What should I wear?
Are you looking to update your professional image with a new professional headshot? Choosing the right outfit can make all the difference in creating a polished and professional look.
When a client books in for a Lizzy C Photography business portrait or profile photo shoot, the most commonly asked question is always “What should I wear?”
There really is no right or wrong outfit for a portrait shoot, the best outfit you can bring is the one that makes you feel relaxed but professional.
However, if you’re in need of some guidance we’ve put together some tips to help you make the best choices for your headshot session and improve your online presence:
1. Have more than one option
To get the most out of your portrait session, it’s a good idea to have more than one outfit. A second shirt, and jacket, will give you a few different combinations. You can also change your look with different accessories — a different scarf or tie can make all the difference.
Before your shoot you might like to consider where you’re going to use the images, different platforms might require a different look. For example, your Facebook profile would be more casual than your LinkedIn profile.
2. Try some colour
Black is a popular choice amongst us Melbourne peeps, but bring some colour as well. Flattering colours can help give the photograph more energy, and make you appear more approachable. Consider colors that complement your skin tone and hair colour.
Give some consideration to the jewellery that you wear. That means earrings and necklaces for women, and watches for men. Accessories can help communicate your style, and add extra colour to your look. However, be careful not to overdo it. Simple and classic pieces can go a long way in creating a timeless look.
4. Nothing too ‘busy’
Vibrant colours are fine, but bold prints can be distracting. This also applies to obvious logos and branding (unless it’s important to have your companies branding in the image). Keep it simple by opting for clothes with subtle, minimal design elements.
That being said, if bold prints are your thing then don’t hide who you are. Go for it!
In addition, wearing texture can add depth and interest to your outfit. For example, a sweater with a cable knit pattern or a shirt with a subtle herringbone texture can add visual interest without being too distracting.
5. Consider your neckline
Most headshots start at the chest, so it’s important to consider how high (or low!) the neckline of you top is. Even tops that aren’t very low can appear so in a cropped headshot. It’s good to keep this in mind when selecting your tops for the shoot.
When you arrive at the shoot, ensure you have all of you clothing ready to go. This will make outfit changes quick, and you’ll get the most out of your portrait session.
At Lizzy C Photography, we specialise in creating business portraits and professional headshots that showcase your unique personality and style. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and improve your business image.