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Headshot Preparation

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

headshot session.


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.


• 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

upper body.

• 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

than under-dressed.

• Avoid blouses and jackets that have loose hanging fabric in

the sleeves.

• 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.


• 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.


• 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

the lights.

• 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.

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