Thursday, February 27, 2014

Headshot Tip: What to Wear

Lina Luzar

When it comes to selecting wardrobe for a headshot, a good rule of thumb is to keep it simple. Here’s a short list of Do’s and Don’ts:

• Avoid strong patterns, stripes, and logos.
• Avoid neon or very saturated colors.
• Form fitting works better than bulky.
• Layers with a light jacket or light sweater work well.
• V-necks and button downs work well.
• Round collars or turtlenecks do not.
• Jewelry, if any should be small.

The most important aspect of a headshot is connecting with the subject’s eyes. Wardrobe colors should enhance your eyes and complement your skin tone. In the photograph of Jesse Barton below, the blues of her eyes grab our attention because they are set off by the warm tones in her hair, skin and shirt. While the orange of the shirt is somewhat saturated, it is less rich than the lips, again keeping our attention on her face.

Jesse Barton

Selecting the proper wardrobe is an important part of the headshot process. I always ask clients to bring in a couple of wardrobe options during the consultation to confirm that what you intend to wear is the right color and style for you.

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