What to wear for your portrait session

June 21, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

When it comes to headshot photography, choosing the right colors and outfits can significantly impact the overall outcome. Here are some suggestions for flattering colors, patterns, and outfits for headshot photographs:

Flattering Colors:

  • Solid Colors: Classic solid colors like navy blue, deep gray, charcoal, burgundy, and emerald green tend to work well. These colors are generally flattering and convey a sense of professionalism.
  • Earth Tones: Warm earth tones such as beige, taupe, olive green, and rich browns can create a natural and pleasing aesthetic.
  • Jewel Tones: Colors like deep purple, royal blue, ruby red, and emerald green can add vibrancy and catch the viewer's attention without being overly distracting.
  • Neutrals: Light neutrals like white, cream, and light gray can work well for a clean and crisp look, particularly on a white background. However, be cautious, as they can wash out some skin tones.

Colors to Avoid:

  • Neon or Bright Colors: Extremely vibrant colors, like neon yellow or hot pink, can cast unflattering reflections on your skin and distract from your face.
  • Overly Busy Patterns: Avoid bold, busy patterns as they draw attention away from your face and make the image appear cluttered or distracting.
  • Pure White: Although white can work well on a white background, pure white garments can sometimes appear overexposed in photographs, potentially losing detail.

Outfits for White Background:

  • Crisp and Classic: Wear a well-fitted suit or dress in a solid, darker color for a professional and timeless look.
  • Light and Airy: Opt for light-colored blouses or shirts paired with a blazer or tailored jacket for a fresh and approachable appearance.
  • Textured Layers: Add a textured cardigan or a structured blazer to create depth and visual interest while maintaining a polished look.

Business-Type Headshots:

  • Formal Attire: For a corporate or formal headshot, choose a tailored suit or dress in a classic color like navy blue, charcoal gray, or black. Pair it with a complementary blouse or shirt.
  • Subtle Accessories: Simple accessories like a tie, necklace, or earrings can add a touch of personality without overpowering the image. Avoid accessories that are too large or distracting.
  • Grooming: Pay attention to grooming details such as neatly styled hair, minimal and natural-looking makeup, clean shave or trim facial hair, and a groomed beard. These aspects contribute to a polished and professional appearance.

Remember, choosing outfits that make you feel confident and comfortable is key. Experiment with different colors and styles to find what suits your personality and conveys the desired impression.

 


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