What to Wear to Your Headshot Session

Updated: Sep 14

"What should I wear?" Hands down this is the most common question people have after booking a headshot session. Wardrobe selection can be overwhelming because there are so many options, but if you want to simplify the process, there are some tricks to help you narrow it down and nail it.


Consider these tips when planning what to wear for your headshot session:


A Utah business woman posing for a headshot
Professional business headshot

Clothes Communicate

Think about the message you’re trying to send with your images. If you’re going for an authoritative competent vibe think suit & tie, blazer & button up, etc. Stick with darker colors and minimal patterns. If you want to go more casual with your look, lean more toward lighter colors and relaxed fabrics. If you’ve got a big personality and want to let it shine, go for it with bigger prints & patterns, exaggerate shapes, and vibrant colors.

There are literally thousands of ways to communicate your message through your clothing so be intentional about what it is you want to say and how you want to say it.

Uncomfortable Clothes Make Uncomfortable Faces

Wearing clothing that is too tight, too short, too long, or too anything usually results in poses and expressions that are strained and unnatural. Wear clothes that make you feel relaxed and confident. It makes all the difference in capturing an authentic shot.

Options, Options, Options

The more options you bring for you and your photographer to discuss, the better. He or she may have backgrounds and lighting set ups that work with some colors and fabrics better than others. Bringing a variety of pants, tops, jackets, blazers, and accessories in multiple colors and patterns will help your photographer to help you with styling and color composition.


A Utah business man posing for headshot
Professional business headshot

Some Insider Tips

  • Large prints & patterns can be distracting.

  • Very small prints will appear to “move” on screens so it’s better to avoid them.

  • Repeating your eye color in your clothing will make your eyes appear more vibrant.

  • Do NOT bring wrinkled or heavily stained clothing. Your photographer doesn't have time to "iron" your shirt in photoshop.

  • Layers are a great way to add dimension to your images.







The Wardrobe Wrap Up

So, what should you wear to your headshot session? Remember that clothes communicate. You want to dress in a way that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Avoid clothing that is tight or restrictive. Bring multiple options so your photographer can help you choose the right outfit for your headshots.


Ready to schedule your headshot session? Reach out to JGardiner Photography today!

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