The first question that always get asked is "what should I wear?" Well, what you wear for your headshot photograph is just as important to the overall image as your expression. Clothing should simply enhance you and your features and keep the focus of attention on your face. Bring along a number of different outfits with them in various styles and colours. That way your photographer can see what looks good on you, works well on camera and is appropriate for your target audience. Mainly bring tops but some bottoms too if you want some 3/4 length shots). There are 4 simple wardrobe rules:
You have to love it!
Your photographer doesn’t want to shoot you in anything that you don’t feel comfortable wearing.
If you don’t feel comfortable, it will show, so don’t bring it.
If it’s not in the studio , it can't be shot!
If your asking yourself whether something will work, just bring it along anyway. Have some fun with this. If you feel your wardrobe is missing something, then go shopping, keep the tags on (you can always return the items you don’t want to keep.)
This is where you can get some of your own personal style into the shot. People always ask, "what colours are best?" Unfortunately that can't really be answered until your photographer sees you and your wardrobe. It’s better to get a visual of something. Bold colours are great, so bring a wide variety of colours. It’s amazing how many times something has looked amazing on camera that you didn’t initially think would work.
And vice versa.
Don’t be too selective or seasonal.
Bring everything from casual shirts and t-shirts to formal blouses and shirts to sweaters and light jackets. Textures and layers can work well, but would advise to stay away from crazy patterns.
Professional Image Advice
Now might be a good time to seek some advice from an professional image consultant. These people are specially trained to help you and the colours and styles of clothes that enhance your body shape, features and natural colouring. You have no idea how much more confident you will feel knowing you are wearing the right styles and colours to match your natural colouring and body shape.
If you follow these simple rules, you're bound to look your best in your headshots.