WHAT TO WEAR TO YOUR HEADSHOT PHOTO SESSION?

PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT SESSION
When choosing clothing, select pieces that are professional and reflect the image you would like to convey.

Choose colors that make you feel good! Everyone has their favorite colors. Colors that compliment their skin tone or eye color, colors that look great on you!

In general, deep, rich, saturated colors are a great choice. Pair these colors with neutral colors, such as navy, gray, or tan.

Or choose brighter shade.

 

 



For blue and green eyed folks, Shades of blue, green or turquoise can pop your eye color

 

Very light shades and pastels tend to not be the best choices of color for photography. Yes, there are always exceptions. In general, avoid peach, light pink, lavender and any other colors that are surer lite in tone.

 

What about the colors, black or white? Avoid dressing completely in all black or all white. A little bit of black or white is fine. A white dress shirt works just fine under a sweater or jacket.

Layers, photograph well and add some depth & interest to your headshot For women,  a blouse or cami under a jacket is a great choice. Textured fabrics photograph beautifully: tweed, herringbone, cashmere, wool, and chambray, have great textures and are excellent choices. Make sure that your clothes are fitted to your current size. Solids are a good choice but patterns can are fantastic as well.

Think about the style. How does the clothing you choose reflect you?

Who are you trying to relate to? Or who is you target audience? Depending on your profession this is an important question.

If you are looking for a classic looking headshot that is timeless, then choose colors and styles that reflect that look. Navy, is classic. Pearls.

If you are looking for a more modern look, again choose colors and pieces that reflect the current style.

 

Dark complexion

If you have a fair complexion avoid light colors, pastels and nude tones as they will tend to wash out your skin tone.

A crisp white dress shirt is always a professional look when worn underneath a jacket or blazer.
 

Here are a few links to sample galleries of different types of head shots.

Fabrics - Prints

Slimming basics: It's true, most of the time darker colors tend to be slimming, but that isn’t an absolute. Where clothing that you feel good wearing. 

Have multiple clothing, and accessory options. We would much rather you have too many clothing options, than not enough. Having options, is the way to guarantee success. Maybe one neckline works better for you than another, but you had no idea. Maybe your favorite tie is a little bit out of style? Bring a few, we will help you choose.

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 Nicole is a Chicago-based child photographer, family, baby photographer, commercial photographer, specializing in children's photography in Chicago, the Chicago North Shore suburban area and San Diego.

 

 


 

Long sleeve or sleeveless?
For a tight headshot, your best bet is long sleeve. If your arms are one of your better features - go sleeveless!

WOMEN SPECIFIC
Jewelry & accessories come in all shapes and sizes. When choosing jewelry, select chunky pieces, as they tend to photograph better. Small chains and earring tend to disappear in images.

What about my hair and makeup? It is great a idea to have hair blown out or styled before your session.

Makeup is key, the difference between a good head and a great headshot. If your doing your own makeup remember that you want to apply makeup heavier than normal.

Call or email our friends at Andreas Hogue Salon, right down the street from our studio, at Willow and Waukegan Road in Northbrook, next to Whole Foods.

Don't forget your nails. While 

 Nicole is a Chicago-based child photographer, family, baby photographer, commercial photographer, specializing in children's photography in Chicago, the Chicago North Shore suburban area and San Diego.