What to wear - Reflections Etc Photography, Professional Photographer, Headshots / Senior Pictures, serving Bloomington IL, Normal IL, Central IL - Reflections Etc by Pamela


How should I dress for my headshot?

What clothing will be appropriate?

Proper attire depends on your career or the one you are seeking. Just like an interview, you want to dress a notch better than you do for everyday work.

In General
    - Your clothes should be clean and wrinkle free.
    - Well fitted clothing will make you appear slimmer.
    - Bulky clothing can give you a rumpled look.
    - Long sleeves are a must for a professional headshot.

Wear solid colors
      - Avoid stripes, plaids, prints and patterns.
             - They can distract a person's eye from your face.
             - They date your photo more quickly.
    - Add layers, such as a jacket, or textured material for a little more interest.

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Wear medium to dark clothing.
    - Darker colors are more slimming.
    - Jewel tones compliment all complexions.
    - Almost black or charcoal is better than pure black.
    - Consider some richer neutrals like chocolate, navy, maroon & forest green.

Stay away from whites, beiges or pastels.
    - They draw attention away from your face.
    - Not even in your accessories.
    - The only exception to this is the traditional dark suit with a white shirt.

Just for the Ladies  
    - A modest v-neck is flattering  because it lengthens the neck.
    - Turtle necks & bulky scarves draw attention to the neck & crowd the face.
    - If you choose to wear a jacket, pair it with a collarless top.

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Just for Men
    - For a corporate headshot,....
             - a collared shirt with a jacket and tie is always a good idea.

    - For a more casual look consider....
             - An unbuttoned collared shirt
             - A nice, "crisp", long-sleeved polo or
             - A light weight v-neck sweater.

Can I add accessories to my outfit?


    - Jewelry should be simple.
    - Heavy jewelry distracts from your face.
    - If you are a creative person who never goes without bold jewel,
      bring several choices and we'll decide together.


    - It's always appropriate for men to have a tie with a suit jacket.

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    - Shoes should be selected for comfort.
     -Remember, they won't be seen in a head and shoulder shot.

    - If you regularly wear glasses you should be wearing them in your headshot.
    - If you regularly wear several different pairs, bring them all. Some
      eyeglasses photograph better than others.

What I should know about fixing my hair?

Ladies, you might want to consider having you hair professionally styled right before the session.

    - Bring a hair brush or comb with you to your session.

Need a Haircut
    - Schedule the appointment a week or more before your session.
    - Don't try a new style.  

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Ladies, if you are prone to a lot of flyaway hairs, bring a smoothing brush (at least 50% boar's hair) and hair spray to the session. I’ve seen inexpensive ones for around $6 at most superstores. Spraying the hair spray on the brush and then lightly smoothing out your hair will control the flyaways but will not weigh down your hair. This is especially important if you use a hair straighter. 

Do I need to wear more make up than usual?

Ladies, I suggest that you have your make-up applied professionally right before your session. Contact me for suggestions on cosmeticians

    - Please arrive with your hair styled and makeup already applied.
    - Make-up should be clean and natural.
    - Foundation should be just a light layer.
    - It should be a tad more than what you wear to work.
    - Lipstick should be no more than 2 shades brighter than your skin color.
    - Eye make-up should be light and preferably neutral.
    - If you are doing your own makeup,
      use a new bottle of mascara to prevent clumps.  Not too heavy, Please.
    - Wear a "light" layer of translucent powder on your face.
    - Bring your lipstick and translucent powder with you for touch ups.

Ladies, if you don't usually wear makeup, please consider a light touch of foundation with a light layer of translucent powder. 

© Pamela Cather

Do you have any other general tips?

    - Avoid any new product on your hair, face or body within a few days before your shoot.
      Then you won't have to worry about any unsightly reaction.

    - Avoid drinking alcohol the night before to prevent puffy eyes.

Come with a positive attitude, feeling relaxed and confident!

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