A good business headshot is important to have! In a lot of cases, your headshot is the first impression anyone gets of you. Hiring an experienced headshot photographer is KEY to achieving a great headshot look, but there are some really important things you should consider before your headshot appointment. Here are a few tips on what to wear and how to style your hair/makeup for your headshots!
- Choose a suit that doesn’t bunch up when you sit down, or when it buttons.
- If you’re not wearing a tie, consider wearing a shirt that isn’t white. If your shirt is white, consider wearing a suit jacket as well as white will wash out the color in your face.
- Solid shirt colors are best (sans black), but consider small patterns instead of large big patterns in the fabric. It’ll take attention away from your face.
- Black suit jackets are okay with a bold or bright shirt color underneath.
- Apply a little product in your hair, even if you don’t use it on a regular basis. A little hair gel or mouse massaged through your tresses can go a long way and will make you stand out!
- Solid tops with sleeves are best. Patterns can distract away from your face as well as dates the photo. Small pinstripes are okay.
- Consider wearing a V-neck, as they generally look great on women.
- Try to avoid wearing scarves or turtlenecks. They’ll clutter your neckline.
- Unless you LOVE your arms, try to avoid wearing sleeveless tops. If you like, you can layer a suit jacket or cardigan over your sleeveless top as an alternative.
- Earrings and necklaces are great for drawing attention to your face. I will always say they’re a great idea! Try earrings that dangle at least an inch from your lobe and necklaces that stay on your chest but isn’t too complicated to look at.
- Spend some extra attention to your eyes, especially eyeliner and mascara since those two things can feel “washed out” in photos. Most women will opt-in for a natural look, but try to apply more color than what you’d put on for a usual day in the office, knowing that the color will translate more firmly in portraits.
- Style your hair away from your face. Most people will instinctively turn their face for more of a side profile or hide half of their face with their hair, but the most distinctive headshots are the ones where you can see your entire face.
- Avoid wearing white as it will wash out your face color. Avoid wearing black as it’ll make you look less approachable.
- Avoid logos or pictures on your clothing.
- Iron and prep your clothes to make sure they’re fuzz and wrinkle-free!
- Consider not wearing your glasses in your headshot. Unless you have rimless glasses, frames generally tend to hide your eyes and make you seem less approachable in your portrait.
I will be directing you on how to pose for your headshot, but it never hurts to do a little “homework.” Here are a couple of great videos on posing prep!
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