What to Wear to a Headshot Session

Headshots and Personal Branding Attire

Many of the tips outlined in a previous post apply to headshot and branding sessions, but I wanted to address how dressing for headshots can be a little different:


One of the most important aspects of your outfits for headshots is your neckline. I recommend bringing tops and dresses that have symmetrical or modest necklines. Round necklines are elegant, classic and professional. V-necks tend to give off a more casual vibe and don’t typically sit as nicely over your shoulders and chest. Round necks are my favorite because they bring attention back up toward your eyes.

If possible, bring at least one dress to your session. Dresses with a thicker material will fight off wrinkles better than thin dresses. You can absolutely bring patterned or colorful dresses.

I recommend bringing at least one blazer option. Darker colors (blues, charcoals, blacks) tend to suggest a more traditional professional aesthetic, while brighter neutrals or vivid colors (whites, tans, emerald, blue, coral, etc) tend to suggest a youthful, energetic and approachable aesthetic. 

Bring your jewelry! I’ll help you pair jewelry with your outfits when you arrive to your session.

Wear natural makeup. Many have had the best results with hiring a professional makeup artist for the occasion (let me know if you need my recommendation!) Avoid heavy eye makeup.

Bring solid colored neutrals and basics that we can mix and match.

Don’t worry too much about your shoes. Be comfortable instead, and bring a nice pair of shoes just in case if you’d like.

Be sure to wipe glasses clean, remove lint from clothing, and come ready to remove any watches or items that may bulge from pockets.

There are always exceptions to these rules, so please keep in mind what works for one person may not work for the next. Bring a whole bag or suitcase if you can’t decide, I’ll be happy to help you go through your options! 


Bring options! Bring different ties, different shirts, different suit jackets.

For casual headshot sessions or actor headshot sessions, bring a basic/soft tee and long sleeve shirt.

Wear white, grey, black, denim, and taupe. Generally avoid bright neons and very small repetitive patterns (such as really small stripes or checkerboard pattern).

Apart from neutrals, you’re encouraged to bring/consider a solid color suit/set that will help bring a youthful and approachable look to your portraits. Medium/lighter blues photograph very well. 

Bring something fun if that’s your brand or your personality. If you have a shirt with a fun legible pattern, bring it along! Sometimes a simple colorful jacket or tie can make your headshots stand out in a good way.

Don’t wear foundation or powder.

DO groom your hair and/or facial hair.

Be sure to wipe glasses clean, remove lint from clothing, and come ready to remove any apple watches or fit bits, wallets, or other items that may distract from your portrait.

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