Getting Ready for Your Professional Headshot Session
Quality timeless portraiture can show style and personality within a cohesive look and color palette!
So you're planning your 2020 headshot session and you're wondering what to wear. Well, here's a quick and easy guide with details about clothing and colors and tips about wrinkles and socks! Let's put your best face forward!
Pick colors that compliment your skin tone, such as plum, pink, or light blue. Avoid true whites and blacks, UNLESS you are going for a specific “look”. Generally, whites can distract the eye from your face, which is the most important part of the image. Black can be concealing, but isn’t always the most flattering for faces. If choosing black and white, go for a white shirt and black jacket, a classic choice that minimizes both colors.
Plan a color scheme theme that highlights your eyes:
blues look great with people with light/blue eyes
grays and dark versions of blue and purple look great for brown eyes
unless you need it for your brand, avoid white, it draws the attention away from your face
Limit the color scheme to 2 to 3 colors, such as:
i.e. Navy suit jacket with pink shirt
Gray, khaki, ivory, light blue and gold (similar complementary tones)
Generally, avoid bold patterns unless it is standard for your particular profession. Soft patterns are fine!
Avoid wearing big jewelry, again unless it goes with your brand. A large statement necklace can look great at an event but in a headshot that you want to make a terrific quick impression, it is not a good idea. Understated and subtle with jewelry, goes a long way for your headshot!
If easiest, schedule hair appointments that morning before the shoot. If you don't know where to book for hair and makeup. I do have recommendations, be sure and ask!
It might sound crazy, but your skin looks so much better when you are properly hydrated! Start drinking H20 the day before the shoot! And bring chapstick or lip balm to wear that day.
Wrinkles can be distracting in a photo. If you dislike the iron, it is best to run the clothes through the dryer for 5-10 minutes before the shoot just to be smooth!
Be yourself in the photo, your casual self or your dressed-up self, with attention to color and style. A professional photo is very different than that every day look--it is a moment captured, and something we want to look at over and over!
Absolutely google images of people in your industry and make note of what you do and DON'T like! And if need be go shopping for a new great shirt and suit jacket!