What is the best color to wear for a headshot?
Color choice is very subjective, and dependent on what you want your headshots to do for you. Black is always a safe choice, but there is no wrong answer when it comes to color, so be sure to give it some thought! If your business or brand uses a particular color, you might want to coordinate with that. If there’s a color that looks good with your skin or your eyes, then you should try using that too. Sometimes a pop of color can work to break up a monotone website or brochure design, so it’s important to consider where your headshot photos will be used. You also want to make sure that the clothes you choose won’t clash with your makeup or any accessories you’re wearing. Lara always recommends bringing several outfits to a photo session so you can try different styles and colors. When you see the photos, your favorites will quickly become clear, and you’ll be glad you tried some different options.
Should you/I smile in a headshot?
A smile is warm and welcoming. Most professionals want to look friendly, and a smile can be a great way to make a friendly impression. Sometimes a subtle smile can be enough, though, as long as it’s backed with warm and confident body language. It’s best to find a photographer who understands how posing and body language interact with facial expressions. That way you can trust them to direct you throughout your session. Having that trust will allow you to be relaxed so you can shine your light in your portraits.
What should I wear for a professional photoshoot? / How should I dress for a professional headshot?
Your clothes should reflect the expectations of your industry, while also bringing out your personality. It’s good to stay within a range of expectations for your field, but it’s really good to stand out and get noticed. So it’s important to express yourself through clothing, posing, and facial expression. If you are in a conservative industry like banking, then professional clothes are important. You will want to use your body language to show your unique appeal. If you are in a creative industry like architecture or graphic design, then you have room to express your style and personality through your clothing. Your professional goals will help dictate what choices to make for your clothes. As a general rule, solid colors look good in portraits, and form-fitting clothes with sleeves help you look slim. When you’re unsure, these are good rules to follow.