New headshots can be stressful. Know what to wear for yours and feel more confident.

In a world inundated with images, follow these simple steps to make your headshot stand out among the rest.

I’ve taken a lot of headshots over the years, and guess what, pretty much everyone comes in with the same nerves. Even the veteran actors I’ve photographed have mentioned needing a “warm-up period.” There’s just something about “picture day” that makes us feel like we’re 13 and awkward all over again.

There are a few things you can do on the front end to prep for your session that makes a big difference, from hair and makeup to mindset.  This post is going to focus on all things wardrobe, but keep an eye out for future posts that address those other areas of prep.

  1. Keep it classic.  As much as I love a good trend, avoid fashion’s hottest looks for your professional headshot. The goal here is longevity. Keeping your pieces classic will help you look timeless, so your profile will hold up in 2, 3, even 4 years from now (e.g. the image below was taken in 2014.)
  2. Go neutral. There’s a reason some of the most successful (and busiest) decision-makers in the world wear the same colors every day. When Barrack Obama was President he said, “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” [Obama] said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” If you’re struggling with your choices, go with neutrals–black, gray, navy, beige.  These shades are flattering on everyone.  If you do want to incorporate color, consider your undertones, a.k.a. the natural color beneath your skin, which can be most simply divided into warm, neutral, or cool. Different color shades will look better depending on your undertones. 
  3. Fit is key.  If you were to go behind the scenes of any fashion photoshoot, you’re gauranteed to see models with clips pinching and tucking clothing to look effortless perfect on their frame.