Necklaces follow the same rules as earrings. Keep them small and unobtrusive.
In general I would avoid against wearing any necklace – as even a small one can still be distracting in a photo.
For a headshot photo, watches will never be visible. However if we are shooting portraits where more of your body is in the photo, then they can make a nice addition.
The watch choice should complement the outfit and look appropriate. For example, wearing a sports watch with a 3-piece suit would look strange.
If you wear glasses day to day, then please do bring them along. Similar to watches, I would try to make sure that they match the rest of your outfit.
If you have glasses with anti-reflective coatings on, that would be perfect!
I’d also recommend bring a few pairs along if possible, it will give us the option to change it up and see what works best for your headshot.
If you normally wear glasses and plan on having a few shots without glasses – I would recommend having at least 20 minutes before the shoot without wearing glasses. They can leave marks on your nose, and can take a little while to settle down.
Tips for men
General outfit choice
As I mentioned earlier, the outfit choice will depend on what is appropriate in your industry, or for where you want to use the photos. A few go-to options would be:
- Suit (grey/charcoal/navy NOT black).
- Shirt and trousers.
- T-shirt and jeans.
Depending on what outfit you go for, there can be a few accessories that can make it stand out that extra bit.
The right coloured tie can either elevate or break an outfit. You want it to compliment the other colours going on in your outfit. Equally, the wrong shape tie can throw an outfit off.
In general I would recommend keeping it to simple colours, and avoiding any busy patterns. I do have a comprehensive selection of ties available in my studio, so you can always borrow one if needed.
I’ve also found another excellent article that covers ties, which you can find here: https://thedarkknot.com/pages/how-to-match-ties-to-suits-shirts
Similar to ties, the right pocketsquare can really bring an outfit to the next level. There a few different ways to wear them, but luckily I can show you these at the shoot.
This is one of the few areas where you can get away with something quite loud, as they just add that extra pop to a suit. It should compliment your shirt and tie, but not match.
If you want to read more, this article is excellent: https://www.rampleyandco.com/blogs/the-journal/16989644-pocket-square-etiquette
I do have a small selection of pocketsquares available to borrow in my studio.
Tie bars are one of those final finishing touches to a suit. It should be worn 1/3 of the way down your tie, and be no wider than 75% of the tie.
Often they will come in a few colours, but I would either go for silver or gold.
Again, this is something I have a few of available in the studio for you to borrow.
Tips for women
General outfit choices
There are a lot of great outfit options for a women’s headshot, and how formal you go will depend on your job role. Remember – dress as though you were going to impress in a job interview.
A few go-to options that work well:
- Suit with shirt
- Blazer with a blouse
- Shirt or blouse
There are many different cuts of necklines in womens clothing, I would recommend to stick to one of the following:
- Peter pan
Now you know the rules for what to wear for headshots, you should be really prepared for your next headshot session.
These rules aren’t all set in stone, it is possible to break some of them! However through my years of working as a professional photography, I’ve found that they tend to be best followed.
If you book in for a session with me and need further advice, I’m always happy to offer it.