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  • Writer's pictureAmie Kuo

Corporate Headshots - Dress Tips

Updated: Jul 28, 2022

General Tips

  • Tell us how and where the photo will be used (so we can be sure it's appropriate)

  • Drink lots of water and be well rested (so your eyes will not have dark circles)

  • Arrive on time. Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes early (we may have other clients scheduled before you)

  • Please call or message if you are running late or arrive early

What to Wear - Everyone

  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great

  • Make sure your jacket and shirt fit you well. A poor fitting jacket or shirt will be obvious in the photos (especially around the neck)

  • Clothes should be neatly pressed and should look new or like new

  • Avoid bold, distracting patterns or colors and large lines/stripes

  • Avoid high reflective, shiny, silk tie and other accessaries

  • Blue/green/turquoise shirts/blouses or accents can help emphasize blue/green/hazel eyes

What to Wear - Men

  • The standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie

  • A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, shirt and tie (no jacket), or dress shirt on it's own

  • Polo shirts are a good look for some businesses. Be sure the shirt is in good condition and fits well

  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring colored shirts - ideally darker than your skin tone

  • A white dress shirt by itself is a bad idea - unless you plan to wear it underneath something (jacket or sweater)

  • Bring a few different jackets, shirt colors and ties so we have choices for the photo

What to Wear - Women

  • Avoid big, bold prints and busy patterns

  • Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety different shirts/blouses to see what works best

  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring various colored blouses - ideally darker than your skin tone

  • Be stylish and fashionable, but remember the picture is about your face and not your clothes or jewelry

  • Sleeveless tops/dresses can draw attention to your shoulders/arms. Consider bringing items with a variety of different sleeves

  • Bring a suitable color matching or nude color bra and even a strapless bra that can match the color and style of your outfits

  • Remember: Select and wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. Select something that makes you look and feel good.


  • Keep jewelry extremely simple - small is better

  • Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated

  • The picture is about your face, not your jewelry

  • Consider if facial piercings or multiple ear piercings are appropriate for where your photo will be displayed

What to Bring

  • Sample headshots to help communicate the look you want

  • Various changes of clothing (see above)

  • Lip balm

  • Hair brush/comb

  • Makeup and hair products you prefer (especially if you have allergies)

Hair and Makeup Tips​

  • Make-up should be clean and natural (we offer profession hair & makeup so you don't have to worry about a thing for $120)

  • Please arrive with hair styled and makeup already applied (if not using makeup artist)

  • Wear a heavy layer of translucent powder - your face will appear flawless in photos. Shine disappears, pores seem smaller, skin looks even, and blush is smoother

  • Line lips before applying matte lipstick, then reline. Don't overdo it. Dip a cotton bud in powder and run along lip line to prevent color from bleeding

  • Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine

  • Avoid frosts or overly-bright colors

  • Don't get a new hair cut just before the shoot (you may want to let it grow-in a bit or get used to styling a new cut)

  • Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or few days before your session. In case you have a bad reaction to the product

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