What to Wear

What to wear – Everyone:
• Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great
• Make sure your jacket and shirt fit you well. A poor fitting jacket or shirt will be
obvious in the photos
• Don’t overdress
• Turtlenecks are almost always a bad idea (since they crowd the face)
• Clothes should be neatly pressed and should look new or like new
• Avoid busy patterns and large lines/stripes
• Blue/green/turquoise shirts/blouses or accents can help emphasize
blue/green/hazel eyes
What to wear – Men:
• The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie
• A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, shirt and tie (no
jacket), or dress shirt on it’s own
• Polo shirts are a good look for some businesses. Be sure the shirt is in good
condition and fit well
• For a no-jacket casual look, bring colored shirts – ideally darker than your skin
• A white dress shirt by itself is a bad idea – unless you plan to wear it underneath
something (jacket or sweater)
• Bring a few different jackets, shirt colors and ties so we have choices for the
What to wear – Women:
• Avoid big prints and busy patterns
• Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety
different shirts/blouses to see what works best
• For a no-jacket casual look, bring various colored blouses – ideally darker than
your skin tone
REMEMBER: Select and wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. Select something
that makes you look and feel good.
• Keep jewelry extremely simple – small is better
• Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated
• The picture is about your face not your jewelry
• Be prepared to remove facial piercings or multiple ear piercings
Hair and Makeup Tips:
• Make-up should be clean and natural
• Wear a heavy layer of translucent powder – your face will appear flawless in
photos. Shine disappears, pores seem smaller, skin looks even, and blush is
• Line lips before applying matte lipstick, then reline. Don’t overdo it. Dip a cotton
bud in powder and run along lip line to prevent color from bleeding
• Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine
• Avoid frosts or garish colors
• Don’t get a new hair cut just before the shoot (you may want to let it grow-in a bit
or get used to styling a new cut)
• Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or few
days before your shoot. In case you have a bad reaction to the product
(Ideally) Please have:
• Hair styled and makeup already applied (if not using makeup artist)
• Already dressed in first outfit
What to have with you:
• Your previous headshots (so we can improve)
• Favorite Music (CD or iPod/MP3 player)
• Various changes of clothing (see above)
• Good attitude
• Lip balm
• Hair brush/comb
• Makeup and hair products you prefer (especially if you have allergies)
  Drink lots of water and be well rested (so your eyes will not have dark circles)