Men

 A nice suit looks great for a business or corporate headshot

A nice suit looks great for a business or corporate headshot

A well-fitting suit with a dark shade of blue or gray, or even a black suit, looks great on anyone who wants a business or corporate headshot. A light gray suit can look good too! Avoid anything ill-fitting, which would bunch up heavily if you sit or fold your arms, or a suit that is tight around the arms. 

Shirts with minimal patterns pair best with a classy suit jacket - subtlety is the key for. Plain shirts are ideal, but shirts with thin stripes are ok too. Checkered or funky patterns tend to befuddle the audience.  A well pressed dress shirt can be an excellent choice for a more casual yet professional headshot look.

A tie can embellish your look! Choose a color that compliments your attire, but avoid anything too shiny. It is OK to not wear a tie too, if you prefer. 

You can also wear a sweater or a formal jacket over a shirt and still look professional; this layered look is a great alternative to the classic suit-and-tie look. 

Lastly, remember to dry clean or iron your clothes to get a crisp look! And carry along another set of clothes as an option. 

Guidelines for executive portraits are similar to corporate headshots; choose an attire that spells out business, but still exemplifies your personality. 

 A layered look for an executive portrait

A layered look for an executive portrait

Women

 A great attire for a professional headshot

A great attire for a professional headshot

For women, anything from a classic suit, to a dress, to a formal blouse can look beautiful in a headshot.  Darker, solid colors like navy, grey, or black are universally flattering and always a good choice.

A bold colored blouse or dress can be paired with classic, plain blazer to add a pop of color to a professional headshot. It's best to avoid clothes with tight or small herringbone patterns. The idea is to ensure the attire does not steal attention from the face.  Because of the traditional framing of a headshot we recommend avoiding low necklines and strapless or tank tops. Sleeveless tops are fine, but be sure to bring along a blazer or a sweater as another option. 

Jewelry in a business or corporate headshot should be kept light and not overly flashy.  The image should draw attention to you and your face rather than your accessories!

Lastly, remember to dry clean or iron your clothes to get a crisp look! And carry along another set of clothes as an option. 

Artists (models/actors)

The wardrobe guidelines for acting and modeling headshots are somewhat loose. You can wear an attire of your choice, keeping in mind that the image should draw attention to your face.

In the acting headshot shown here, the beautiful lady is wearing a simple black top. She had recently changed her hair style and color, and needed to update her portfolio. 

 
 Acting and modeling headshots have loose wardrobe guidelines

Acting and modeling headshots have loose wardrobe guidelines

Make up and Hair Styling

Hiring a makeup and hair styling artist is up to you! However, a professional hair and makeup artist has a deep knowledge of the entire photographic process, and understands how to make you look your best under the studio lights, whether you're a man or a woman!  A good hair and makeup artist can be a great extra set of eyes to tame fly away hairs and pat down any shine.

For men, we recommend getting a hair cut a few days before the session, allowing the hair to grow back a little to appear natural. If you sport a beard, trim it evenly. For women, we recommend wearing light, natural makeup if you normally wear makeup.  Something simple to enhance your features keeps a headshot timeless and professional.  Stick with a look you know you like to wear and be seen wearing!

Remember, be it a corporate or an artist's headshot or portrait, the session is all about you, so feel free to bring with you attires that cherish you as a person!