Frequently I am asked by my awesome clients "what should I wear for our headshot session?" or "how should I prepare?".  It's terrific to know my clients want their headshots to be fantastic, because so do I.  Preparing and dressing for your portraits is really important.  When it comes to deciding what to wear, the goal is to make "people" stand out, not the clothing.  And, of course help them look their best! So here are some tips and suggestions:

What to wear

  • You should like and feel comfortable in the clothes you wear in a photograph session. 

  • Bring shirts/blouses in a variety of collars/necklines.  Bring a few different selections, I can help select the best one.

  • Choose colors that compliment your skin tone and eye color.  Consider solid colors  Busy, loud patterns or logos tend to draw too much attention to the outfit and away from the face.  Try to avoid wearing all white or fluorescent colors.  Wearing a vest or jacket over a white shirt helps break it up and is fine.   I can help make selections.  Blue's always look great on most people. 

  • Textures and layers can look nice. 

  • Ladies – hide those bra straps!  Wear a bra that hides well under your outfit.  Consider wearing dresses or tops that cover your arms partially or fully.  Bare arms tend to stand-out in a photo and can expose more skin than your face, thus drawing attention to your arms, not your beautiful face!

  • Iron your wardrobe please.  I can’t stress this enough.  Every detail will show up in your portraits, so be sure to iron out any wrinkles.

  • Turtlenecks hide the neck and can make a face appear wider or bigger, use sparingly.

  • Choose colors that compliment your skin tone and eye color.  

  • A Smile!!!

Posing Tips

  • I always ask client to put their chins forward, never up tho.  

  • Stand straight

  • Deep breath and smile 

Makeup for the ladies

  • Makeup is not a must.  But if you do like to wear it, here are some tips.  I do have a makeup artist that I can have on the shoot if you would like.  Please let me know in advance.

  • Lips – any shiny lip gloss in a color like berries or browns, avoid frosts or glitters, avoid dark colors.  Bring your lip gloss along for refreshing!  Keep it neutral.  Also, don't forget to brush the teeth before your shoot.  (Just incase you ate prior)

  • Face – a light application of non-SPF foundation helps smooth out the skin and cover any blemishes.   The goal is for a matte finish, not a glow so avoid foundations with bronzer or shimmer or mineral makeup.  Note:  The reason to avoid foundations with SPF or shimmer is because it reflects light and will effect the exposure of the photo.  If you can’t find a non-SPF foundation, then just go for the lowest SPF amount offered.  Finally, brush a light translucent powder all over to cut down on shine.

  • Cheeks – light blush to add some color.  Avoid bronzers or glittery blushes.

  • Eyes – brown eyeliner and a little waterproof mascara to bring out the lashes is fine.  A soft brown always looks nice and compliments most eye colors.  Avoid eye shadows with shimmer or glitter.

  • Eyebrows – trim or pluck if needed.  A rogue hair can  show!  If waxing, be sure to do it a week prior to avoid having redness.

  • Manicure – It’s amazing the detail the camera can capture, so be sure to get a fresh manicure  (if you wear nail polish) 

  • Hair - If you're planning on having major changes done (dye, cuts etc) plan them at least 2 weeks prior if possible so new cuts or styles relax a bit.


Specific to men

  • Clear Chapstick is great for those with dry lips.  Please make sure you do this daily a few days before your shoot and the day of.  Also, don't forget to brush the teeth before your shoot.  (Just incase you ate prior)

  • For men who show off the bald look, please do not use any moisturizers on your head which may create unwanted shine.    

  • Men – Be clean-shaven or beards and mustaches trimmed.   For clean-shaven guys, you may think a little stubble won’t be seen on camera, but it totally shows in close-ups, so spend the extra time to shave and put on your “handsome”!  If that is the look you want of course. 



  • Share your expectations and intentions. Let me know what kind of look you want

  • Tell us how and where the photo will be used (so we can be sure it's appropriate)

  • Drink lots of water and be well rested (so your eyes will not have dark circles)

  • Arrive on time. Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes early (we may have other clients scheduled before you)

  • Please call if you are running late or arrive early

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