What-to-Wear Guide for Professional Head Shots – Men

General Clothing Guidelines for a Head Shot Session

Choosing your outfit for your head shot photography session can make a big impact on the way the photos turn out, and you want to make sure to select clothing that will be comfortable and attractive at the same time. The goal with the head shot is to make you appear confident, and emphasize your face and your eyes instead of the clothing.

With any head shot photo shoot, you want to make sure that the clothes are clean and wrinkle free before you begin. Also, pay attention to the way your clothing fits, because the wrong fit can look funny in the photo.

Choosing the Right Colors for Your Skin Tone

In terms of color, it is important to stay away from patterns on the fabric, because the patterns can detract from your face. So, don’t choose a shirt with floral print, checkers, polka dots, stripes, or any other type of pattern on the fabric. These patterns will make the photo too “busy” and they can be very distracting.

Stick with darker colors instead of lighter colors, because the darker or mid-tone colors tend to put more emphasis on your eyes and smile, instead of the clothing.  Always avoid lighter colors that are too similar to your skin tone, because they can make you appear washed out.

It is best to wear colors that are contrasting to your skin, so if you have medium or darker colored skin tones, then you should avoid the earthy colors that are very similar to the color of your skin.

You may consider selecting a color that can help to bring out the colors in your eyes. For example, if you have blue eyes, then you may consider a blue or grey shirt. Or, if you have brown or green eyes, then earthy tones can be very complimentary to your eye color.

Don’t Be Afraid of Color

When In Doubt, Cover it With A Jacket


Your Expression Matters

This is NOT a mug shot.  It is OK to smile!  Although, an ear-splitting grin will make you look fake and overeager. An ‘out-to-lunch’ blank stare is just as bad. Who wants to do business with the guy with no personality?

Skip the poses, and stick to a slight smile. Corporate guys can still strike a serious face, but adding just a hint of a grin will make you seem more welcoming and approachable.

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