Corporate Headshots & What to Wear
Headshots may be the most basic way to photograph someone, but not every headshot session is treated in the same way. When booking a headshot session, it's important to think about how the shots are going to be used. Who is your viewing audience and what do you want to say about yourself in your photos? This will help determine what you should wear to your session. One thing I can almost guarantee is that if you are booking a headshot session, it is because people need to associate a face with whatever it is you do. That being said, a good first impression is paramount. So, let's start with the most common reason people come to me for headshots along with this short slideshow of examples.
Professional headshots should tell your clients that you are a professional, so you don't want to show up to your shoot in your favorite t-shirt or halter top. In fact, it's important to wear something with a sleeve whether it's 3/4 length or full. Blazers and cardigans are always a good option for both men and women, but there are many fashionable tops and dresses with sleeves that look great all by themselves. Do make sure that your clothing is free of lint, wrinkles, and and any bold patterns or logos as these things can be very distracting and delay your turnaround time. Ladies, I know we have more options when it comes to necklines, so please make sure yours is work appropriate. One thing I've witnessed is that us women can be super critical of our own looks. If you are self conscious about your arms, downplay that with a fitted blazer or a long sleeved top. If you're really not sure what to wear, you can try doing a Google search on what professionals in your field are wearing on the job or for a job interview. Pinterest always has great wardrobe ideas that are body type specific. The most important thing is that your wardrobe flatters your body and that you choose colors that flatter your skin tone.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
In a perfect world, we would all have our own makeup artist and hair stylist and I know a few who I can recommend for our session. However, if you're already set with your own makeup and you're really looking to focus on that one-on-one session time, then I am happy to help and you'll be feeling like a model by the time we're done! If that's the case, then here are my suggestions for you:
Your makeup should be natural, but don't be afraid to wear a little more than you normally would. Remember you are going to be very well lit and photographed in high resolution by a professional, so there's no throwing a beauty filter on your images after you get them ;)
Know how you are going to wear your hair and if necessary have your ends trimmed a few days or a week beforehand. Do not get a fresh cut right before your session
Keep it simple! You do not need to pull out all of your jewelry for this! If you're going to wear a necklace, then please keep your earrings simple and vice versa. Remember that we are advertising YOU and not your jewelry. Please remember that headshots are not about playing dress-up, but rather making you look like a professional in your field. The people who are looking to hire you whether it be for a modeling agency or a real estate company, only want to see what you look like so that they can recognize you. Heavy makeup and jewelry is only a distraction and you may not be taken seriously.
The key to a great shoot is planning, so take the time to choose your wardrobe in advance so that you are not stuck throwing something together at the last minute. That includes having earrings or necklace already picked out as well. Always get plenty of rest the night before any photo shoot for best results! I can whiten teeth, reduce shiny skin, and even smooth frizz, but if you show up looking and feeling exhausted it will absolutely affect your session. Last but not least...practice your smile in the mirror! Play with your hair and turn your head to either side. Most of us do not have perfectly symmetrical faces, so you may find that you have a "good side". For most people, it is their left side.
I hope this information has been helpful in planning your professional headshot session. If you have any questions of your own regarding professional headshots, please feel free to comment below and thanks for checking out my blog post!