What To Wear for Your Headshot Session

November 14, 2022  •  1 Comment

Dressing Head to Toe- Yes, it Matters

One of the first questions I get when someone is booking a session is, "What should I wear?". and I am actually glad when they do ask, so I don't get someone dressed like they are ready for a zoom meeting, party on the top- casual pj's on the bottom! 

When you're preparing for your headshot or content session the most important thing to remember is that you need to be dressed head to toe like you are going to meet someone in person.  Your hair to your shoes and everything in between should be ready to be photographed.  What does that mean? It means your nails need to be tended to, jewelry considered and make up complete. During your session I will be taking full length, mid and close up photos, so please keep this in mind. 


What Colors Should I Wear?

Colors are incredibly important when you are choosing what to wear for your session, especially for business.  You want to consider your location and overall goal for your image,  but also what suits your skin tone the best, this is the first thing you want to consider when choosing your outfit.  Ideally colors that contrast with your skin are best and a good rule is 3 shades lighter or darker than your complexion. This will draw the eye to your face in the photograph, and will be the most flattering on you.

Hover Over Each Color Pallet to Learn More

Jewel TonesColors that look great on every skin tone! You can’t go wrong with this palette. Rustic TonesThis set of colors also looks good on just about everyone, especially fair skin.

Icy BrightWearing one of these colors with fair skin you will want to pair it with one of the brighter/darker colors on top that accompany the 3 tone rule. They also work well for accessories, but PLEASE avoid Neon Colors.

Earth TonesFor Fair skin it is best to choose darker, richer tones lighter ones if your skin tone is darker.

PastelsThis palette is better suited for you if your skin is medium to dark. Fair skinned people would want to avoid Pastels as they tend to wash out their skin.

GrayscaleWhen monocromatic, remember to match tone; never mix pure back with pure white. Instead, use a variety of gray with black.


How do I mix Colors?

The most important thing to remember when you are pairing clothes is to harmonize.  You want to keep light tones with light tones and dark tones with dark tones, or you can put mid tones with either light or dark.  You want to avoid pairing light tones with dark tones as this can cut you in half in your image.  
Another thing you may want to consider if you want to wear a pattern is to break it up with a solid and to keep the pattern larger.  Small prints (like small stripes) tend to show movement in photos and some prints can distract the viewer from the point of the image. 

Is There Anything Else I should Remember for my Headshot or Content Session?

Yes, remember to have FUN! This session will turn out much better if you enjoy yourself! Please do not overthink anything too much and feel free to reach out before your session if you have any questions on what to wear.  Also, remember these are just guidelines to help you prepare for your session- there have been plenty of times where the "rules" weren't followed to the tee and have turned out to be some of my favorites! 



Stacy Keanaaina(non-registered)
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