simple tips for your professional headshot session
For many professionals, choosing the right outfit for your headshot session is the most painful part of the process. You want an outfit that's flattering, attractive on-camera, and shows a little bit of your personality and experience, but putting it all together can be overwhelming! I offer wardrobe consultation with all of my portrait packages, and have put together a few simple tips to get you started.
Wear neutral, solid colors - avoid busy patterns.
While you may look fabulous in bold prints, they can easily become distracting and unflattering in photos. A light colored top under a black or navy blazer is always a win. For a more casual look, try a denim jacket or cardigan sweater.
Wear clothes that fit your body.
This may seem simple, but wearing clothes that fit your body is key to loving the way you look in your photos. Clothes that are too tight or too loose can cause unflattering lines. It doesn't matter what size you wear, as long as you wear your size!
Show your personality with accessories or a pop of color!
In addition to looking polished, it's great to let your personality to shine! As my much-more-fashionable older sister once told me, it's always important to accessorize! Jewelry, a stylish hat (when appropriate), or even a nice watch can really up-level your look and increase your confidence in front of the camera. Think about what you want your photo to portray to your clients. Going for a bolder look? Try a bright color top that flatters your skin tone.
Today is not the day for experimentation.
If you're hoping to try a new hair or makeup technique, today is not the day. While I recommend makeup (even if you don't usually wear it), go for a natural style that accentuates your best features. Your hair should be dry, styled, and set, but don't try anything new that morning. If you aren't confident in your own ability to do your hair or makeup, and your schedule allows, don't hesitate to book a trusted professional for the occasion.
Above all, be yourself!
It's my job to know the flattering poses and find the best light, all you have to do is show up and be yourself! Don't be afraid to laugh, move, and try something new. I will give you a variety of poses and shots to choose from in your final gallery, so don't worry about getting it perfect on the first click.
Lastly, if there is anything you are particularly insecure about or a pose you don't like, let me know! I won't change your face shape or body type when I am editing, but we can work together to find your best angle and show the most flattering version of yourself to your potential clients.