Best business headshot styling suggestions.
Although clothes do not “make the man” they will definitely have a powerful impact on your new professional headshot. So what should you wear for your session to get the best business headshot?
You might be tempted to stick with black and white and this is fine. Just keep in mind that pulling details out of black or white is a little more difficult; and second, they’re no where near as flattering as a well-chosen color. If you know “your colors,” choose clothing from that palette, or try variations/shades so it brings out your eye color and enhance your skin tone. Rich colors and jewel tones would be a great choices for almost all women. For men, avoid a plain white shirt. If white shirts are your signature look, accentuate it with a colorful tie. For your jacket, choose one that is plain or has a subtle pattern, such as a pinstripe.
The most important advice is to choose a color you feel good wearing.
If you don’t feel good about what you’re wearing, your headshot might show it.
While you do want to look stylish, it’s better to choose something classic yet fresh. If you are planning to get the best business headshot there is some styles of clothing you may want to avoid, such as short sleeves or sleeveless styles (unless you are confident this is the look you are after), busy patterns or plaids are a big no-no, turtlenecks and shiny fabrics and seasonal styles and fabrics. Please visit our portfolio page for some ideas.
For women, crew, boat or scoop necks are flattering and will always lay nicely. Standup collars don’t always “behave,” so I generally suggest women avoid them. If you typically wear a jacket to work, bring a couple of jackets to choose from to your session. For men, if you’re going business casual (specifically, no tie) a button down collar under a sport coat works great. Remember to consider your field: executives dress differently than entertainers. The most important tip is still to choose pieces that you feel good wearing.
Guys, if you’re not confident tying a great tie knot, tie it before you come to the studio and slip it over your head. A sloppy tie knot, looks like just that—sloppy.
When it comes to jewelry it is best to keep it to minimum. Your headshot should be about you and jewelry tends to draw attention away from you. Although, if jewelry is your thing feel free to wear what makes you feel good. If you wear glasses it would be great to have a no glare coated lenses as glare play tricks on camera and lighting.
Please consider these tips when getting ready for your session.
Together, let’s create your best business headshot yet.