We all want to look our best in front of the camera and the outfit you choose can make a significant impact on the final image. The following tips will help ensure you feel confident going into your photoshoot.
Style and Fit
First, think about the purpose of getting and updated headshot and determine what kind of tone you want to convey through that image. Do you want it to feel formal, business casual, or more playful and informal? This will set the overall style for you to then make selections whether you’re looking for options in your closet or going shopping for something new.
For headshots it is also important that your outfit is tailored well to your body shape. Avoid anything on either end of the extremes; anything too loose or too tight will be unflattering.
As a general rule of thumb, 3/4 length sleeves for women’s tops and dresses are incredibly flattering! Avoid tank tops and spaghetti strap tops which have the opposite effect. If you’re nervous about your arms in general, bring a cover like a jacket, blazer, or sweater to layer over your outfit. Ladies, be sure that your top is not too low cut and is appropriate to the context it will be used in.
The colors for your outfit should feel cohesive with your brand and complement your natural features (skin tone, hair color, eye color, etc.). Neutrals and muted tones make great options for the majority of individuals and gives you the versatility you need to use the headshot across a variety of places. If you want to add color, aim for pastels or jewel tones. Bright colors can cast unflattering color onto your skin, especially around the neck and cheeks.
When possible choose solid colors. Avoid busy patterns, bright colors, or anything too flashy. We want the focus to be on your face, so be sure to keep your outfit patterns simple and not too distracting.
It’s especially important to avoid very small and detailed patterns such as checkered, stripes, or tiny prints. The camera can cause a color distortion to these textures and they won’t be distinguishable on camera.
It’s best to keep accessories to a minimum to avoid distracting the eye away from your eyes. A simple, delicate necklace or pair of earrings can be a nice touch for infusing personality into your image, but be sure it isn’t too bold of a color, size, or style.
A traditional headshot is waist-up,but if you would like to include variations like full body shots or sitting poses during your session, it is important to also consider your shoes.
Heels elongate women’s legs, making them look fabulous. Closed-toes heels in particular look great on camera because they carry out the line of your leg all the way to your toe. If you’re wearing sandals or a peep-toe, it’s a good excuse to treat yourself to a pedicure.
If you’re on the fence about which outfit to choose for an upcoming session with me, reach out and we can strategize your outfit selection together.