What to wear for headshots — Wardrobe tips for your photoshoot

What to wear for headshots — Wardrobe tips for your photoshoot


– You booked a professional headshot, and suddenly you hate
everything in your closet. Before you pull out the credit card and go shopping for new outfits, watch this video for some basic guidance on what to wear for your session. Thanks for stopping by. For the best headshot tips and tricks, please subscribe and ring that bell so you’ll be notified when
new videos are released. You’ve booked your session and you’ve watched my last
video on how to prepare before worrying about your wardrobe, but now, it’s time to
pick out some clothes. This video will cover the basics: what to wear, what to avoid, and even when to break the rules if you wanna live dangerously. I’m Scott Lawrence, a professional
headshot photographer, based here in Detroit, and I have worked with
hundreds of professionals just like you. Check out my work at
scottlawrencephoto.com. And now, on to the good stuff. If you watched my last video, you’ll remember that a great headshot is really about keeping it simple. Distractions, whether in the
background or in your clothing, are only gonna work against you, so unless you’re a model
actually selling the clothes that you’re gonna be wearing, wardrobe isn’t as critical
as you might think. So, how do you actually keep it simple? You do need to wear something, though. Otherwise, we’re talking about a different genre of photography. You can’t go wrong with solids. Stripes or heavy patterns tend
to get amplified on camera, so I usually recommend against them. Neutral colors are, of course, great, and they’re never gonna clash with any of your branding
colors or any other graphics that might be around your image on your website, for example. If you’re doing multiple
looks in your session, you might even wanna bring
a strong, bold color, too. That’s gonna give you an
image that’ll really pop. And one more point on colors: if you’re wearing a strong color, let’s say like a bright pink or something, it might actually
reflect some of the light back on your cheeks or
neck, something like that, which is no good. It’s hard to tell if that’s gonna happen until we get in the studio, so when in doubt, I’d say
bring a backup just in case. That’s not to say I don’t
recommend wearing these, I just say bring some
options, just in case. Fit is key. Fit is super important,
even for headshots. Anything too big in the neck
or shoulders is a no-go. Guys, if you’re wearing a tie, your shirt should be a fitted dress shirt. That’s one with an actual neck size. And on neck ties, if you never wear a tie, I would argue that you
probably don’t need one in your professional headshot. Nothing wrong with a great
open collar and blazer look, very common. Odds are that that fitted dress shirt is probably stuck in
the back of your closet and isn’t as current as
it probably should be. Fashion trends these days
are pretty slim and tailored, so a super-nice tailored suit or dress is great for posing vertical
portraits for men or women. Even if you’re not a skinny model, fitted clothing does have
a great slimming effect, and ladies, make sure
the collar or neckline is crisp, clean, and simple. Big, floppy collars will look
big and floppy on camera. What about pants? Well, pants are optional if you’re just coming in for a headshot. Wear your shorts, comfy
denim, even your pajama pants. I don’t care. Glasses? This one’s easy. If you’re normally seen
with your glasses on in your professional capacities, then I’d say wear ’em, because you want people to recognize you, and you gotta look like you. But you hate your glasses? Well, we’ll do some without your glasses, but go shopping for some frames first. There’s a lot of great options out there. Some people get caught
up on their reflections that come through from the
studio lights on your glasses. This is not as big of a
deal as you might think. There’s some tricks to minimize them, but don’t get hung up on it. It’s more important that you look like you with your glasses on. Okay, you’ve got your clothes picked out. What about jewelry? You guessed it, keep it simple. Unless big bling is your
style and your brand, going big will only distract the viewer. And remember, too, it’s a headshot, so any decent-sized pendant
or anything around your neck is probably gonna get cropped off anyway. Watches and bracelets will, of course, only be seen in portraits or personal branding images
with a vertical crop, so if you’re into watches, go ahead and bring your fancy timepiece, but remember your audience. If it’s a high-end, kind
of a luxury audience, nothing wrong with wearing
a fancy Swiss watch. But if your headshot is for the people, stick with the Apple Watch. You go into your closet and
you find your favorite shirt clearly breaks most of the rules that we just talked about. What do you do? I’d say bring it. Forget the rules. Wearing your favorite items can add just the right jolt of
confidence to your session, and confidence in your
session is everything. That’s gonna come though
on camera, trust me. That’s it. Those are my essential wardrobe tips. What’d you wear to your session? Any regrets? Would you do anything different? Let me know in the comments. More videos with tips and tricks about what to do in your
session will be coming. Hair, makeup, posing, all sorts of things, but if you can’t wait, grab
my free complete session guide with the link below. If you enjoyed this video, please share it and give it a like, and share
it with somebody you know that is probably in the
market for a new headshot. It’s a good way to give them a hint, too, that it’s time for a new picture. Have a great day, and remember,
have fun in that session.

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