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Make your headshot count! Discover the perfect outfit to enhance your look and impress your audience.

Updated: Jan 8

One of the most important aspects of a picture is where a person's eyes are drawn when looking at it. Our eyes are naturally drawn to distracting or bright areas or sections of an image that use leading lines to guide our gaze. Similarly, when we speak with someone, we typically make eye contact to establish a connection. If the person we are speaking with looks away, it can be awkward and affect the quality of the interaction. This is also true for headshots. There are certain things that subjects can do when posing for a picture to connect with the viewer, and those techniques will be discussed in this article.

It is the photographer's job to ensure that you look at the camera during a photoshoot. However, there are certain things that we can do to enhance our appearance in a photograph and make us stand out. Ensuring that the person looking at the pictures connects with your eyes is crucial. Therefore, you need to exude confidence and approachability through your eyes. In this article, we will discuss different aspects related to headshots, such as clothing, makeup, hairstyles, jewelry, and fake eyelashes.

Dress for the role you want:

In the past, wearing a tie to work was considered necessary to appear professional. However, nowadays, it's more crucial to dress appropriately according to the standards of your industry. If it's acceptable, you can skip the tie. Following your work's dress code is essential, as each industry has its own standards. For instance, if you work in finance, wearing a suit would be appropriate, while in the creative field, something more casual might be acceptable.

Don't wear bold colors or prints:

When taking a headshot, focusing on yourself and not your attire is crucial. It's recommended to avoid wearing loud and distracting prints and instead opt for solid colors that complement your skin tone. While showcasing your personality is essential, patterns and bright colors can be overwhelming and detract from your overall appearance. Therefore, it's best to keep your outfit simple and understated. However, for Acting Headshots, you may consider going overboard with your clothing, makeup, etc.

Timeless Styles for Timeless

Headshots. Don't Wear A Dated or Limited Style:

Your Headshot is an essential tool in your professional arsenal, so it's vital to ensure that it presents you in the best possible light. One key factor when choosing a headshot style is timelessness. You want your Headshot to be up-to-date and relevant and stand the test of time so that you don't need to update it frequently.

That's why classic styles are often the best choice for headshots. These styles are classic for a reason - they're simple, elegant, and never go out of fashion. They're also versatile enough to work for a wide range of industries and purposes, from corporate headshots to creative portraits.

Want to look thinner in your Headshot?

When taking a headshot, most people prefer to look slim. To avoid looking more significant than you are, it's best to avoid wearing an ill-fitted jacket or one with overly large shoulder pads. Paying attention to small details can also make a big difference, such as ensuring your clothes are clean and ironed, your tie is straight, and your collar is wrinkle-free. A good photographer will know how to pose you properly to appear thinner in your Headshot.

What kind of jewelry should I wear in my Headshot?

Accessories can enhance the overall look of your Headshot, but it's essential to avoid anything excessively trendy or distracting. Choose simple and classic accessories such as a delicate necklace or elegant earrings to create a timeless appearance. It is recommended to keep the jewelry to a minimum. If you prefer to wear earrings, stud earrings are acceptable. If you must wear a necklace, go for something structured like a pearl necklace, and make sure it is short enough so that it doesn't overlap with the neckline of your top.

Should you wear fake eyelashes for your Headshot?

In the past five years, there have been significant improvements in the world of eyelashes. Previously, I would have advised against using eyelashes in headshots, but now it depends on the situation. If done by a professional and not excessively, eyelashes can be acceptable. I recommend using small to medium-thick eyelashes for headshots that display a lot of detail and are zoomed in. If the lashes are too long or thick, it can appear as if there are two rows of lashes. However, if necessary, I can always enhance the lashes during editing.

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