Headshot Photographer – Michigan

What To Wear style & guide

Headshots style guide

The classic headshot is typically taken from waist up, however, your entire outfit should go well together.   Choose something that you are comfortable in, something that you feel you look in and flatters you.  Keeping your personal and professional brand in mind is a must when choosing your look so give it a little thought.   

Choosing what to wear for your headshots is highly dependent on the industry you are in.  However, there are a few rules that apply no matter what your profession is.   Below are a few do’s and don’t that should help you and if all else fails, just bring a couple different outfits and ask your photographer what is best.

don’t, don’t, don’t

  • NO logo wording on clothing.  This is a major no, no even if it’s your company logo.
  • NO to oversized clothes.
  • NO to wrinkles.
  • NO to stains, any stains.
  • NO heavy clothing items.

Don’t mind if you DO

  • YES to classy and fun.  Below are some great staples for any photo session.
    • YES to timeless and classic. What you wear doesn’t have to be boring.
    • Please iron your clothes, Please, pretty please with a cherry on top.
    • Yes to the classic looks like a tailored suit or dress, T-shirt and jeans or khakis and button up.  Just make sure that they are quality pieces.
    • The quality of your clothes will translate onto an image so get yourself something nice.
    • Moisturizing your face the night before is a great idea.  Men, if you have to shave, please make sure you apply a cooling gel so there are no bumps or redness.

For the Men 

  • Besides the obvious suit and Tie, Here’s a few other classic favorites for guys.
    • Khakis
    • V-necks
    • Cardigans
    • Blazers 
  • Layers, guys of all ages look great in layers, here’s one of my favorite looks.
stripes & denim
  • YES to trendy items.  – But keep them small, like accents and if possible, keep them timeless, too — like a great watch or classic patterns.
  • YES to clothing that fits.  If he’s fit then go for slim fitting pieces. Otherwise go for a size that he’s comfortable in.
  • YES to texture – Think suede, leather, tweeds, and wool.

For the Women 

 More than anything else, I recommend wearing something that you are confident in, something you know you look good in.  Pic a color palette that you love and play off of that.  I love the look of layers, accessories and complimentary colors.   If you’re not sure about layers and accessories, just bring them with you in a bag to your session and I’ll help you decide.   Staying away from specific colors is important too.  Stay away from really bright (muted or in a pattern is fine) Orange, yellow & neon colors.  Make sure that everything you put on is ironed and don’t forget the shoes, wear a nice pair that you love.

  • YES to pops of color under a jacket.
  • YES to shirts with a lower neck line, but not too low.
  • YES to jewelry but keep the necklaces short and consider your industry.
  • Yes to makeup and styled hair. 

When styling yourself for your headshot it is very important that you stay with your personality and consider your audience. If you are in a traditional industry like corporate business, government , legal, consulting or finance , then you want to choose a very traditional outfit.  If you are in a creative field then have fun with your style and stay true to yourself.

If all else fails, always reach out to your photographer for advise or bring a few extra pieces to your shoot and work with your photographer to choose the best option.

Genevieve DeVries is an on-site, natural light photographer.  Based in Plymouth, Michigan, I serve southeast Michigan and the greater Wayne County, Washtenaw County and Oakland County areas, including Plymouth, Canton, Livonia, Westland, Northville, Novi, Farmington/Farmington Hills, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Belleville, Whitmore Lake, Saline, Dexter, Salem, South Lyon, Wayne, Garden City, New Hudson, Wixom, Walled Lake, Brighton, Milford, Southfield, West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, and beyond.

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