your outfits. For this reason, and to keep a clean appearance, we suggest going with the French manicure or just a clear coat of paint. If you’re wearing open toes, spring for the pedi, too.

Get a good night’s rest the night before so you can look well rested for your session.

Wear what makes you feel good. headshot sessions are all about bringing your professional side out, so if you put something on and you feel uncomfortable, move on to the next option. Consider it sort of like searching for the perfect wedding attire. when you put it on and can't help but spin in front of the mirror or think, "Heck yes, I look fabulous!" then that is the attire you should wear on shoot day.

Make Sure You’re comfortable. On that note, we’ll be sitting, standing, and posing for a couple hours, so make sure that whatever you wear you feel comfortable moving around in. This can make a huge difference in how the shoot goes and how the images turn out!

Opt for attire that flatters your figure but is still comfortable. remember, the goal is to be professional, comfortable, stylish, and still be yourself.

Dress For the Job You Want: Stick with solid colored tops. They’re more flattering and less distracting. Jackets and collared shirts are highly recommended. Depending on your industry, you may be tempted to wear casual attire. But, based on our experience, we recommend you dress up for your professional photos.

Try to avoid any large pieces of jewelry or excessive makeup. Avoid logos or badges on either your shirt and your jacket – or you risk looking like an advertisement.

For guys, unless you have a strong preference, try not to wear an undershirt with your dress shirt. If you do, wear a white undershirt – not a black or grey undershirt.

In general, you want solid-color and high-contrast outfits. For example, white shirt and dark blue blazer, white shirt and black blazer, or light blue shirt and black blazer etc. 

Make sure your clothes are ironed and/or without wrinkles. If you have a lint roller, use it the night before. 

Do not wear glasses with “blue light reflectors” or “transition lenses”, those will ruin your photos. There’s not much we can do about that in the editing process either. Regular glasses are totally OK though.

NOTE: If you’re taking headshot to be put on your employer’s website, make SURE to check with them on the proper attire. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes customers will need to come and re-shoot because they wore a suit (when they should have been dressed casual) or were under-dressed. Every employer is different, and what you should wear depends on what they’d like to convey on the website – so make sure to ask.

Shave: If you have facial hair, either cleanly shave or maintain a trimmed beard. Anything in the middle looks sloppy. When in doubt, shave. However, do not shave immediately before your shoot – as razor bumps and discoloration will become more apparent.

Stick with Simple Jewelry

The best professional headshots enhance your natural features without distracting from them. For this reason, simple jewelry is a better choice for professional headshots – especially if your headshot will be cropped closely to your face (as most are). 

So long as you have the right hair and makeup for your headshot session, jewelry should just be a “finishing touch.” For necklaces, make sure the pendant is visible above the crop of the photo. For earrings, stick with simple metallic or gemstone studs, and wear dangling earrings with caution. Hoop earrings and anything that dangles tends to be caught in hair and gets lost in the photo. 


What Colors To Wear for Headshots 

Consider Color Theory

Color theory refers to the science of how certain colors influence our moods, thoughts and behaviors – and how certain wardrobe hues can influence what others believe about us. For instance, red conveys confidence and energy, whereas navy blue and black elicits a sense of dominance and authority. Think about what message you want to convey in your professional headshots and select colors accordingly.

Dark colors are perceived as more formal, dominant and authoritative

Light colors make the wearer appear more friendly and approachable

Some bright colors convey confidence and energy

Muted colors are conservative and less threatening

High-contrast pairings like a dark jacket and light shirt can create a powerful image that conveys influence and authority

Stick with Solid Colors

Regardless of your portrait style and setting, simple colors and subtle patterns usually look best on everyone. Bold or busy patterns tend to distract from your face and can lead to moire, an unpleasant visual side effect of repeating patterns. 

Contrast with Your Backdrop

When choosing colors for your professional headshots, consider your portrait backdrop. Unless you’re getting a company-branded headshot, choose wardrobe colors that contrast with your background so you stand out. This is especially true if you plan to have black and white headshots – a dark top against a dark background could make you look like a floating head!

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