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What to wear to your headshot session

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Clothing is the topic I get the most questions about. Try not to get hung up on the wardrobe (pun intended). The most important thing is to bring clothes you love wearing. If you wear something that you don’t feel good in, your discomfort will show in your expression. If you don’t love it, don’t bring it.

I shoot tethered into a laptop during the shoot, so we can usually tell if something looks good or not within a couple of shots. It’s better to bring a few options just in case something doesn’t photograph the way you thought it would. Sometimes it’s the shirt or tie you weren’t planning on bringing that ends up being your favorite look from the shoot!

  • Avoid clothing with distracting patterns and overly bright colors. I love blues, grays, green, and magenta. I think they pop off the background nicely.
  • Be careful with thin fabrics. Studio lights are bright, and it might make them slightly see-through.
  • Be sure to bring appropriate colored undergarments as well.
  • Loose and baggy clothing will make you look unpolished and will be difficult to adjust during the shoot.

A document that shows different necklines of tops and what works best for the shape of faces.

  • Scoop necks can make your shoulders look wider and larger than you are.
  • V-necks and deep plunging necklines tend to draw attention away from the face, which we want to avoid.
  • Properly fitting dress shirts and jackets are essential.
  • Big uneven shoulder pads kill shots instantly.
  • Men don’t wear an undershirt under your shirt.  It will bunch and create wrinkles.

Most jewelry, hats, and scarves can be left at home. You don’t want anything to distract from YOU. If you wear glasses, definitely bring them and any extra glasses you wear. just in case the ones you reflect light badly.

All of that being said, what works for one person might not work for you. So if you’re on the fence about a piece of clothing, just bring it with you. If you don’t bring it, I can’t shoot it!  More is always better.

Feel free to email me to discuss any wardrobe concerns before your session.

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