What came first… the headshot or the job offer? Getting headshots done can be a very daunting process. Especially when it comes to figuring out what to wear in your pictures. Whether you're a business executive, a creative, or anyone in between, you want to make sure you look your best in front of the camera. But with so many clothing options, it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out what to wear. Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way to help you look your best in front of the camera for a professional and hirable look.
First of all, let's start with the basics. Keep it simple and classic. Opt for solid colors that enhance your skin tone. Neutral colors such as black, grey, and navy photograph well but sometimes you need a pop of color for fun. Simple shirts photograph well and won't distract from your smiling face. If you feel more comfortable in a neutral color but you're feeling adventurous, try adding that pop of color with a tie, scarf, or statement piece of jewelry.
Next, think about the message you want to convey with your headshot. Are you looking to show off your professional side? Then stick to a traditional suit and tie or a blazer and skirt. But, if you're in a more creative field, you might want to show off your personality and creativity. I recommend staying away from anything with a busy pattern or thin stripes. Patterns will pull focus away from you and thin stripes sometimes create a distortion effect which can ruin an otherwise amazing photo!
When it comes to fit, make sure your clothes are well-fitted but not too tight. You want to be comfortable and confident in your outfit, not fidgeting or pulling at your clothes. Don’t forget to make sure your clothes are freshly pressed and clean - a wrinkled shirt won't do you any favors!
Lastly, don't forget the little details. Style your hair and makeup how you would show up at an audition or interview. An overly beautified glamor shot will confuse employers when you are no longer in their presence. You want your headshot to look like YOU! Also, make sure any accessories are clean and your shoes are polished. You might even consider getting a manicure to make sure your hands look their best. Dressing to impress from head to toe will give you more confidence as we snap away photo after photo.
So there you have it, folks! Keep it simple, choose colors that complement your skin tone, and make sure your clothes fit well. And most importantly, have fun with it! After all, a headshot is a representation of you and your personal brand, so let your personality shine through.
Ready to test out a headshot outfit?! Join Weber Photography for Red Hot Headshots, a headshot mini session event taking place on Sunday, February 19th in Bayview, WI. Click here to reserve a session time now and I can’t wait to see you on the other side of the lens!