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What To Wear For Headshots | Central PA Headshot Photographer

This is a question we get as a Central PA Headshot Photographer quite often. Your new professional Headshot is more important than ever before. Just like you want to look your best at an important business meeting or interview, you want to make a great first impression with your Headshot. But where do you get a great headshot? The days of super boring headshots are gone, but you still need to look polished and professional. We’ve got some great tips below to help you look your absolute best!


The Style/Fit: The look and fit of what you choose to wear for your headshot is so important

Insurance agent headshot

Wearing clothing that is too big or too small is not a good idea. Make sure that everything fits you properly. Try all your clothing options on a week or so before your session.in case you need to go shopping. You should be able to move comfortably and there should be no “pulling.”

Men–take a look at the neck of your shirts and jackets. There shouldn’t be any gaps at the back of the neck or the neck shouldn’t be so tight that you have a neck bulge. Also, if you are wearing a tie, you can go with either a suit jacket or a sport coat. Small rule of thumb: No tie = sport coat only, no suit jacket. If tying a tie is difficult for you, tie one the night before and slip it over your head the day of the session.

Women–make sure nothing is pulling across the bust area. This isn’t attractive for anyone. As for necklines, we recommend a narrow V, boat neck, or crew neck because they are pretty much universally flattering. Avoid necklines that are very low. Also avoid busy or too trendy patterns, and all over plaid–they tend to be too distracting in photos. If you don’t love your arms, stay clear of sleeveless or cap sleeves.


Color/Texture/Pattern: Sometimes when people are planning their headshots, they default immediately to Black and White clothing options.

Headshot of short haired lady

We’ve probably all done it. Instead consider adding some color and texture to liven up your pictures. A photo is two dimensional, so black and white clothing choices can sometimes appear a little drab. A little color can really enhance your look.

Men–ties and pocket squares are a great way to add a pop of color and pattern without going crazy. Stay away from thin stripes as they can produce a “moiré” pattern in your photos. If you do choose a monochromatic look, adding texture can create interest and depth.

Women–most of you know what colors look best on you and flatter/enhance your skin tones, so bring at least one option to your session that incorporates that. You also probably know what you feel your best in. Bring that outfit as well.







Accessories: Less is more

Remember that the attention in a portrait should be on your face, not the accessories. Overall, we are not opposed to statement jewelry pieces in general, but make sure you also include some simple pieces as well.

If you wear glasses, talk to your eye doctor about borrowing a pair of frames with no lenses in them for you headshot session. The anti-glare coatings can actually produce a lot of glare in studio and be difficult to remove. If this isn’t a possibility, we’ve got you covered with a couple of tips and tricks.



One Last Thing: Bring more than one choice

Bring several options for outfits to your session. Having more to choose from is always a good thing. We can help you choose outfits that are the best for the look you are trying to achieve! Make sure your clothing is clean, well fitting, and pressed. We suggest you don’t get into your first outfit until you arrive at the studio as seatbelts and such can cause unsightly creases.


Ready to get your new headshot on the calendar? Contact AFH Media at 717-803-8778 or click the contact button below.