Having a headshot is a very important factor to your career. Whether you are an actor, writer, musician or need an image for personal branding, a headshot photo is essential to your success and landing you that dream job. I will work with you to capture the look you are going for and bring out your natural personality. Headshots may be taken in studio or on-location and can provide you with professional studio lighting and backdrops.
Updated March 16, 2023
A business headshot is a professional photo of you that you might use in various scenarios in your career. Your professional headshot may convey the first impression of you to clients, future coworkers and other people you want in your network, so choosing an outfit that makes you look like a confident expert in your field is important. Understanding how to pick the right clothes for your headshot photo session may help you to create the kind of photo you want to represent you.
In this article, we'll explain the benefits of business headshots and share some tips on what to wear for a business headshot of your own.
There are several things to think about when choosing headshot outfits. The right colors, apparel and accessories might help you photograph well on camera and align with expectations in your industry. Here are six tips to consider when choosing your headshot outfits:
Color might influence the way people respond to your photo, so it's beneficial to choose your colors carefully. Simple, neutral tones might be best for professionals who want a minimalistic look in their headshots. Darker neutrals like brown, black and navy are typically appropriate, as studio lights sometimes obscure light colors.
Bright, bold colors can be a way to capture people's attention, especially in creative industries. You could also research which colors might compliment your skin, hair and eyes on camera to ensure you look lively and alert in your headshot.
Busy patterns can create a photography effect known as the moiré effect, in which they become blurry and unrecognizable on camera. To minimize distractions and draw viewers' attention to your face, dress in solid colors rather than patterns. If you want to wear a pattern, select a simple one like wide strips or large polka dots and consider putting a solid-colored jacket on top.
Some companies prefer black and white headshots. If there's a possibility your headshot might be black and white, consider planning for contrast and tonality to add visual interest to your photo. For example, a bright white shirt with a navy blazer and a purple tie might offer dimension, even in a black and white photo. You can plan for a mix of tonality while keeping hues in the same color family. Tone refers to the lightness or saturation of a color, while hue suggests the warmth or coolness of a shade in a given color palette.
Keep your profession in mind while choosing an outfit. Some industries require more formality than others. For example, professionals in industries like real estate and law typically wear suits in their business headshots.
In other industries like marketing or tech, you might dress more casually. If you work in a creative field like graphic design or costume design, your headshot attire could even help clients and peers understand your personal style.
Even if you work in an industry where casual dress is standard, bring clothes that are slightly nicer than your everyday attire. It's important to make a good first impression in your headshot, so consider dressing like you might if you were going to an important meeting or presenting to a client. It might be helpful to bring an optional item that dresses your outfit up like a blazer or a sweater.
The goal of a headshot is to focus attention on your face, so it might be best to opt for minimal accessories. Aim for one or two accessories at best. If you wear glasses that reflect light, plan to remove the lenses for the photo or bring a spare pair without lenses to minimize glare. Style your hair and makeup as you usually might when entering a work environment.
Most photographers ask clients to bring a variety of different clothing options with them to their headshot sessions. This allows you to take different headshots that present different looks.
For example, if you work in health care, you might take one photo in your scrubs and another in business casual attire. Bringing many different outfits also allows you and the photographer to pick the color, cut and fabric that looks best under the studio light.
Here are some other tips that may help you feel confident on the day of your headshot session: