CLASSIC VS. TRENDY
Keep your clothing classic and not too trendy so that you can use these images a long way down the road!
FOCUS ON YOU!
Try to avoid anything that will detract attention from your face, including busy patterns, logos, words, etc.
People with lighter skin tones should avoid light colors like pale yellow. Similarly, people with darker skin tones should avoid dark colors such as navy, dark brown, or black. Portraits look best when there’s significant contrast between skin and clothing. Avoid bright white and neon.
Material that’s too chunky will add weight, but you also want the fabric to be substantial enough that your undergarments/undershirt lines don’t show through.
Wear glasses in your shoot if you wear them every day! Lens glare can detract from your eyes but there are angles/tricks that case be used to minimize it if needed. If you want to be extra prepared, you can have your lenses removed for your shoot or have anti-reflective coating added.
TEST IT OUT
Try on your clothes a week beforehand, and then again the night before to make sure you feel good in them!
CLEAN IT UP
It goes without saying (even though I’m saying it) that your clothes should be clean, but make sure to give them the once over before the shoot. Wrinkled shirts, missing buttons, crinkled collars, dangling bra straps and even minor makeup stains show up on camera.
PANTS & SHOES
Most shots are photographed from the waist up, so don’t spend too much time worrying about pants or shoes. Pack your nice shoes in your bag and then I’ll let you know if/when your feet show so you can switch.
COPY THE EXPERTS
Look for portraits that catch your eye and notice what that person is wearing. A great way to get inspiration is to visit Pinterest and search for “what to wear headshots men/women”. Notice which images catch your eye and why. This is one time when it’s OK to copy!
TIPS FOR THE GUYS
Think about having your hair cut about a week or two before your shoot. If you’re usually a Supercuts kinda guy, this is definitely the occasion to splurge a little on your haircut, as you’ll be using these headshots for a long time. Your hair can completely change the look of your face, and an experienced hair professional will make you look your best.
EITHER Shave with a new razor, shaving cream, and a moisturizing after-shave lotion to avoid bumps and redness OR trim up your beard, sideburns, mustache or goatee, especially looking for wiry stray hairs.
If you wear an undershirt, opt for a v-neck with sleeves so that it’s not visible. Ideally, your undershirt should match your skin tone.
TIPS FOR THE LADIES
Avoid strapless clothing, as certain crops can make you look like you’re not wearing clothes at all.
Bring a set of bras and strap-adjusting accessories to work with any outfit you want to shoot in. Make sure to keep your straps well hidden, and cut off those pesky hanger loops. Make sure you don’t have any unwanted underwear lines showing through.
Steer away from necklaces unless your neckline looks bare without one. I recommend earrings instead.
For necklines, scoop necks and v-necks work best. Try to avoid a neckline that’s too high, as it can make your neck disappear. If you love an outfit but need help keeping it in place, I highly recommend fashion tape. You can pick this up on Amazon or just let me know and I will make sure to bring mine!