What to Wear for your Headshot Session

The First Question

One of the first questions people ask when they come for a headshots session is “What should I wear?”.

The quick answer is that you need to be comfortable in whatever you wear. We’re going to produce a headshot that makes you look both confident and approachable, so wearing something you feel comfortable in is a pre-requisite. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should turn up in your trackie bottoms and hoody! No. Because we also need to factor in what you’re trying to achieve with the headshot.

Most people are trying to connect with potential clients online. What you wear will depend on your work and who you are looking to attract. If you’re a lawyer or accountant, for example, your potential clients are looking for someone with whom they can trust some of their most personal issues. The clothes you wear will help send a signal that you are that person. The accountant who’s headshot shows them holding a can of beer while watching the football and eating Doritos probably isn’t going to fill a potential client with a great deal of confidence!

So you need to be comfortable in what you’re wearing while ensuring your clothes are giving the right signals to potential clients.

How about colours and patterns?

Generally speaking, you will know what suits you – after all, you went through a process of trying different options when you bought them. So in terms of colours, you’ll probably have this part nailed down. However, you may want to bring some different options to try on the day. The more the merrier as far as I’m concerned!

Having said that, bright colours can be distracting. We’re trying to draw people’s attention to your face here, so people can determine whether you’re the right person to solve their problem. In most cases, it’s advisable to avoid particularly bright colours. There are exceptions to every rule of course, so if you feel that bright colours particularly suit you, please bring them along.

Patterns follow the same….er, pattern, I guess! Too many different patterns on your clothes will be distracting and take the viewers attention away from where we want it to be – your face. As with the advice on colour above, there are exceptions to the rule. But on the whole, patterns should be avoided for your headshot.

Textures and Layers

Textures and layers, on the other hand, are cool. If you want to layer up during your headshot session, that can work really well and add subtle interest to the overall look of the headshot. Of course, there’s a place for simple clothing – just one layer for example, but it can be cool to layer up and see how it’s looking.

Clothing with different textures can also look great. That denim jacket you own, or the knitted jumper, they can look cool on a headshot. Again, adding some depth and interest to the overall look.

Jewellery and Accessories

As mentioned above, we want to create a headshot which draws the viewers attention to your face. So while some subtle jewellery and accessories may add interest, be wary of anything too big or overpowering. Large items of jewellery or accessories can take over the picture and detract from your face, rather than enhance things. People may not view your headshot for very long, so we want to grab their attention as quickly as possible. The best way to do that is by drawing their attention to your eyes, not to your jewellery.

It’s cold outside

The other thing to remember is that your headshot should be as relevant during the winter months as it is in the summer months. Just because it’s warm or cold outside, doesn’t mean you should only bring clothes relevant to the current season. Remember to bring a range of clothing to try during your headshot session; t-shirts, jumpers, jackets, blouses etc. It won’t be cold in the studio, we’ll whack the heating on if you get cold, don’t worry!

Necklines

Again, you’ll probably know what type of clothing suits you in terms of necklines and sleeves. So bring the ones that you’re most comfortable in, but do bring a range of things to try.

Finally

The main thing to remember is that we’re going to have fun during your headshot session! And that includes having fun with your clothing and seeing what works for you. We always shoot tethered, so you’ll be able to review your images as we go along.

As always, if you have any questions before your session, please contact me at any time.

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