CHOOSING YOUR WARDROBE

Although the title “headshot” doesn’t make this very obvious, wardrobe decisions are also vital to creating an extraordinary headshot.

The best decisions usually err on the side of simplicity. You want to stay away from distracting patterns, any kind of unusual graphics, and any design element that would distract from your face—which is what you’re trying to “sell” (not some company’s logo or creative output).

Remember to discuss your wardrobe decisions with your agent or manager. It’s part of their job to help you put your best foot forward.

And we’ll want to have options. Bring several different “looks” that we can work with. Remember to bring all clothing on hangers. Not only to keep things looking nice but, by lining things up on the rack as we make decisions about how to proceed, it is how we’ll organize the shoot.

One wardrobe option you bring should simply be something you feel really good wearing. This can be part of the loosening up process when we start shooting and, even if it’s not ultimately used as one of your headshots, it can always be a social media profile pic.

A few things you should definitely bring:

– Variety of jackets (leather, denim, etc.)

– Plain white t-shirt

– Plain black t-shirt

Everything you bring for the shoot should be selected to work well with your skin tone and eye color. Standard headshots should, again, err on the side solid colors and simple designs (a plain t-shirt is probably one item you bring). For the entertainment industry headshots that are more character-driven, bring options that will help you inhabit that character type and project it better.

Don’t leave anything to chance by not preparing your wardrobe carefully before our shoot.

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