What Should I Wear (And Not Wear) To A Headshot Photo Shoot?

What Should I Wear (And Not Wear) To A Headshot Photo Shoot?

Professional headshots are an essential part of your career. Headshots tell potential employers who you are. They also tell clients who they can expect to meet.

That said, it’s important to know what to wear when the time comes to get your professional headshots taken.

What Are The Clothing Guidelines For A Headshot?

For some folks, choosing the right outfit for a professional headshot is a sinch. You dress up in a blazer or a nice suit and off you go.

But for others, they might see a professional photo shoot as the time to be the person they’ve always wanted to be. And what that person wears might not send the right message to prospective employers or clients.

With that in mind, the goal of your headshot is to make you look confident and professional. You’re emphasizing your eyes and face, not your clothing. After all, the headshot is about you and not your choice of jewelry or tie.

You want to avoid choosing clothing that distracts from your face. That means avoiding clothes that are trendy or have loud colors.

You also want to avoid wearing clothing that’s wrinkled or has the wrong fit. Both of these subtle things can make your photo look odd. In fact, according to a 2014 psychology study, small changes to your appearance can dramatically alter your first impression.

Try to stick to clothing that’s wrinkle-free and a classic style. Trendy styles can go out of fashion fast and you want your headshots to last for at least four years.

The Pieces Of Clothing You Don’t Need To Worry About

It’s all too easy to get caught up in your photo shoot. You want to look your best, which means wearing your best clothes from top to bottom.

But the truth is, only a small part of your body is going to be making it into the photo. This includes your head, neck, and shoulders.

So don’t worry if your pants have a grease stain on the leg. No one but you will see it.

If you’re interested in professional photography and you’re looking for Chicago headshot photographers, JA Headshots is the place for you. Whether you’re looking for professional corporate headshots or LinkedIn headshots, our Chicago headshot photographers have you covered. To schedule your headshots or to learn more about us, contact JA Headshots today for more information.

Joshua Albanese

Joshua Albanese is portrait photographer and owner of two headshot photography businesses based in Chicago, Illinois. He is owner and master photographer for JA Headshots photography which specializes in Corporate headshots and business portraits in Chicago’s West Loop Neighborhood. He is also the owner of Joshua Albanese Photography which is focused on actor headshots and creative headshots for musical artists alike. He created the Natural Shot Method and teaches his the style of positive psychology for all headshot photographers. Headshots have grown into a “must have” with the importance of personal branding. It’s his belief that a professional headshot has become a modern day business card for business professionals. Joshua and his Wife, Caitlin and their two cats live in Chicago, IL where he is focused on community development, and growing the youth into leaders. Joshua Studied Photography and acting at Indiana University Northwest and learned the art of the headshot from his acting background.

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