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What to Wear: Business Headshots

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I am so excited for your upcoming headshots session, as I hope you are too! Often my clients find that once the thrill of booking a session has settled in, they are faced with an overwhelming number of decisions to be made regarding what to wear during the big day. To make the task of choosing what to wear a little easier, and to make sure that you are completely happy with your final headshot, here are some tips that you should keep in mind when planning your looks. It is a good idea to start planning early and sometimes even an excuse to do some shopping!

We highly recommend that you take a look at our pinterest board for many great outfit ideas and colour palettes.

Men:

Please bring several options for each item, we will decide on the best combinations at the studio.

Recommended attire: high end (well fitting) shirt and blazer, no tie, top couple of buttons undone – conveys a confident and modern feel, best for businessmen comfortable in their skin.
We recommend the full suit look – blazer, shirt and tie – only to those that are required to wear a full suit or uniform to work every day, otherwise it can sometimes come across as old-fashioned or “trying too hard”.
For a more casual look opt in for a shirt and/or tie and perhaps a cardigan.

  • Shirts: solid lighter pastel colours such as baby blues, light yellows, earth tones, light purples, pink (pink is not the best for anyone with reddish complexion, but otherwise highly recommended!). Avoid dark/black colors at all cost, plaid/loud282744_mainpatterns also do not work well. Subtle stripes and patterns are okay. If you want to bring a white shirt, be sure to bring other color options as white doesn’t always work.
  • Ties (if any): solid colors are best or ones with subtle stripes without stark contrast. Non-shiny material. Bring several.
  • Blazers (if any): light and medium-light shades of grey, blue, taupe and earthy tones are best. Subtle patterns are fine. Trendy slim fitting cuts preferred. Avoid dark and black colours at all cost.
  • Bottoms: unless you are going for more than just a headshot cropped above the waist, extra pant options aren’t necessary. Otherwise, please bring shoes and trendy coordinating separates or matching suit pants.
  • Accessories: A classic watch and a belt is usually all that is needed to complete your look. If you are going for a full suit, cuff links and tie pin make a great addition. For a pop of colour that’s not too dominating, add a handkerchief to your blazer pocket.
  • Grooming: Men can often benefit from oil blotting sheets in the summer and some chapstick in colder weather. Men’s hair look best a week or two after the trim, just to grow it out a little. Bring any hair products with you if needed for touch ups. Make sure all facial hair is neatly groomed or freshly shaven.

Women:

Please bring several options for each item, we will decide on best combinations at the studio.

Recommended attire: trendy blazer, silk or other light material blouse with a modest neckline – conveys a confident and modern feel, best for business women comfortable in their skin.
We only recommend the full suited look – jacket, matching pants/skirt and shirt – only to those that are required to wear a full suit or uniform to work every day, otherwise it can sometimes come across as old-fashioned or “trying too hard”
For a more casual look opt in for a light-coloured blouse/work dress and perhaps a cardigan.

  • Shirts/Blouses/Dresses: A modest neckline and medium/long sleeves is ideal. A V-neck is universally flattering and professional as long as it is not too low. Make sure the top fits well and is not too tight. Solid lighter pastel colours such as baby blues, light yellows, earth tones, light purples, pink (pink sometimes is not the best for anyone with reddish complexion, but otherwise highly recommended!). Avoid dark/black colors, plaid/loud patterns. Subtle stripes and patterns are okay. If you want to bring a white top, be sure to bring other color options as white doesn’t always work.
  • Bottoms: unless you are going for more than just a headshot cropped above the waist, extra pant or skirt options aren’t needed. Otherwise, please bring shoes and trendy coordinating separates or matching suit pants or skirt.
  • Blazers (if any): light and medium-light shades of grey, blue, taupe and earthy tones are best. Subtle patterns are fine. Trendy , fashion forward styles preferred. Avoid dark and black colours at all cost.blazers
  • Accessories: In this instance, less really is more! A small pair of earrings can work well, as well as a simple necklace to complete your look. Large, chunky statement pieces can be overwhelming and date the image.
  • Make-up & Hair: Avoid overdoing your make-up and hair and choose your typical styles instead. If you don’t wear much make up usually, try covering any blemishes and blotting away the shine, add some mascara, a lip gloss and you’re done! If you prefer to wear full make-up, here’s a great tutorial on how to get it camera ready.
    Avoid getting a radically new hair style before the session as ladies need some time to practice working it and warming up to it. Allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait session for maximum confidence. Please arrive with your hair and make-done, however bring some products with you for touch ups.

Feel free to ask our opinion if you need help. You can even snap a photo of the outfits that you have chosen and email it to us. We are more than happy to help you with this so that you look and feel your best on the day of the session. You are also encouraged to bring several options with you to the session so that we can make substitutes on the go or change up our look for some of the photos.