What to Wear and How to Prepare for a Photoshoot

Tips for what to Wear   

These are recommendations for formal professional headshots and can be slightly modified for a more casual portrait session.


-Avoid sun exposure for 1-2 days prior to headshot session. 

-Hair should be clean and dry. 

-Make sure all clothing is pressed and lint free. 

-Simple is better. In general solids are better than patterns.

-Contrary to  popular belief there are no absolutes when selecting clothing for portraits. If you -feel good in what you are wearing your confidence will come through. 

 -Wear what you think looks best on you and bring two alternate choices.


WARDROBE:  For business shots, dark solid jackets worn over a colored  shirt and nice tie seem to make nice shots. Alternatively a jacket with a dress shirt and no tie is also a good  look.  Try to ensure a good fit.

AVOID: Busy patterns and logos, t-shirts 

MAKE-UP: Not usually needed for men. But do moisturize your skin and use a lip moisturizer so lips do not look dry. 

HAIR: Hair is best worn in a natural every day hair style. Please make  sure your hair is cut and styled the way you like. It is usually NOT a good idea to get a haircut the day  before your session. Most cuts look better after one week. 

GROOMING AND SKIN: Please arrive camera ready. 

If you wear facial hair, make sure it is well-groomed, including your eyebrows. The rest of your face  should be fresh shaven. Your session includes basic retouching and that does not include razor stubble.  You may choose to bring your razor to the shoot and shave before we start. But shaving a heavy beard is  NOT recommended as your face will be irritated. Blemishes are easily retouched - don’t worry. 


WARDROBE:  Make sure you try on your top with your bra and check in bright light with a mirror to see how it looks. Studio lights are bright and may shine through thin fabrics. Make  sure the top you choose flatters you. If you love your arms - tank tops can work nicely. However, long  sleeves work better than short sleeves. 

Some things to think about: 

-Neutral solids tend to be better.  

-Flesh tones, if you have light  skin tone, can wash you out.  

-Fitted and tailored clothing works  best. Loose or baggy tops may make you look larger. 

-If you have long dark hair, your hair will blend more into the clothing if you wear a dark color, so you may want to consider a lighter colored top. 

-If you are concerned about skin wrinkles, lighter colors may be more flattering and fresh than all black as darker colors near the face can draw more attention to them. 

-Minimal jewelry is more timeless.


Busy plaids or stripes, T-shirts with logos. 

Short sleeved tops where the sleeve is loose on the arm. 

MAKE-UP: Wear what is comfortable for you and makes you look great but natural. 

Mascara - YES.  

Lipstick close to your natural lip color - YES. 

Do not wear too much face powder over foundation -  digital is sharp, too much powder may be too evident and impossible to retouch.  

Blemishes are easily retouched - don’t worry. 

HAIR: Wear your hair natural and comfortable for what you like. If you have unruly hair seek professional help from your regular stylist.

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