Corporate Headshot Preparation
It's no secret that a good night sleep will help you look healthy,
refreshed, and prevent those dark circles and bags under your
eyes. The number one thing people are most critical about in their
own headshot are the bags under their eyes, we recommend
getting plenty of sleep the one or two nights leading up to your
Clothing is a form of expression and the clothes that you pick to
wear will reflect your personality in the images. When choosing
clothes, the simpler the better.
WHAT TO WEAR
• Consider choosing clothing and accessories with a timeless
style, not one that will date your headshot.
• Pants and shoes do not matter; we only photograph your
• Suits jackets are common for most corporate headshots and
will definitely make you look more confident. Even if you
don't wear a suit jacket for your daily work attire, if you own a well fitting
blazer, we recommend bringing it and taking at least a
few photos in it, so you will have a more formal headshot if
you ever need one. It's always better to be over-dressed
• Avoid blouses and jackets that have loose hanging fabric in
• Jewelry should be simple and professional. Necklaces are a
great addition. Thin chains are okay but can get lost in a
photo. Thick or multi-strand necklaces, especially pearls,
have proven to work well in headshots.
• Make sure your clothes are wrinkle and lint free before
• Professional outfits for men: Suit with tie, suit without tie,
dress shirt with tie, dress shirt without tie, sport coat with
dress shirt, dress shirt with tie under v-neck sweater, dress
shirt without tie under v-neck sweater.
• Professional outfits for women: Suit jacket with button-up
shirt, button-up shirt alone, suit jacket with blouse (silk
shirt, bow-tie blouse, cowl neck blouse), cardigan with
blouse, blouse alone, suit jacket with professional dress,
cardigan with dress, dress alone.
COLOURS AND TONES
• Solid colours and tones always work best. It is good to have
contrast between dark and light tones, such as a darker
jacket with a lighter coloured shirt. Adding a colour into your
outfit with a tie, shirt, or pocket square creates a nice accent.
• You cannot go wrong with matching colours in your outfit
with the colour of your eyes.
• A dark jacket with a white shirt will always appear more
formal. Blue jackets for men usually always photograph well
and are a great choice for a more approachable
look. Charcoal to medium grey, and navy jackets are the
most versatile and pair well with most colour shirts and
ties. Light grey jackets are more casual and are a great way
to stand out. Black jackets are not the best choice because
they don't show any definition between the arms and body,
which can make people appear wider than they are.
• Ties should always be darker than your shirt.
• Bring a brush and some hair product (gel/hairspray) with you
to the shoot to help calm fly-aways.
• Wear your hair how it is usually seen.
MAKEUP AND FACE
• If you have dry skin, apply moisturizer the night before your
session to give it time to absorb. Do not apply face lotion
before your session - it will make your face shiny under
• Trim your ear, nose, and eyebrow hairs if needed. Get rid of
any unwanted hair a few days before your shoot. Clean up
brows and upper lip hair.
• If you shave daily, we recommend shaving within 4 hours of
your session, before that 5 o’clock shadow starts to appear.
• Don’t do any extreme beauty regimens right before your
shoot, like facial peels, tanning or extensive exfoliating. Your
skin can look very irritated.