What should I wear for my headshot?



Keep it simple. Bring a couple options if you'd like. I have a place you can hang things up, and change. Remember, when you're picking out clothing options to bring consider how they look from the chest up. Typically the photo will be cropped above the chest, so focus on the shoulders and the neck line of the outfit. You want clothes that give a clean, defined look.  Have a look at my portfolio to see the type of clothing that work.

Try to bring:

  • clothes you love - you look great in - you feel great in

  • clothes that are form-fitting

  • clothes that are one solid colour (bonus points if they match/bring out your eye colour)

  • subtle patterns

  • clothes that are black, white or any shade of grey

  • layers; a jacket or sweater that works well with one of your tops

Try not to bring: 

  • overbearing patterns, (they distract and pull focus from your eyes).

  • baggy, loose clothing (they add extra unwanted pounds)

  • high collared shirts/jackets (they shorten the neck)

  • wrinkled clothing (the camera will see this)

  • clothes that don't fit

Most importantly please check in with your advisor/team to get an understanding of any dress code that might be needed for these images. My suggestions are just that.
Clothing should not distract from the 'important stuff', which are your face and eyes. 

Above all, trust yourself, even if it goes against the stuff I said above.

Pro tip: Do you have a piece of clothing in mind that you love but you don't own it? Go buy it! Keep the receipts and the tags on, you can return it after the shoot!



PLEASE NOTE: these are NOT guidelines these are suggestions. If everything I say goes against your natural instinct, don't listen to it. These suggestions are here to help people who are unsure of what they should do for their makeup. If you know how you like your makeup, that’s half the battle, go with what you know.
These suggestions are guided towards a simpler more natural look because stronger makeup trends have the ability to age your headshot quicker.
The going trend now, is usually out in a year... a natural look is timeless.

The retouching can clean up blemishes so if you break a few zits the day before, don't worry!

Try to avoid:

  • heavy eyeliner (on the top and the bottom), avoid sharp, hard lines.

  • heavy eyeshadow

  • pencilled in eyebrows with a harsh line, in photography it can make the eyelids look heavy.

  • fake eyelashes they can weight down the eyelid

  • heavy blush

  • lip liner

  • strong/bold lipstick (bring in a clear/neutral gloss to keep your lips shiny and/or a hydrating lipstick in neutral colors, to even out chapped lips and unevenness)

During the session, we will review the images on my laptop as we go, so you can see if the makeup is working for you or not. So, if we look at the images and you think you need more, you can absolutely take the time to add on makeup.